Pediatric and Geriatric Care Foundation trust is better known by its acronym PG Care Foundation. This is a physician lead Systematic crowd-funding organization started in 2013 in Bangalore India. This social forum has nearly 240 members that include members across all professionals who are like-minded philanthropists who do crowd-funding for the patients through the foundation. This has supported the treatment of over 145 patients in at least four Indian states supporting funds amounting to nearly 1crore 40 lakh rupees (2,00,000 USD). PG Care comes to the rescue of needy children and geriatric patients. The Foundation also supports the continued long-term care of Juvenile Diabetics (IDDM) and gives interest-free loans to needy parents when hospital costs for treatment are higher than they could afford. PG Care Foundation’s primary activity is social service with the motto of financially aiding poor and needy children and elderly people in society when a major curable illness threatens them. The NGO’s role comes into play when near and dear ones cannot take care of the treatment costs. The Foundation diligently searches for hospitals that are willing to help patients and forms partnerships. The details of the disease, requirements of the patient, and the financial status of the parent are scrutinized thoroughly by a decision-making group of 25 doctors from all specialties who work voluntarily for the Foundation. This is done thoroughly before the decision to support a case is taken. The carefully deliberated amount is transferred directly to the hospital to enable the child or the elderly to get free or subsidized treatment. To create public awareness and to collect the needed funds, the members of the organization actively conduct fund-raising events and approach interested supporters through social media. The charitable trust has received tax exemption under 80G from Government of India since January 2016 and tax returns are filed every year. The future plan is to establish a geriatric care home for palliative care.
Pediatric and Geriatric Care Foundation was started by a group of doctors from Karnataka Medical College, Hubli, Karnataka, India, who forethought the necessity for such a crowd-funding initiative while studying MBBS in the 90s. The seeds of this NGO were sown when a batch of 1990 students volunteered to help elderly in an aged home in 1992. The thoughts of crowd-funding came about when the 1990 batch collected Rs 550 for a poor lady who needed money for an anti D globulin injection when she was pregnant with her first child. The young lady was sent to the boys’ hostel by pranksters when she was begging for funds on the road.
The moment to start such an organization came in 2010 when a poor three-year-old girl in Bangalore, Vani, died due to a lack of funds for the treatment of progressive eye cancer called Retinoblastoma. The news of the fund- collection drive appeared in the Deccan Herald newspaper. Due to lack of funds, the cancer progressed in a short time and the girl died. The news of the poor girl’s demise appeared in the same newspaper after 3 months. The situation was discussed among founders and a clear vision to start a foundation to help such needy families were contemplated.
As big stride begins with a small step, in August 2013, Dr. Shravan Kumar Jyoti (Cayman Islands), Dr. Adinarayanan (Pondicherry), Dr. Harsha Jadenur (Bangalore) Dr. Chandru Uppin (Bangalore), Dr. Anil Vasudevan (Bangalore) Dr. Raghuram (Bangalore), Mr. Praveen KR (Mangalore) and Mr. Ashish Gaud (Bangalore) met in Bangalore to formally launch PG Care foundation in August 2013. This was the humble beginning of PG care foundation trust.