Central Asia Institute

Educate a girl. Change the world.

aka CAI   |   Bozeman, MT   |  https://centralasiainstitute.org/

Mission

Central Asia Institute's (CAI) Mission: to promote education and livelihood skills, especially for girls and women, in the remote regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Vision: To unlock the full potential of girls and women through education. When girls and women thrive, their families, communities, and nations prosper.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Alice Thomas

Main address

PO Box 7209

Bozeman, MT 59771 USA

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EIN

51-0376237

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in five children (ages 6-17) is out of school. That’s 263 million children (UNESCO 2018). With statistics like that, it’s no surprise that 496 million women are illiterate worldwide (United Nations 2015).

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?

Central Asia Institute - International Programs

Services include:
school building, repair, and supplies
women's literacy & vocational centers
teacher support
scholarships
student education support program (SESP)
public health services
quick learning centers'community support

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Population(s) Served
Students

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2018

Charity Navigator 2017

Awards

2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit 2017

Great Nonprofit

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 teachers trained

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

Central Asia Institute - International Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

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

Central Asia Institute - International Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 seek to enable peace and sustainable economic prosperity through education; especially the education of girls.

CAI has two purposes: to establish and support education in remote mountain communities of Central Asia and to educate the public about the importance of these educational activities.

This dual mission focuses on educational and community building projects in remote mountain regions of Central Asia, and educates the American and international public about the need to expand educational opportunities in these complex regions as a way to promote peace. More specifically, CAI's programs include school building, scholarships, teacher support, public health, women's vocational centers, and global outreach. Global Outreach allows CAI to promote awareness of the importance of primary education, literacy, and cross-cultural understanding through its websites, publications, public events, and the Pennies for Peace Program.

Central Asia Institute makes grants to selected nonprofit organizations and individuals in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. Grants are made annually and funding of grants occurs quarterly on confirmation of compliance to the grants terms.

CAI's fund raising activates are located in Bozeman, Montana. In addition to its central fund raising activities, CAI raises funds through its Pennies for Peace Program. This program, conducted through volunteers in schools, is part of CAI's global outreach program to raise awareness about Central Asian culture.

All key performance and financial metrics are continually monitored and reported on our website ( www.centralasiainstitute.org) , in our newsletters, our annual impact report, “The Journey Of Hope" annual publication, as well as our financial statements and our annual financial report which are published on-line. We also report to BBB- Wise Giving, The Network for Good, Charity Navigator, Wikipedia and others.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Central Asia Institute

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Asif Chaudhry

Asif Chaudhry

Nasrine Gross

Christina Rocca

Mina Sherzoy

Lorre Jay

Eileen Shields-West

Adnan Ahmed

Mohammad Javed Khan

Peter Thatcher

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/19/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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