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About Us

Our Mission

The Palayam Foundation is a family philanthropic organization dedicated to powering positive change in the communities we call home.

Our Values

Connection (to our home communities and family)
Social Impact
Family Engagement
Sustainability (of our organization and of the programs we support)
Justice


Board of Directors

Sudhi Rajagopal, Chair
Oakland, California

Jamie Rajagopal-Durbin
Lander, Wyoming

Nivedita Gopinath Sarathy
San Francisco, California

Vikram Ranganathan
San Ramon, California

Kousalya Ranganathan
Danville, California

Siddharth Raghavan
New York, New York

Foundation Staff

Sudhi Rajagopal
Executive Director

Vishrudh Sarathy
Director of Finance

Abinand Devan
Director of Operations

Finance Committee

Vishrudh Sarathy

Vikram Ranganathan


Project History

2015

Nalini Shekar - Hasiru Dala (Fellowship)
$30,000 towards Hasiru Dala, a waste picker's cooperative.

Bhoomika Trust
$10,000 toward Chennai flood relief efforts

2014

Nalini Shekar - Hasiru Dala (Fellowship)
$10,000 towards Hasiru Dala, a waste picker's cooperative.

2013

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) - Expedition Denali
$2,500 toward Expedition Denali; a group of inspiring role models who made history as the first team of African Americans to blaze a trail up America’s highest peak.

2012

Asoociation for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
$30,000 donation toward electoral reform in India; 2 year program

2011

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$10,000 contribution at ICA's Annual Dinner for various ICA projects.

2010

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
$
20,000 for Haiti earthquake relief efforts

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
$1,000 donation support for Sudhi's marathon (Team in Training). Donations go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

2009

Bhavishya
$5,000 to undertake various activities to create "an Autism Aware and Autism Accepting populous" in Bengaluru, Karnataka

3 Summits for Nepal
$1,000 donation to support Abi's Mount Rainer climb. Donations to to the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation to rebuild the Shree Pathivara Primary School, located in the small village of Karttike Deurali

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$5,000 for various ICA projects

Lazar K.C. (Fellowship)
$45,000

2008

Paromita (Fellowship)
$13,500 for Paromira to study issues around decentralization in the Rural Panchayati Raj System

2007

Meera Goradia (Fellowship)
$22,000 for Meera Goradia to develop the livelihood potential, opportunities, and resources of the weavers in Kutch district through appropriate interventions

Jeevan Blood Bank
$10,000 donation to help start the Jeevan Blood Bank and Cord Blood Center in Chennai

2006

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$25,000 for various ICA projects in Bihar & Uttar Pradesh

3 Summits for Nepal
$1,000 donation to support Abi's Mount Rainer climb. Donations go to Mitrata, an orphanage in Kathmandu, as well as building schools for children. The goal is to benefit children in Nepal who have been displaced as a result of the Maoist conflict

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$1,000 for ICA's Annual Dinner Event, Dinner Table Sponsorship

United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
$561 donation to support Mayu's fundraising for victims in Darfur

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$27,000 for various ICA projects

2005

South Asian Progressive Network (EKTA)
$20,000 for Pakistan earthquake relief efforts

2004

Communal Harmony Project
$15,000 via ICA to promote communal harmony in India

Mallika Sarabhai Event
$5,000 via ICA to support Dr. Sarabai's speaking tour about Communal Harmony and the Role of Civil Society, and the personal consequences of taking a principled stand against injustice

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$5,000 for various ICA projects

2003

Indo-Japan Centre, Madras
$10,000 donation in support of Indo-Japan Centre

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$25,000 for various ICA projects

2002

Indians for Collective Action (ICA)
$50,000 for various ICA projects

India Relief and Education Fund
$5,000 for Citizens Initiative in Ahmedabad; supporting victims of violence in Gujarat.

Child Family Health International (CFHI)
$10,000 for supporting the Viswanathan Family Fund via CFHI; college fund for children of late family friend Ramkimar Viswanathan.