RAKSHA INC

Healing, Justice and Empowerment

Atlanta, GA   |  www.raksha.org

Mission

Raksha -- meaning "protection" in several South Asian languages -- is a Georgia-based nonprofit organization for the South Asian Community. Raksha's mission is to promote a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education, and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Aparna Bhattacharyya

Main address

PO Box 12337

Atlanta, GA 30355 USA

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EIN

58-2190065

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Raksha works towards healing, empowerment, and justice for South Asian Survivors of Violence. Raksha seeks to cocreate tools to help our community end interpersonal violence as well as create paths to healing from the violence they have experienced. Raksha works for a stronger and healthier South Asian community.

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?

Himmat

Himmatt- direct services addressing violence against immigrant women and their children. Raksha has served over 290 individuals. Counseling,Crisis Intervention, Career Assistance and advocacy Breaking the Silence- Outreach, education and community mobilization Atlanta SAHARA- South Asian HIV/AIDs Resources of Atlanta Raksha Youth Leadership Council Raksha Youth Mentoring

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of Asian descent

Raksha reaches out to youth to provide them with prevention and intervention based outreach

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People of Asian descent

Where we work

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 therapy hours provided to clients

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

Adults

Related Program

Himmat

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Therapeutic and advocacy clients served

Number of clients participating in support groups

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

Women and girls, Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

Himmat

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

Raksha will serve over 400 clients a year through multi-lingual and multi-cultural counseling, support groups, advocacy and case management. Raksha will engage community members to get involved to make change in our community. Raksha will inform the community of tools and practices that will help heal but also prevent violence.

Through holistic individualized plans based on the needs and goals of the client. Raksha provides support based on what the client wants and provides support in realizing their goals. Raksha works to empower survivors in making decisions that are right for them.

Raksha has qualified staff who speak over 5 languages and who are of South Asian origin. The therapists are licensed and very aware of cultural needs of our clients and trained on dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma related needs of our clients.

Raksha has progressed in all these goals by providing services to our clients in a holistic and culturally competent manner. Raksha has had clients reach their goals and the ones that have not were not ready yet based on needing more support or not being ready to make a decision. Raksha works with each individual when they are ready to get help.

Financials

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Operations

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

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RAKSHA INC

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mansi Anand

Action Design

Term: 2013 - 2021

Ritu Patel

Berkshire Hathaway

Madhu Desmukh

Independant

Nisha Kapil

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Bidisha Sinha

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Tina Thaper

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Bhavya Chaudhary

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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? 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 08/27/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/27/2019

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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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.