It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving
- Mother Teresa
The Inspiration Behind The Foundation
The Sad and sudden demise of Sanjay Anand was, is and shall remain the motivating force behind the Sanjay Anand Charitable Foundation.
Sanjay was the firstborn of Sunil and Anu Anand. Growing up with the unconditional love and sensitive care from his mother, Sanjay was a leader amongst his friends. Sanjay harmoniously fused his eastern values with his western lifestyle. This promising boy was a perfect son, a loving brother, an everlasting friend, and a true gentleman.
Ironically, his real legacy was known, only after his fatal accident on May 10th, 1995. Inspired by God, we donated all of Sanjay’s organs.
Immediately, friends came forward to give testimony of Sanjay’s efforts characterizing his legacy. When asked to describe Sanjay, his friends reported to the Staten Island Advance that “at the time of need, Sanjay would even give the shirt off his back”.
Sanjay’s life continues to be the bread of life to thousands, as the efforts of the Sanjay Anand Charitable Foundation continue.
We Believe That Every Life Has Equal Value
To strengthen this belief, we follow certain principles that define our approach to the work involved-
We must be humble and mindful in our actions and words.
We must treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work with respect.
We demand that we all act ethically.
The Foundation’s Purpose
- The New York Regional Transplant program saved over 300 individuals with Sanjay’s gift of vital organs and tissues.
- Disabled children were able to walk with his donation of bones to the greater Metropolitan Bone Bank.
- Two people were given the gift of sight through the eye bank.
- The New York Cornell Medical Centre was able to help a burn victim with skin grafts.
Inspired by Organ and Tissue donations which helped hundreds of people, Sunil and Anu Anand established the Sanjay Anand Charitable Foundation Inc (SACF) in New York and Sanjay Anand Charitable Trust in New Delhi, India in 1995.