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HC4A (Hindu Charities for America)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: Realizing that over 40 million people in US live in poverty and there is thus a wide income disparity, Hindu Charities for America, dba HC4A was founded with the mission: Bridge Income Disparity through Education in the spirit of "Live Here Give Here". HC4A energizes communities to help toward this mission.

Results: In Austin area, school supplies to over 9,000 homeless children have been provided. Over 300 low income students benefited with vocational scholarships so many of them now have skills and better jobs.

Target demographics: Bridge income disparity through education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000 plus homeless students and awarded over 70 vocational scholarships

Geographic areas served: Nationally

Programs: Provide school supplies for homeless children and vocational training scholarships to students living below poverty line.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Yusuf U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HC4A provides supplies to schools in the Austin metro area. This year they are also providing internet connections to families in need. I love their mission of helping underprivileged children with education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beginning in 2010, the Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) has gone above and beyond to support Manor ISD students. Throughout the years, this charitable organization has raised funds to provide the Manor Independent School District with school supplies, vocational scholarships, and internet connectivity.

I'm amazed by HC4A'a work to bridge income disparity through education. Its generous donors and volunteers care deeply to make a positive impact in the lives of those less fortunate. Moreover, its work throughout the communities is ongoing and ever-present. And, for this and more, Manor ISD is truly grateful.

Respectfully,

Becky Lott
MISD Partnerships and Wellness Director
Manor Schoolhouse Foundation Director

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harish Uncle's vision for HC4A bridging income disparity and providing aid to underprevileged kids through backpack distribution , scholarships etc is indeed very commendable and inspiring others to do good for the society !

Having briefly volunteered for an essay project on COVID 19 - I was in awe of the passion and incredible commitment of the team in working towards making things better for local community.

Best wishes to HC4A team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HC4A has engaged the community in meaningful ways to help the underprivileged in the Austin area. Involving all age groups among the volunteer ranks has been a great achievement. The focus on education through scholarships and school supplies helps students do what they are supposed to do i.e. learn, grow and give back to the community at large.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

People's blessings gives you the power to work tirelessly. The only thing required is a commitment and I am committed to be a part of HC4A for the great work it does for underprivileged. I am honored to serve where I live.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization serving Austin TX underprivileged kids. Getting Education to all is the top priority of HC4A. I am privileged to be a part of it.

Shah

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For 10 years, the all-volunteer leaders of HC4A have persistently and carefully built its capacity to support education non-profits of all kinds. They are fearless in trying new approaches and tireless in the hard work involved. Moreover, their work recruits, mobilizes and integrates new community leadership for Central Texas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Hindu Charities for America is a wonderful organization that I have been involved with for several years as a volunteer and also a donor. I have seen how generous the organization has been with their funds by donating school supplies and also scholarships. We appreciate Hindu Charities for America and all that you have done for the Manor ISD community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The fundraising efforts involve community in different ways. I have witnessed several fundraising efforts the dedication of volunteers is uncomparable. Every program is a success and people involved at every level. The charity has supported the students through many charity programs. Even while helping the student community, the volunteers support is tremendous. People believe in their cause, volunteer and the organization in turn has helped and served the community from last several years!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Would like to thank Hindu for the school supplies donations we help a lot of children at Greater Love Baptist Church Thanks Again. Cynthia Harris

1 Mein Hu N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with them for 3 years. I enjoy working with this great group of organizers and I'm excited for the future of this organization. I believe in their mission of serve where you live.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This grassroots organization has grown exponentially each year to provide for the needs of homeless students in a growing number of Central Texas school districts. The organization believes in "paying it back locally" and in expanding their reach to other local donor communities. The organization is future thinking and innovative with great leadership. I highly recommend working with and supporting HC4A!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Designed to celebrate the “pay forward” model, HC4A provides a highly accountable path for generous Hindus as well as Jews to help needy children in their local community. Mr. Harish Kotecha, a successful Hindu entrepreneur, crafted the program to provide free school supplies for hundreds of school children. Activities bring communities together to experience Indian and Jewish food and dances to the delight of volunteers.

