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GURUKULAM OF TAMPA BAY INC
December 4, 2012

Helped with this organization- Sekherams in charge of it said to not report taxes since we got "just a small stipend/ donation" and if any of us mentioned anything bad about them or the organization, he "would take action" and threatened to say negative things about the individual who spoke his/her mind. Another friend was surprised that they were making money off this organization since originally no one got any stipend. Though supposed to be community based, shekerams told me to not make friends with the others who worked there in fear that if we grouped together and talked poorly of it, the reputation would look bad. They threatened me if i spoke poorly of the organization; They probably made about $400,000 in 20 years yet most of it they seemed to have pocketed themselves since rooms/food free by volunteers. (Saw online that taxes have not been paid for several years since existence in 1997, I believe & that it is no longer tax exempt since they never filed the forms).There are several who see past these peoples' facades of "charity". They care too much about their "image" in the Tampabay Indian community. This is not "charity" as should be truly altruistic- it is not. I feel they did for purpose to use funds for other things and to gain a positive reputation though many see past the fakeness of it. Madhavi Shekeram said they were running low on funds though the food is free, rooms are free- so where did the money go? hmm. Dont think this qualifies for charity.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer