Bay Area Unites Bay Area Unites Tsunami Benefit Concert - Sunday, Feb 20th, 2005 2:00 - 5:00 pm - HP Pavilion, San Jose
hosted by a coalition of organizations

Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association, American Association of Bangladeshi Engineers and Architects (AABEA), American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, American India Foundation, American Leadership Forum, American Organization for Development of Bihar, ANZA Tech, ASHA for Education - Silicon Valley, Asia America MultiTechnology Association, Asia Society, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, Asian Pacific Fund, Asia-Silicon Valley Connection (ASVC), Association for India's Development, Balbharti Indo-American Cultural Association, Bay Area Tamil Manram, Bay Area Telugu Association, Bay Lankans, Buddhi Institute Disaster Relief Committee, Children USA, Inc./Prem Daan, China-US Technology Association, Chinese Information and Networking Association (CINA), Chinese Software Professionals Association (CSPA), Churchill Club, City Of Fremont, City of Milpitas, City of Morgan Hill , City of San Jose, Commonwealth Club, Community Foundation Silicon Valley, Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, Filipino American Community Development Council, Inc., Global Relief, Gujarati Cultural Association of the Bay Area, Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association, Human Agenda, India Community Center, Indian Business and Professional Women (IBPW), Indian Muslim Relief & Charity, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Indus Women Leaders (IWL), International Association for Human Values (IAHV), International Development Exchange (IDEX), International Institute of Film Finance, Jetro, Kannada Koota, Konkani Association of California, Korea IT Network, Lantern of the East - Los Angeles (LELA), Maharashtra Mandal of Bay Area, Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Muslim Community Association, Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County, One World Montessori, Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (Open), Pakistan Association Of San Francisco, Prabasi, Pratham, Sankara Eye Foundation, Sanskriti, SD Forum, Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN) , Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley Chinese Wireless Association (SVC WA), Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association, Silicon Valley Japanese Entrepreneur Network (SVJen), Silicon Valley LGBT Democratic Club, Somalia Group, South Asian Bar Association, South Bay Labor Council, Tamil Rehabilitation Organization , Tamils of Northern California, The Bay Lankans, The Indus Entrepreneurs, United Way Silicon Valley, University of Santa Cruz, US Lankans, Vietnamese Silicon Valley Network (VSVN), Vlab, Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley, Inc

Listen to Lisa Loeb's personal message about the Tsunami Benefit Concert (mp3)

Disbursement Process
BayAreaUnites – Tsunami Fund

The funds raised at this BayAreaUnites (BAU) event will benefit the hardest hit seven countries of the Tsunami disaster: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Thailand. The funds will target rehabilitation needs in these countries and will include projects such as health and therapy, micro-credit and livelihood, and children’s and women’s issues.

Disbursements will be managed by a BAU steering committee consisting of representatives from the major participating organizations and professional advisors. Funds will be deposited in a dedicated account at India Community Center, which may utilize the services of Community Foundation Silicon Valley. An independent accounting firm will audit the account.

A committee of BAU advisors is developing criteria that will guide selection of relief agencies and other NGOs and the amounts they will receive. The committee is focusing on criteria that will allow BAU to evaluate organizations with respect to the following:

  • Proven success in similar endeavors
  • Financial strength
  • Breadth of capabilities
  • Geographic coverage
  • Operational efficiency
  • Accountability policies and procedures
  • Specific projects proposed
  • Freedom from bias and discriminatio

BAU will conduct significant due diligence and reference checks before disbursing funds to any recipient. Disbursements will be fair, equitable and free of any bias based on factors such as religion, political orientation, national origin, or the like. All funds will be distributed in compliance with all governing laws and regulations, including the U.S. Patriot Act.

Steering Committee
As noted above, BAU has set up a steering committee to address the disbursement process and criteria. Committee membership will be supplemented over time to ensure proper representation of interested organizations and communities.

BAU is targeting September 30, 2005 as the deadline for completing the due diligence, selection and disbursement processes.

Pledge Cards
In addition to soliciting ongoing donations from public via the BAU website, on the day of the event volunteers will provide pledge cards to attendees. These cards will allow donors to designate whether their donations should go to a specific country or to all affected countries. For funds that are not designated for a specific country, the steering committee will direct an appropriate amount to each of the affected countries.

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