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India Development and Relief Fund Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   66 reviews 1,638


5821 Mossrock Dr N Bethesda MD 20852 USA


Our mission is break the cycle of poverty in India and Nepal by empowering marginalized people with skills, services and infrastructure grounded in sustainable development. We work directly with community-based nonprofits that operate with minimal overhead. We serve people regardless of religion or caste. We also work one-on-one with donors who have a specific dream of giving back to India.


For example, we helped an Indian-American establish a school in his native village in Uttar Pradesh. In the 80s initially served only one village but today provides affordable value-based education to 1000 students from 25 villages. These poor kids regularly outperform the state and local averages on their exams. In another instance, we funded a family planning pilot in ten villages in Haryana, a state notorious for gender discrimination. After that program drastically reduce birthrates, we helped our partner NGO introduce these self-help groups in more villages, and add training in women's rights, healthcare, and business skills. Today these self-help groups send and lend collectively and organize thousands of workshops in their villages. This year, 9,000 women in 100+ villages participated in this program. 1,000+ have started businesses. 100% of the groups manage their own finances, a major accomplishment for women with limited literacy skills. IDRF has also turned disasters into opportunities for development. In the wake of the 1990 Odisha supercyclone, IDRF introduced and tested a new variety of water-tolerant rice. Hundreds of families, who used to lose crops each year to floods, received seeds and farm inputs to reestablish their income.

Target demographics:

marginalized people

Direct beneficiaries per year:

10,000+ people

Geographic areas served:

India and Nepal


self-help groups, organic food processing and seed production, college scholarships, governance training, eco-friendly water harvesting, mobile medical care, etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with several non-profit organizations, as a donor, volunteer, or as a supporter. IDRF stands out when it comes to professionalism. Absolute transparency to the public is the key for any non-profit organization, and IDRF consistently proved it to its donors and volunteers. I know IDRF for more than 15 years, and the founder Dr. Vinod Prakashji. His consistent dedication to this organization has benefited the downtrodden and oppressed people in the Indian society for the last twenty years. And, behind the success of IDRF, the support he got through out the journey from Saralaji is noteworthy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are a village school near Pondicherry,India located next to an international township called Auroville.Our relationship to IDRF extends to over ten years.Our school offers very good facilities for sports,extra-curricular activities and academics.Naturally we seek the support of Non-Profit organisations like IDRF as fees cannot possibly cover the expenditures involved.We find IDRF extremely supportive of our requests.They trust us.They trust that the need we project is genuine.They trust that the budget requested is reasonable.They give to us in the spirit as if it is their own project.What else can one expect?The founders of IDRF Sh.Vinod Prakashji and Sarla behn have infused the organisation with a spirit of supporting projects with love rather than in a charitable attitude.This is unique.Over the years IDRF has helped us build a very long compound wall,staff quarters,sports equipment store-room and many other things.

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Rating: 4 stars  

we could talk with the concerned person directly. The contact person - coordinator - was very polite and listened to our requests. They accommodated our requests.

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We have had the privilege of donating funds thru IDRF to many of our favorite projects in India. We get excellent support, prompt communication and all our money sent to the NGO of our liking.

We have been working thru IDRF for over 6 years now and have nothing but great things to say.

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Rating: 3 stars  

IDRF has been a helpful conduit in sending money from the US in support of Bodh Siksha Samiti's (http://bodh.org/) education programs in rural and underserved areas in India. Being a 501(c)(3) organization, the donations made to the Bodh programs through IDRF are tax deductible.

The initial set up is fairly lengthy and involves sizable paperwork from the ultimate benefactor organization (Bodh in this case) to support the due diligence requirements. The first financial transfer also takes longer - whole process including setup was 2-4 weeks. Once the 1st iteration is complete, the process of donating on an ongoing basis is much simpler. There is a fairly significant minimum ($8000) and high administrative fees (~6.5%) that apply. Some portion of the administrative cost is used for IDRF's support of other charitable causes/programs so while the fees seem high, there is some good happening on the other end rather than just overhead.

IDRF was accommodating in holding the funds until the minimum amount is reached. This is clearly an organization where the founder is committed and closely involved in the operations.

We appreciate Vinod ji's support and responsiveness in helping aide the great work Bodh Siksha Samiti is doing on the ground. Thank you to the IDRF team and keep up the good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have been absolutely thrilled with my association with IDRF. It is very rare to find somebody like Dr. Vinod Prakash , the founder of IDRF, who has totally devoted last thirty years of his life to the uplifting of the poor and needy in India. Undaunted by the huge problems facing these people, Vinod and his wife Sarla have tirelessly worked to improve their lives on multiple fronts, taking care of their medical needs, education, water and sanitation to name just a few, especially for girls and tribal people. I feel very grateful to Vinod and Sarla for letting me be a part of their great endeavor which has profoundly changed for better the lives of so many people. The work that IDRF has accomplished has an enduring effect for generations to follow. However rare Vinod as a person is, I still wish there were more people like Vinod who would follow his model in other parts of the world to make our earth a better place to live for millions of people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have know India development and relief fund for past 20 years. They have been supporting projects run by Seva Bharathi and other grass root NGOs in India with minimal overhead expenses. Beneficiaries of these projects are the most needy people in slums, rural areas and tribals areas. IDRF funded sanitation projects in Adilabad district to mobile medical can in Kurnool to vocational training centre in Warangal. Kudos to Vinod Prakash and his team.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with IDRF is a memorable one. When Chennai, India was reeling under heavy floods and devastation, I approached IDRF for relief assistance. Without hesitation, immediately, Dr. Vinodh Prakash transferred 40,000 USD for relief work. We were able to provide relief material to 1800 affected families. They have assured to continuously help for our Swacch Bharat Abhiyan project and other charity work of Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society for which I am the secretary. IDRF is doing a wonderful job to reduce the sufferings of fellow human beings.

My regards to Dr. Vinodh Prakash and other members of IDRF.

RPK Chari

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our involvement with IDRF dates back more than 20 years. we had started a local program in Bismarck North Dakota to collect funds for women and children upliftment in India. We became involved with India develop meant of relief fund and through their offices were able to reach the target population and continued to do that annually for many years. Funding of lunch programs for slum children so their parents would allow them to attend school as well as computer and sewing workshops for girls and older women were funded. We were very confident that monies that we raised were reaching the audience and I DRF provided additional funding as well as monitoring of the sites on a regular basis. At the time of the Tsunami in South India I DRF provided great relief to those in need and funds that we sent to them along with other funds were put to very good use. It has been incredible to have found a honest reliable and hardworking partner to work with over such a long period of time. We strongly believe that all could depend on IDRF and it is a rare and great non profit.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known IDRF for last 3 years since we moved to Northern Virginia. The most impressive thing about IDRF is very low overhead ,so most of the donations go directly to the needy organizations and hence to the most needy people . Many of the donors are repeat donors who have certain improvement projects in mind and they chose IDRF as a highly trusted implementation arm to make them happen. Another very highly impressive fact that these projects are all over India and for the improvements of educational, economical and betterment of rural life. I must impress on the fact that Dr. Vinod Prakash is the heart and soul of IDRF and his dedication is one of the reason for IDRF's success as a non profit organization.

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