About Us

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“It was now my responsibility to do something that will make a difference in the lives of the people I have met. I have a responsibility…to share their powerful stories and to develop meaningful ways to engage the global community.”

– Dr. Amita Vyas, Founder

Our Story

Global India Fund (GIF) was founded in 2007 to give people around the world an opportunity to make a difference in India. The idea to develop the Global India Fund evolved in March 2007, as GIF founder Dr. Amita Vyas joined Ashley Judd, Kate Roberts, and YouthAIDS to India. YouthAIDS, an education and prevention initiative of PSI, undertook this Journey of Hope to visit its HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Mumbai, and to film a documentary about the calamitous health situation in India in collaboration with the National Geographic Channel.

The Journey of Hope was a life-changing experience for Dr. Vyas. She believed it was her responsibility to do something that would make a difference in the lives of the people she had met– “I have a responsibility to be their messenger– to share their powerful stories and to develop meaningful ways to engage the global community.” This proved to be an ambitious task– despite rising levels of philanthropy on a global scale, the need remains great on the grassroots level in India, where local non-profit organizations try to make a difference with scarce resources.

Our Mission

The mission of Global India Fund is to inspire global philanthropy and service by supporting innovative game-changing non-profit organizations and programs. We change the way people give by providing secure and transparent giving options to both individual and corporate donors. GIF showcases the work of credible non-profit organizations in India and empowers donors to choose which organizations to support—it is simple, smart, and powerful. Over the last decade, Global India Fund has supported programs for girls’ education, women’s empowerment, prevention of violence against girls and women, public health, and nutrition.

Quite simply, people care and people want to make a difference – GIF gives everyone the chance to be part of making positive change in the world.

-Dr. Amita Vyas, Founder

Our Funds

GIF and Samhita have created a robust credibility framework for all social organizations profiled on the portal. The credibility framework requires organizations to share multiple components of essential information with all other members of the portal. We will verify critical information such as legal and tax registrations, bank details and certifications for each listed organization. We also verify that the organization has not been blacklisted by agencies such as CAPART. In addition, all social organizations that raise donations through the portal are required to inform donors about their progress, impact and describe how donations are being used.

Our credibility framework was developed with inputs from donors, social organizations, professionals in various non-profit domains, legal experts, foundations, and other funding and support agencies.

Contributions are tax-deductible and within the limits established by law.

(GIF Federal Tax ID #14-2005694)