MAIN LINE INDIAN ASSOCIATION

aka MLIA   |   Newtown Square, PA   |  www.mainlineindians.org

Mission

The mission of Main Line Indian Association is to promote local intra- and inter-cultural connections by providing a forum for the fostering and sharing of Indian culture through educational, cultural, and social programs and activities.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Mrs. Shivani Raina

Main address

1010 Madison Lane

Newtown Square, PA 19073 USA

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EIN

46-2101108

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization fulfills the need in our community to bring those folks of Indian descent together to learn about and celebrate our heritage. We also help families teach their children about our culture.

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?

Diwali Banquet

This annual event usually occurs in October or November and is a celebration of the Indian Festival of Lights. During this event we showcase Indian music, dance, and other talents as performed by our local youth. The event also features a cocktail reception, dinner, and dancing. It's a great way to bring the community together to celebrate what we have, share our culture with the community and our children.

Population(s) Served
Families

This event is a fun spring festival to celebrate the Indian festival of Holi. Activities are provided for all ages along with food and merchandise vendors. The event ends with the customary color celebration of Holi.

Population(s) Served
Families

Youth showcase their talents for the community.

Population(s) Served
Families

Discussion forum for issues affecting our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Folk-dancing festival

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2014

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 Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

No in-person events due to COVID pandemic.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of South Asian descent

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our goals are to share with our families and children about the Indian community as well as share the richness of our culture with others in the community.

We will continue to host popular Indian holiday celebrations. We will continue to collaborate with other groups/organizations to help bring the richness of Indian culture to our community through art, dance, cooking, speaker series, etc.

We are not a religious organization or regional Indian organization. Therefore we are inclusive rather than exclusive. This brings together people from all Indian cultures and background along with others that just want to learn more about the Indian culture.

We are becoming more well known in the community and other organizations are starting to recognize us as a major group representing Indians in the area. We hope that more people from the community continue to get involved in our organization and take leadership in the community. We also are continuing to work on establishing a dedicated donor base to help sustain the organization going forward. But we need to work on getting more monetary support from families in our community.

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?

    Anyone with an interest in learning about and sharing Indian culture with their family and friends.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We held a garba event in 2019 rather than the Diwali banquet due to community interest.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It's made them feel that this is there organization.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MAIN LINE INDIAN ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 02/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Shivani Raina

Main Line Indian Association

Term: 2019 - 2021

Sadhvi Khanna

Neerav Mull

Seema Singh Bhan

Shailu Jaswal

Ramana Sonty

Madhu Gurthy

Viraj Parikh

Sangeeta Shenoy

Puneet Sood

Deepika Jain

Rajiv Trivedi

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? No
  • 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/05/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.