How can we extend support of IFA for our projects?
How is IFA different?
SHAKTI is a voluntary organisation working in Rayagad District of Orissa, INDIA. We are working for the empowerment of Tribal peoples. We need support, how can we approach IFA for the same. Kindly inform us the formality/procedure of IFA.
Thanks for your inquiry regarding IFA project selection. Here is some information: IFA is a closely functioning group that relies on the contributions (in cash and kind) of its (geographically) limited supporters. Therefore, we do not support unsolicited "projects." The activities that we do support, besides being consistent with our charter, must have a person within IFA who is willing to understand, explain and monitor the project. This can occur in a number of ways:
1. Some of us, who are more connected with events in India, may come across a group or activity that we consider worthwhile for IFA support.
2. Some projects are brought to our attention by the IFA supporters.
3. Some projects are brought to our attention by existing projects.
Once a project/activity is proposed, it is presented and discussed within the governing body for a final decision based upon the above criteria.
This does not mean that an unsolicited project does not deserve support. We just need to have someone within the group excited enough about it so as to be willing to take it up. IFA has made a strong commitment to ensuring proper utilization of the contributed funds and without this provision our limited means do not allow us to adequately comply with that promise. Please also note that our admission policy is totally free. Anyone is welcome to become part of the group at any time.
Please feel free to send information about your activities and this will be passed on to the general body.
IFA addresses root causes without ignoring symptoms
1. Most charities offer much needed immediate relief
2. IFA focus is on long term issues and root causes
IFA emphasizes “path to self-sufficiency”
1. A key evaluation factor in all IFA funding decisions
2. IFA supports both “projects” and “movements”
Projects have modest and tangible objectives, over a short time frame, in a relatively local context Movements have more potential to effect widespread changes, but have a long term funding commitment IFA is community-based, and an all-voluntary organization
How can I help IFA achieve its objectives?
There are several different ways you can help IFA achieve its objectives:
1. Join IFA as a Sewak (Director)
Sewaks pay annual dues of $50 or more and help IFA in making decisions, monitoring projects by championing them, visiting projects when they visit India, etc.
2. Join IFA as a Sahayak (Associate)
Sahayaks also pay annual dues of $50 or more, but they play a less active role in the organization, supporting the Sewaks in their activities.
3. Support IFA with your talent, insights, labor, and/or funds.
4. Start an organization in your area similar to IFA if you don't live in the Greater Los Angeles Area. IFA will cooperate with you in every way possible.
Your involvement is welcome at whatever level you are comfortable: e.g. if you have talents in the arts and entertainment, you can participate in the annual Archana program. Ideas to improve IFA are always welcome. If you wish to volunteer for any specific activity, we can certainly use the assistance. You may also wish to donate money to support IFA's activities.
We look forward to your involvement and receiving suggestions on how IFA can better serve the under-privileged segements of Indian society. Please send an e-mail toIndia Friends Association