Non-Profits SVA2013

Chai with Manjula (CWM) is a nonprofit TV show about giving. It raises awareness about social issues and initiatives by featuring nonprofit/charitable organizations, social activists, social entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. It’s mission is :To raise awareness about social issues and initiatives, to enable potential donors & beneficiaries to connect with these nonprofit initiatives,to inspire more people to get involved and give in some way. The TV Show area of focus is on philanthropic activities of the Indo-American community giving back in the U.S. or elsewhere, as well as India-directed philanthropy by the community at large.
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Established in 2012, Drivers For Survivors, Inc. is a volunteer driver-based premier transportation and companionship service, which provides free, reliable transportation to and from critical life-saving cancer treatments and related appointments. It is anticipated that the organization will provide more than 3,000 rides to ambulatory residents of Fremont, Union City and Newark for current fiscal year, with numbers of patients, volunteers and rides given increasing monthly. The organization is based upon the work of Founding CEO and Executive Director, Ms. Sherry Higgs, who along with a strong Board of Directors and Staff, is fully committed to the mission of the organization. DFS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable public organization. Sherry’s desire to be an agent of change has set her on a mission to assist cancer patients. This passion has led to the creation of a newly formed 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable public organization, Drivers for Survivors. This foundation offers transportation services and companionship during treatments to oncology patients undergoing treatment in the Tri-city area of Newark, Fremont, and Union City. Her quote is “I can’t change the world, but I can change my world one person at a time”.
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EWC – Empowering World Change deals with a range of audiences, from elementary schools to college, libraries, non-profits, city festivals, community initiatives, extending to corporate. Some of the key initiatives they undertake are presentations discussing green building, sustainability, ecoentrepreneurship, greening your office, food and community; and things like community outreach, trash to art, landfill visits, e-waste recycle drives, clothing donation drives etc.Sushanta’s, Founder of EWC has another contribution towards sustainability is her eco fashion business initiative called ‘Zansus purses’ – It’s an honest and pure rescue, re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle, re-think effort.
Resources otherwise destined for landfill are used to make these useful, functional, beautiful and amazingly hip and earth-friendly handbags,purses, totes, clutches and wristlets. The whole collection is very versatile, functional, modern and eco-forward.
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The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. The Foundation educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives. HAF focuses on human and civil rights, public policy, media, academia, and interfaith relations. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF seeks to cultivate leaders and empower future generations of Hindu Americans.The Hindu American Foundation is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations orentities. HAF seeks to serve Hindu Americans across all sampradayas (Hindu religious traditions) regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, caste, gender, sexual orientation,age and/or disability.HAF Mission is to sustain a leading institution of Hindu American advocacy for the promotion of human dignity,mutual respect, and pluralism.
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JAI BHIM INTERNATIONAL is a non-profit 501c3 organization as a base for educational projects. All of JBI’s work is supported by the generosity of family and friends around the world who are committed to social justice and educational access for youth. Jai Bhim International is inspired by the vision of democracy, social justice, and educational access of Dr. BhimraoAmbedkar.Jai Bhim International’s leadership team on the ground in India has grown over the past 5 years. JBI is currently supporting two major projects; one in Kerala and one in Tamil Nadu. The Jai Bhim Kerala team continues the Communicative English trainings, as volunteers, in Dalit villages across Kerala, throughout the year. In 2013 they have launched their own Communicative English Institute, a permanent home for this work, which will offer afterschool tutoring, academic workshops, intensive study retreats and an annual Colloquium for grassroots educators from small Dalit communities across India. The team in Tamil Nadu operates Sakya Hostel, which houses and schools 50 boys and girls from the poorest villages in the outer-Chennai area devastated by the 2005 tsunami.

“Matters of Community” (MOC) is a California registered 501c3 nonprofit organization (Tax ID 20-2709693) in Fremont, California. It was founded in early 2004 by a high school junior Neal Bharadwaj who was inspired by his volunteering experience at Jeena, a resource center in Milpitas for disabled children and their families.

