IACF Funds 21 Charities Serving Local Houston Community


2016 Charity Partners with IACF BOD
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By Vanshika Vipin

SUGAR LAND: For the past three decades the Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) has been receiving generous support from the philanthropic community in Houston, in the genres of Education, Family, General needy and Healthcare. IACF’s motto, ‘We live here We give here’, is being justified in true sense, where they foster the local community by not only taking care of their basic needs but also ensuring they lead enriched lives.


Nanda Vura

Thursday, June 23, witnessed one such milestone when IACF organized the annual IACF-2016 Funds Distribution Event at the Madras Pavilion. The event started at 7 pm with a networking session where delicious appetizers were served. It followed with the welcome address by Dr. Vanitha Pothuri, President Elect, IACF, welcoming the coalition.  Shortly thereafter, Nanda Vura, President, IACF, embraced the event. In his address speech he mentioned that this year IACF has funded 21 charities from the four genres that have been their focus, Education, Family, General needy and Healthcare. A few of these were new and emerging charity foundations. Nanda seemed ecstatic when he mentioned that this event truly demonstrated the essence of IACF’s vision, ‘We Live Here We Give Here’. The gathering itself was infact a huge compliment to this vision and went on to support its underlying motto. People were glad to know about the new and expanded vision of IACF. This vision epitomized on giving more to the charities they support by making available the services of the newly constituted auxiliary committee that includes volunteers, technical experts amongst several others. Nanda earnestly requested the charities to involve IACF in their programs and give them an opportunity to serve and support.  Nanda also took this opportunity to thank their charity partners, valuable donors, community and corporate leaders for making IACF- 2016 Funds Distribution Event a Grand Success.


Ramesh Cherivirala with Rajesh Dikonda (right)

The presentation of grants was then initiated, with Dr. Vanitha inviting the representatives from each of the recipient organizations. The community and corporate leaders oh Houston presented checks to these organizations. In her vote of thanks, Dr. Vanitha recited a poem, called Compassion, which exemplified the main cause behind this event.


Dr. Vanitha Pothuri

As delectable meal was being savored at dinner, people also rejoiced to the enchanting melodies by Mahalaxmi and Krishna, who thoroughly entertained everyone with their amusing performance.

It was truly an awe-inspiring evening; an evening to Learn, Get Inspired & Motivated with the remarkable work that IACF has been doing. Such a stupendous evening it was that it left everyone in high spirits and so looking forward to the next event- the ‘IACF-2016 Gala, After the Monsoon when charity Blossoms’, which will be hosted at the Stafford Center on September 30, 2016.


Krishna and Mahalaxmi

IACF’s Charity Partners:
Indian American Cancer Network, Literacy Advance, Indian Doctors Charity Clinic, PEACE – (Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment), KNOW Autism Foundation, Indian Senior Citizens Association, AVANCE Houston Inc, YLDP Houston – Youth Leadership Development Program, iEducate USA, SEARCH (in kind), Asians Against Domestic Abuse, Richmond State School, REACH Unlimited, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Turning Point Center, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Daya, Friends Helping Friends, Naomi House, Ovarcome, PAIR – (Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees.