Asha for Education

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Asha for Education
MottoBringing hope through education
Formation1997 (1997)
FounderV.J.P.Srivatsavoy, Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey
Type501(c)3 non-profit organization
Registration no.77-0459884
HeadquartersWalnut, CA
Uttaraa Diwan
Revenue (2015)

Asha for Education ("Asha") is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the United States."Asha" means "hope" in Sanskrit.

History and Mission[edit]

Asha was founded in 1991 by V.J.P.Srivatsavoy, Deepak Gupta, and Sandeep Pandey in University of California, Berkeley.

The mission of Asha is "To catalyze socio-economic change in India through the education of underpriviledged children."

As of 2016, there are 56 Asha chapters globally, across the U.S., Canada, Europe and India.[1]

Asha for Education is 100% volunteer driven and has zero employees.[2] The Board of Directors are elected every two years and their names are available on the organization's website.[3]


Asha for Education works with over 200 projects across India. The projects deal with educational issues from pre-primary schooling to professional education in locations from urban slums to isolated rural areas.

Since 1997, Asha for Education has disbursed approximately $36.0 million.[1]

In 2016, Asha for Education raised $3.1 million in revenue and disbursed $3.8 million to projects in India.[4]

One of the founders of Asha for Education, Sandeep Pandey, started Asha Parivar[5] in India.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Asha for Education maintains a Perfect 100[6] score and 4-star rating[7] on Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Asha topped Charity Navigator's lists of 10 Slam Dunk Charities and 10 Charities Worth Watching in 2005 and 2007 respectively. In 2016, Asha is #1 on Charity Navigator's "100 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions" list.[8]

Asha for Education was awarded the ‘2015 Times of India Social Impact Award‘ in the International Category.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report 2016 | Asha for Education". Retrieved 2017-09-28.
  2. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Asha for Education". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 2017-09-28.
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  6. ^ "Charities with Perfect Scores : Charity Navigator".
  7. ^ "Charity Navigator - Rating for Asha for Education".
  8. ^ "10 Highly Rated Charities Relying on Private Contributions : Charity Navigator".
  9. ^ "TOI Social Impact Awards 2015: Rays of Asha brighten classrooms - Times of India".