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This is who we are.

Our Mission

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

Our Values

Connection, Social Impact, Family Engagement, Sustainability, Justice


Board of Directors

Sudhi Rajagopal, Chair - Napa, CA
Jamie Rajagopal-Durbin - Lander, WY
Nivedita Gopinath Sarathy - San Francisco, CA
Vikram Ranganathan - San Ramon, CA
Vasu Devan - San Francisco, CA
Kousalya Ranganathan - Danville, CA

Foundation Staff

Sudhi Rajagopal - Executive Director
Vishrudh Sarathy - Director of Finance
Abinand Devan - Director of Operations

Finance Committee

Vishrudh Sarathy
Vikram Ranganathan


Project History

2018

Jeevan Blood Bank
$20,000 for staffing and administrative costs associated with Jeevan’s HLA Typing lab

National Alliance on Mental Illness
$25,000 toward the NAMI Mental Health Awareness Initiative

Altius Foundation
$24,575 to help fund the Platform project; supporting the growth of Karka Math Lab

The Leela Institute
$10,000 - The Leela Institute aims to provide the financial infrastructure necessary to advance and elevate Indian classical dance and music on the world stage.

Global Citizen Year
$10,00o - Global Citizen Year is an Oakland-based non-profit that recruits and trains a diverse corps of American high school seniors to participate in an immersion-based international bridge year

American India Foundation
$5,000 of humanitarian aid toward the Kerala Flood Rehabilitation


2017

Altius Foundation
$16,464 toward the funding of the Karka Math Lab and Gift-A-Future programs

Jeevan Blood Bank
$10,000 for staffing and administrative costs associated with Jeevan’s HLA Typing lab

Akshaya Patra
$5,000 to help provide meals to school children in India

CARE
$7,500 in humanitarian aid for South Sudan

Global Giving
$5,000 in humanitarian aid for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Groundwork USA
$10,000 to fund efforts to positively impact people's lives through improving green spaces in their own backyards


2016

National Alliance on Mental Illness
$20,000 to the general fund to support mental health initiatives in the United States

Altius Foundation
$11,000 toward the funding of the Karka Math Lab and Gift-A-Future programs

Jeevan Blood Bank
$15,000 for staffing and administrative costs associated with Jeevan’s HLA Typing lab

DonorsChoose.org
$1,963 for Louisiana flood relief efforts

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
$2,500 toward the "Out of the Darkness" Walk in Oakland

Global Giving
$5,000 of humanitarian aid for natural disasters ($2,000 for the Italy Earthquake and $3,000 for Hurricane Matthew)


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 attempt to summit Denali, North 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.