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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shubhani C.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding non-profit organization. I've personally visited one of their sites in Sidhabari and I've seen how they have really uplifted women in the rural areas, giving them a chance to earn their own income, become independent and encourage them to pursue their innate greatness.

Donor

Rating: 5

CORD as an organisation is engaged in the grass root level activities in the field of Rural Development in some of the most backward regions of India and Sri Lanka. They seek no publicity as they go on doing some real good work. Their work is aimed at making the communities they adopt as self sustained entities.

I have personally used some of the products manufactured/ produced by persons or entities supported by CORD.

I have found the staff, volunteers and office bearers of CORD to be the persons with high personal and professional integrity and as a donor this assures me that the funds that I donate have the correct end use. Because of their low overheads - the efficiency of funds utilisation is also very high.

it is encouraging to see a large number of youngsters getting associated with CORD - taking time off from their work or during their vacations to get associated with units of CORD for specific projects - an activity that provides two-way enrichment.

All the best to CORD in their endeavour.

Padma V.

Donor

Rating: 5

CORD USA has many projects that have genuine impact on those who need help. I am very impressed with the volunteers and everyone at CORD for the way they plan and execute programs to offer help.

Donor

Rating: 5

CORD represents the ultimate in Chatitable work. It was inspired by the great saint master Chinmayananda Swamy forty years ago and has been serving the poor all over India. It has low overhead and uses the philosophy of teaching to fish instead of giving fish to eat. It empowers women by small loans, education, health care and many many ways. It has continued to grow in recent years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CORD is a charitable organization whose philosophy is " Don't give fish, teach how to fish"; "CORD is a bond of love and understanding, encouraging a process of sharing which enriches both the giver and the receiver. ” CORD has been serving the poorest of the poor for over 50 years with education, primary health care, micro loans etc with very little overhead. is activites have expanded in the last 10 years to other states in India and abroad. I am very proud of being a supporter of CORD.

Donor

Rating: 5

CORD epitomizes what a charity should do. Specifically, its focus is to empower less fortunate people in rural India to raise their socioeconomic status. CORD helps them achieve these goals by assisting with education and self-sustaining cottage industries. The organization particularly emphasizes the education and training of women

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit two of the CORD sites in the north and south of India and have also spoken to the CORD leader in Sri Lanka. The work is truly transformative - providing sustainable solutions as opposed to handouts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been extremely involved with CORD for over ten years. The work is very close to my heart - having witnessed the core problems and how CORD has been successful in changing the lives of the poorest of the poor. By focusing on development (teaching people to earn a living) as opposed to welfare (e.g. donating food); CORD has built a sustainable and replicable model which has been successfully replicated in approximately 700 remote villages

Donor

Rating: 5

My friends and I were inspired by CORD and its mission so we started a youth seva group at our Chinmaya Balavihar organization in Pittsburgh. We had different events like a football game, a cupcake class, and a yearbook sale to raise money to donate to CORD at the end of the year. We worked really hard, especially on the yearbook, but we found that we had fun and it was completely worth it. We raised over $1000 and saw that through CORD we could make a real difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

best non profit organization.well run and 90 percent $ goes to needed cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am writing as a person who was inspired to contribute to this organization for a number of years now. CORD exemplifies the power of self-empowerment, and it is amazing to see the way CORD has impacted the lives of many people by giving them the skills to overcome their hardships and become more self-sufficient in their lives. I have had several high schoolers talk about their experiences volunteering at CORD supported sites, and it is clear that it is not only the people in need that are being helped, it is the volunteers themselves. There is a lot of value in being taught self-sufficiency, how to develop a positive attitude and outlook in life with what little you have, and how everyone can strive to uplift their fellow human beings as well as themselves.

Donor

Rating: 5

As an economist I believe that the true source of development is empowerment. Not recognizing it and giving funds to those in power was the major error in international aid in the post-War years. Economic growth in the long run occurs only when society breaks the chains that were holding it back. I had the fortune of growing up in India when a shift in power from the upper cast to all Hindus, from landlords to tenants and from a few industrialist to many occurred. I support CORD as it empowers those who are caught in a social trap.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came to know about CORD a few months ago thru a friend. I was amazed by the good work they do. What most interests me is that they empower women in rural areas so its not giving money or food to them but making them independent so they can take care of themselves. Another thing that is very impressive is that they develop the women who have benefitted by CORD into future leaders, creating a exponential impact in the areas. Keep up the good work!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I work in international development and feel that CORD is a unique charity that focuses on brining real holistic results to poor people in Rural India. it is a great example of long term sustainable development by empowering the poorest to help themselves develop sustainable livelihoods with a measurable demonstration impact. CORD works to tackle rural poverty addresses corruption through empowerment at the grassroots level, healthcare and nutrition, micro-banking and income generation, rehabilitation of children with disabilities, and natural resource management. CORD has impacted close to 700 remote villages, provided income generation activities for 13,000 underprivileged villagers and created several programmes that have reached around 50,000 people directly and 500,000 indirectly.

Sriram P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently started getting to know about CORD. More and more I come to know about their activities, I feel very positive about them as an organization. Empowerment of people is their main goal and it really works in the rural projects they have undertaken in India. They operate in a structured way to channelize the funds and make sure it helps empowering people who need the support most. I feel confident that My little contribution would be well spent.

Donor

Rating: 5

CORD USA is one of the very few organizations that I know of that has almost ZERO overhead. All the donations directly benefit the recipients. The recipients include deprived women, orphaned children, and the most downtrodden in society.

Subu N.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very selective about where I donate. CORD is one of the very few organizations which has really caught my attention over the last few years. I met Dr. Kshama, the founder in New York and was very inspired by the work she has been doing over the last several decades. This organization doesn't give charity. It helps people stand on their feet.. it transforms the villagers to transform villages! What a unique concept! A sense of empowerment, confidence, and determination is generated through CORDs support in the villagers who have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to transform themselves and their villages. I look forward to an opportunity to go volunteer with this organization in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

I always wanted to help rural people in world. I came across CORD and have seen the activities done by them for rural people. They not only help them for once but CORD teaches to rural communities how to self-sustain themselves and live independently. Not only that, they impart some very good values to communities which is very essential in today's world. I have also witnessed lot of my friends have gone to villages where CORD is active. I was totally convinced and impressed by the efforts put by CORD organizers for their selfless service. I started volunteering for CORD events since beginning of this year and also decided to donate on monthly basis. I highly recommend to any volunteer / donor to participate in such noble cause. Its totally worth it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came across CORD USA whilst travelling in South India last year and after seeing the positive changes this organisation has made in the rural villages of many parts of India, I too decided to join forces and became a donor. CORD USA particularly empowers and changes lives of women of rural India. In my view, women are the biggest victims of poverty. I highly encourage anyone interested in development whether it be as a student, volunteer or donor; to get behind this great organisation.