In February of this year, the Giving Back Foundation, headed by Meera Gandhi, funded the food program of St. Michael's School in New Delhi, India. The earnings from the global screenings of Gandhi's inspirational documentary Giving Back funded this project. "We are working very hard, and thanks to the great support of friends worldwide, we have made huge strides on all fronts, in just six months," begins Meera Gandhi, founder and CEO of the foundation. "We are now officially granted a 501(c)3 tax exempt status."
It's been quite a year for the Giving Back Foundation. First, back in March, it kicked off their Inspirational Lecture Series at the Birch Wathen Lenox School here in Manhattan. Excerpts from the school essays will be posted on the foundation's website. Then, last month, the foundation broke ground on the playground project at St. Michael's with the Bishop of Northern India presiding over the occasion. Inspired by a visit to her son's boarding school and their own good fortune, Gandhi set out to provide the children of St. Michael's with an equivalent playground. This September, the foundation will release Giving Back, a new coffee table book featuring the various organizations recognized by the Giving Back Foundation for their good works. Worthy of note, this will include a "linked-in" section of well-wishers and friends.
"Thanks to the support of people around the globe, we are pleased to annouce that the Giving Back Award," continues Gandhi, "which will be given for the next five years to the Woodstock Film Festival actor, director, or producer who has participated in a film that induces postive social change." The award will be presented at the Woodstock Film Festival on September 24 (woodstockfilmfestival.com). "In October we will launch the Giving Back Girls Leadership Medal at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill," says Gandhi, another five-year commitment by the foundation to encourage a future generation of young women leaders.
Future screenings are planned for New York, Los Angeles, and Dubai. "I never dreamed that we would make such progress in a year," concludes Gandhi. "I am honored and humbled by such amazing support for the Giving Back Foundation."
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