INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF FUND INC. USA

Putting Power-Not Charity in the hands of those in need: in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

aka IDRF   |   North Bethesda, MD   |  www.idrf.org

Mission

IDRF's mission is to empower marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. We provide support for programs that improve/provide: education, healthcare, women empowerment, good-governance, and eco-friendly livelihoods at grass-roots level all across India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Moreover, IDRF converts natural disasters into opportunities for not only providing immediate relief to the victims but long-term development and rehabilitation of the affected communities. Our programs are implemented by carefully-vetted and experienced local partner-NGOs.

Notes from the nonprofit

India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF ) is a USA-based 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization that supports impoverished people in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. IDRF's main goal has always been-'to put power and not charity in the hands of those in need'. It has always striven to break the cycle of poverty by empowering the marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. IDRF believes that a lasting change in impoverished regions can take place only when local people take charge and lead the change process.

IDRF programs are geared at empowering marginalized people with education, livelihood skills and awareness of self-governance capabilities so they are equipped to make changes to their lives and their children's. IDRF believes that every person has the right to survive and prosper with dignity and therefore, its programs serve the disadvantaged without regard to religion, caste or creed.

Ruling year info

1988

Founder and President

Dr. Vinod Prakash

Main address

5821 Mossrock Dr

North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA

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EIN

52-1555563

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Public Health Program (E70)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In our fight against poverty, we recognize the need to provide resources that can accelerate development. However, a lack of resources is far from the only barrier. Poverty is deep-rooted and goes beyond material deprivation. After years of social oppression and marginalization, many poor Indians have resigned themselves to a life of destitution. A critical part of the solution lies in helping them realize their power to change and improve their lives. We believe that local people alone are the best equipped to effectively address this need. Thus, IDRF joins hands with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka to empower impoverished people with resources, skills and confidence.

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?

Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Breaking the cycle of poverty in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka by empowering marginalized people with education, vocational skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

In the remote hilly villages of three districts in Arunachal Pradesh, about 73% children are malnourished. With IDRF’s support and guidance, Vivekananda Kendra started a 3-year project (2018-2020), wherein, during the free medical camps people are made aware of this program and children selected for intervention. The mobile medical team conducted regular health camps to monitor the changes and provided children with multivitamins, deworming medicines, toothbrushes and toothpastes. During winters, the team also provided woolen clothes to 50 children belonging to extremely poor families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

In 2017, IDRF started its partnership with Vikahar Paribar Bikash Kendra to bring about a lasting change to the lives of 20 orphans living below poverty line at five villages in District- South 24 Parganas. These children are from families living below poverty line and mainly from backward castes, tribes and minority religious communities. IDRF is providing them access to education (including tuition and school supplies), nutritious food, primary health care, family support and an opportunity to take part in sports and games, in order to help them become healthy and educated citizens who can stand on their own feet and lead a life of dignity

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

IDRF is providing free education, lodging and boarding to extremely underprivileged tribal girls from North-east India, who would otherwise face a bleak future. To ensure that these girls get high-quality and holistic education, a dormitory that can accommodate 100 girls is attached to a C.B.S.E accredited higher secondary school in Hapur. The parents feel safe about sending their daughters here because of the good experiences of the alumnae. At present there are 87 girls here, many more girls can be accommodated in the dormitory with additional funding for which we need your help! Educating a girl will not only give her financial independence, but help her lead a life of dignity and self-respect.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Non-adult children

IDRF is supporting water harvesting program in impoverished and backward hilly areas, where rainfall is inadequate & erratic. Lack of water leads to low agricultural yields & increase in malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality rates. Scarcity/poor quality of water force women to walk daily for 1-2 miles to fetch drinking water! 2017-18 Project constructed rain roof-water structures, earthen check-dams, diverted existing spring water into wells/tanks to harvest rainwater. So far 4,000 people have benefited but there is still a dire need to cover thousands more facing acute water shortage. The total cost of the project (2018-19) is $67,000.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

With the success of IDRF-supported mobile clinics in other parts of India, we have expanded the program for 3- years (2018-2021) to Aurangabad. The medical van provides OPD services, medicines, immunization, cataract and micro-ear surgeries for poor slum-dwellers.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

IDRF has partnered with this organization since 2017, to improve livelihood activities in below poverty line women-headed households in Kandy District. In 2018, start-up capital (Revolving Loan) and training to cultivate tea, pepper, mushroom and dairy farming, etc. was provided to 75 families, who either established new self-employment ventures or strengthened existing ones. 55 families were also provided planting material for the crops. An increase in women’s contribution to the family income has helped them raise above the poverty line and also recognized for their role in the household and community decision making. In most cases, the additional income is used for children’s education and there has also been a marked reduction in rural indebtedness in the project location.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

IDRF’s partner phect-Nepal conducts free surgeries for women with severe genital prolapse at Kathmandu Model Hospital. phect is an NGO committed to developing a model of sustainable community healthcare in rural Nepal. With grant from IDRF, poor rural women patients have successful surgeries and are provided free in-patients’ post-operative care for a week. Several outreach free health camps are regularly organized, which address the awareness and preventive measures for prolapse among women.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2014

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2015

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2016

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2017

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2018

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2019

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2020

Awards

Social Service Award 2013

National Federation of Indian-American Associations

Dharma Seva Award for social service to Indians of all faiths 2012

Hindu American Foundation

Award for Jeevan Prabhat (orphanage) 2009

Arya Samaj Gandhidham (Gujarat, India)

