The Giving Back Foundation

Meera T. Gandhi at Anita Dongre's Flagship Store in Soho

May 3, 2019
Source: TopBuzz

It was a special treat to meet Meera T. Gandhi at Anita Dongre's flagship store in Soho on April 26, 2019.

The diverse attendees enjoyed fine Indian food provided by Payal Sharma that is located in the East Village.

Meera T. Gandhi is the CEO and Founder of the Giving Back Foundation, spoke about her foundation and was proud of the process.

Christopher Pape, Publisher and Creative Director of Resident Magazine was proud to be associated with this foundation.

Meera has been featured on the April cover of Manhattan’s premier magazine, Resident with an 8-page inside interview and photo shoot

There were well-attended parties that were held in honor of her cover, the first at the Anita Dongre Flagship in Manhattan, catered by Chef Sujan Sarkar of Baar Baar restaurant, and the second in Williamsburg at the trendy Passatempo restaurant. Guests included notable supporters of The Giving Back Foundation including Suhel Sethi, Jaswant Lalwani, Barbara Ellsworth Robinson, Hadley Bressman, Yash and Binaisha Dongre, Chef Floyd Cardoz, Caroline Leiberman, Roni Majumder, Jimmy Rizvi, Zenobia Shroff and more.

We were treated to two artists that performed at the events, 3x grammy-winning artist Kimberly Thompson who played her latest track “Kiss” and Brooklyn-favorite Home State featuring vocalist Alex Friedlander, drummer David Berliner, and guitarist Matt Gralla who played their new summer anthem, "Find My Own Way.

This foundation, 501 c3 established in 2010 in the United States, is geared towards alleviating illness, poverty and suffering while also addressing education issues which affect women and children around the world. The Giving Back Foundation's mission has 3 platforms. The first is to empower and educate girls through transformational education. Second, it serves as a platform for positive dialogue and debate for young people to promote positive social change. The third platform is to spread mindfulness and happiness.

One of their main projects is the adoption of New Delhi's St. Michael's School in India.

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center – a 5-year commitment to support 4 young girls who attend the leadership program annually in Hyde Park, NY.
  • The Giving Back Foundation® is supporting the Arts with a 5-year commitment to the Woodstock Film Festival in New York State, honoring the most outstanding Humanitarian in the film industry for the current year, including actors, directors or producers
  • St. Michael’s School for Girls in New Delhi, India is being supported by The Giving Back Foundation® with a 5-year commitment. The Foundation provides complete, nutritious food for the entire student body. This means all meals for the next five years! The Bishop of Northern India conducted a blessing of the school in 2013.
  • Giving Back is presenting global screenings of its documentary film to VIPs, business leaders, and schools at every level, including universities on a continuous basis.
  • The Giving Back coffee table book, with its inspirational, philanthropic message reaching people in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, has been presented in 12 cities on 3 continents.

Other charities Gandhi is involved with either directly or through her Foundation include the Happy Home and School for the blind in Mumbai, the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice & Human Rights, the Cambodian Landmine Relief Fund, Centerpoint, Give to Colombia and The American Friends of Prince William and Prince Harry.

She is the daughter of an Irish mother, Ellen Mary, originally of Dublin and an Indian father, Admiral Perbodh Nath Agarwal from UP, India. Meera Gandhi lives mostly in NYC, and owns the historic town house of former First Lady <u>Eleanor Roosevelt</u>. She was previously married to Vikram Gandhi.

She recently produced and directed an inspiring documentary, musical CD and coffee table book, all entitled Giving Back.

All of the product sales from The Giving Back documentary film, the coffee table book, and CDs and DVDs that are sold go entirely to philanthropic causes affiliated with the Giving Back Foundation.

Over the years, Gandhi and her Foundation have received numerous awards.

  • Marc Anthony Maestro Cares Foundation - Global humanitarian award, 16 February 2016
  • Humanitarian award of the Year from the Mayor’s office of the City of NY in 2015
  • The Ellis Island Gold Medal Award in 2015
  • The Marc Anthony Maestro cares Humanitarian award in 2015
  • NYC Mayor Award 2015
  • Share and Care Foundation, NJ 2014-2015
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • J. Luce Foundation Award, 26 February 2015
  • City of New York Proclamation at The United Nations Sri Lanka Mission, 26 February 2015
  • Marc Anthony Maestro Cares Foundation – Global humanitarian award, 17 February 2015
  • Children’s Hope Humanitarian award, 13 October 2013
  • Corporate Global Humanitarian award, 2013
  • Distinguished Alumni Award from <u>Boston University</u>, the University's highest honor, 2011
  • Donna Karan International "Women Who Inspire," 2011
  • Person of the Year by the <u>Wayúu Tayá Foundation</u>, 2010
  • Gandhi and Vikram S Gandhi, were honored by One to World at its annual Fulbright Awards Dinner, 2007

More about the organization can be found at:

Anita Dongre, the Mumbai-based designer, is the first Indian designer to launch tow flagship stores in New York City.

Her patrons are not just limited to Bollywood celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt, but also include bigwigs likeKate Middleton and, most recently, Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

Besides their design house’s sustainable luxury brand, but also host the bridal couture, menswear and prêt lines.

This three-level store in West Broadway felt more like being in a brownstone. The store has 4,500 square feet, and is housed within a pre-war building that dates back to the 1900s. The lower level—featuring dark grey floors and traditional Indian tile-framed mirrors—shines the spotlight on menswear and Anita Dongre prêt, while the ground floor holds the sustainable Grassroot brand. This floor is with natural wooden floors, handwoven Chanderi and hand-spun cotton wall panels, along with a ceiling that has been installed with reels of fabric to complement the clothing.

The top most level is spread across two floors. This recreates the splendour of Rajasthan, and is reserved for bridal and ready-to-wear lines, along with fine jewelery. The Indian state and its royal heritage has, after all, been an enduring inspiration for Dongre. The use of white Udaipur marble inlays, custom-made block printed fabric walls, sandstone jallis, Rajasthani thikri work and bespoke handcrafted furniture promises to transport visitors to a charming old-world haveli, as they browse through the princess-worthy ensembles on display.

This event would not be possible without Bibi pr, Resident Magazine, and others.