Teach For India

location: MumbaiMaharashtra

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Support towards the Monthly Stipend of a Fellow
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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Create a movement of lifelong leaders working from within various sectors to eliminate educational inequity in the country
Teach For India exists because of a deep belief that every child can and must attain an excellent education. Teach For India exists to prove that no child’s demographics should determine their destiny. To us, the end of educational inequity is the freedom for all children to have the opportunity to reach their potential. And the day that all children reach their potential is the day that India reaches her potential. In 2006, 17 years after starting the Akanksha Foundation, Shaheen felt compelled to address the issue of educational inequity at scale. As she thought through the solution, she believed that the answer lay in a people’s movement that needed to come together to provide every child in India an excellent education. In 2007, Shaheen met with Wendy Kopp, the Founder of Teach For America and was struck by the idea of leadership being at the core of the solution. In 2009, Teach For India welcomed our first cohort, the Class of 2009, to the Fellowship. The 87 “niners” formed the beginning of what Shaheen hoped would become a nationwide movement of diverse leaders. In 2011, our Niners graduated from the Fellowship and became the first cohort in our Alumni movement. Through their work as Alumni, the hope was that they would become lifelong leaders for equity. Our first cohort of Alumni went into teaching, teacher training, school leadership, and government policy. Today, we have 1250 Fellows working relentlessly in the short-term to change the lives of students in their classrooms and become leaders for change themselves. And we have 1500 Alumni who are collectively fuelling the larger movement towards our vision. The problem of educational inequity cannot be solved alone. Our story is in the relentless efforts of our Fellows, Alumni, staff, partners and supporters, and our children. Together, we can redraw India to be the country we want it to be.
Shaheen Mistri is the Founder and CEO of Teach For India. Shaheen is also the Founder of the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of low-income children, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Shaheen got her Masters in Education from the University of Manchester. She is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006) and serves on the boards of Akanksha, Ummeed, and The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation. She also serves as a committee member for the National Council for Teacher Education.
Full time staff :1410
Part time staff:31
Contract staff :0
Volunteers: 0
Total Receipts for 2016-2017 is INR 567657156
Total Payments for 2016-2017 is INR 576979560
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
No. of students impacted through Fellowship programme: 40000
No. of Fellows directly impacting 40,000 students.: 1100
Rewards & Recognition
In 2015, Teach For India was awarded the E-NGO Award 2015 by the Digital Empowerment Foundation Extensively using social media to explain the Fellowship programme.
In 2015, Teach For India was awarded the 2015 Best NGO Award – National Awards for Excellence in CSR and Sustainability by the The World Education Congress 2015 Immense contribution in reshaping India’s education landscape.
In 2015, Teach For India was awarded the India’s Best NGO To Work For 2015 by the Great Place To Work® and its media partners - The Economic Times and Outlook Business Work ethic and culture
In 2015, Teach For India was awarded the 2015 William Drentel Award for Excellence in Design by the Teach For All in collaboration with The Winterhouse Institute Design of the original musical MAYA and its robust promotional campaign.
In 2016, Teach For India was awarded the India’s Best NGO To Work For 2016 by the Great Place to work Institute of India Great place to work for
In 2017, Shaheen Mistri was awarded the Heroes behind heroes by the Sony Yay!
In 2015, Teach For India was awarded the India's Most Ethical Companies by the World CSR Ferderation Social Cause and Empowerment
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)16,736,24615,652,73415,234,423
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia3,647,4976,182,5283,443,589
Other donations from Indian individuals291,372,327277,836,94599,950,277
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia287,077572,511944,306
Other donations from foreign individuals240,514,009291,281,768206,553,663
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)2,100,0008,831,15210,275,397
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)13,000,00010,600,71221,668,616
Sale of assets0104,6000
Total Receipts567,657,156611,063,220358,078,133
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)2,418,2633,780,4922,869,736
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2016-20172015-20162014-2015
Salaries and benefits412,440,787353,330,105287,540,678
Staff training35,465,30734,574,89825,748,821
