MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO
Few years back when I came to know about International Mission of Mercy (IMMUSA), several thoughts went through my mind: making a difference, non-profit work, donation, service to and helping others, philanthropy and impact. Although these were not foreign concepts to me because of my early exposure at home in India and later in U.S. (as a volunteer Soccer coach, as a volunteer helping RPI alums, as a contributor to sick children floor in St. Peter's hospital, and as a local community service volunteer), I did explore closely the non-profit world and how it was making a difference where Governments fell short.
What I discovered was that writing a check to a multi-national non-profit didn’t give Shailja (my wife) and me any satisfaction because we wanted to know what, where and how the organization was making a difference. This led to meeting Mr. Mehtani for IMMUSA’s 25th anniversary event where both Shailja and I were deeply involved in planning and executing the event.
As I learned more about Mr. Mehtani and his early childhood hardships going through India’s partition (1947), I found more of that in common with my parents and grandparents (1947).He has a drive to help people suffering through disasters, both natural and man-made, and that is the foundation IMMUSA is built on.
During these conversations Mr. Mehtani asked me to lead IMMUSA as the new President and CEO so he could spend more time with his wife because of her deteriorating health. I am glad that both Shailja and I have made a commitment and have had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of Ambassador Davis, Dr. & Mrs. Sharma, Dr. & Mrs. Bharara and other board members. We are very hopeful that over the next 25 years, IMMUSA will be able to make a much larger impact in U.S. and worldwide.
At IMMUSA we are trying to do what multi-national large organizations can’t do, which is to make your dollars work harder by directing majority of the funds to go to work for disaster relief and local community activities. The entire executive team and board members at IMMUSA work as volunteers, no one draws a salary.
“Tann, Mann aur Dhan ka Daan”
I often get asked what can I do for IMMUSA and my response is: volunteer your time and skills, donate, attend our meetings, give us ideas, and above all get involved! You all must have heard of the Hindi phrase prevalent in Indian culture and something I heard from my parents all the time “Tann, Mann aur Dhan ka Daan,” meaning that one should be committed to helping others who are less fortunate than us through body, mind, soul and wealth. This is irrespective of one’s financial stature. That has been my guiding principle and I hope it becomes yours too.