Findings from a research study conducted by a ten-person team from J-Intersect, a global performance improvement company, have led the American India Foundation (AIF) to be named one of the two best diaspora philanthropy organizations worldwide, sharing the distinction with the Philippine Development Foundation/Ayala Foundation. This intensive, rigorous research study was designed to benchmark diaspora philanthropic organizations and high value-add best practices worldwide. More than 125 sector professionals from a global network contributed to the study, which was conducted over a six-month period.


The J-Intersect study found that AIF achieves ten times more positive social impact from donor contributions than the average peer (also known as a “10x NPB multiplier”). The findings of the J-Intersect Project Report also concluded that AIF has developed a consistent track record of:
•    Creating global benchmarks and high value-add best practices
•    Innovating and using key performance indicators to continuously improve performance
•    Achieving high value-add, high return on resources, and high impact – the “three highs”

The Charles & Agnes Kazarian Foundation, who commissioned the study, announced a new worldwide Knowledge Partnership initiative, with an investment of $1.8 million for a Knowledge Partnership with AIF. Founder and Chairman Paul Kazarian remarked, “AIF shares our passion for improving performance at the nexus of the commercial and social sectors, and they also share our passion for the ‘three highs’: high value add, high return on resources, and high impact.” Both organizations are committed to empowering families in the critical areas of education, livelihoods, and public health – the three pillars of AIF.

About the American India Foundation
AIF is the largest US-based diaspora philanthropy organization focused on India. Since its inception in 2001, AIF has benefited more than 1.5 million people through its innovative programs and partnerships with Indian non-governmental organizations. President Bill Clinton serves as its honorary chair; Nobel Prize economist Dr. Amartya Sen is the Chair of AIF’s U.S. Advisory Council. In recognition of its high impact programs, fiscal efficiency, and donor stewardship, AIF has received the highest possible 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years.

The highlights of the J-Intersect study can be found in the Project Report Section at