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Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc.

Protect | Grow | Empower

aka SALDEF   |   WASHINGTON, DC   |  http://www.saldef.org/

Mission

SALDEF is a national Sikh American media, policy, and education organization. Our mission is to empower Sikh Americans by building dialogue, deepening understanding, promoting civic participation, and upholding social justice and religious freedom for all Americans. We are grounded in our values of optimism, humility and service, inspired by the community for the benefit of all. Observant Sikhs are distinguished by the dastaar (Sikh Turban), uncut hair, and other articles of Faith.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Miss Kiran Kaur Gill

Main address

1612 K Street, NW Suite 600

WASHINGTON, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

04-3382840

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) addresses issues related to civil rights, misrepresentation in the media, school bullying and educating non-Sikhs.

In regards to civil rights, Sikh's have experienced workplace discrimination and have been the victims of hate crimes. Sikh's also do know their rights when traveling and in the past have been forced to remove their turbans.

SALDEF also watches the media and makes sure the representation of Sikh remain true and accurate.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SikhLEAD - Washington DC Internship

The SikhLEAD Washington DC Internship Program partners with congressional offices, federal agencies, and Washington, DC-based organizations (including SALDEF) to provide Sikh American students (undergraduate, graduate, and law students) with enriching internship experiences.

SikhLEAD interns develop leadership skills, encourage political and civic engagement, and foster interest in public service careers by providing an unparalleled experience of interning in a congressional office, a federal agency, or another political social-profit organization. Internships allow students to explore a potential career track, create a network of professional and personal contacts, develop real-world skills, and build confidence.

Population(s) Served
People of South Asian descent
Hindus
Sikhs
Immigrants and migrants
Academics

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

SALDEF's main goals are to ensure all Sikh's know their rights, Sikhs are represented accurately in the media and that Americans as a whole have a better understanding of who Sikhs are.

SALDEF has a few campaigns that address our goals including Know Your Rights, LEPP training, SikhVOTE, SikhLEAD, and media relations.

SALDEF holds Know Your Rights forums across the US to teach Sikhs about their rights when traveling, at work, in school, and in day-to-day life. These forums address issues at a community level.

The Law Enforcement Partnership Program (LEPP) trains local and federal law enforcement about Sikhs. These trainings teach law enforcement on Sikh culture and how to interact with Sikhs and in their places of worship.

SikhVOTE registers voters and educates voters on how, when and where to vote. SikhVOTE's main focus is to make Sikhs active participants in there government so they have a voice in their local and federal politics.

SikhLEAD develops young Sikh leaders that will continue the work of SALDEF and ensure a brighter future for all Sikh Americans.

SALDEF was started as a media watchdog and continues the tradition of tracking media mentions on Sikhs Americans - making sure representation is truthful and abundant.

SALDEF has a great staff that is dedicated to the mission. We are also expanding our fundraising from individual donors to grants and foundations.

SALDEF has hosted 20 Know your Rights Forums on the past year, organized a SikhVOTE campaign in 2017, placed 14 Sikhlead Interns, trained 18 LDP young leaders and help many LEPP trainings.

In 2018 SALDEF has already begun enrollment for the SikhLEAD 2018, hosted Know Your Rights Forums, held LEPP trainings and plans to do more community outreach and voter registration.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kavneet Alag

Healthcare Consultant


Board co-chair

Ammandeep Seehra

Assistant Director - NJ Divison of Family Development

Manjit Singh

Founder and President of Agilious

Navjeet Singh

Consultant to Philanthropy, Non-Profits and Educational Institutions

Juspreet Kaur

Product Leader - Salesforce

Prabhdeep Singh

Partner at Armory Square Ventures

Gurjit Chima Jan

Assistant County Manager for the Office of Human Rights, EEO & ADA

Arveen Kohli

Founder, President and CEO of 11th Dimension Services

Rajvir Singh Goomer

Partner, New Brunswick

Jasjit Singh Ahluwalia

Physician and Public Health Scientist at Brown University School of Public Health and Alpert Medical School

Bhagdeep Dhaliwal

Entrepreneur and Business Owner

Simran Stuelpnagel Stuelpnagel

Management Consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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