Educational Institutions

KAPADIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC

  • Ojai, CA
  • www.kapadiaef.org

Mission Statement

To sponsor and mentor needy college students in developing countries efficiently and cost-effectively. Sponsorship is in the students' home countries which currently include 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Rwanda, D.R. Congo), Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia) and Haiti. Each student is hand-picked from a field of over 200 applicants at any given time, and each student is matched with a mentor to ensure that he or she stay focused during their academic career. Students are ranked based on need-based factors such as student's country, gender, disability, level of poverty, field of major, and cost of tuition, room and board. A maximum of $600 in sponsorship is awarded to each student each year, and the sponsorship money is sent directly to the university to be credited against the student's fees account. Upon successful completion of their studies, with proof of graduation, students are presented with a graduation gift of a used laptop when possible.

Main Programs

  1. Individual Sponsorship Program
  2. Cambodia - Women At Risk
  3. Colombia - Teen Mothers Training

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Service Areas

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International

We only serve students in developing countries. All of our applicants live in Africa, Asia, Colombia and Haiti. The cost of a college education in each of the countries where our students live is between $400 and $1,000 per year. The countries where we have sponsored students to date are listed below:
Ghana
Kenya
Tanzania
Uganda
Ethiopia
Rwanda
Cameroon
Malawi
D.R. Congo
Haiti
Colombia
India
Pakistan
Afghanistan
Nepal
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Vietnam

ruling year

2006

Founder since 1999

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Pradeep M Kapadia

Keywords

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College Education in Developing Countries

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EIN

41-2201650

 Number

6978468250

Physical Address

3000 E Ojai Ave

Ojai, CA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

Individual Sponsorship Program

Needy students apply online and are verified, vetted, interviewed and ranked based on need.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$30000

Program 2

Cambodia - Women At Risk

Sponsorship of 10 students at risk in Cambodia

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$6000

Program 3

Colombia - Teen Mothers Training

Vocational training of ten teen mothers

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$4000

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We only serve students in developing countries. All of our applicants live in Africa, Asia, Colombia and Haiti. The cost of a college education in each of the countries where our students live is between $400 and $1,000 per year. The countries where we have sponsored students to date are listed below:
Ghana
Kenya
Tanzania
Uganda
Ethiopia
Rwanda
Cameroon
Malawi
D.R. Congo
Haiti
Colombia
India
Pakistan
Afghanistan
Nepal
Bangladesh
Cambodia
Vietnam

Funding Needs

Funding for all administration costs are currently underwritten by Pradeep Kapadia, Founder. Funding for students' college fees are paid by sponsors at a rate of $600 per student per year, Currently, over 15 sponsors are each paying $600 per year to sponsor their students. The most pressing needs are to fund more students, since we turn away over 80% of all applicants due to lack of funds. We have received grants of up to $5,000 in past years, and we would like to secure more grants in the $10,000 to $20,000 range either by family foundations or individuals. The second most pressing need is to increase the cost of operations by paying our Associate Director for more than the average 20 hours per week for her work. An additional need is to fund a trip in 2017 to the countries where our students are sponsored, to see firsthand their progress, to discuss future collaborations with local universities and colleges, and to establish a network of local volunteers through Rotary International to provide local support.

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KAPADIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC

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Founder

Pradeep M Kapadia

BIO

Mr. Kapadia was born in India and has been a US citizen since 1987. He has had a successful career as an engineer and entrepreneur and retired in 2011 to concentrate his efforts on this foundation. During his career as president and CEO of his own energy management company, he served many Fortune 500 companies in the US as well as several government agencies around the world. He has won many awards in his field, and has served on the boards of municipal utility agencies and publicly traded companies.

STATEMENT FROM THE Founder

"Kapadia Education Foundation is now in its 16th year and is currently sponsoring a new student every week. In August 2016, we sponsored our 176th student, and all but two students who should have graduated have graduated. The average cost of sponsoring a student is under $600 per year, and under $1,500 for a college degree. The return on this investment is almost immediate as students have found employments in their own communities or in nearby communities. We select our students based on their need and their desire to help themselves and their community, so many of our students are now successful teachers, social workers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, engineers and business people.

The foundation is run by Mr. Pradeep Kapadia (founder) and Ms. Sloane Kohnstamm (Associate Director) and is helped by interns, volunteers and part-time help. One such volunteer is Marcus Italo, a high school senior, who has refurbished several dozen used laptops which have then been sent to graduated students. Our Board of Directors oversees all aspects of the running of the foundation, meeting every three months and helping raise funds for and awareness of the foundation."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Pradeep Kapadia

Kapadia Education Fondation

Term: Jan 2014 - Jan 2017

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