Banerjee Education Foundation
Who We Are
Here at the Banerjee Education Foundation, our vision is to increase global access to education and arts programs for marginalised and at-risk communities.
To improve livelihoods through the provision of funding for education and arts pathways by supporting a variety of programs in the United States and abroad.
Founded in 2018, the Banerjee Education Foundation is an American non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting global education and arts-based programs. Current programs focus primarily on projects in India and the United States.
Dr Nasima Banerjee
President and Board Member
Dr. Nasima Banerjee serves as President and Board Member of the Banerjee Education Foundation. She has been a practicing pathologist in Connecticut, USA for nearly 40 years. Nasima’s awareness of education inequalities came at an early age when she was a middle school student in Kolkata, India. Since then she has been a passionate advocate of global education access, regularly contributing to primary and higher education causes. By launching the Banerjee Education Foundation, Nasima intends to expand support for education access and equality both in the United States and internationally.
Dr Saumitra R Banerjee
Dr. Saumitra Banerjee is a Board Member of the Banerjee Education Foundation and a practicing surgeon in the Hartford, Connecticut area. Growing up in Kolkata, India, Saumitra witnessed the daily inequalities in education access children face regularly. He became an active supporter of education causes, particularly those that promote access to performing arts training. As a Board Member, Saumitra looks forward to supporting projects that enable improved quality of basic and creative education domestically and abroad.
Dr Leslie S. Kish
Dr. Leslie S. Kish is a Board Member of the Banerjee Education Foundation and a retired pathologist. He spent many years practicing at Bristol Hospital in Connecticut where he was the Chief of Pathology from 1975 - 2005. He has also served as board member for various organisations including Bristol Hospital and United Way. Dr Kish currently serves as a Board Member of the Bristol-Burlington Health District. He also volunteers for a number of organisations and is a previous recipient of the Lou Bachman Award for outstanding Community Service.
Dr Shonali Banerjee
Dr. Shonali Banerjee serves as a Program Consultant for the Banerjee Education Foundation and is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Shonali completed her PhD in International Development at the University of Sussex, studying the effects of philanthropic crowdfunding platforms on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India. Before returning to academia, she spent 5 years working for international development and education organizations in the United States, Thailand, and Cambodia. As Program Consultant for the Banerjee Education Foundation, Shonali looks forward to supporting American and international NGOs in providing education access to underserved communities.
See the projects we have supported so far
Charter Oak Cultural Centre, Hartford, Connecticut
Youth Arts Institute
Charter Oak’s Youth Arts Institute provides tuition-free arts classes, workshops, and other programming to over 1,000 Hartford youth each year. Learning an art form enhances creativity, and teaches perseverance, team skills, self-confidence, self-expression, and so much more. Since March 2020, the organisation has gone above and beyond offering every student in their ensembles a free private or semi-private music lesson this semester.
The Branch Foundation
Support Community Development in South-East Asia
The Branch Foundation (TBF) works directly with marginalized communities in Southeast Asia to achieve sustainable development through supporting education, capacity building, and renewable energy solutions. Through these grassroots endeavours, TBF offers support to populations outside the main scope of humanitarian aid such as ethnic minorities, at-risk youth, and refugees. They ensure high organisational transparency and that operational costs at kept at a minimum.
Tiljala Society for Humans and Educational Development, Kolkata, India
Educate Destitute Girls in Kolkata
This project empowers girls from very poor families to avoid early marriage and a life of extreme poverty, illiteracy, childbearing, abuse and drudgery. A sponsored girl remains in school and goes on to further education or vocational training. Educated and with financial independence she can delay marriage, is empowered to make decisions for herself and to support herself and her family.
Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society, Kerala, India
Musical instruments for 17 slum children in India
Don Bosco Veedu Society, Trivandrum, is an Indian charity offering a diverse range of services to vulnerable and disadvantaged children, youth and women. The Don Bosco Veedu Society is offering free Chenda (an Indian percussion instrument) tuitions to a group of 17 children living in slum areas, aged 12 to 15. Through this project the Don Bosco Veedu Society is planning to provide free Chendas to the children