Aruna Partnership, Inc.

Help for Self-Help

aka Aruna Partnership; Aruna Designs   |   Rockport, MA   |  http://www.arunapartnership.org

Mission

Aruna Partnership, Inc (formerly Friends of India, Inc) is a small organization with a big impact. For over 20 years we have partnered with Shanthimalai Trust in South India to offer quality education to children in need, support for women's development, professional training, medical care, marketing of Fair Trade handcrafts, and financial aid for those in crisis. Our long-term commitment has focused on working with villagers to create programs that become independent and self-sustaining. Because Aruna Partnership is run entirely by volunteers, 100% of donations to our programs go directly to those in need in India.

Ruling year info

1991

President

Marian McClelland

Vice President

Robin Walden

Main address

90 Phillips Avenue

Rockport, MA 01966 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of India Inc

EIN

04-3106756

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

International Economic Development (Q32)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are addressing the issues of poverty and community development through the education of young people, job training for impoverished women, and shelter and care for widows.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Sponsorship Program

Aruna Partnership has established a school sponsorship program in which American and Canadian sponsors pay $35/month for 10 years to underwrite the educational, nutritional, health and transportation needs of poor village children. Most of the sponsored children attend the Sri Ramana Maharshi English Medium School founded by SRDT and some attend local Tamil schools.

Population(s) Served

The program offers higher education and vocational training to students living below the poverty line. Support includes college fees, room and board, transportation, study materials, employment workshops, vocational training, and job counseling.

Population(s) Served

Aruna Designs, our handcraft project, partners with the Shanthimalai Handicrafts Development Society, a resilient Indian Fair Trade business that provides ongoing training to artisans. As an importer, we pay fair trade market prices to our sources in India so that the artisans can make a living wage and have good, flexible working conditions compatible with caring for their families. Since many of the women are poor and of low caste, this work is truly a lifeline.

Population(s) Served

The Om Shanthi Old Age Home offers refuge to elderly widows and handicapped, abused or abandoned women. The Om Shanthi Training Program teaches to young widows skills in handcraft production and offers medical care and jobs at a living wage to the widows and other young women at risk. All programs of the Om Shanthi Project provide safe haven and a sense of community to women who would otherwise be isolated and vulnerable to abuse.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School Sponsorship Program

Context Notes

Each year a few of our sponsored students graduate from the 12th Standard. Over the last 3 years, 100% of the students have gone on to college.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Professional Training Program

Context Notes

The Professional Training Program helps students with tuition, as well as "soft skills" such as English fluency and job search support.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

School Sponsorship Program

Context Notes

These numbers include students in the School Sponsorship Program and Professional Training Program (PTP).

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

All activities of Aruna Partnership are expressions of the living compassion realized by our founder, Dr. Hugo Maier and his wife, Anne Maier.

Aruna Partnership's primary goal is to support local efforts to improve the lives of impoverished villagers in the Tiruvannamalai district of South India through education, increased employment opportunities, and access to medical care. Our long-term commitment allows us to develop enduring relationships and programs that become self-sustaining.

As volunteers, a secondary but essential goal is to keep our overhead to a minimum, so that donated funds go directly to those in need in India.

In the next 3 years, we hope to increase our outreach, allowing more donors to have an opportunity to participate in this inspiring project.

To work effectively with local residents, we have partnered for over 20 years with the Shanthimalai Research and Development Trust (SRDT) in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. A beacon among nonprofits in the area, Shanthimalai is well known for its integrity, compassionate approach, and long-term success.

Our School Sponsorship Program finds sponsors who are willing to support a child's education for 10 years. Support includes not only school tuition and fees, but also free hot meals and medical care. The Professional Training Program offers vocational training and college scholarships to high school graduates. We would like to expand both of these programs in response to an increasing desire for education among the villagers.

We partner with the Shanthimalai Handicraft Development Society (SHDS) to provide training, jobs, and outlets for craft sales. Expanding the US market for Shanthimalai handcrafts will support more families by providing training and jobs for women that they can do at home or in neighborhood craft centers.

Our Care Now Program offers financial and medical aid to those in crisis.

Aruna Partnership's few organizational expenses are paid for with profits from our handcraft sales or donations designated specifically for that purpose. By participating in GuideStar, consulting with fundraising experts, and drawing upon a larger volunteer base, we hope to expand our outreach within the next 3 years.

A base of more than 60 volunteers bolsters our nine-member Board of Trustees. Most make annual trips to India, at their own expense, to participate in development programs offered through Shanthimalai. Our close working relationship with Shanthimalai has allowed us to be exceptionally responsive to local needs. For more than 20 years, we have been privileged to observe programs first-hand and to make appropriate contributions of expertise and financial support.

Within the next few years, we expect to tap into the talent and enthusiasm of a second generation of volunteers, young men and women who have visited India often with their parents, and have been touched by the need of villagers in the region. We hope that their fresh approach will help us tell the story of Shanthimalai and Aruna Partnership in ways that will expand our present donor base.

As more people become involved, we also expect craft sales to increase. This in turn may allow us to make larger allocations to the School Sponsorship Program and to the Professional Training Program, as we often use profits from handcraft sales to make additional contributions to these programs.

Because we volunteer our time, pay our own travel costs for site visits, and are blessed with volunteer talent (graphic designers, accountants, IT specialists, teachers, master craftsmen, etc.), we are able to ensure that 100% of donations to our programs go directly to those in need in India.

Donations to Aruna Partnership have been used wisely and effectively, and have truly transformed lives. The spirit of the project has always been one of mutuality, based on the assumption that we know nothing and are eager to learn from the people we serve. It has been deeply moving to see over the years how dramatically education and job opportunities have increased villagers' sense of self-confidence.

Until now, we have relied on personal contacts and word-of-mouth to find donors. Because we are a very small organization, we have begun to realize how limited this is. None of us has professional experience in fundraising. This presents our greatest challenge, and we will devote considerable energy over the next few years to finding ways to reach beyond our present donor base.

Financials

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Operations

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Aruna Partnership, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marian McClelland

Robin Walden

Kate Butler

Gregory Jackmauh

Sita Hellerich

Deborah Cake

Emily Piro

Mason Adams

Joni Diskint

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