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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: To facilitate integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self-empowerment and enrichment.

Results: •CORD has provided income generation activities for 13,000 people, started 563 women’s empowerment groups with over 22,000 members, 220 youth groups, 1490 self-help groups, and adolescent girls’ group with 10,300 members. It has also implemented natural resource management programs, which succeeded in reducing water scarcity.

Target demographics: CORD programs and activities have been inspired and formulated based on dynamic and vibrant interactions with thousands of villagers. CORD's strength and success has been due to its coalition with villagers, where there is cooperative effort to organize, build, and find relevant solutions to personal, familial, and communal concerns.

Geographic areas served: India & Sri Lanka in the rural areas and in United States.

Programs: CORD USA (Chinmaya Organization for Rehabilitation & Development by Undertaking Sustainable Activities) is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in less fortunate in America, India and Sri Lanka in a sustainable way. Through our programs, we touch the needy in many ways with 0 overhead. That means every dollar you donate goes to the needy!

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cord USA is a wonderful organization that is full of dedicated members who donate their time, resources and energy for nothing more than the possibility of empowering others. Their mission of not only helping the communities in need, but also teaching the communities how to be self sustaining and independent is inspiring! I would recommend anyone who is looking for a nonprofit group to volunteer with to contact Cord USA and ask them how you can help. I know they would appreciate it and I speak from experience, the time you donate to Cord USA gifts you with so much wisdom and compassion.

Reena P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love CORD USA as they have a strong mission to sustain social-help programs in local communities through the process of self-empowerment and enrichment. It is not a nonprofit which solely focuses on providing resources and walking away. it is a nonprofit which is committed to each individual's self-empowerment and takes the idea of 'don't give a man a fish to eat, teach a man to fish and he will never go hungry again' mentality.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for CORD USA, I was thrilled to find that this organization not only provides for South Asians in India, but looks for ways to benefit all those who come in contact with it. CORD set-up a Bhutanese Refugee wing that strives to find ways to help the Bhutanese feel welcome and gain agency in their new unfamiliar settings. CORD also works to have the South Asian communities around the world support their fellow South Asians who are impoverished or in need. Really, it's overall a wonderful organization that is moving in a continually upward direction.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this organization for the past two years and I have learned so much from it. It's sustainable and enriching programs go far to help those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cord USA granted me an opportunity to serve in Kaza, India at an all-girls orphanage for 2 weeks in 2012. The trip was immensely inspiring and completely changed me as an individual. I emerged from my service visit as a socially-aware, sensitive, inspired, and driven person. I went on to organize fundraisers, take active roles, and help my own community in the United States as a young high school student. I believe that this organization is truly selfless and is guided by sheer love for service and people. Its goal is to help rural communities in India thrive despite the rigors of life, competition, and nature. CORD has been able to link Indians in India and Indians around the globe, creating an international support system for those who need it most. The organization is also highly efficient and confident: it does not misuse money nor time. With the goal of service as its backing, CORD works for humanity, is inspired by humanity, and connects humanity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can I only provide 5 stars? :) Remember this charity has a very low overhead cost and over 95% of the donations go straight to the needy!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen how the work of CORD inspires teenage volunteers. This organization is one of the very few to use a 100% of donated money to causes - with the admin overhead being covered by volunteers. The positive impact of this organization on rural India, by empowering people to be self-sufficient, will be felt for multiple generations!

Ananth2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How do you rate a charitable organization that gives 100% (OK, 99%) of its revenues directly to the targeted recipients? With 10 Stars, not 5!!

I have volunteered for this organization for the last 5 years and I can vouch for their honesty and their dedication to improving the lot of rural Indians and Sri Lankans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with CORD for 2 years. CORD is an organization that works directly in the remote villages in India without any overhead costs to maintain an organization. What I like about CORD is the personal touch it provides the volunteers by putting them in contact with the people who are benefitting from CORD. I also like the youth service-visits that CORD organizes, and I have seen many high school students being inspired to help others and look at life with a different perspective. The mission and vision of CORD is truly inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering and fundraising for CORD for past 6 months. What I liked about CORD is that they don't do charity, but empower the people in such a way that they don't need charity. I was very impressed by the well organized programs and training for people for all vocations. The best part about CORD is that they work in a very organized way to cover all aspects of life for the people in the villages - medical, social, education and livelihood.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In July 2013, I got the opportunity to volunteer at Sidhbari H.P. India. I really enjoyed this experience because it is unlike anything I have ever done before. Rather then donating money, the organization helps empower the underprivileged. They do not believe in handing out resources, but rather teach the skills to make people self-sufficient. This experience helped me realize that sometimes I take things for granted, and that I should appreciate and be grateful for everything around me. -Megan Mehta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CORD is a wonderful way to share our talents and resources with the underpriveleged. It uplifts both the giver and the receiver. i like CORD because, it is based on holistic principles and the volunteers are genuine and truly caring people. We need more and more volunteers so that we will have a world where no one is suffering.