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Yoga Gives Back

For the cost of one class, you can change a life.

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.yogagivesback.org

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Mission

Our mission is to mobilize yoga practitioners worldwide to channel their gratitude into empowering India’s women and children to create sustainable lives.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder/ CEO Exec Director

Kayoko Mitsumatsu

Main address

400 South Burnside Ave. #11B

Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA

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EIN

80-0412545

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Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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Our programs

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Sister Aid

In 2007, inspired by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus micro financing breakthrough, Yoga Gives Back began by supporting micro financing programs in India. In 2010, YGB partnered with NGO Nishtha in West Bengal and launched Sister Aid, an innovative womens empowerment micro-loan program. It does not charge interest for loan but requires every borrower to save 50 rupees a month for their young daughters education. Starting with 50 women, YGB has been able to grow this program to provide 550 impoverished women (50 groups) annually with small loans for income-earning businesses. Every year, we have witnessed the tremendous positive impact of this program on womens lives. This program provides not only financial strength among women but also very important peer support system which help them deal with domestic violence and stand for their own rights. This program also provides funds for the members young daughters primary education and prevented forced child marriage.

Population(s) Served

SHE (Scholarship for Higher Education) is a five-year scholarship program that was launched in 2013 to provide 50 young girls in West Bengal to continue their higher education. Today, it is funding 440 students n the rural villages of West Bengal and Chamarajanagar, Karnataka so that the disadvantaged youths can achieve college degrees. These students have absolutely no other way to continue their education due to extreme poverty and related family problems, if it were not for SHE scholarship. They are determined to achieve their goals with higher education.
GENERATIONAL TRANSFORMATION. After ten years of this program, we are inspired to witness over 300 youths graduating with Bachelors Degree and working in various sectors to earn living as well as helping their families. They have become change makers in their communities and role models for younger generation. They all express deep gratitude for this life-changing educational opportunity and want to aid younger generation.

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Our results

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

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of SHE (Five-Year Scholarship for Higher Education) recipients in India.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Yoga Gives Back has two big goals. One to engage global yoga practitioners to act upon gratitude for yoga and give back. Second, we empower underserved women and children in India to build sustainable lives.
We continue to engage global yoga practitioners, whether it is physical or spiritual practice, to express their gratitude for the gift of yoga in their lives by hosting fundraising, awareness campaign events. Our second goal is to send funds to our NGO partners in India to assist underserved women and children with our micro-loan and education programs. This is also an expression of Seva, or Karma Yoga in yoga, that is selfless service, action. In our 17th year, YGB's programs in India assist over 3000 women and children.
Our goal for the next three years is to reach to 10,000 lives in India by engaging more yoga practitioners from all states of the US as well as more communities in Europe.

We have developed programs to alleviate poverty and gender discrimination with our two NGO Partners.
In Karnataka state, we work with Deenabandhu Trust in Karnataka to support 35 orphaned children with caring home and good education, as well as 140 underprivileged youths with our five-year SHE scholarship for higher education to achieve college degrees for better job opportunities. This program has been running since 2013 and we now see nearly 100 boys and girls graduating with bachelors degrees with great jobs, helping their families and becoming role models. Our micro-loan program for poor mothers in rural West Bengal has been run by NGO partner NISHTHA since 2010. We support 550 women a year to become financially independent as well as gaining critical peer support to fight against domestic violence and other gender discrimination and issues steming from poverty and lack of education. We also provide SHE scholarship for 300 young girls in rural villages to achieve college degrees as well as 600 young girls to ensure elementary education. We added Digital Literacy Program which supports 600 young girls with computer skills training which is essential for better job opportunities. We also started the Pad Project to support menstrual equity and gynecological awareness education. 25 women of our micro-loan program have been trained to produce sanitary napkins and they now provide 3,000 napkins per month for schools and villages and educate hygienic importance. Our goal is to empower these marginalized populations with economic growth and education opportunities. We witness the real impact of these programs that bring out generational impact.

How we listen

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Yoga Gives Back

Board of directors
as of 05/05/2024
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Board chair

Dr Kenneth Atchity

Story Merchant

Term: 2015 -

Kayoko Mitsumatsu

Yoga Gives Back

Kenneth John Atchity

The Story Merchant

Gail Hedding

Mark Billings

Mosaic Development Consultant

Hamony Slater

Harmony Slater

Pritha Ogden

Peacock

Board leadership practices

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    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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/28/2024

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Leadership

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