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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Shadhika's mission is to invest in the education, empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency of girls for India's future.

Target demographics: girls and young women

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 young women and 100 young men

Geographic areas served: every major city in India

Programs: English classes, life skills courses, computer training programs, and college scholarships.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the prevlidge to participate in site visits of NGO’s supported by Shadhika. Inspiring to see how minimal funds by USA standards can be so impactful. Providing English and life skills is transforming the lives of young women from the most dire of circumstances. Life changing to witness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Shadhika, it has been extremely inspiring to witness the impact of this organization. Their dedicated team actively works to support young women and girls of India through various grants and educational programs. I look forward to participating in future Shadhika events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a close connection to this organization and I have been able to see all the positive impacts they have not only with the girls, but with the volunteers and employees as well. This is an amazing organization that allows those less fortuanate to have the opportunity to meet their full potential and thrive in their community. You can really tell that everyone envolved with this organization has such a passion for the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Shadhika's events and love working with them. They are an amazing organization! They work so hard to make a visible impact on the girls they work with, and do so with very few staff members, which makes it all the more impressive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Shadhika for almost five years. It's mission is to empower and educate girls in India, which is important not just for those girls that are helped but for their families, their communities, all of India and, ultimately the whole planet, since by 2050, it is projected that India will have the largest population of any country, surpassing China. I have helped plan events in Denver for Shadhika and travelled with the organization to India in January 2017, spending time with the NGOs there that receive Shadhika funds and the girls that are being helped. That trip was incredible and further demonstrated that, not only is Shadhika focused and well run but that it does a thorough job of vetting and supporting the NGOs in India to which it provides grants to ensure that the funds are being effectively used. This organization is making a positive, meaningful different for those immediately served and exponentially around them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is an organization that was started out of love for girls in need of education & empowerment. The founder of Shadhika, Juthika Stangl has done an excellent job at not only recognizing this need but also bringing awareness around it. The current CEO, Kim Burnett has continued in Juthika's footsteps and expanded the program to a great extent. It is Shadhika's vision "Investing in Girls for India's Future" that makes me proud to be associated with this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika project was started by a Bengali woman who married a holocaust survivor. The project seeks to lift-up the lives of at risk girls and women, who live in world's largest democracy, but still struggle with literacy and self sufficiency and huge gender inequality. Women in India are 50 % of the population, but many of them are left out of the education system, economic system which stifles the growth of the country, and adds to violence against women.

Our project grants scholarships to girls who would otherwise not be able to go to school though our scholarship program. One of the programs we support helps former trafficked victims with life skills that allow them to live and function on their own by giving them job training and technical skills. The grantee partners are run by local women who understand the cultural barriers, like lack of family support, desire to get girls married at a young age, safety issues and gender discrimination. Shadhika seeks to reduce cultural barriers to women's education and equality, on at local level with sensitivity and compassion. The board in made up of a diverse group of both Indian and non-indian members, which is a unique strength. The support comes from a broad community of passionate people in the US who want to make a difference in the lives of women in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadhika is an excellent organization that helps girls become empowered with a good education and helps get them out of sex trafficking.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through my involvement with the organization as a volunteer, committee member and donor, I would describe Shadhika in 3 words: familial, responsive, and impactful.

When I first learned about Shadhika, I was drawn to the passion and emotion with which president/CEO Kim Burnett shared the stories of the women and girls Shadhika supports. This is what I mean by "familial" -- Shadhika is an organization that is deeply connected with the people they serve. The organization’s ability to transform the lives of women & girls in India from halfway across the world is based on a very personalized relationship that Shadhika--its president/CEO, staff, Board & committee members, and donors--have with the young women, men, and NGOs we serve. We are "di di" (aunties) and "da da" (uncles) to a community of young people and that connectivity drives us to constantly strive to do and give more.

Shadhika is primarily focused on catalyzing culture and systemic change through grants and capacity building. Over the past 5 years, I have seen firsthand how Shadhika works to maximize collective impact by working in tandem with their partners and grantees. In this time, not only has the organization grown in staff size, dollars raised, dollars awarded, organizations supported, and network size, but under Kim's leadership, the organization is also expanding the ways in which it creates impact in order transforming lives and communities in India. For example, after assessing feedback and the needs of its grantees, Shadhika developed an annual two-day leadership and capacity building program to support the development of the NGO leaders we partner with. This is just one of the ways that Shadhika is responsive to the needs of its partners and works to support its partners in becoming the most sustainable and effective NGOs they can be.

Likewise, Shadhika recently underwent a strategic planning process with its Board of Directors and its committees to shape the vision and the strategy that guides the organizational programming. Within this strategic plan in place, Shadhika has launched a number of new initiatives to scale impact and provide additional resources beyond monetary support, including a scholarship program to support 25 young women in attending college or vocational school and a pen pal program that helps young women practice their written English, while also deepening donor connections. Shadhika works with partners to assess the needs of the 400+ young men and women they are serving and to determine the most impactful programming/support in order to meet these needs.

I'm so proud to volunteer for and contribute to Shadhika's mission to invest in the education, empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency of girls in order to transform India’s future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadhika is a wonderful organization that promotes gender equality in Indian girls. Shadika helps girls have access to education which opens up opportunities and helps them achieve economic self sufficiency. Shadika also helps teach young men to respect women and girls. Shadika has numerous success stories. A friend travelled to India with Shadika last year and I was very impressed with her experiences. She met many young women who were transitioning from the slums where they have grown up to college. College which was made available because of Shadika's scholarships. She also interacted with girls who are in a. Shadika funded program to help them once they finish grades 11 and 12 and move to the city. Shadika provides intensive English language and life skills training to help them. More than 90 percent of girls who attend Shadhika-funded programs graduate from high school and delay marriage until after the age of 18.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a leadership development intern with Shadhika this past year and founder of their first college Gather for Girls club at the University of San Diego, I am so happy to have dedicated some of my time to such a powerful purpose with such a great organization of people. Educating girls, and inspiring girls to be, has been a personal goal of mine ever since I volunteered in Rajasthan, India six years ago and saw the fate of a young girl diminish the moment she is born. Being able to contribute to this organization, I felt a wonderful sense of purpose and a small step towards more passionate actions of service in my life. Working with Sophia was a highlight and made my time with Shadhika a wonderful experience. Thank you for all the work you do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Shadhika Foundation is a grant-making organization with true heart and soul. Founder Juthica Stangl has steadfastly pursued her vision of helping the poorest of the poor in Kolkata, India -- particularly women and children. I was honored to join the Shadhika Foundation Board in 2008 and served until 2012. During that time I helped with fundraising activities and worked with some of the most caring, committed and competent individuals I have ever met.

Shadhika has always maintained close ties to its grantees and has come a long way in the past 20 years, from making its first grant of $3,600 in 1993 to distributing approximately $108,000 in 2012. Shadhika board members visit programs each year to gain greater insight and feedback from the programs, and to establish a true spirit of collaboration. As a Shadhika board member, I knew that we were funding extremely worthy projects, sometimes where other funding was limited or unavailable. The heartbreaking side of such an organization is that we could not fund more projects. I am extraordinarily proud to have served on the Shadhika Foundation Board and know that we were able to make a real difference for some of the most vulnerable in the Kolkata area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I inspired by the work of Shadhika because we have a seven year old daughter. We want to ensure that girls in India are afforded the same educational opportunities, empowerment and access to sources as American children.

Review from Guidestar