India Association of Charlotte is an IRS tax exempt non-profit organization, that brings together people of Indian origin, who call Charlotte home, to celebrate and preserve their rich and diverse cultural heritage. It seeks to preserve, and promote understanding of India, Indian people and their culture within the greater Charlotte mainstream community around us here.
We partner with other entities in Charlotte to drive initiatives to promote artistic diversity and leverage artistic and cultural diversity to address the national undercurrent of xenophobia directed at immigrants, and in particular to those with Asian origins.
There were a small number of Indian families living in the Charlotte and Mecklenburg county area some twenty years back. They were new in the area and their neighbors and friends did not seem to have any knowledge about the rich cultural heritage of India, and someone proposed the idea of forming an organization to foster that understanding and outbound education. As a result, the India Association of Charlotte was formed in 1995 by a Steering Committee of volunteers and continues with no paid staff. The organization was registered as an IRS Tax Exempt organization in 1999. Since then, the number of Indian families has steadily grown and there are now estimated to be around 35000 people of Indian origin.
The India Association of Charlotte was established as an independent nonprofit organization in February 1995, IRS Registration EIN 56-1907586, and was granted a tax-exempt status in April 1999 under 501(c)(3) of the IRS.