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In this edition...

What sets TNF Apart? - President's Remarks 
Know your board member
TNF steps up to help TN flood victims
Educational Scholarships - December 2023 Update
Everything is double in Dallas

Wisconsin chapter off to a great start
Welcome New Members

Support upcoming local chapter events
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President's Remarks

Hello Everyone. 
As another new year rolls in, I am sure we all have taken a moment to reflect upon the year that went by and count our blessings. Our association with TNF has placed us in a fortunate space where we have the capability to touch several lives and make a difference. I am grateful to all of you for your philanthropic efforts towards the TNF cause.
The recent cyclone related aftermath affecting Tamil Nadu is close to our hearts and the afflicted families are in our prayers. To offer our support in getting them back on their feet, TNF is working with local authorities. To raise funds for this cause, we are hosting a live music show on Saturday, Jan 6th, 2024. We request earnest support from all our members to help us raise funds by promoting this online event and making your contributions.
I am happy to share that our preparations for the Golden Jubilee event is in full swing. Our committee is finalizing the programs and will be releasing details soon. Please watch the social media platforms for updates. To register for the convention, visit
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I have been involved with TNF for the past 25 years in various capacities including participant, volunteer, local board member, running multiple national conventions and leader of this great organization built by several erstwhile leaders. I am often fending the question of how TNF is different from other charitable organizations. Several people have offered several reasons, and I did some of my own research. My summation of TNF is that TNF provides 'Charity as Service‘ based on the category the organization has been approved to work under the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) guidelines. The chart below explains it all and we are the only organization working under this framework where the focus is on the requestor.
We are working on several initiatives and will keep you updated. As always, thank you for your continued support.

On behalf of the TNF board members and myself, here’s wishing you all a blessed New Year 2024!

Veera Venugopal

Know your board member!

  Shanmugaprakash Natarajan, TNF Vice President of Projects, hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu and has lived in several countries including Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, United Kingdom & Germany, before choosing USA as his permanent home. Living in Naperville, IL since 1998, he is very active in Chicago Tamil Sangam and has served as Treasurer from 2000 through 2003. 

He works as a Chief Enterprise Architect and is a proud grandpa. He volunteers regularly at the Sree Venkateswara Temple, Aurora, IL and served on the registration team at the 10th World Tamil Conference held in Chicago. 

TNF steps up to help TN flood victims

Educational Scholarships - December 2023 update

During the month, 45 students received scholarships totaling an amount of ₹ 8,09,900/-.
Description # of Beneficiaries Scholarship Amount
(in Rupees)

VTK Memorial Educational Scholarship 5 ₹ 1,00,000.00
Arumugam & Gurunatha Educational Scholarship 25 ₹ 4,89,900.00
CM Educational Assistance & Rural Development 2 ₹ 15,000.00
Educational assistance to the destitute & socially abandoned children 1 ₹ 10,000.00
Dr. Ramadas Abboy Memorial Educational Scholarship 10 ₹ 1,80,000.00
TNF Scholarship for orphaned/semi-orphaned children due to COVID19 pandemic 2 ₹ 15,000.00
  45 ₹ 8,09,900.00

Everything is double in Dallas

On Dec 2nd 2023, TNF Dallas wrote a new slogan - Everything is double in Dallas.

Yes, the members and patrons came together and raised a little more than $100,000 to benefit two causes, thousands of miles apart. The beneficiaries of the evening event were the Juvenile Girl Children Prison at Kelly's Chennai and the victims of Maui wildfire. 

The evening event also had a double treat for attendees - நிழலின் நிஜம், a dance musical and a comedy skit combo. The entertainment was topped by volunteer prepared holiday delicacies. 

Wisconsin chapter off to a great start with a fundraiser

The volunteers and members of newly formed WI chapter displayed a heartwarming unity and compassion, at their fundraiser hosted to raise funds for helping Chennai flood relief victims. From crispy onion pakora to Kesari, with masala dosa and Pulao filling the plate, 600+ attendees opened their hearts and filled the donation box with over $14,600. If you have a friend in WI, request them to become a member of WI TNF Chapter. (Contact)

Welcome New Members!

Thank you & welcome new members to TNF's 50 year Legacy! 
(In honor of each new TNF member, college prep books will be donated to a student in need)

Arunraj & Hemavathy, Menomonee Falls, WI
Bala & Padma, Munster, IN
Balaji & Umashree, Menomonee Falls, WI
Bharathi Dasan & Poorani, Pewaukee, WI
Dhanalakshmi & Paul, Naperville, IL
Gopinath & Vanitha, Brookfield, WI
Guru & Suganya, Lannon, WI
Isaac & Amelia, Pembroke pines, FL
Jeevagan & Suneetha, Canton, MI
Karthick & Subasri, Overland Park KS
Karthik & Hemamalini, Wellington, FL
Manickam & Santhi, Miami, FL
Murali & Mala, Sterling Hts., MI
Natarajan & Charanya, West Bloomfield Twp., MI
Pugazhendhih & Narmatha, Farmington Hills, MI
Rajesh & Kavitha, Overland Park, KS
Senthil & Arthi, Edison, NJ
Senthil & Sonia, Menomonee Falls, WI
Srilekha & Shanmuga Senthil Kumar, Brookfield, WI
Srinivasan & Jayalakshme, Lannon, WI
Sriram & Aparna, Troy, MI
Suresh, Greensboro, NC
Venkatesh, Madison, WI
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