We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it.” ~ Meera Gandhi, Founder and CEO – The Giving Back Foundation

In order to bring her own motto to fruition, Meera Gandhi established The Giving Back Foundation® in 2010, whose avowed aim is to act as a catalyst in creating a new generation of leaders and thinkers from poor urban and rural communities around the world. By supporting education, tackling malnutrition and illness, and addressing the causes of poverty, we can empower and uplift women and children to be the agents of change in this process.

The Foundation also acts as a platform for positive dialogue and debate among young people to help promote positive social change. Spreading mindfulness and happiness also forms an integral part of our overall mission.

To underline the seriousness of her purpose, the Foundation was set up as a tax-exempt non-profit organisation whereby donations are wholly exempt from federal income taxes under the US tax code.

Affiliates and Partners of The Giving Back Foundation

  • Aid for Aids International
  • Always Dream Foundation
  • Asha Dan (Mother Teresa’s homes for orphans)
  • Asha Foundation
  • Asia Society
  • AUW (Asian University for Women Bangladesh)
  • Birch Wathen Lenox School (Aids)
  • Bono One/Red (Aids)
  • Boston University (graduate grant programs for travel and work)
  • Brain Trauma Foundation
  • Brown University
  • Cambodia Landmine Museum and Relief Fund
  • Cancer Patients Aid Association
  • Centrepoint (Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry)
  • Cherie Blair Foundation For Women
  • Children’s Hope India in New York City
  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • Crafts Center
  • CRY (children’s rights)
  • Donna Karan’s Urban Zen (connects and collaborates in well-being, preserving cultures and inspiring changes)
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center (ERLC)
  • FERI (Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt Institute
  • Foundation Reach and Heal Program
  • Global Ovarian Cancer
  • Grameen (microcredit financing)
  • Habitat for Humanity (building homes for the poor)
  • Happy Home and School for the Blind, Mumbai
  • Harrow School
  • Hema Dora
  • Hip Hop Youth Summit Council (bringing back literacy to young people in the Hip Hop culture)
  • Human Rights Watch
  • I Create (children’s rights)
  • Indian Merchants’ Chamber
  • Innocence in Danger (for abused children)
  • Kalashiri School of Arts
  • Khel Shala Punjab
  • Kids for Kids in Hong Kong
  • Kilkenny Day Care Center (Alzheimer’s Disease in Ireland)
  • Lavelle and Co. Girls’ Mentoring
  • Lighthouse For The Blind
  • Loomba Foundation (assisting widows)
  • Mane America
  • Motor Neuron Disease Association
  • New York City Ballet
  • New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (promoting family and education)
  • One To World (Fulbright) (bringing together diverse people)
  • The Play Company
  • Pratham (program for street children in India)
  • Resolve The National Infertility Association
  • RFK Center for Human Justice
  • Royal National Institute of the Deaf, (assisting the deaf in the UK)
  • Same Sky (educating village children in Africa)
  • Scenic Hudson
  • St. Michael’s Girls Hostel and School, Delhi
  • Tails of Hope (eradicating diseases affecting companion dogs)
  • Thorntree (education for village children in Kenya)
  • Tiger Time
  • Tropical Clinics, Kenya
  • United World Colleges/Pearson School (bringing together diverse students)
  • Vendanta Academy in India
  • Versailles Foundation
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
  • The Wayuu Taya Foundation (educating indigenous tribe in Venezuela)
  • Women’s Education Project
  • The Woodstock Film Festival