MOC envisions enhanced self-esteem and improved integration of special needs children into mainstream community globally through the use of music, art, theater and sports. MOC takes on projects directly with individuals as well as funds activities of other nonprofit organizations that support its mission.MOC works through organizations like First-T Golf, Jeena, East Bay Jazz Society, College Internship Program, and California and Delhi School for the Blind. This year MOC has taken up several key projects. worth mentioning among them are the following three.
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Established in 1892, NCCA (a non-profit organization) ranks among the largest cricket leagues in USA and is based out of Bay Area in Northern California, US. NCCA is governed by a stringent constitution and has a robust organization structure which includes 11 Member Board of Directors and the Executive body. Our vision is to provide a safe, fair and competitive platform for aspiring cricketers to work their way up to the next level. We also serve the cricketing appetite of those who passionately indulge in this sport and play it competitively. With over 600 players, NCCA is one of the few leagues across US to offer different flavors/formats of cricket all through the calendar year. Many of our cricketers (Youth, Women & Men) have been and continue to be (part of or in reckoning) for the US National Cricket Team.NCCA’s Youth Program has been a great success and few of its Youth players have at an young age of Under 15 have started to play and successfully contribute in Men’s League. NCCA is also the only league across USA that has invested into Women’s Cricket and continue to actively promote Women’s Cricket. In 2013 NCCA Women’s team has already played over 15 games as part of the men’s summer league and are expected to play another 12 more in the Men’s Winter League. A feat well appreciated by media across USA. NCCA also hosted few large National Cricket Tournament inviting teams from across USA and included several international players. NCCA also played host to 1983 World Cup winning Captain from India, Kapil Dev. A well respected brand which is generously sponsored by some of the large & leading business houses in the Bay Area.
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Sangam, meaning “Confluence” in Sanskrit, was founded by Classical Indian dancers, arts enthusiasts and Stanford alumnae Usha Srinivasan and SandhiyaKalyanasundaram.Our mission is to help create and nurture strong intercultural connections between the Indian diaspora and the many divergent cultures in the US through the innovative use of visual and performing arts.We plan to accomplish this by facilitating innovative collaborations between dancers, musicians, writers and choreographers from diverse dance traditions ranging from Kathak, Bharatanatyam to Flamenco, Jazz and Folklorico, sponsoring workshops and lecture-demonstrations to help expand artistic horizons.
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Small Steps Foundation, a 501 C (3) non-profit that supports education of underprivileged children. Small Steps Foundation supports rural schools across India that benefits more than 1500 kids every year and also support similar initiatives and programs in US. Small Steps Foundation funds education programs and project managed by well run, small to mid size, effective non-profits. Our approach will be hands-on, we envision working closing with the partner organization to support and improve their programs and having interaction with the beneficiaries.Tanuja is Director IT of Release and Quality Services at Allstate Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company. Her organization oversees Enterprise Release Management, Enterprise Testing, Quality Enablement, and Enterprise Metrics & Reporting. She has more than 17 years of extensive experience in Information Technology in various roles from IT Strategic Planning, ITIL, Change Management, Software development and architecture to leading IT Operational transformation initiatives in Tele-communications industry with AT&T and Insurance industry with Allstate.
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Rahima International Foundation was registered as a non-profit 501c(3) Charitable and Educational organization in the State of California.Our vision is to establish an institution of charity to serve the financial, educational, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the communities.Our mission is to help provide the most basic needs of fellow human beings who are unable to do it on their own, and to help them get back on their own feet.Our current programs include the following: Food pantry to supplement the monthly requirements of non-perishable food items and produce for ~ 2000 people and to four local shelters.Biweekly serve dinner at a shelter for the homeless to roughly 200 people. Provide financial assistance to needy families and individuals towards their rent, utilities, etc.Need-based assistance to high school students of low-income families, so they can focus on their academic achievements. Annual “Human Dignity Day” organized in San Jose where hundreds of homeless are provided with hygiene packs and a hot meal. Annual High School Scholarships. Used car distribution to needy families.
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Malika is the CEO of Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area chapter. She is a community leader, who strongly believes in continuing professional education and its ability to help individuals realize self-actualization and make our community more progressive. Malika drives her strength from motivating, coaching and helping upcoming leaders in their careers. She considers herself blessed to be able to serve in a position that allows her to make a difference in the community by being able to provide opportunities to project managers for personal and professional growth.Project Management Institute San Francisco Bay Area chapter is a work force development professional association. Chapter is 40 years old and has about 2500 member, one among the larger chapters in Western United States. It is currently serving San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco counties.
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Narika, meaning “of women,” is a registered nonprofit that serves and represents domestic violence survivors who are from the South Asian countries and diasporas of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Fiji, Trinidad, Mauritius, and Maldives.Narika’s philosophy relies on incorporating our cultural affinities, language capabilities, and practices to help our clients lead safe and healthy lives. Our volunteers and staff offer advice, helping hands, and nonjudgmental, compassionate presences that provide support and information to our clients.. In an effort to address any unmet needs, Narika offers a toll-free helpline, client advocacy, SEED (South Asian Economic Empowerment and Development) courses, community outreach around domestic violence, gender violence, and human trafficking, volunteer opportunities, and much more.Narika helps women who are in abusive situations. If you are in an abusive relationship, please call our helpline at 1.800.215.7308 and someone will respond to you in a timely manner.
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