TNF About Us

About Us

TNF Story – At a Glance

Tamil Nadu Foundation is a nonprofit foundation created in 1974 by a group of Americans of Tamil origin who wanted to help people from their native province of Tamil Nadu in India.


The organization was founded on Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1974, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The founders were Dr. P.G. Periasamy, Dr. R. Palanisamy, Dr. P. Theagarajan, and Dr. P.R, Perumalswami.

TNF was incorporated in Maryland in December 1975, and was given tax-exempt status in April 1976.

Ever since the founding, TNF has functioned to the objectives stated in the constitution. More than 700 projects were sponsored by 1100+ Life Members and Chapters of TNF. These projects have touched excess of 500,000 underprivileged all over Tamil Nadu, including 100,000+ students in government schools through TNF’s flagship ABC education initiative, 60,000+ victims of 2015 floods and 20,000+ victims of Cyclone Gaja in 2018.

TNF Mission

To empower the underserved in Tamil Nadu (India) through Education, Women’s Empowerment, Rural Development and Health & Hygiene by enriching their  educational, social, economic and cultural status. 


TNF Mission

To empower the underserved in Tamil Nadu (India) through Education, Women’s Empowerment, Rural Development, and Health & Hygiene by enriching their educational, social, economic, and cultural status.

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$ 1 Million
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