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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Arpan bridges the gap among institutions that do admirable work and individuals like you who are keen to contribute. Our organization is committed to distributing 100% of the collected funds to thoroughly researched institutions, without any deductions for overheads.

Results: 1. Provides for the education of 3200 children/year 2. Created basic health care facilities in slums (used by over 72,000 slum dwellers) 3. Provides family planning and reproductive healthcare for 1,500 women/month 4. Trains 500 health care workers/year 5. Provided aid to 400+ farmers 6. Provides vocational training to uneducated rural youth and 600 women/year

Target demographics: educate children, develop more efficient agriculture and irrigation techniques, support slum-dwellers and drought victims

Geographic areas served: India

Programs: Providing educational facilities & services to needy and poor people of remote villages in poor and developing countiries. ( total amount given $ 444675. 00)helping to provide shelter, and other infrastructural facilities for upliftment of poor and needy children including handicapped children - persons. ( total amount given $106663. 00)

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jagannath W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Like Arpan Foundation we, Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization (MSSO), are a registered charity in Canada. It has been a pleasure to work with Arpan Foundation in areas of common interest to help the selfless social workers in India. We are impressed with the dedication of Anand and Parag Karia and their efficient and prompt responses in our correspondence. We look forward to continued cooperation between the two organizations for years to come.

Jagannath Wani
President Emeritus
Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization

Donor

Rating: 5

Good, clean, honest organization. Have no hesitation donating to Arpan Foundataion.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Arpan is filling the gap between have and have'nt. Most of the organization focuses on its activities instead of finance. As a result, their is always a financial gap & organization need someone who will help them to achieve their goal. Arpan is exactly doing it & work indirectly as much as organization. We hope for their precious support to YUVAAN in future. Thanks for keeping in touch with me. JAI HIND

-Sandip Kusalkar,
Founder- YUVAAN,
Ahmednagar, Maharashshtra,
India

1 Vaishali T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We strongly support & recommend Arpan Foundation (AF). We were introduced to Arpan Foundation by "Caring Friends" (CF) of Mumbai about 5 years back. CF is an informal group of friends, who have come together to act as a bridge between outstanding NGOs and donors world wide. Arpan Foundation is the USA counterpart to Caring Friends. Mr. Anand Karia of Arpan Foundation is very dedicated and committed to AF & is a core part of CF too. Donations to Arpan Foundation by US residents enjoy tax exemption under the US Laws. They remit the full amount without deducting any bank charges so that every dollar that the donor contributes is used optimally.

One such project supported by Arpan Foundation is "Helpers of the Handicapped" (HOH). Me, my husband & my two kids are attached with the "Helpers of the Handicapped " project & also personally with Ms. Naseema Hurzuk the founder of the HOH. Arpan Foundation cares & supports many such humanitarian projects & work at the grassroots level to distribute 100% of the collected funds without any deductions for overheads. Mr Anand & Mrs. Shilpa Karia of Arpan are very humble & are very easy to talk to. They have always been there to answer any questions we had about Arpan Foundation. We are fortunate & feel privileged to be associated with Arpan Foundation!!

-Vaishali Tendolkar,
Austin TX.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization, Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur (Maharashtra, India) came in touch with Mr. Anand Karia and Mr. Parag Karia through our benefactors Caring Friends. The two brothers are running Arpan Foundation in USA. In the past, we have received substantial donations through Arpan Foundation. Arpan Foundation does not deduct any charges for administration and bank transfer charges. The entire amount donated by the donor is credited to the beneficiary organization's account.

The Karia brothers and Arpan Foundation are extremely passionate about the commendable work they are doing. We wish them all the best.

Ayaz Sangrar
Chief Officer and Trustee
Helpers of the Handicapped, Kolhapur

1

Donor

Rating: 5

An donor willing to donate to change life of someone needy can safely rely on Arpan and its associates. They are highly motivated individuals and full of integrity. Their work speaks for themselves. I urge people to help such organizations who are working relentlessly to change life.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Parivaar through Arpan Foundation for the last several years and am impressed by the efficiency and dedication of the staff.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, when I first heard about it I was blown away by the amazing work they do and the transparency and honesty that's a part of the organization. I feel 100% comfortable donating and know my money is going to people who really need it.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

IN 2008, I ASKED A TRUSTED BOMBAY FELLOW (A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMAN AND FRIEND FOR OVER 40 YEARS) FOR A RELIABLE PLACE TO DONATE ... HE SUGGESTED ARPAN FOUNDATION IN USA. HIS OWN SON IS INVOLVED IN SAME CHARITY IN INDIA. INITIALLY, I HAD A MODEST PLAN FOR CONTRIBUTION BUT AS I GOT ACQUAINTED WITH US STAFF, I WAS IMPRESSED BY THEIR COMMITMENT, SINCERITY, HONESTY, THRIFTINESS AND “NO OVERHEAD”.

