Asha for Education

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Asha for Education
Motto Bringing hope through education
Formation 1997 (1997)
Founder V.J.P.Srivatsavoy, Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey
Type 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Registration no. 77-0459884
Headquarters Walnut, CA
Uttaraa Diwan
Revenue (2015)
Disbursements $2,956,174

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 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. ASHA is also supporting projects in conflict areas like Kashmir where ASHA is supporting Borderless World Foundation's Basera E Tabassum Project which is supporting children especially girls who lost parents in violence. ASHA also organized many lectures of Mr Adhik Kadam in various chapters throughout United State of America.

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

In 2016, Asha 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]