Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

What a wonderful time to wish you all a very happy new year! We celebrate a historic moment as a new President takes over in Washington DC, along with our first woman Vice President, who has Black and Indian heritage. Inaugurations take place every four years, but every year there is a sense of wonder and rejuvenation in this sacred democratic practice.

We start the new year with the same sense of wonder and delight in knowing how all of you supported ICA's effort to support our charities during the past year darkened by a crushing pandemic in the world and racism in the US. Your moral support and monetary contributions for the pandemic, BLM, food for the hungry, floods, charitable efforts in India all strived to make a better world for those in need.

Today, ICA wishes you a wonderful new year! We hope you will continue to "lend a hand" to quote our new President Biden, to the underprivileged.

I end with a silent prayer for the 400,000 who have lost their lives to the pandemic. May the New Year herald a new beginning, may it encourage ordinary people to do extraordinary things, may this be the start of a peaceful year.

Stay safe and all the best,
Reshma Nigam

Recent News

ICA's Supported Projects

For more than 50 years, ICA has worked closely with hundreds of NGOs in multiple states in India and USA to donate seed funding and support to incubate new NGOs, and to encourage inter-NGO co-operation.

ICA carefully reviews and selects each potential NGO project based on NGO requirement criteria such as current FCRA certification, USA-based Champion for the NGO, non-sectarian and non-political affiliation, compliance with ICA priority and vision, and more. The USA-based Champion acts as the eyes and ears of the NGO and ICA and co-ordinates all the project related documentation, activities, fund collection and disbursement.

In 2020, ICA funded pandemic and disaster response emergency funds. In 2021, ICA is focusing on scalable Impact projects in the areas of the Income generation, Rural development, and Health.


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An ICA meeting, a wedding, and then, a collaboration: Snehshraddha!

Dr Girish Kulkarni of Snehalaya & Bharat Vatwani of Shraddha met at an ICA Annual Meeting, next at a wedding, and then there was magic! In a wonderful example of ICA at its best they formed 'Snehshraddha', a project to help mentally ill patients found on the streets. ICA celebrates such partnerships among ICA-nurtured NGOs in India which further its goal of connecting organizations and individuals so they can learn and collaborate.

The Snehshraddha project will include de-addiction programs and chronic mental anomalies such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.


Spotlight: Dr. Meghana Rao of DC's Mary's Center, on treating COVID+ pregnant women

Dr. Meghana Rao is a physician at Mary's Center in Washington DC, with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology. One of her clinic sites is in Prince George's County, the hardest hit county in Maryland for COVID19 infections. They had (and still have) some of the highest numbers of COVID+ pregnant women. She spoke to ICA about her patients, racial disparities, and vaccination.


Apply for the Youth LEAD program!

The youth "LEAD" (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Action, Development) Program is moving forward with the plans to have a group of youth travel to Lok Biradri Prakalp (LBP), a trusted ICA-supported NGO, in the summer of 2021. The Youth LEAD program under ICA's umbrella is a new summer immersion opportunity at an NGO for High School and College students.

The orientation program on the 16th of January was well attended, and potential participants are starting the next phase of the process, that of filling out applications. Please visit the site at https://icaonline.org/youth-program-with-ica/ and fill out the application to avail of this amazing opportunity.

For any questions about the application process, fundraising or other concerns please email us at youthprograms@icaonline.org. We look forward to your applications.


Empowering girls and women: Women's Leadership Initiative

The Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) team invites all who believe that only in an equitable & just society where women & girls are allowed to thrive and contribute can everyone prosper, to support the work that it undertakes annually.

The ongoing pandemic has devastated communities across the globe making it a very challenging year for all, but few recognize how women & girls have been hit the hardest and disproportionately impacted. How do we respond? The urgency of the moment requires renewed & sustainable support for their personal aspirations in entrepreneurship and leadership and is more critical than ever in these uncertain times.

WLI was launched to nurture & empower women & girls in India with the conviction that empowered women & girls make a positive difference in their families, communities and organizations. The participatory approach towards healthy living and the transformative power of personal growth through self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence is central to its mission.

Read more about WLI and if you want to play an active role in the 2021 session, contact us at womensinitiative@icaonline.org

Announcing ICAs First FORUM event of 2021: March 5, 2021 7pm PST


Our first FORUM event of the year will be held on the 5th of March, 2021 at 7pm PST.

Join us and hear from two amazing individuals - Dr. Ravi Chopra and Mr. Zubin Sharma.

Registration link and other details will be shared soon.

Dr Ravi Chopra is the Director of People's Science Institute (PSI), Dehradun and a Managing Trustee of Himalaya Foundation, New Delhi. PSI is a non-profit public interest research and development organization, known for its innovative work in the areas of water resources management, environmental quality monitoring and disaster mitigation and response.

Zubin Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Project Potential whose mission is to identify, train, support, and connect overlooked local village Change-Makers in rural India to ignite local solutions for shared visions.

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2020-21 Executive Committee
  • President: Reshma Nigam
  • Vice-President and Sponsorship Chair: Abhay Bhushan
  • Treasurer: Jayashree Desale
  • Project Committee Chair: Govind Desale
  • Partnership Chair: Bhupen Mehta
  • Golden Jubilee Chair: Kirit Shah
  • Content Chair: Mayuranki Almaula
  • Marketing Chair: Sharmila Kumar
  • Women's Leadership Chair: Lata Patil
  • Strategy and ICA 3.0: Prakash Agarwal
  • Youth & Initiatives Chair: Padma Chari
  • Secretary: Smita Patel



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