Shanta Foundation

Partnering for a path out of poverty

aka Shanta Foundation   |   Durango, CO   |  http://www.shantafoundation.org

Mission

We partner with underserved rural villages in Myanmar to develop healthy communities. Through a collaborative process we empower local leadership to make effective, sustainable change focusing on education, quality health care and economic opportunities.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Wade Griffith

Main address

PO Box 1603

Durango, CO 81302 USA

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EIN

20-4246752

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT

Equal participation and leadership by women are essential for healthy communities and the achievement of sustainable development.

Home Gardening: Sustainable agriculture; entrepreneurial education; regular income; financial independence.
Investment Group: Small business practice; problem-solving skill development; hands-on management administration; improved self-confidence.
Health: Village Nurse Midwife; maternal health; infant and child wellness; health education.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

We partner with villages to improve learning environments, enhance the quality of education, and increase access to schools.

Preschools: dynamic early learning environments for 3-5-year-olds.
New Primary & Middle Schools: instead of dark and cold bamboo schools, the villagers build ones from concrete block that offer plenty of light and space.
English Summer School: middle school students improve their English-language skills by attending village-based classes.
Libraries: encouraging a love of reading by providing Burmese, English, and Tribal books and introducing reading time at primary school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Shanta offers a range of training to local health care providers, enhancing local capacity to provide quality care.

Auxiliary Village Nurse-Midwife Program (VNM): Chosen by her village and trained by Shanta affiliates, the VNM provides prenatal and childbirth services, infant care, contraception, hospital referrals, and general medicine.
Village Health Educators (VHE): A group of five women in each village is trained to provide educational workshops for young mothers that cover family planning, nutrition, safe delivery options, infant care and more.
Dental Care: Shanta arranges for local dentists to offer free dental care and oral hygiene to all villagers, often the first and only dental care that village children receive.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

We create income-generating opportunities that improve quality of life and generate funds for ongoing village development activities.

Community Loan Fund (CLF): Shanta provides a matching grant of up to $1,500 to establish the CLF. Managed by a trained village committee, the CLF lends money to villagers at an affordable interest rate. Interest stays in the village, growing the fund for future development projects.
Pig Farms: Each year, ten families are given an adult sow to breed or fatten, and are trained to operate it as a business. The poorest families are given additional support and can easily triple their annual family income.
Coffee Farms: Shanta provides training and supplies for all interested families. Participants use cooperative marketing to access Myanmar-based wholesalers.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Shanta trains local village leadership to inspire confidence, encourage trust-building, and ensure program sustainability.

Shanta trains an elected and representative group of women and men to work closely with Shanta staff and manage village development.
Shanta staff conduct monthly development meetings to: provide mentoring and training in participatory leadership, determine ongoing needs and priorities, plan, implement and evaluate programs, create solutions for problems and challenges.
Shanta conducts multi-day trainings in participatory leadership, development concepts and principles, project management, conflict resolution & management skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Secure financial health to meet planned activities, ensure quality programs with sustainable outcomes, maintain and cultivate strong leadership and establish Shanta's brand as a model for international development.

Our holistic, six-year partnerships build thriving communities through sustainable programs in health, education, leadership, women’s empowerment, livelihood, and infrastructure. In Shanta’s approach to building local capacity, learning happens by doing; villagers become leaders by participating on teams and committees where they plan and implement projects, leverage available resources, conduct village meetings, and involve others fairly and inclusively.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We partner with underserved rural villages in Myanmar to develop healthy communities. Through a collaborative process we empower local leadership to make effective, sustainable change focusing on education, quality health care and economic opportunities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Shanta Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anna Pool

Executive Savvy

Dave Peters

Kathy Sinton

Arlen Weiner

Zachary Ray

Desert Sun Coffee Roaster

Mark Mastalski

Fort Lewis College

Anna Pool

Executive Savvy

Jim Hoffmann

Tapati Dutta

Mark Harmon

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.