The Trust founded by great freedom fighter Bharat Ratna Aruna Asaf Ali is named after the renowned cardiologist, philanthropist – and the first Chairman of the Link and Patriot group of newspapers, Dr. Annappa Vital Baliga (1904-1964). Earlier it was named as Dr. A. V. Baliga Memorial Foundation and later on registered as Dr. A. V. Baliga Memorial Trust in August 1983. The trust has been working for the deprived section of the society for over four decades.
Vision: To endeavor to bring about a secular nationally integrated egalitarian society empowering the disadvantaged through education, awareness and employment opportunities. To break down barriers of negativity in religion, caste and gender.