Distinguished Social Service Award 2007

Federation of Indian-American Associations, National Capital Region

Award for Social Service 2004

Indian Cultural Coordination Committee (ICCC)

Manav Sarvodaya Award (for social service) 2004

ICCC & National Council of Asian Indian Associations

Bharat Seva Award (for relief work) 2003

Federation of Indian Associations of Tampa Bay

Social Service Award 2003

Uttar Pradesh Samaj of Washington, DC

Utkal Mitra Samman for earthquake relief work 2002

Orissa Society of the Americas

Award for Relief and Upliftment of Poor in India 2000

National Council of Asian Indian Associations

Community Service Award 1994

Associations of Indians in America

Acknowledgement of contribution to earthquake relief 2003

Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (India)

Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal 2014

M & I/United Performing Arts Fund

Manav Seva Sarvodaya Award 2018

National Council of Asian Indian Associatio

Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award 2018

Lead India Foundation and United National Diversity Coalition of America

Ekal Vidyalaya 2018

Distinguished Community and Humanitarian Service Award

Citation for relief work done for multi-cultural & diverse communities in DC during COVID-19 2020

Montgomery County Council, MD

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2018

World Bank Group Community Connections Campaign 2018

Great Non Profits 2018

Combined Federal Campaign 2019

World Bank Group Community Connections Campaign 2019

Great Non Profits 2019

Maryland Charity Campaign 2019

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2019

Combined Federal Campaign 2020

World Bank Group Community Connections Campaign 2020

Maryland Charity Campaign 2020

Great Non Profits 2020

Charity Navigator 4/4 stars 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Age groups, Families, Health, Social and economic status, Non-adult children

Related Program

Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth, Families, Unemployed people

Related Program

Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

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

Age groups, Families, Orphans, Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of care packages delivered

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

Sustainable Social and Economic Development at Grassroots Level

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kitchen kits & appliances for 100 families of Kerala Floods 2018. Plus 18 cows to families (animal husbandry) for their livelihood. Disaster relief kits to victims of India Floods 2017

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

IDRF's goal is to break the cycle of poverty all across India as well in Nepal and Sri Lanka by empowering marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development.

As a World Bank staff-retiree Dr. Vinod Prakash (Founder and President of IDRF) had numerous opportunities for gaining first-hand insight into the functioning of community-based organizations in Asia including India (his home country). His more than 20 field trips enabled him to travel all across India and interact with numerous social activist at grass-roots level.
This experience has helped IDRF to closely collaborate with not-for-profit, tax-exempt non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India, as well as in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Thereby, IDRF works with NGOs having impeccable track records of their humanitarian services. While programs are mainly implemented by our partner NGOs, IDRF generally engages with them at all stages from project design to funding to monitoring and evaluation.

* IDRF has been working closely with the American donor community interested in development activities in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It has been acting as a bridge between them and marginalized people in beneficiary countries.

* IDRF is governed by an active, experienced and knowledgeable Board of Directors.

*IDRF is administered/managed most prudently ensuring that donors' hard-earned money is used efficiently in a cost effective manner. IDRF's exceptionally low overhead of 4-5% and direct intervention with partner NGOs ensures that 95-96% of donations are directly utilized for humanitarian services.

IDRF provides an efficient and effective bridge mainly for the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) donors living in the USA who have a desire to give back to their native places.
In three decades of its journey, IDRF has been involved in wide variety of successful projects , all leading to the goal of empowering the marginalized become self-sufficient.

These include:
• Supporting gender parity and economic self-reliance
• Providing holistic education to tribal girls in residential school and quality education to migrant children.
• Enabling health check-ups and medical camps through mobile medical service for marginalized people beyond reach.
• Improving lives of poor rural families by constructing eco-friendly sanitation units.
• Stopping migration from arid areas through water harvesting projects: water for drinking as well as agriculture purposes.
• Facilitating good governance in rural and urban India.
• Turning natural disasters into sustainable development opportunities for victims.

Below are a few examples of the projects which have addressed these areas.

1. More than two decades ago, IDRF started school in two rooms with two teachers, providing free education to the rural children from KG to grade 3 in rural U.P. (India) without electricity and running water. Now, school has expanded to 12th grade having 1200 students coming from 30 villages through 5 buses with all facilities including science labs, a state-of-the-art auditorium and faculty apartments. School is now even financially self-supporting as operational cost in met by the parents.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJnW32q924Y&t=5s

http://www.idrf.org/2014-annual-report/


2. Fifteen years ago, IDRF initiated family welfare program in 10 villages in rural India. Today, our program covers over 10,000 families in 100 villages and has been broadened to include gender parity, formation of Self-help-groups, building foundation by supporting women participation in 'Panchayat Raj', economic self-reliance for women and income generating skills and opportunities for the disabled people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXRUH2IOHGA

http://www.idrf.org/2015-annual-report/

Financials

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INDIA DEVELOPMENT AND RELIEF FUND INC. USA

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr Vinod Prakash

Dr. Vinod Prakash

Dr. G.R. Verma

Dileep Thatté

Dr. Sasala Challa

Mohinder Gulati

Dr. Prem Garg

Reena Goyal

Dr. Suresh Gupta

Rajeev Jain

Nisha Narayanan

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? 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 02/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability