HINDU CHARITIES FOR AMERICA

Serve Where you Live!

aka HC4A   |   Cedar Park, TX   |  http://hc4a.org

Mission

HC4A mission is: " Bridge Income Disparity Through Education". To this end, HC4A has two programs: 1. Annual donation of school supplies homeless children (join project with ShalomAustin) in Austin, TX 2. Vocational training scholarships for those living below poverty line in Austin TX and now in Los Angeles, CA. The school supply program helps shift some of the financial burden from the parents experiencing homelessness. The vocational scholarships is key to leading to jobs that pay at or above living wages. Vocational training takes 6 mos. to 24 mos., cost at fraction of degree courses. Students learn hands on skills. With these skills, those students with entrepreneurial spirit can even start a business!

Ruling year info

2010

President

Harish Kotecha

Director of Scholarships

Dinesh Vakharia

Main address

c/o Kotecha 3803 Winchester Dr.

Cedar Park, TX 78613 USA

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EIN

27-2362869

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The income disparity in the USA is getting wider. We have 40 million or so Americans live in poverty. Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) aims to help bring this population out of poverty. HC4A annually provides basic supplies for children experiencing homelessness. Additionally, HC4A provides vocational training scholarships to those high school graduates and adults. These scholarships will help them to get better paying jobs and raise a family that they can in turn help educate.

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?

School Supplies Project

Working with Texas Homeless Education Office, identify independent school districts in Austin area that have homeless children and are need of school supplies. We then work with independent school districts to determine the need and raise funds so that we can successfully fulfill the need. In 2015, over 1,000 homeless students were provided with school supplies before the schools opened.

Population(s) Served

PovertyUSA.org reports that over 40 million Americans live in poverty and More than 1.5 million children experience homelessness in a year.

One way to overcome poverty is to provide skills that will enable the student to earn a living of better than living wage. To this end, HC4A provides vocational training scholarships to students living below poverty line.

Vocational training or certification at local community college is more affordable. It takes significantly less money and the time it takes to
qualify is 6 months to 24 months.

Data shows that HC4A’s scholarships, now minimum of $1,000 per semester has helped students increase their wages from $12,000 to over $50,000 per year!
HC4A endeavors to organizations that provide student support services such that they stay on track, complete their education and help them find suitable jobs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Community Charity 2018

Greater Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce

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 homeless students served with school supplies

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

School Supplies Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The quantity of school supplies per child has increased. In reality, the dollar amount has been in rise since we started this program.

Number of scholarships awarded to economically disadvantaged students ($500 or $1000)

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

Vocational Training Tuition Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The scholarships have been in denomination of $500 or $1,00 upto 2018. Thereafter, we the amount has been increased to minimum of $1,000 per semester. In some cases it has been $2,000.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

We hope that the financial burden on the families experiencing homelessness is reduces with schooling needs.

Secondly, the vocational scholarships will help high school graduates and adults get training in relatively short time and jobs that pay better than living wages.

This will enable the families to also educate their children as they grow up since they have experienced the value of educaiton.

We have developed four prong approach:

1. Effective governance
2. Identification of the population to serve and their needs
3. Funder and donor development
4. Fundraising and execution of events

For each, some plans are in place and others are being developed now that we have crossed 10 years of 100x growth.

To take it forward so we can be more impactful, we are looking at more meaningful programs where there is a void, partnering with organizations who are willing to change.

Having served for over 10 years, we have non-paid board and volunteers who help with various functions required to raise the funds and execute the programs.

We have now built a reputation and have chapters in various cities.

Our donor base has increased and also, we are developing programs that will attract corporate grants and sponsors.

We have served over 10,000 children experiencing homelessness and provided over 440 scholarships.

One organization reports:

Graduates and Career Placement:
Capital IDEA students achieve significantly higher earnings upon graduation and placement then when they first enter the program. Hindu Charities has supported 39 graduates since 2014, 73% of whom are Registered Nurses; these graduates are earning an average of $24.04 an hour, or $50,003 annually. Compared to average annual earnings of $12,813 at program entry for the same students, this represents an increase of nearly 300%. Graduates have started careers locally with employers such as Ascension Seton, St. David’s HealthCare, Regency Integrated Healthcare, State of Texas, MGA Homecare, Veracyte, Texas Lottery Commission, Austin Independent School District, and Pflugerville Independent School District.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HINDU CHARITIES FOR AMERICA

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Harish Kotecha


Board co-chair

Dinesh Vakharia

Harish Kotecha

Hindu Charities For America

Dinesh Vakharia

Hindu Charities For America

Vaishali Tendolkar

Hindu Charities For America

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 06/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/24/2020

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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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.