1 Ciara R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hindu Charities for America (HC4A) is an amazing organization! Started in 2010 by Mr. Harish Kotecha after he retired from a successful career in high tech, the organization's goal is to help K-12 students in the USA who are in homeless and high-poverty situations have the supplies and materials they need to succeed in school. HC4A also offers scholarships to students to pursue short-term (a few months to two years) certificate programs that help them develop the knowledge and skills to obtain a job that pays far above the minimum wage. HC4A is an all-volunteer organization, with some of the volunteers giving hundreds of hours each year. The work they do is so appreciated by the students and their families--many of whom are no longer in poverty because of HC4A's assistance. HC4A is truly a GREAT nonprofit!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hindu Charities aims to bridge income disparity by providing schooling needs and vocational training scholarships to economically disadvantaged segment of our society. Hindu Charities is non religious and serves anyone one where there is a need. It’s motto is Serve Where You Live! Hindi Charities, gives an opportunity to give back.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful experience volunteering for such a good cause . God bless people involved with this charity making a difference in this world .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great pleasure that joining the effort of rising funds to help the poor kids in the community way to go....

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hindu Charities for America has touched and transformed the lives of countless Manor ISD students, of all ages, in need.

For many years, this charity has raised thousands of dollars for students to receive school supply packets for the beginning of the school year. Moreover, additional funds were raised for students to receive vocational scholarships. Through this support, students were prepared to enter school on the first day of school and trade or vocational programs.

This charity is a CHAMPION among partners in the community! The district will be forever grateful to everyone involved with the Hindu Charities for America for improving the lives of our children and youth.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As the saying goes - you spare a man a meal you feed him for a day , you teach him to fish , you feed him for life “
It is our top most duty as members of this community to secure our children ‘s future and the sure shot way of doing this is investing in their education and helping them become responsible and informed citizens in the yeas to come.
Education should be accessible and equal to all children irrespective of their backgrounds.
HC4A strongly believes in this and towards this end has been trying to bridge the educational disparity through its fund raising events and donations of school supplies and much deserved scholarships.
Having attended two such events , I feel so honored to witness the whole process and the commendable work they do. it will remain one of the charities closest to my heart. Kudos to the entire team of volunteers and members for their selfless work and motivation .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to volunteer for HC4A this year and I am so impressed with the dedication shown to helping our neighbors be lifted up through education. Great cause and n amazingly committed and hardworking organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with HC4A for over a year and It is a worthy cause- providing basic needs such as school supplies to needful is vey rewarding - the scholarships given to well deserved students brings them a step closer to their goals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher, i always have soft corner for under previledged children and education. I found the Hindu Charities for America giving vocational scholarships to various school districts’s students. I got involved and earned lot of fulfillment with this charity. I am sure these students will build great Community around them with HC4A support.
Hats off to this wonderful charity and it’s volunteers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be part of HC4A. I am currently serving as the Operations Director. I have been involved with this organization since past 4 years. It drew me to its core based on its openness and cultuvating an environment to take others ideas and let them drive the cause forward.

I am also drawn due to the impact it has on our local communities. We live here and give back here. If we dont address the dire needs in our own neighborhoods or backyard; there is no point in other things that you may do.

I am pleased to be part of this and looking forward to many years ahead.

Sasikala S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


I have been a guest and recently a volunteer at HC4A events including the school supply packing event. The energy I have experienced at these events is confounded only by the professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm of all volunteers. It was moving to see the expressions of gratitude on the faces of the school district staff who were present to receive the supplies

Donor

Rating: 5

Pinky:
My family and I are grateful to be part of the movement to empower the children in my community. As the owner of ABCD Dance Studio, our dance school has choreographed for Dancing with the Stars in 2017 and helped raise a few thousand dollars. My team and I are comforted in the knowledge that the monies donated by ABCD will unlock scholarships for deserving students year after year.
Love the Motto
“Live here Give here”
Thank you HC4A

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family and I are long-term volunteers and recently inducted board members into the HC4A organization. HC4A is the most focused, fun and effective nonprofit we have ever had the pleasure of working with. With a mission to eradicate income disparity through education for local children, and by offering numerous avenues to accomplish the same, we feel like our collective energies are put to good use and our work has a big impact on the community. Our family had the pleasure of being one of the celebrity "Dancing with the Stars" to raise monies at a recent Gala (10/20/18). We thoroughly enjoyed being part of this effort, raising money, and ultimately involving my young children in a noble cause.

Narendra M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Was impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of all those associated with this organization. It is a noble cause of bringing economic equality through education of underprivileged school children . I wish them well in their effort.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are so impressed with the organization and mission! Education is the only way to get ahead in life and I love being part of an organization that supports ppl's educational needs. This is a charity that runs on 100% on volunteers. I know my money is going to to education and not overhead

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and i had just moved to Austin a week before the annual back packing even last year. Someone mentioned it to us and my kids and I showed up. We were so impressed with the volunteers, the board and most importantly, the mission! I'm a volunteer for life now!