SHADHIKA

When she leads, change follows

aka Shadhika, The Shadhika Foundation   |   Denver, CO   |  www.shadhika.org

Mission

Shadhika’s mission is to inspire a culture shift in India by ensuring every young woman is empowered to realize her full potential. Investing from adolescence to adulthood, we partner with local women-led organizations to ensure these young women can make their own decisions, succeed in school, contribute to the economy, and transform their communities. One young woman at a time, our bottom up approach is creating a generation of young women leaders, each of whom lifts up a generation beside and behind her. Their success creates a groundswell of change that starts in India and ripples around the world.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

My Lo Cook

Main address

1031 33rd Street Suite 172

Denver, CO 80205 USA

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EIN

77-0344785

NTEE code info

International Human Rights (Q70)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Though India is the world's largest democracy and a rising global economic power, it is home to one-third of the world's child brides and ranked 101st out of 136 nations for gender equality. Culturally, girls in India have low value and face discrimination based on gender, economics, religion, and migrant status. In fact, gender discrimination is so widespread that India was deemed the most dangerous place to be born female. Due to laws and cultural traditions, only 27% of women in India have completed their secondary education, and only 28% of women participate in the formal economy.

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?

Support for Success

We provide grants to local, women-led nonprofits to carry out after-school programming for girls from 10 to 18. As part of this program, girls learn about their rights and carry out community projects to advance their rights. They also receive educational support to help them stay in school until Class 12 and escape early, forced marriage.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
At-risk youth

Shadhika provides college and vocational scholarships to young women who have demonstrated leadership on girls’ rights issues under our Supports for Success program. In addition to full tuition support, recipients receive English tutoring, computer classes, a laptop, and job readiness training. As part of the scholarship, recipients carry out a community project to advance girls’ rights during their school year.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Students

Each year, Shadhika hosts our Scholars from across India for a four-day summit to learn new leadership skills and collaborate on their community projects. Meeting in teams based on their project focus (i.e. child marriage, right to education, sexual harassment, etc.), these young leaders share best practices, brainstorm on potential actions, and support each other to advance their cause. Through the summit, these young women leaders are building a supportive network to advance girls’ rights in India.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
At-risk youth

Shadhika provides media internships to empower these young leaders to tell their stories firsthand. Through blogs, videos, photography, poetry, and social media posts, these young women leaders are sharing their personal challenges, strategies, and successes to advance their rights in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Indigenous peoples

After Shadhika Scholars graduate from college, they become part of the Shadhika Alum Network. These young women leaders continue to “pay it forward” and mentor the next generation of girl leaders. Meeting bi-annually, alumnae serve as advisors to Shadhika, helping to improve our efforts in India and participate in committees to enhance Shadhika’s programs.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
At-risk youth

Shadhika has launched a multi-year initiative in three rural villages outside of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh that is working with men and boys to build awareness and understanding to mobilize action to prevent gender-based violence, specifically sexual harassment and domestic violence.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
At-risk youth

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 participants engaged in programs

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes girls ages 10-24 as well as boys ages 10-24 who participated in Shadhika supported programs.

Number of program graduates

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

Women and girls, Adolescents, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects number of girls only supported by Shadhika who graduated from one grade to the next. Note we did not track this metric in 2013. **Due to COVID-19 we are still aggregating this data

Number of participants reporting greater issue awareness

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

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects increased awareness of girls' rights and values among both girls and boys as a result of leadership development and gender awareness courses. **Due to COVID-19 we are still aggregating

Number of clients who complete job skills training

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

Women and girls, Adolescents, At-risk youth

Related Program

Leaders for Change Summit

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This reflects only girls supported by Shadhika who received job training. Note this metric was not tracked in 2013. **Due to COVID-19 we are still aggregating this data

Number of participants dropping out of programs due to early force marriage

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

Women and girls, Adolescents, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to the dowry system in India, young women are often pulled out of school before completing secondary school in order to get married.

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.

- Directly invest in programs that support the secondary and college education of at-risk girls .
- Support programs focused on increasing the leadership skills and opportunities for at-risk girls ages 10 - 24.
- Support job training programs for at-risk young women ages 18 - 24.
- Invest and support programs in India that promote gender equality and combat patriarchal practices among boys.
- Work in coalition with other organizations to lend our support and voice to end violence against women.
- Annually track and assess impact across all grantees through a standard set of indicators.

1) Provide annual grants to women-led NGOs in India working in at least one of the following areas:
- Secondary education of at-risk girls
- Leadership skills for at-risk girls
- Job training programs for at-risk young women
- Programs that promote gender equality and combat patriarchal
practices among boys

2) Provide competitive scholarships to at-risk girls pursuing post-secondary education.

3) Supporting English development and computer literacy to ensure success in college.

3) Convene grantees quarterly to give feedback, share best practices, strategize around issues facing program participants.

4) Participate in coalitions of funders and advocates to end violence against women internationally and in India.

5) Regularly track and assess performance impact across grantees through a standard set of indicators.

1) Board and staff with over 20 years experiences in grant-making, working in India, and issues affecting girls and women.

2)Investments in and partnership with local grassroots organizations with expertise in gender justice programming.

3) Twice annual site visits to India with grantees to monitor performance (prior to COVID-19)

4) Staff with 10 years of experience in supporting building capacity of grantees.

5) Track record of collaboration with others on key issues affecting women and girls internationally.

6) Active committees and dedicated volunteers to monitor and assess impact of grantees according to key indicators.

In 2020:
1) Over 4,006 girls and young women served

2) $70,000 awarded in grants to 49 scholars and 8 women-led NGOs in the areas of education, leadership development, job training, and programs that promote respect for women and girls among boys.

3) 25 young women going to college on scholarships.

4) 48 young women placed in jobs in the formal economy.

5) 98% of the young women we serve completed secondary school.

6) 99% of the young women we serve escaped child marriage.

7) 96 young women received job readiness training.

8) 3000 boys and young men received gender awareness training.

9) 89% increase in women's rights awareness.

Financials

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SHADHIKA

Board of directors
as of 8/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Sigel

Diane Sigel

Board Chair

Lisa Acree

Vice Chair

Uma Iyer

Vanessa Chauhan

Secretary

Menka Lamba

Tara Risser

Teena Sebastian

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 ? 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? 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 08/04/2021

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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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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