Celebrating Good Works

woodstock 2013 Meera Gandhi signing Woodstock posterNow in its fourth year, Meera Gandhi’s The Giving Back Foundation keeps exponentially increasing its reach to help assist and educate young people around the world. The organization now has projects that span five continents, and keeps finding new ways to fulfill its mission of charity and education.

One such beneficiary is St. Michael’s, a school for girls in New Delhi, India. The Foundation has fully refurbished and updated the school so that the students can enjoy a more modern environment in which to learn while providing all meals every day and supplying a wide array of activities. In a country where girls are not always given priority, this is vital support for them.

The Foundation also provides annual grants and scholarship programs to young people as part of leadership programs in the United States, the United Kingdom, South America, and Hong Kong. For example, students of South Asian background receive assistance with their studies at Bernard Baruch University here in New York City. And to support the Arts, the Foundation provides annual honorariums and Giving Back Awards to artists, entertainers, and filmmakers whose work has led to social change.

This year, the first Giving Back Gala will celebrate the good works of the Foundation and its supporters. Held at the Pierre Hotel on March 19, the event will honor Barbara Tober, chairman emerita and chairman of the Global Leadership Council of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and Nimesh Kampani, founder and chairman of JM Financial. Actress Phylicia Rashad will emcee the event, which will be co-chaired by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, actor Tim Blake Nelson, Deborah Norville, and many more. Donors will include Samia Kamar Exclusive Handbags and Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

The woman behind the Giving Back Foundation, Meera Gandhi, has dedicated her life to charity. As the mother of three, she emphasizes the needs of children and their education. Her motto, which she imparted to the Foundation, is simple: “We are to the universe only as much as we give back to it.”