Dr. Zillur R. Khan is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Bangladesh Foundation (BF). He has been instrumental in promulgating the charitable activities and fundraising of and for BF. Furthermore, Dr. Zillur Khan is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin, Chairman of RC 37 of International Political Science Association, President of the Bangladesh Foundation, and Adjunct Professor at Rollins College. Recognizing his scholarship and expertise in South Asia, Dr. Khan was invited by the Foreign Affairs Committee of United States Congress to testify in a Congressional Hearing on the Democratization of Bangladesh and Afghanistan. For his contributions to teaching, research, and service, he received the Willard Smith Distinguished Teaching Award, the Rosebush Professorship Award, and was recognized twice by American Political Science Association for Excellence in Teaching and Research. Dr. Khan has published ten books, twenty chapters and over 50 scholarly articles on governance, religion, and issues of Bangladeshi and South Asian political development.
First BF Representative in Bangladesh
Dr. Mohammad Yunus was the first Representative of BF in Bangladesh in 1972-74, who later pioneered the micro credit system now universally known as GRAMEEN BANK (Village Banking). While serving as BF Representing in Bangladesh, Dr. Yunus started a pioneering work on micro credit for poverty alleviation. For his contribution to providing collateral free credit to the poor in Bangladesh, which model has been replicated throughout the world (over 140 countries), Dr. Yunus and his GRAMEEN BANK jointly received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006.
Board of Trustees; Tax Exempt Status and Donations
The Board of Trustees of BF includes Dr. Sirajullah, Mrs. Tanjina Khan, Dr. Zahurul Huq, Dr. Ahsan Mansur (Secretary-Treasurer), Dr. Shamsul Haque, Dr. Bashar Atiquzzaman and Dr. Zillur R. Khan (President). The Secretary-Treasurer of BF is Dr. Ahsan Mansur, former Division Chief of IMF, and currently Executive Director of Policy Research Institute, Bangladesh (PRI).
Secretary-Treasurer also serves as Representative of BF in Bangladesh, and is charged to revive BF’s grassroots skill building and adult education projects, among many others.
In replying to a letter from Dr. Zillur R. Khan, IRS has reconfirmed the tax-exempt status of BF. The IRS letter (ref.: 0437774131 Dec. 29, 2008 LTR 4168C ED 23-7111009 000000 00 000 00035655) stated “recognized you as exempt from Federal income tax, …under section 501 (c) (03) of the Internal Revenue Code…Donors may deduct contributions to you as provided in section 170 of the Code…Bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to you or for your use are deductable for Federal estate and gift tax purposes if they meet the applicable provisions of sections 2055, 2106, and 2522 of the Code”.