Who Are We?
India Currents Foundation (ICF) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization that promotes community journalism, civic engagement and heritage arts in the United States. Tax ID: 83-3257703
India Currents Foundation works in several ways to support community journalism. We target subjects and viewpoints not served by the mainstream media. We collaborate with other independent media outlets.
What is our mission?
The mission of the Foundation is to advocate for and elevate the voices of minority communities, in particular the South Asian population in the United States, into the national discourse, through reporting and distributing stories to and from ethnic and minority communities, training next generation journalists, and facilitating forums and community programs.
What do we do?
We work with individual and institutional donors to fund projects aimed at:
Engaging The Community: Providing on-the-ground community participation and filling the geographic and topical gaps left by mainstream media companies. You can find many of these stories about arts and culture, social trends and history at IndiaCurrents.com.
We have created a vast reservoir of immigrant experiences which are of great interest to all Americans, new immigrants, educational institutions as well as government organizations.
Building Partnerships: Building partnerships with ethnic media organizations on projects to amplify important and collaborative work.
Staying On The Cutting Edge: Testing new technology to gather and distribute content in the way consumers want to get it. The media landscape is changing at breakneck speed. We are collaborating with Ethnic Media Services and Democracy Labs to test new tools.
Looking to the Future: Supporting the next generation of journalists with internships and training. We are working to train and mentor students so they have the tools to tell their stories in the digital economy.
How we do this?
India Currents Foundation is backed by charitable donations from contributors who care about authentic stories, a free press, democratic values and an informed citizenry.
The Foundation works along with India Currents magazine, which has delivered award-winning, trustworthy, stories about the Indian American diaspora for the past 33 years.
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Vandana Kumar: President & CEO: Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 32-year track record in the industry. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine in 1987 and published an award-winning print magazine from April 1987 to Dec 2017. Fully digital today, India Currents has the largest following among Indians in the United States.
- Vandana has won the Asian American Hero award from the County of Santa Clara and the Leadership in Business award from the California Legislature Assembly.
- Vandana serves on the Friends of PACT Advisory Board. and is President Emeritus, Board of Director of Narika.
- Vandana is an American Leadership Fellow, Class of XXIV.
Sandy Close, Board Member: Sandy Close became editor of Pacific News Service in 1974 and was a pioneer in developing youth media. In 1996 she founded New America Media which became the first and largest collaborations of ethnic news organizations. Her work has received several awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and the 2011 Polk Award for Career Achievement. In 1996, a film she co-produced, Breathing Lessons, won an Academy Award for best short documentary.When NAM closed she started Ethnic Media Services to sustain key projects with ethnic media.
Jayashree Patil, Board member: In 2006 Jayashree Patil founded Nirvana Woman, a magazine addressing Fashion, Lifestyle, and Issues facing South Asian women in America. She currently works as Social Media Evangelist at Digite Inc. She volunteers at Foundation for Excellence on social media strategy. Jayashree Patil has a large following on LinkedIn and Twitter. She looks to support South Asian Media and continue her philanthropic work. When she is not glued to the computer, she is cooking, painting or traveling the world.
Vijay Rajvaidya, Secretary/Treasurer: Vijay Rajvaidya serves as the Managing Director of India Currents Inc. His 30 years of experience in the technology industry of the Silicon Valley have fueled the vision of growing India Currents into a global enterprise. In his free time, Vijay is a theater actor, a pilot, a mountaineer and a scuba diver.