Dr. Vinod Prakash founded IDRF 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, over 14 years ago to serve the disadvantaged and underprivileged in India by raising funds, primarily from non-resident Indians in the United Having worked for 16 years as an economist for the World Bank, Dr. Prakash built IDRF around a vision of economically sustainable, grassroots development targeted to improve lives of impoverished masses.
IDRF’s mission is clear: to suppose volunteer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their population’s critical needs around education, healthcare, and welfare, without regard to religion, caste or creed.
IDRF focuses on enabling the poor to overcome their deficiencies and empower them with necessary tools such as education to make them prosper as citizens of India. To ensure its philosophical roots, IDRF” works with NGOs who share the same vision and prioritizes its distribution to the development projects. The NGOs supported by IDRF are committed to provide the tribal and urban poor with high quality education, healthcare, and vocational training.
The results speak for themselves. Since inception, IDRF has expanded to twelve active chapters throughout the United States and its annual funds raised have grown tenfold. While IDRF has raised a total of $ 10 million since 1987, nearly 90 percent of that has been raised in the last five years alone. IDRF has distributed or is in the process of distributing $6.1 Million (between 1996 to 2002) to NGOs in India and America. Amazingly, IDRF has spent only less than I % on overhead since inception. IDRF is not aware of any other non-profit of comparable size that can make a similar claim.
Volunteers, The IDRF Backbone
IDRF volunteers run the organization without any paid staff onboard. These volunteers tend to be working professionals with families inspired by an eagerness to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged and disadvantaged Indians. As such, IDRF accomplishes its work with minimal overhead.
IDRF works with several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in India to carryout various services to the poor and needy without discriminating against caste, race, religion or creed, NGOs are selected after a careful scrutiny on their credentials, past success, services focus and administration costs.
IDRF funds development, relief and rehabilitation activities in India. Development projects are focused on five key areas : education, healthcare, childcare, women, and tribal welfare. Relief and rehabilitation support is funded during natural or man-made calamities such as Orissa super cyclone, Gujarat earthquake or Kargil war.
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> IDRF, 8-3-222/1/5, Besides: Classic Homes Apartments, Lane Besides: Allahabad Bank, Madhuranagar,
Hydrabad – 500 038, Andhra Pradesh. Email : [email protected].
Ph : +91-40-27090798, Fax:+91 113517373 (sewa)
> IDRF, Sewa International, Apte Bhavan, Keshav Kunj, Jhandewala, New Delhi 110 005
- Q. IDRF, 5821 Mossrock Drive, North Bethesda, MD 20852-3238, USA.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
NGOs play a key role in delivering services to beneficiaries. IDRF depends on NGOs to ensure that donations are properly utilized. Hence IDRF exercises extreme caution in selecting NGOs and supporting their projects.
Characteristics of IDRF Supported NGOs
> Focused on achieving self-sufficiency and self-help rather than create an environment of welfare dependence.
> Non-discriminately and must serve the beneficiaries without regard to caste, sect, region or religion
> Registered charitable organization eligible for tax exemption under sections 80 (G) and 12 A(a) of Income Tax Act of 1961 and provide IDRF with proof of such registration. (its Section 80G ID).
> Financially responsibale and transparent. NGOs must provide audited financial reports to IDRF when requested.
> Volunteer-based with minimal overhead.
> Exhibits proven track record of envisioning and executing projects on time and within budget.
IDRF supports NGOs on a project-by-project basis. Projects are classified into three categories:
> Development projects in IDRF focus areas : children, women, healthcare, education and tribal welfare.
> Relief activities for victims of disasters such as cyclones and earthquakes Rehabilitation activities for victims of disasters such as cyclones and earthquakes.
How to Seek Funding from IDRF ?
IDRF always welcomes NGOs who are working in IDRF focus areas. In order to seek funds for projects, NGOs can approach IDRF. NGOs or NGO representative in the USA may complete the Grant Request Form (for Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation, for Donor Sponsored Projects) and send it to IDRF.