TO ANY CHARITY THERE ARE TWO SIDES ... DONORS AND ADMINISTRATORS/USERS. THE LATER PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE TO DISPOSE THE DONATIONS IN AN EFFICIENT WAY. ARPAN EXCEEDS MY EXPECTATIONS. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS OUR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE HARD-EARNED AND OUR LIFE-STYLE IS VERY THRIFTY ... I AM PROUD TO BE IN THE ARPAN-USA TEAM (EVEN THOUGH AS A SILENT PARTNER).

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thane SPCA is a beneficiary of ARPAN Foundation. since the last one year. Apart from the fact that ARPAN Foundation does not deduct remittance charges allowing the full donation through them to come to the beneficiary organization, we are grateful to ARPAN because they have supported Critical Surgeries of Street animals even though it is not included in the objectives of their Memorandum. We are blessed to have been able to introduce animal needs to ARPAN through our organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through my experiences with Arpan Foundation, I have always felt comfortable donating, and confident that my money was helping someone in need. The founders and executives at Arpan do a great job ensuring that their foundation is extremely transparent and are always willing to answer questions. I have donated money numerous times in the past, and will continue to do so, as I strongly believe that this organization does great work.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arpan Foundation is truly a GREAT nonprofit. The organization is committed to donating 100% of funds - the board members do not keep any of the money, and pay overhead costs from their own pockets. This level of commitment and dedication is amazing.
Arpan throughly researches partner institutions in India, with board members visiting these organizations. Even donors are encouraged to visit when in India.

I have the utmost confidence that all of the money donated is going to the causes I feel passionate about, and is improving the lives of hundreds in India.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Samaritan Help Mission have received continuous support through Arpan foundation that is helping our charity to run our program since last last seven years. the wonderful thing about ARPAN FOUNDATION Team is that they do not charge any Communion against the remittance of donation, instead Mr Anand Karia and his team pay the bank charges from their own pocket and 100% contribution reaches the organization. visit us at www.samaritanhelpmission.org
Mamoon Akhtar
Secretary
Samaritan Help Mission

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at PRAYAS, Amravati, (a non-profit based in Maharashtra) is closely associated with ARPAN Foundation since its inception. It had helped PRAYAS in some of our projects. Also I personally know many of the Indian nonprofits, ARPAN is associated with, which are doing a great job & helping the weaker & needy section of community by various developmental activities. ARPAN has always tried to do the best to support these nonprofits by collecting funds in USA & sending to India with Zero overheads. It also offers tax benefits to USA donors. Both these key factors motivate donors to use ARPAN Foundation for helping Indian nonprofits.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at Unnati, Bangalore are ever grateful to Arpan Foundation for continuously helping us with funds. A lot of donors ask us if there are any charges deducted while transferring the amount by Arpan. The answer is NO. We receive the full amount. The donor get their receipt locally in US and hence the local tax benefit and we get the full amount in India. They keep in touch, advice us, seek details to share with their donors and help raise more funds. It's been an amazing relationship for over 3 years now. They support over 10 odd organisations like ours in India and we can vouch that all of them feel the same. Thanks a lot Arpan, Anand and Parag.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am donating through Arpan since last year and find it it very awesome.In the beginning i was not sure about genuineness of this foundation,so i called directly to the trust whom i want to donate,Once they confirmed and i started to donate via Arpan Foundation. Arpan foundation is doing a great Job and I insist all who are reading this review to donate for good cause and encourage your friends and family for the same. I have setup a paypal deduction every month my from Bank for Arpan Foundation and so far its going smooth with no issues.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I found this as genuine and appreciate their work.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arpan supports some of the wonderful non-profit institutions in India. I don't know of any other organisation in the US where 100% of our contributions are passed on to the causes on the ground.

I have personally visited several of the supported causes - Snehalaya, MahanTrust and Helpers of the Handicapped and know for sure that our contributions go a long way!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have supported Arpan for over 5 years and am amazed by their dedication to us, donors. Plus, they work at zero overheads... so every cent we donate goes to the cause that we want to support. I wish them all success and visibility on this noble path of service.