Established in 2011, the Agrawal Family Foundation supports educational and technology-based initiatives that improve the health and well being of women, children and those with special needs around the world.
Health and education are deeply cherished values for the Agrawal family. They also offer the highest return on investment. “My dad Piyush Agrawal worked in education and always impressed on us its importance,” explained Sukrit Agrawal, Co-Founder of the Agrawal Family Foundation. “If you really want to have a meritocracy, the foundation is education. In terms of what it saves society, every dollar spent on the health and education of a child comes back multi-fold.”
Among one of the foundation’s proudest achievements was establishing a school for orphan girls in a rural community outside of Agra, India – not far from where the family once lived. Beginning with kindergarten-age girls, the school offers instruction until the age of 18. To date, dozens of girls have benefitted from the program, and many have received additional job training.
As it continues supporting this school, the Agrawal Family Foundation is focused on creating similar programs in Africa and India where educational funds make a significant impact on the lives of those in need. According to Sukrit Agrawal, “The challenge of getting any population out of poverty is cultural. If you can help them value education and get them on that path, not only do they get to write their ticket (to a better future), but also change becomes generational.”
Stateside, the Agrawal Family Foundation contributes to scholarships for first-generation college students at Florida International University. One hundred percent of such private donations are matched by a grant that provides financial assistance for students to attend state universities or colleges.
In addition to donating toward the Fox Trail Elementary School for Autism (Broward County, Florida), the Foundation funds innovative, technology-based educational programs and supports organizations that provide employment opportunities for those with special needs.
It also supports the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which harnesses the power of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education and mentoring to end gun violence and strengthen families.
“Education really is a great equalizer,” Sukrit Agrawal said. “When big tech recruiters come across brilliant, accomplished people, it doesn’t matter where they came from or what they look like – it’s what’s between their ears that counts.”
The Foundation’s philanthropic endeavors further extend to organizations that align with the Agrawal’s business, American Medical Depot (AMD), a leader in the medical supply industry. It regularly provides financial gifts to the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.