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How do I join or renew membership with BAY AREA PRABASI?

If you are joining Bay Area Prabasi for the first time, please fill out our online application, and once approved by the Board of directors, your membership will be active.  

If you are renewing your Bay Area Prabasi membership, please complete the renewal application.

What makes BAY AREA PRABASI valuable to its members?


Bay Area Prabasi is the first Bengali organization in Northern California established in 1974. We are registered as a charitable socio-cultural 501c3 organization in the State of California.

We invite individuals to come together and work alongside each other for the betterment of our community. Bay Area Prabasi members are actively involved in:

  • Meaningful Philanthropic projects both locally and overseas.
  • Celebrating our traditions.
  • Engaging in a rich network of entrepreneurs and successful people who are willing to guide and mentor the new generation.
  • Involved in Incredible cultural programs involving professional and local talent.
  • Contribute actively in community building to promote belonging and respect.

Membership Benefits for Annual members

  • The Picnic, held in the summer, will be open to all members at no charge as a Member Appreciation Day
  • Members and their families will be invited to perform in various cultural events hosted by Prabasi.
  • Complimentary meals are arranged for our members during our hallmark annual event – Durga Puja, Kali Puja, and Saraswati Puja
  • A Complimentary Annual Magazine will be available to all members.
  • Special discounts may be offered to our members from time to time on various events/activities hosted by Prabasi or our partners
  • Special events for children and youth members and senior citizens are organized from time to time
  • Members who have obtained membership a minimum of thirty (30) days before the first BAPI event of the given fiscal year are eligible to vote and exercise the rights as defined in our constitution
  • Members will be eligible to participate in the Annual General Body Meeting and will get a chance to review the Association’s events, its financial status, and any other matter that is important for the smooth operations of the organization.
  • Members will receive an opportunity to lead and serve in the Board of Directors, Executive committee, election committee, and various other sub-committees
  • Members participating in the Annual General Body will have the power to elect the Board of directors, make specific recommendations to the Board
  • Have a small business? Looking to attract new clientele? Members get discounted rates for setting up stalls and banners to promote their business during Prabasi events

Above all, being a member gives you a sense of belonging and ownership and the ability to bring change.

I am a 2020-2021 member; when can I join Bay Area Prabasi for 2021-2022?

Our annual membership opens in July-August for the fiscal year; you can become a member as soon as the membership opens up.

Can I become a member mid year?

Yes, you can become a member any time during the fiscal year, however if you want to avail voting rights on organizational matters, membership needs to be taken 30 days before the first event of the fiscal year.

Is my membership tax-deductible?

We are a nonprofit organization supported by annual membership fees or dues paid by all members in general support of an organization’s exempt purposes and activities; the fees and rights income are related to the organization’s exempt purposes and exempt from tax by the IRS. 

Our EIN is: 77-0048512. We recommend you consult a tax professional for any tax-related questions regarding payments made to Bay Area Prabasi.

My company matches donations-Is my donation/ volunteer hours with Prabasi eligible for a match?

Your donation is eligible for a corporate match from your employer. When you donate, you may request a match from your employer. We have many members and donors, and volunteers who multiply the impact of their contribution by their company matching with 1:1, sometimes 2:1, 3:1, or even a 4:1 ratio contribution.

If you need information on how to request a match, please reach out to [email protected].

I forgot my username and password. How do I find it?

If you need information on how to request a match, please reach out to [email protected].

Can I cancel my membership?

Yes, you can cancel or resign from being a Prabasi member by sending an email to [email protected]

Is my membership fee refundable?

Your annual membership fee is non-refundable.

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What if I have membership questions not answered in the FAQs?

Please get in touch with us via email : [email protected]