We empower women and children through community programs to elevate health and livelihood in India & the US.


Our Focus Building resilient communities and cultivating dignity


Empowering women has the power to not only change the economic circumstances of individual families, but entire villages.

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Educating and providing children with the building blocks to future advancement allows families to transcend their circumstances.

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Alleviating health issues that prevent women from working and children from attending school enables the community to thrive and focus their attention elsewhere.

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Providing vocational training and the ability to increase household income leads to immediate quality of life improvements.

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Our Pledge

Every dollar raised goes directly to programs that change lives.

Our staff and infrastructure is supported by the founding endowment from the Desai Family and its board members.

Now, as a public foundation, your support helps expand our life-changing programs in
India and the U.S.

News + Media

Menstrual Equity & Social Impact Heroes Get Boost by Secretary Hillary Clinton's Visit in India!

We were beyond honored to have former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, visit the programing of the Desai Foundation today! Having this incredible opportunity to highlight our programs for Sec. Clinton is deeply empowering not just for our team and supporters, but the communities we serve as well. Read the full press release HERE.

How You Can Help

Donate for
Menstrual Equity

Donate to the Heroes for Humanity program

in partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée

Donate to our COVID-19 Relief

Working with the existing strengths of each community, we provide the tools needed to create stronger, healthier, and more economically independent households.

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The Desai Foundation

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1 week ago

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We love seeing the women in our #beautician Skills Training Course, which is held in partnership with IIT Gandhinagar learn and grow! How would you have them use their skills on you?#vocationaltraining #beautyskills #cosmetology ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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We are so excited to announce that this year’s Lotus Festival will be held on September 30th at the Collings Foundation Heritage Museum! Last year we were so lucky to have Avanti Nagral and Nina Davuluri! Stay tuned for more to come about this year’s event. There are limited tickets available, visit lotus2023.givesmart.com to reserve your spot today!#events #celebration #philanthropy #lotusfestival ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Since opening in January, our 16 distribution ambassadors and 11 machine operators at our new Lucknow production unit have produced and distributed over 43K sanitary napkins! We are so happy to see this new unit’s big success!🔗 Please consider making a tax deductible donation to our Asani Sanitary Napkin program! Visit www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GX26877HW62UU to make a contribution. Thank you!#mhm #menstrualhygiene #sanitarynapkin #menstrualequity ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Candle & Diya Making is one of the many vocational programs we offer to the women we serve! Visit our website to learn more about or vocational training: www.thedesaifoundation.org#skillstraining #vocationaltraining #candlemaking #diya ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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The myths and taboos many Indian women face today regarding their period didn’t originally come from a place of harm. When people had to work harder in the past, women’s lack of participation in the community was not intended to ostracize them but give them an opportunity to rest from their duties. Over time and due to the influence of colonization and patriarchal ideas, these ideas started to become harmful to the women they were meant to protect. Would you like to know more about this topic? Let us know in the comments below!#asani #menstrualequity #sanitarynapkin #clintonglobalinitiative #menstrualpad #menstruation ... See MoreSee Less
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