Charitable Fund

The ORIA and its members have been financially committed to improving the lives of children in rug weaving counties for over a decade. Although the ORIA has been successful in soliciting donations from its members for several specific relief efforts in recent years, we needed a more unified approach to helping rug weaving areas and others in need on an on-going basis.

Incorporation of the ORIA Charitable Fund as a non-profit organization allows us to solicit funds and channel them to various humanitarian projects, including schools and clinics in India, Pakistan and Nepal and the fund’s tax-exempt status provides additional incentives for retailers and wholesalers to support our efforts

Our Mission and Goals

In reviewing existing overseas agencies and programs, we concluded that the ORIA’s humanitarian efforts could be most effective by concentrating on raising funds to support already existing initiatives. As a result, we have been able to structure the ORIA Charitable Fund so as to minimize operating expenses, guaranteeing that close to 90% of the donations we collect can be sent overseas.

The Programs We Support

Although we will continue to support the needs of children across the globe when disasters strike, our focus will be to support on-going non-governmental programs aimed at improving the health, welfare and economic status of needy children and their families in major carpet weaving districts around the world. The Executive Board of the ORIA Charitable Fund will evaluate and monitor these programs to identify where funds can be used most effectively.

An example of the type of organization we support is Care & Fair, a ten-year-old organization with over 450 contributing members which operates in all three regions. In the rural areas of India’s carpet belt, for example, they run 16 schools as well as seven healthcare centers and a hospital for families of local rug weavers.

How You Can Help

We need your financial support. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will be put to work immediately. And, of course, every donation you make is tax-deductible.

The donation form has all the details. Note that you can specify which country you would like your contribution to help or let us apply funds as we deem best. For information, call Lucille Laufer at 201-866-5054 or visit us at

Honor Roll 2015

Special Thanks To The Following Companies For Their Contribution To This Year’s Very Successful Silent Auction.

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Sponsored Projects

Projects sponsored by ORIA Charitable Fund include: Care & Fair, Project Mala, Nepal Cleft & Burn Center and The American Red Cross

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We need your financial support. Any amount is greatly appreciated and will be put to work immediately. And, of course, every donation you make is tax-deductible.

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Charitable Fund News

News related to the Oriental Rug Importers Association Charitable Fund

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As reports from Nepal continue to stream in, we are increasingly aware of the desperate humanitarian needs of this devastated country. In response, the ORIA has been working with organizations that operate in Nepal to determine how we can best help meet those needs.

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