As all of you are aware, Chennai and neighboring areas like Cuddalore, Pondicherry and Nagapattinam are struggling to cope with the torrential rains and ensuing floods over the past few weeks. As we helplessly watch from afar, our families are struggling to find dry land. Power is scarce as is food and warm clothing. What we can do is to find the right venues to collect and distribute funds for near term support and long term rebuilding efforts.
To that effect, the North American PSG Tech Alumni Association has identified some venues to help funnel funds to the right organizations. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to answer. Whichever option you choose, please check with your employer on possible matching donations.
Contribute to the Bay Area Tamil Manram (BATM). You can find more about how they are handling the funds on their website. BATM is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. U.S.Federal Tax I.D. #: 61-1652739. All your contributions are tax deductible and eligible for employer match. You can do that via Paypal here.
Contribute to a new collective effort "Help Chennai Get Back on its Feet". This volunteer group has sprung up just for this cause and is strongly supported by friends in the Bay Area community. You can send donations to them through Bank transfer. Details are as follows:
Name : Chennai Flood Relief -
501(c)(3) Non-profit Corporation - Federal Tax ID #26-1983198
Bank Wire Details:
Name of Bank: Bank of America
Address of Bank: 444 S. Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Routing Number: 121000358 (paper & electronic)
A/c Number: 000041662422
Contribute to other relief efforts. Here are some of many. We have not personally verified all these venues. So we would recommend that you do your due diligence.