Staff travel11,082,8807,050,2840
Consultant's fees6,261,7703,387,7300
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)1,030,237781,9260
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)7,214,9286,293,3325,363,111
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme000
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)4,978,8335,975,8950
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Non-programme related2016-20172015-20162014-2015
Salaries and benefits37,021,75831,376,01930,686,741
Staff training287,119336,3310
Staff travel2,467,1071,592,5752,410,568
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)9,028,0037,811,7245,272,507
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)5,848,1094,351,8473,553,797
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )9,580,1254,125,4251,994,993
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)002,340,238
Other non-programme expenses1,336,4173,754,1363,114,388
Total Payments576,979,560493,819,244370,947,818
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.E-25360 (BOM)]
2 PAN Number:AABTT6248E
3 12-A [No.TR/42826]
4 80G [No.DIT (E)/MC/80G/1612/2009-10]
5 FCRA [No.083781358]
6 35AC [No.]
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 Haribhakti & Co. LLP
 701 Leela Business Park, AndheriKurla Road
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 Staff Remuneration (INR)
Gross salary plus benefits paid to staff (in INR) p.m. Male Female Total
 less than 5,000000
 5,000 – 10,000033
 10,000 – 25,000279601880
 25,000 – 50,000110243353
 50,000 – 1,00,000214566
 Greater than 1,00,00061319
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0001
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0007
 25,000 – 50,00014
 50,000 – 1,00,0006
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 4798110
2 Lowest Paid: INR 46516
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 4798110
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel378946
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other72696
  Total 451642
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Annual Report & Audited Financials
1Annual report not available.
2Audited Financial Report not available.
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Arnavaz Aga
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
2 Shaheen Mistri
 Female, CEO, INR 4,227,280.00,
3 Neel Shahani
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
4 Zia Mody
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
5 Ashish Dhawan
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
6 Meher Pudumjee
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
7 Nandita Dugar
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
8 Nisaba Godrej
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Arnavaz Aga Anrnavaz Aga is Director on the Board of Thermax Limited. She retired as Chairperson of Thermax in October 2004. Since her retirement, Arnavaz has been focusing on social causes and is closely associated with the Thermax Social Initiative Foundation. She is on the board of the Akanksha Foundation and is the chair on the Board of Teach For India. Arnavaz has been very active in various national and local associations like Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and had served as the Chairperson of CII’s Western Region. She has written extensively and given talks on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, role of women and education.
2 Shaheen Mistri Shaheen Mistri is the founder of the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of less privileged children, enabling them to maximise their potential. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing non formal education through the Akankshacentre model. She serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation and is an adviser to the Latika Roy Foundation. Mistri has been working on the idea of Teach For India from 2007.
3 Neel Shahani Neel is the Executive Director, Head of Equities at J.P. Morgan. Prior to that he was Director of Global Distribution at Barclays Capital. He holds a degree in Accounting from Franklin & Marshall in the US. He also serves on the board of the Akanksha Foundation.
4 Zia Mody The Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners, Zia is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She has a B.A. (Law) from Cambridge, an LLM from Harvard, and is a member of the New York State Bar. She began her career as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie, New York. She then moved to India to set up practice, establishing the Chambers of Zia Mody. In 2004, she formed partnerships which led to the formation of AZB & Partners. Zia was listed by Forbes India (2014) as one of ‘India's 10 most Powerful women’; and also listed by Forbes Asia as one of ‘Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen’ (2015). She was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India as a member of Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households which was chaired by Dr Nachiket Mor (2013).
