Become a Donor

How to Donate

3 Ways to Donate

Donations to The Australian Friends of Vellore can be made in one of three options:

If you are associated with a state branch of FOV, you could send your donation to your local branch of FOV by Cheque / Money Order or by Direct Bank Debit.

If you wish, you can send your donations to the Board’s Cheque account by Direct Bank Deposit. You will receive the tax deduction receipt from us.

You can contribute online, either by Pay Pal or Credit Card. All the donations received on line as a rule go into the general support fund.

Invitation to Donate

The donations we receive fall under two categories: designated and undesignated.

Designated Donations

CMC is a huge organisation, spread over 7 campuses. There are many worthy causes which do not get the financial support from the institution because the budget can only cover so much. The institution has acknowledged the importance of such projects and is very happy for friends to donate towards them. These tax-deductible donations are sent across to Vellore to be allocated for the specific purposes for which they are intended. Such donations can be from individuals or groups such as alumni from a particular year or churches.

Almost two thirds of our donations are towards designated causes. If you wish to donate for a designated project, it is probably best to send it to the Board by Direct Bank Debit. It is the most expeditious and cost effective way to do.

Undesignated Donations

Donations we receive from friends at large during the year which are not designated for a specific purpose fall under this category. The Board makes the decision on how this money is allocated. We seek the advice of the CMC Director’s office in determining these decisions. Now and then the Director may ask for a large amount to be sent for an important cause. For example, recently we were able to help CMC with procuring the ICU equipment during the COVID pandemic. We also have ongoing annual commitments to support student scholarships and overseas fellowships for staff on study leave.

Where do our Contributions go?

You may be moved to support a particular cause at Vellore. If it is already approved, then there are no problems. If, however, it is a new project, permission will be needed from the administration. Please contact us and we will facilitate this process. We wish to highlight a few of the designated projects for your kind consideration. These have been supported by many friends around the world in recent years.
Person to Person
Low-Cost Effective Care Unit
Jawadhi Hills Project

Person to Person Fund (PTP)

CMC’s Person to Person Fund (PTP) began in the 1970s to provide good healthcare at an affordable cost for poor patients. Every year, PTP links hundreds of generous donors to deserving and financially burdened patients. Faithful friends and committed donors help us support over 2000 patients every year.

PTP gives an opportunity to contribute to the cost of a patient’s care. CMC augments the donations received by contributing fourfold. For example, if you donate $200, CMC adds $800 to it, and maximum of $1000 is allocated towards one patient. Your generosity is multiplied!

Friends from around the world support patients from all over India, through the diligent care of doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers at CMC. You will receive PTP reports from CMC periodically about patients who benefited from donations like yours with details about what they were treated for and how they benefitted from the care they received.

This is a very popular project among the international friends of Vellore.

The Low-Cost Effective Care Unit (LCECU)

Situated a few kms from the Vellore campus, it aims to provide quality but low-cost care to the poorest inhabitants of Vellore. Patients pay a nominal amount for registration and are only charged for drugs and investigations; even those charges are according to the individual’s ability to pay. There are clinics run by this department in old Vellore town. Community health workers are involved in educating the community and acting as go-betweens by referring patients to the unit. Some years ago, a generous couple from Perth donated a vehicle for this department.

Jawadhi Hills Project

This is an area, 60 km from Vellore, where about 80,000 people live under extreme poverty and poor access. Sadly, their health, literacy, and development indicators are quite low. The community Health and Development Department (CHAD) has been working in this area and needs funds to support this project. International FOVs including Australia have been generously contributing towards it in the past few years.

Doctors and nurses travel daily to conduct clinics. They also have been working in four villages to build toilets and install clean water supplies. Health workers from among the local residents whom they have recruited promote health and provide a link between the community and CMC.

Few years ago, the AVB donated a four-wheel drive vehicle for the sole purpose of accessing rough terrain in the hills. We donated an ultrasound machine for the antenatal care. We also have been contributing towards the wages of 11 ‘Health workers’ who play a big role in maintaining the communication line with the villagers. There are plans in place to establish a permanent clinic with resident staff – doctors and Nurses and it is hoped it will materialise in the near future.

This is an exciting place to visit and to support with your prayers and with financial aid.