giving back

The Indus Charitable Foundation was established in 2010 to help make a meaningful impact on our local communities globally

Over the past 12 years, the Indus Charitable Foundation has sponsored organizations with a focus on the advancement of women, children’s education, environmental causes, as well as racial injustice and inequality issues. Our philanthropic efforts also include a charitable match program where we encourage our employees to also give back and support their local communities.

Since inception, the Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to notable organizations such as the ones below:

Pure Earth

Pure Earth is a leading global non-profit focused on solving the pollution crisis in low and middle-income countries. For over 20 years, the Pure Earth team around the globe has been working to achieve a world where all, especially children, are able to live healthy lives and reach their full potential, free from exposure to toxic pollution.

Our non-Executive Chairman, Sheldon Kasowitz, is the co-Chair of the Campaign for 10 Million Lives which commits to raising $10 million to implement proven pollution solutions and directly improve the health and lives of 10 million endangered women, men and children.

RiverKeeper

Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization founded in 1966, dedicated to protecting and restoring the Hudson River from source to sea and safeguarding drinking water supplies through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science, and law. Riverkeeper envisions a future in which the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the New York City drinking watershed are restored to ecological health and balance.

Indus Capital Partners serves  on Riverkeeper’s Corporate Stewardship Council (CSC) which comprises of companies that support Riverkeeper’s robust sustainability programs and help move the needle on sustainable practices in the NYC area. In the fall of 2021, the Indus team partnered with Riverkeeper in a Service Day project at Riverside Park. Indus volunteers cleared a hillside of invasives at 120th Street and planted native shrubs to help stabilize the ground from further erosion and maintain a healthy shoreline ecosystem, which in turn helps protect the Hudson River.

Asian University for Women

Since its founding in 2008, Asian University for Women (AUW) has recruited young women from some of the most challenging areas of Asia and the Middle East to pursue a top-rated liberal arts and science education on its campus in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Based on the belief that those most impacted by an issue are the most equipped to lead transformative change, AUW makes efforts to matriculate students who would not otherwise have access to impact their communities. Most of AUW students are on full scholarship, and the vast majority are the first in their families to attend higher education.

For several years, the Indus Charitable Foundation has made an impact through multi-year scholarship commitments which support AUW’s mission in building a powerful network and technically advanced educational program to further serve talented women in Asia.

Fabretto

Fabretto’s mission is to empower underserved children and their families in Nicaragua to reach their full potential, improve their livelihoods, and take advantage of economic opportunity through education. Fabretto believes in the power of education to enable children and youth, the future leaders of Nicaragua, to break the cycle of poverty. For over 65 years, Fabretto has been building relationships within Nicaraguan communities in order to provide hope and a better future to the children and youth in need. Today, the organization serves over 50,000 children and youth through work in eight Fabretto Education Centers and more than 100 local public schools through a holistic approach to education that involves the entire community.

Indus is aligned with Fabretto’s mission and has long supported their cause as a partner organization. In 2020, Fabretto was able to reach more communities than ever to meet the emergency needs of communities affected by hurricanes Eta and Iota. In 2021, Fabretto was able to implement a COVID-19 response campaign which assessed whether the students had access to technology for remote learning and that hygiene and food kits were distributed to families.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC is the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization. Its mission is to build and support mentoring relationships that ignite the biggest possible futures for youth (ages 7+). Centered in the core values of putting youth first, advancing diversity, equity & inclusion, operating with integrity, engaging with empathy, and investing in learning & innovation, BBBS of NYC meets the diverse and dynamic needs of all NYC youth to ensure they have the opportunities to thrive and succeed as the next generation of leaders.

Through Indus’ meaningful contributions, we have been able to help the organization’s mission in building a suite of youth development programs and one-to-one mentoring in a community-based or workplace setting. Together, we ignite the potential of NYC's young people in accessing opportunity pathways towards college and career success.

UC San Diego

The mission of the 21st Century China Center (21CCC) at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy is to produce and disseminate impactful evidence-based research about China, and to enhance U.S.-China mutual understanding by advancing scholarly collaboration, convening policy discussions, and actively communicating with policymakers and the general public in both countries.

Indus has supported some of the priorities of 21CCC which includes the focus on science and technology issues in the U.S.-China relations involved research integrity, talent, intellectual property, and technology control.

AAAIM

The Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the investment management industry, serving as a powerful voice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. To assist with the elevation of underrepresented groups through education, networking, and empowerment, the Indus Foundation has pledged to support the Emerging Leaders Initiative (E.L.I). The E.L.I. program provides sponsorship, education, and career guidance by creating a platform for upward mobility of AAPIs and other underrepresented communities in the investment field.

Asian American Federation

Established in 1989, with the mission to raise the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community, the Asian American Federation (AAF) is the largest umbrella leadership organization in New York serving diverse Asian American communities. In partnership with their 70 member and partner organizations, AAF represents the collective interests of 1.7 million Asian New Yorkers and work to make sure the pan-Asian community remains visible, their needs are addressed, their contributions are valued, and their stories are told. They do this by providing expert research, strong advocacy, and training pan-Asian profits to be better at serving their communities. Indus has worked with AAF to help end anti-Asian hate, which numbers had skyrocketed during 2020 and 2021.

In July of 2021, Indus partnered with AAF to host a virtual discussion with our US employees. Joo Han, Deputy Director of AAF, was the speaker and outlined the importance of addressing anti-Asian hate, and the importance of their Hope Against Hate Campaign, that provides immediate street safety to Asian Americans. Through this discussion, Indus gained the knowledge and understanding needed to truly be an ally to AAF for years to come.