5 Ashish Dhawan Ashish Dhawan is Founder and CEO of Central Square Foundation (CSF) and a Founding Member of the Ashoka University in Delhi. Prior to this, he worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF to pursue his goal of creating social impact via philanthropic investments in the school education space. He serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, Bharti Foundation and India School Leadership Institute. Ashish did his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a dual bachelor's (BS/BA) degree from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and a member of Yale's Development Council.
6 Meher Pudumjee Meher is the Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, a company focused on providing energy and environment solutions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. In 2006, Meher represented India at the Asian Business Women’s Conference in Osaka. The World Economic Forum in 2008 selected her as a Young Global Leader. In 2009, she was selected CEO of the Year, by Business Standard. Meher also served as the Chairperson of Pune Zonal Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). When a member of CII's Young Indians, she chaired the National Employability initiative.
7 Nandita Dugar Nandita has over 15 years of work experience in the nonprofit education sector. She is currently on the board of the Akanksha Foundation. She was a part of the core founding team at Teach For India, and was involved in creating the strategic blueprint for its launch in India. Nandita has also served as the interim-CEO of Akanksha in 2008. Her prior experience includes working in the UK and India at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Unilever, and HDFC Bank. She has a Master's degree in ‘Engineering, Economics and Management’ from Oxford University.
8 Nisaba Godrej Nisaba is the Executive Director, Godrej Consumer Products and leads the innovation strategy for the company. She also oversees the corporate strategy and human capital functions for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (GILAC). Her previous assignments within the Godrej Group have included the successful turnaround of Godrej Agrovet. She has also led the creation of a strategy cell for the Group and the development of the FMCG strategy for the Group. Nisaba also drives the Group's 'Good and Green' (CSR) initiatives and is the point person for the operations of the Godrej Family Council.
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Board Resolution
SubjectsBoard Meeting/Annual General Body Meeting DateNo. of members presentStrength of the board at the time of this meeting
Budget for the year 2016-201722/02/201788
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201723/04/2016610
Annual Report for the year 2015-201606/10/201768
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201626/09/201748
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External Reviews
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Meghna Rakhsit Barcelona
Teach For All Conference
 INR 6151.00 1 100% Porticus
2 Shaheen Mistri  Bali
MEASA CEO Retreat Teach For All
 INR 44466.00 1 100% Teach For All
3 Anuja Kishore Santiago
Teach For All Conference
 INR 1794.00 1 100% Porticus
4 Shaheen Mistri Bali
MEASA CEO Retreat Teach For All
 INR 12500.00 1 100% Teach For All
5 Shaheen Mistri London
Visa Fees
 INR 15000.00 1 100% Teach For All
6 Hitesh Rawtani San Fransisco
Dreamforce Conference
 INR 1440.00 1 100% Fidelity Foundation
7 Arhan Bezbora Bulgaria
Teach For All Confrence
 INR 15032.00 1 100% Omidyar
8 Shaheen Mistri Bulgaria
Teach For All Conference
 INR 8441.00 1 100% Teach For All
9 Meghna Rakshit Barcelona
Teach For All Conference
 INR 14715.00 1 100% Porticus
10 Anuja Kishore Chile
Teach For All Conference
 INR 7029.00 1 100% Teach For All
11 Meghna Rakshit Barcelona
Teach For All Conference
 INR 2407.00 1 100% Porticus
12 Romana Shaikh Sofia
 INR 4257.00 1 100% Omidyar
13 Hitesh Rawtani San Fransisco
Dreamforce Conference
 INR 19196.00 1 100% Fidelity Foundation
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 Teach For India
India is facing an education crisis in two parts. Firstly, students are not making it through the system. Secondly, the students in the system are receiving a vastly inadequate education. While wealthy Indian children have access to quality education, their low-income peers continue to lag 2-3 grade levels behind, on average. This was the case at the City of LA School in Mumbai. In June 2012 Bhuvaneshwari Subramaniam was placed in the 3rd grade of City of LA School. Selected from a pool of qualified applicants with an exceptional track record, like all Fellows she underwent 5 weeks of rigorous training and professional development before being placed in the school where she will teach for 2 years. In her efforts towards ensuring that her students reach the goals set for them, she will receive continuous trainings and support.

You can communicate with Teach For India at
Radhi Mehta
Godrej Industries Complex, Gate No. 2., Pirojshanagar, Eastern Express Highway, Vikhroli (E)-
Mumbai - 400079,India

Or you can reach Teach For India here
Phone : 91 22 25185821
Fax :
E-mail : radhi.mehta@teachforindia.org
Website: http://www.teachforindia.org


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