Ainiti

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA   |  www.ainiti.org

Mission

Educating and empowering underprivileged girls, by supporting local organizations in geographic areas where the need is the greatest.

Ruling year info

2016

President

Philip De Souza

Main address

2510 W 237th Street

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90505 USA

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EIN

81-3923141

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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Ainiti

Growing up in Mumbai, India, Bernadine de Souza always watched a bevy of little girls from the local orphanage sing their hearts out at Sunday church service.

Their hair neatly combed and in ribbons, they left an indelible mark on her. For Philip de Souza, education is a passion. Philip uses every opportunity he can get to mentor high school kids and send them a monthly blog.

On their 25th Anniversary this loving couple decided it was time to step up their game and give back in a bigger way. To create a program that was meaningful, scalable and could be supported by their children, family, extended family and friends. Initially they were highly motivated by the thought of supporting a girl from an orphanage in India or Kenya and provide this child the support and resources from grade school through a Ph.D. perhaps! Tossing the idea about with friends, co-workers and colleagues was exciting and lots of advice began pouring in. Philip remembers the moment he was on a call with his India office and they asked why not educate underprivileged girls from the local public school next door? Public schools in under developed countries are very different from ones in the United States. Yes, the fact that they are government funded is common, however usually only the very poor would send their children to public or “Municipal” schools as they are better known.

The India office operates during the night hours in India (US day) leaving a fully computerized facility empty during the day, and the fact that the public school was right next door was serendipitous.

The idea was to run a test class to see the response. The first batch of 6 very nervous eleven year old girls with Class teacher and School Principal in tow nervously began moving a mouse for the very first time in their lives. Or watching with glee as google maps came into view on the projector screen and they saw the world with astonishment. The team was empowered by the difference they were making in these young girls lives. Left unattended they would end up as child labor or marry early. To encourage attendance they were provided a meal at the end of each class, and the child that showed the most progress won a tablet.

A post about the first computer class lead to a deluge of Facebook offers to help with course, money and resources, including a generous offer from a prestigious Los Angeles law firm to set up the company and seek IRS nonprofit 501 C 3 status. And thus Ainiti was born…

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Our results

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Increasing

Number of students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

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Increasing

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Increasing

Number of Children trained in Basic Computer Skills

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Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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In today's world and our fast paced technology driven lives, there is very little room for gender inequality. Yet, this is a part of every minute or every day for millions of underprivileged girls in certain parts of the world. The problem, left unaddressed results in child labor and these young lives being taken advantage of by unscrupulous elements. Education creates a sense of self-confidence and gives these young minds the motivation to overcome the hurdles that lay before them in that part of the world. It is critical that girls are self-sufficient.
Our goal is to empower underprivileged girls in developing countries educating them in the use of technology.

Basic computer skills are essential in motivating and advancing these girls forward and opening the door for greater opportunities. We are providing these children computer training classes at various levels and intend to supplement that with English classes as well
We fund these programs through tax-deductible charitable donations, High School Clubs, Fundraising and volunteer support

We currently have a fully equipped classroom that has the capacity to train 3000 children each year. We have a volunteer Board to help us garner the much needed resources and set strategy. We also have both paid and unpaid volunteers in countries where we are programs are in place

We have an IRS approved non profit.
We have a fully equipped classroom and curriculum delivered by a trained instructor.
We are funded for 2017

Financials

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Ainiti

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Audrey Dias

Ainiti

Term: 2016 - 2020

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? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.