Educational Institutions

SIKH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION INC

  • North Potomac, MD
  • www.shdf.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide scholarships to bright and needy students in Punjab and neighboring areas to make higher professional education affordable.

Main Programs

  1. Sponsor a Scholaraship
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

Punjab and neighboring areas in India.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Gajinder Singh Ahuja

Keywords

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Scholarships, youth development, human development.

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Also Known As

SHDF

EIN

52-2171746

 Number

5482754539

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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SHDF was set up in 1999 to help bright but financially disadvantaged students in Punjab and neighboring areas to rise to their full potential through higher education and training. SHDF has provided over 4500 scholarships since 1999. It holds periodical workshops in Punjab to impart leadership and entrepreneurial skills to the scholarship recipients.

Of these, some 1560 scholarship recipients have already graduated, and most of them are well employed. The transformational impact on these students, and equally importantly, on their families is striking; a scholarship becomes a lifetime gift, it brings back dignity and hope to the recipient and his/her family.

In 2015 with the generous support of our donors we could award 539 scholarships. The annual income of the recipient's families was less than $2240 annually. 25% of the beneficiaries had a household income less than $896 a year. Of the recipients: by gender,75% were female and 25% Male; By economic area, 72% were from rural areas, and 28% were from urban areas.




Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sponsor a Scholaraship

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Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Fifty percent of India's (and Punjab's) population is below the age of 25 years. A significant section of these youth is mired in poverty and is being overwhelmed with deprivation and lack of opportunity for a decent professional college education because it is too expensive and therefore unaffordable.

    Such an environment of hopelessness is an invitation to drugs, crime, and terrorism; it is an invitation to spiritual bankruptcy and economic powerlessness. One way to pull them out of this combustible mess, before it is too late, is to financially help the promising amongst them complete professional degree courses, without which they remain unemployable. Every student thus helped is a life transformed for the better. In fact, it also changes the life of the family and eventually it will transform the nature and status of the civil society in Punjab and other states, where SHDF operates.

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    SHDF's carefully crafted and impeccably executed scholarship program over the past years provides a reliable arrangement for identifying the students, based on a written moral science test and an interview, and with students' applications and incomes certified by college principals.

    To ensure that the funds go to the genuinely needy, SHDF staff and volunteers conduct random field verification of facts in selected cases as a guide to future rules and procedures.

    Periodical workshops are held in Punjab to impart leadership and entrepreneurial skills to scholarship recipients
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    SHDF operating methods, including selection of students for award of scholarships, are well publicized and fully and consistently adhered to.

    SHDF establishes the rules for the program: application formats, selection criteria and determines the amount of need-based scholarship to be extended to each applicant.

    Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council serves as our partner in India by handling all work in accordance with previously agreed prescribed guidelines. Nishkam has undertaken the task of inviting applications, conducting written moral science tests and interviewing applicants at six separate locations and recommending scholarship recipients to SHDF.

    Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers make random field checks to ensure that the funds are being delivered to the genuinely needy.

    Members of our Executive Council visit India on a periodic basis at their cost to review the program.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    SHDF aims to transform lives of our youth through higher education by:

    Awarding about 500 or over scholarships annually with emphasis on rural and female education.

    Holding workshops to train graduating students in 'Soft Skills and Personality Development.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    From 2000 to 2016 more than 4500 students have benefited from the Scholarship program. There is an enormous and unmet need for scholarships by bright but economically deprived students in Punjab and neighboring areas. SHDF is striving to meet that need with the support of our donors and volunteers.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

Punjab and neighboring areas in India.

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Financials

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SIKH HUMAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Gajinder Singh Ahuja

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"SHDF was set up in 1999 to help bright but financially disadvantaged students in Punjab and neighboring areas to rise to their full potential through higher education and training.

SHDF has provided over 4500 scholarships since 1999. Our goal is to award 500 or over scholarships in 2016. We are reaching out to the online community to support a scholarship, each at $510.

You can support one student or pay towards a scholarship. https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=110746 A monthly donation of $10, $20, $ 50 can make a big difference in the lives of the young recipients. We need your help! They need your help!

By improving the access of underprivileged youth to higher education, we seek to minimize their frustration, anger and their potential drift to drugs, alcoholism or crime. Every student helped is not only a life transformed but uplifts the entire family and eventually, it will transform the nature and the status of the civil society in Punjab and other states wherever SHDF operates."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gajinder Singh Ahuja

Sikh Human Development Foundation

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