We operate in India as a branch office of a foreign organization, with the permission of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). We disburse all grants worldwide directly from our main office in Seattle, Washington, and we confirm that our Indian grantees are compliant with India's Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) before they receive any funding from us.
Our work in India
The foundation began working in India in 2003 with the launch of Avahan, an HIV prevention program that is estimated to have prevented 600,000 new infections. Our efforts in India now focus on key issues that will affect the future of India’s most vulnerable communities: reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition; sanitation; agricultural development; gender equality, and digital financial inclusion. We have invested more in India than in any other country besides the United States.
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