AHH

Helping people to help themselves

aka AHH (A Helping Hand)   |   Sacramento, CA   |  www.ahelpinghand.org

Mission

Our mission is to help people to help them selves. We have projects all over the world. We are a 100% volunteer organization that strives as a team to bring hope to people that are less fortunate. We focus on projects pertaining to Health Care, Education, Disaster Relief, Rehabilitation, Creating Health Communities and Encouraging Volunteerism. 100% of your donation will be utilized for these projects. Administrative tasks are carried out by our dedicated team of volunteers.

Notes from the nonprofit

Please join us @ www.AHelpingHand.org Our work is very rewarding And 100% of your donations will go to help the needy

Ruling year info

2000

Director

Dr. Iresha Goonesinghe

Main address

P O Box 340457

Sacramento, CA 95834 USA

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EIN

91-1995794

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Problem : Uniting our Communities - Taking longer than expected to educate the affected communities. Solution Persevere, Thinking outside the box to figure out new and meaningful ways to reach out. This year we have realized that our initial goal cannot be accomplished as a stand alone. And we are adding a public education campaign to educate about misinformation, addiction to Social Media and more importantly how to protect our selves and our kids. Finally we are helping communities all over the world to create low cost organic community gardens.

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?

Organically grown Community Gardens

Helping communities to set up Community Gardens. Getting kids involved. Encourage healthy eating habits using locally grown produce. Helping the elderly and people in need get this produce free of charge. Also encouraging them to participate in these projects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Helping to organize and fund eye clinics for kids in remote villages all over the world

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Empowering and Uniting Youth all over the world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Starting with the Tsunami in 2004, Hait, Hurricane Sandy, Katrina. 2019 to date, with Covid relief, we try to join hands with local organization and give them a helping hand. Building homes, helping schools, Medical clinics and individual needs. We stay long after the acute event - long after the media and the world forgets them...

Population(s) Served

5 steps to bring communities together all over the world

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Volunteers knit scarves throughout the year. We send them to the homeless with hand written notes of encouragement in the winter months

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

A world wide public education program for adults and kids. Educating them of the dangers of social media and how to protect them selves.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Children and 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 communities that benefitted each year

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

Adults

Related Program

Uniting Our Community

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We help communities to help themselves. Focus on Volunteerism, Health care, Organic gardening, self sufficient living, Gift of vision and Uniting Communities. & Disaster relief and help the homeless

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Multiracial people, Interfaith groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Activists, Emergency responders

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Bringing people together with the goal of Uniting a community and thereby unite the world

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.

Helping people to help them selves.

We look for pressing needs in a community.
Try to partner with successful local organizations when possible.
Start small.
Learn from our mistakes and slowly grow our projects.
We try to find creative ways to get as many people as we can to volunteer.
Therefore we are able to accomplish a lot with small amounts of money.

Our Committed, Caring and hard working Volunteers

Vision for kids - A resounding success - and is still ongoing
Community Gardens - A resounding success - now expanding our efforts in Sri Lanka
Uplift our kids - Just started
Uniting our Community - Ongoing
Knitting for Love - ongoing - very successful
Covid Relief - very successful - managed to donate urgently needed medical equipment to rural Hospitals

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Suburban and Rural Communities all over the world

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Need for more long term follow up after a project is completed

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    More enthusiastic in serving the people who need our help

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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AHH

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Iresha Goonesinghe MD

Compassionate Doctors

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 2/9/2022

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
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2022

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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.
  • 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 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 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.