India Relief and Education Fund (IREF) was founded in 1993 in the San Francisco Bay Area with the twin objectives of organizing India awareness educational activities in the U.S. and supporting like-minded organizations in India, as well as supporting disaster relief work in India.
IREF has organized seminars and lectures by several speakers from India including leading journalists, renowned film makers, theater personalities, scholars, social activists and other leading cultural figures. We have organized screenings of films, theater events, and exhibitions with strong social and cultural themes. We also serve as a resource conduit for literature, audio/video materials, posters and other educational materials from organizations engaged in social awareness activities in India. Funds raised from the sale of such materials or from related activities are sent directly to these organizations.
From time to time, IREF has responded to natural disasters in India -- earthquakes, cyclones, drought, floods -- by raising funds for relief work and forwarding these to grass roots organizations engaged in providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected people.
IREF is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) and is tax-exempt under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its TIN is 94-3196666. The organization relies on contributions from friends and supporters to fund its activities. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by IRS laws.