The Akanksha Foundation

location: MumbaiMaharashtra

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
General Fund
For all donors | tax benefit: 50% | more
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One day equip all students with the education, skills and character they need to lead empowered lives.
Shaheen Mistri started the Akanksha Foundation in 1991. When she was 18 years old she visited her grandparents who were in Bombay, and on that particular visit of hers, she saw the inequality in education between the private and the public schools.
Saurabh Taneja is the founding school leader of Acharya Vinoba Bhave School, Akanksha's first stand-alone secondary school (Gr 8-10) which was started in 2013. During the 4-years of school leadership, he has ensured that ALL students pass the high stakes Gr 10 exam and join the junior college. The school's success has inspired Akanksha, other organizations and local government authorities to start similar school models in the city, taking the number of such schools to 8. Before joining Akanksha Foundation, he worked extensively with Bodh Shiksha Samiti, UNICEF and Govt. of Rajasthan on large scale school transformation project, influencing key policy level changes at state government level. Saurabh is also a Teach for India fellow, and taught for two years in a government run school in sub-urban Mumbai. It was the challenges that his students and parents faced in ensuring continuity of schooling beyond Grade 7, that made him aware of systemic void because of which several students were slipping through the cracks. He has completed his Bachelors in Technology from prestigious Indian Institute of Delhi.
Full time staff :498
Part time staff:40
Contract staff :0
Volunteers: 250
Total Receipts for 2015-2016 is INR 256062594
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 275112712
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Average student attendance (in percentage): 90
Average student retention (in percentage): 97
Rewards & Recognition
In 2015, The Akanksha Foundation was awarded the India NGO Award 2014/2015 by the The Resource Alliance For setting and promoting best practices in resource mobilisation accountability and transparency
In 2016, The Akanksha Foundation was awarded the Gold NGO Transparency Award by the GuideStar India Transparency
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)16,082,01015,700,74911,783,879
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia2,184,5112,248,7871,594,886
Other donations from Indian individuals12,677,7757,093,95711,240,594
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia105,5601,626,451187,411
Other donations from foreign individuals0265,000537,000
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)120,107,03989,062,35130,380,673
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)104,295,261108,737,31782,484,021
Sale of assets000
Total Receipts256,062,594224,871,339138,359,167
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)244,450265,988112,565
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries9,683,8995,122,7311,189,536
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits173,802,457127,211,82068,567,821
Staff training2,952,7993,208,9791,400,069
Staff travel2,842,8445,210,6064,312,994
Consultant's fees11,228,89922,331,4708,395,658
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)4,534,5524,961,645491,261
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)11,445,38217,716,103142,226,632
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme01,908,1880
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)7,472,6606,052,890926,966
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Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits21,346,49014,905,4409,661,665
Staff training553,5284,866,285372,483
Staff travel1,359,083593,467326,888
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)4,730,8722,751,7422,396,502
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)1,946,27153,3272,526,028
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )6,600,3581,208,551173,971
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)144,808313,434268,446
Other non-programme expenses1,227,7162,064,3882,467,334
Total Payments275,112,712223,834,217245,816,819
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 Registration Details
Sr. Type of Registration
1 Trust [No.MAH/132/91/BOMBAY]
2 Society [No.43765]
3 PAN Number:AAATT0207A
4 12-A [No.INS/28478]
5 80G [No.DIT(E)/MC/80G/1704/2009-10]
6 FCRA [No.083780558]
7 35AC [No.F.No.V.27011/264/2015-SO(NAT.COM)]
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 Haribhakti & Co. LLP Chartered Accountants
 701, Leela Business Park, AndheriKurla Road, Andheri €
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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 – 10,000055
 10,000 – 25,00036172208
 25,000 – 50,00045146191
 50,000 – 1,00,000213556
 Greater than 1,00,00021012
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Total annual payments consultants (in INR)Number of consultants
 less than 5,0000
 5,000 – 10,0000
 10,000 – 25,0001
 25,000 – 50,0000
 50,000 – 1,00,0002
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 2555178
2 Lowest Paid: INR 53987
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 2555178
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel188605
2 Domestic travel72359
3 Local conveyance0
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other122890
  Total 383854
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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 Vandana Goyal
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
2 Meher Pudumjee
 Female, Chairperson, INR 0.00,
3 Shaheen Mistri
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
4 Anuj Malhotra
 Male, Treasurer, INR 0.00,
5 Anu Aga
 Female, Member, INR 0.00,
6 Saurabh Taneja
 Male, Member, INR 2,361,600.00,
7 Srila Chaterjee
 Female, Member , INR 0.00,
8 Neel Shahani
 Male, Vice-chairperson , INR 0.00,
9 Nandita Dugar
 Female, Secretary, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 Vandana Goyal Vandana is the ex-CEO of the Akanksha Foundation. In 2007, she became the Director of The School Project, launched to create a network of high-achieving schools within the government system. She took over as CEO in January of 2010.
2 Meher Pudumjee Meher is the Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, a company focused in the businesses of energy and the environment. Meher Pudumjee is daughter of Arnavaz Aga.
3 Shaheen Mistri Shaheen is the Founder of Akanksha and the CEO of Teach for India.
4 Anuj Malhotra Anujwas a partner at Point State, a multi billion dollar New York based macro hedge fund. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at Duquesne Capital Management and a Vice President at Soros Fund Management. He graduated with a Summa Cum Laude in Finance and Computer Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
5 Anu Aga Anu was chairperson of Thermax Limited. She is a Member of the Commonwealth Human Rights Commission. She is the first recipient of the Financial Express ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and ‘Management Woman Achiever of the Year’ in 2002.
6 Saurabh Taneja Saurabh is the current CEO of The Akanksha Foundation.He is the founding school leader of Acharya Vinoba Bhave School, Akanksha's first stand-alone secondary school (Gr 8-10) which was started in 2013. He completed his bachelors degree in Technology from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.
7 Srila Chaterjee Srila is COO and Executive Producer of Highlight Films, Bombay and a Founding Partner of Blue Frog Media. She has been Festival Director for two years at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, heads the Highlight Trust and is involved in design and art projects.
8 Neel Shahani Neel is the Head of Equities at Barclays. Prior to that he was Head of Sales Trading at India Infoline Ltd., and CLSA India Ltd.
9 Nandita Dugar Nandita has been involved with Akanksha for over ten years. She was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, prior to which she worked at Unilever in London.
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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 2016-201727/02/20171010
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201727/02/20171010
Annual Report for the year 2015-201614/03/2016710
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201626/09/201789
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External Reviews
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Vandana Goyal Singapore
Fundraising Visit
 INR 14720.00 0 0% N/A
2 Vandana Goyal South Africa
Conference & Training
 INR 90710.00 0 0% N/A
3 Eric Squire London
Hired for Developing Strategy
 INR 106696.00 0 0% N/A
4 Seema Kamble USA
Fundraising Gala
 INR 6524.00 0 0% N/A
5 Vandana Goyal Dubai
Invited as guest speaker
 INR 19923.00 0 0% N/A
6 Chitra Pandit USA
Fundraising Gala
 INR 13802.00 0 0% N/A
7 Vandana Goyal Switzerland
Young Global Leader/World Economic Forum Conference
 INR 63252.00 0 0% N/A
8 Salman Saiyyed USA
Fundraising Gala
 INR 98500.00 0 0% N/A
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Chitra Pandit
Voltas House ‘C’, T B kadam Marg, Chinchpokli-
Mumbai - 400033,India

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Phone : 91 22 23729880
Fax : 91 22 23700253
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