LIFT’s success depends on the generosity of individuals like you. Please consider supporting LIFT with your time or a donation.


Volunteer groups in Chicago coordinate annual fundraising events and regular outreach activities in support of LIFT. Please email Michele Cohen if you are interested in volunteering at

If you are planning a trip to India and are interested in visiting LIFT students in Tamil Nadu, please contact Mike Hobbs, Board Member at


LIFT is a registered charity with AmazonSmileAmazon will donate .05% of eligible purchases to LIFT when you shop at Simply go to to be directly connected to LIFT USA as your charity of choice. Then, bookmark (instead of so that your purchases will support LIFT! 


Volunteers needed to assist prior to and at the 2022 Annual Benefit:  Empowering Lives on October 8.  Please contact Michele Cohen at


LIFT USA (Leading India’s Future Today) is an 18-year-old nonprofit dedicated to developing leadership excellence in motivated and talented youth in Tamil Nadu, India by providing access to quality education and a home environment for youth with high potential who would typically be denied schooling due to limited access to resources.

LIFT addresses the systemic issue of poverty in two ways. It provides a homelike environment for students to live away from their families during the school year. Students live together in hostels which relieves their impoverished families from the financial burden of feeding, clothing, and educating them.  It also provides for a high-quality education with no financial commitment by the student or their family.  By providing a high-quality education for its students, LIFT strives to eliminate systemic poverty.

The Fundraising and nonprofit administration takes place in the U.S. Nearly 100% of LIFT’S annual fund is derived from U.S. donors.

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