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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.

How You Can Help

Donate in Cryptocurrency Donating cryptocurrency is a non-taxable event, meaning you do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount and can deduct it on your taxes. We use GivingBlock to help us accept coins and offer flexible ways to give efficiently!

Donate to the Heroes for Humanity program

in partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée

Donate as part of our urgent 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

3 days ago

Desai Foundation
Thank you to all who joined us for this year's Lotus Festival in celebration of 25 years of health and livelihood programming for rural India!Thank you to all who joined us for Lotus Festival 2022 on Saturday at the Gillette Stadium! It was a magical night of friends, family, and colleagues, all of whom share a passion for empowering rural India and women and children! Special gratitude to Nina Davuluri, acclaimed filmmaker, activist, actor, and entrepreneur who first gained international recognition by becoming the first Indian American and South Asian to become Miss America 2014; Avanti Nagral, pop singer and content creator on a mission to create songs, stories, and conversations that challenge societal norms; the incredible auctioneer CK Swett who rallied guests for an amazing turnout of gifts for India; and those kind folks who spoke about their experience with The Desai Foundation – Hemant Mehta, Deepika Sahwney, Pooja Devendran, Shaan Bhargava. and Santhana Krishnan! And thank you to our team of volunteers and staff who shared their smiles and service with us!It was wonderful to share the evening with all of you. Your generous donations will fund next year’s health, livelihood, menstrual health, and vocational training programs in rural India! Your commitment and compassion make this all possible – congratulations on work well done! Love and gratitude from the Desai family and The Desai Foundation! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Desai Foundation
To date, 335,997 people in India have been impacted by the Desai Foundation and the Asani Sanitary Napkin program’s MHM awareness initiative. We are so proud of this milestone and look forward to reaching even more people in the future!To help the Desai Foundation continue to provide crucial educational opportunities like these, please consider donating at: thedesaifoundation.org/donate-now/ #menstrualmondays #menstrualhealth #womenshealth #health #periodequity #menstruation #periods #periodpoverty #menstrualequity ... See MoreSee Less
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