NGO World

The following is a list of a few of the many nonprofits and NGOs that are working to create meaningful impact for the Indian diaspora and India both at home and abroad. (Listed in alphabetical order.)

ACUMEN

Recommender: Ninan Chacko

About:
Acumen raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

Website:
http://acumen.org/

AKSHAY PATRA

Recommender: MR Rangaswami

About:
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a secular non-profit organization in a public private partnership with the Indian government, which implements the world’s largest NGO managed mid-day meal program.

Website:

https://www.foodforeducation.org/

AMERICAN INDIA FOUNDATION

Recommender: Lata Krishnan

About:
The American India Foundation is a nonprofit American organization that is devoted to accelerating social and economic change in India. The AIF has partnered with 227 of India’s NGOs to build a trusted network for implementation, scale, and sustainability while raising over $84 million since its inception.

Website:

https://aif.org/

EKAL VIDYALAYA

Recommender: Ranjani Saigal

About:
Ekal Vidyalaya is a Movement involved in integrated & holistic development of rural & tribal India and Nepal. The main activity undertaken in this movement is to run one-teacher schools (known as Ekal Vidyalayas) all over India, in the remotest rural & tribal villages to take the education to every child. The overriding philosophy of Ekal Vidyalaya Movement is to take a holistic approach of social and economic development to Tribal & Rural India that is Bharat and Nepal. With the participation of numerous trusts and non-profit organizations, this movement has become the largest grassroots level non-governmental education & development movement that operates in the remote villages of India and Nepal .The Ekal movement aims to help eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India and Nepal following the philosophy of rural development based on the criteria of equality & inclusiveness across all the sections of the society.

Website:

https://www.ekal.org/

FAIR OBSERVER

Contact: Atul Singh

About:
Fair Observer is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit media organization in the US that publishes a journal to provide a 360° view to help make sense of the world. It aims to inform and educate global citizens of today and tomorrow

Website:
www.fairobserver.com

FREE THE SLAVES

Recommender: Ninan Chacko

About:
Slavery is defeated when at-risk communities acquire the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to overcome vulnerability and secure freedom

Website:
http://www.freetheslaves.net/

INDIA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION OF OVERSEAS INDIANS

Recommender: Dnyaneshwar Mulay

About:

India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI), a Not-for-Profit Trust was set up by the Government of India in 2008 to facilitate Overseas Indian philanthropy into social and development projects in India. IDF-OI is chaired by the Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. The Trust is exempt from provisions of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA), which enables IDF-OI to receive foreign contributions.  

IDF-OI invites philanthropy/contribution by Overseas Indians to Government of India’s flagship programmes- Swachh Bharat Mission, and Clean Ganga Mission, and projects in States of India. IDF-OI promotes projects in areas of Education, Sanitation, Healthcare, Women’s Empowerment, and Sustainable Livelihood.

Website:

http://idfoi.nic.in/

LEADERS’ QUEST

Recommender: Ninan Chacko

About:
Leaders’ Quest is a social enterprise that works with leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

Website:
http://www.leadersquest.org/

PRATHAM

Recommenders: Vijay Goradia and Deepak Raj

About:
Founded in 1995, Pratham is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India’s education sector using low-cost and scalable methods. It works in partnership with government and community stakeholders to provide quality education to underprivileged children and youth in urban and rural communities across 21 of India’s 29 states. Pratham USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator. It is a powerful association of individuals and organizations committed to raising funds to support programs that improve the quality of education in India.

Website:
http://visit.prathamusa.org/learn-about-pratham/

Contact:
Anuja Butala: 646 593 1404 / abutala@prathamusa.org

PUBLIC INTEGRITY

Recommender: Ninan Chacko

About:
One of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations that serves democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

Website:
http://www.publicintegrity.org/

ROOM TO READ

Recommender: MR Rangaswami

About:
Room to Read had its humble origins in Nepal in 2000, where it began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, it is  a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education, achieving this goal by establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local-language children’s books, training teachers on literacy education as well as supporting girls to complete secondary school with the life skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond.

Website:

http://www.roomtoread.org

SAADA

Recommender: Samip Mallick

About:
SAADA is the only organization that digitally documents, preserves, and shares stories of South Asian Americans, giving voice to overlooked histories and creating a more inclusive society.

Website:
http://www.saada.org

SEWA-AIFW

Recommender: Suhag Shukla, Hindu American Foundation

About:
Sewa means to serve and Sewa AIFW is an Asian Indian Family Wellness program begun in 2004 to serve the vulnerable and under served communities of India, Bhutan, Nepal, Guyana, Trinidad, Sri-Lanka and the Caribbean Diaspora in a culturally specific way. The programs and services include direct services, prevention, consultation and referrals, health, domestic violence, senior and refugee services.

Website:
www.Sewa-Aifw.Org

Contact:
Raj Chaudhary: 763 234 8301 / rmchaud1@gmail.com

SOUTH ASIAN HEART CENTER  |  EL CAMINO HOSPITAL

Contact: Ashish Mathur, Co-founder and Executive Director

About:

During the years of 2002-2004, El Camino Hospital Emergency Department admissions indicated that only 3% of the population served by the hospital were South Asian, but represented a disparate 6% of all acute myocardial infarction (MI) cases. Also, heart disease seemed to be striking South Asians at a younger age and more malignantly than the general population. So in 2006, with the financial support of philanthropists in the South Asian community and the El Camino Hospital Foundation, the South Asian Heart Center was established at the El Camino Hospital as a non-profit response to the epidemic of heart disease striking the urban South Asian population. Today, the Center helps the South Asian community (people who originate from the Indian subcontinent countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal) reduce the incidence of heart disease and diabetes, with its unique and comprehensive AIM to Prevent program.

The Center’s Mission is to reduce the high incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in South Asians with a culturally appropriate lifestyle approach, and through community awareness, education, screening, coaching, and research.

Website:

https://southasianheartcenter.org

UPAKAR FOUNDATION

Recommender: Shekar Narasimhan

About:
Upakar is a seventeen year old foundation and offers need- and merit-based scholarships for Indian Americans for community college or a four-year college of their choice. It has processed hundreds of scholarships across the country.

Website:
www.upakarfoundation.org

WASHINGTON LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Recommender: Shekar Narasimhan

About:
This ten year plus program places interns in Congressional offices in Washington DC and has had hundreds of interns come through its door. It offers internships and training for next-gen South Asians in public service.

Website:
www.thewlp.org