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NAMASTE FOUNDATION

aka NamasteDirect   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.namastedirect.org

Mission

Our mission is to directly contribute to women's economic empowerment by providing business development programs and analytics that increase the business profits of low-income female entrepreneurs.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Robert Graham

Main address

229 Brannan St. #3A

San Francisco, CA 94107 USA

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EIN

68-0159559

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Basic Business Development

The NamasteDirect package is, to the best of our knowledge, unprecedented in the field of microcredit. Our planned use of technology to assist the women is also unprecedented as it involves bringing the world wide web to heretofore isolated rural villages and providing the women and their families with individual web sites to access business and market information, educational materials and trans-national communications with business associates, family and friends. It will also provide the platform for the first bottom-up communication system linking women borrowers with donors from around the world.
An IRS advance ruling states that the Namaste Foundation is being treated as a public charity effective January 1, 2007.

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Financials

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Operations

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NAMASTE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Hillyard

Katalysis

Term: 2004 -

Robert Ilse

Patrick O'Heffernan

Jessica Welborn

Sherrie Ilse

Robert Graham

Chutta Ratnathicam

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No