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Teach For India

location: MumbaiMaharashtra

Donation Option Amount INR Actions
Support towards the Monthly Stipend of a Fellow
For Indian and NRI donors only | tax benefit: 50% | more
General Fund
For Indian and NRI donors only | 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.
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 2015-2016 is INR 611063220
Total Payments for 2015-2016 is INR 493819244
Activities and reach for the latest full Financial Year
Total number of Alums still working in the Educational and Development sectors in %: 60
Recruitment & Selection for 2016 Cohort : number of Fellows recruited for the 2016 cohort : 603
Total number of Alums at the end of year: 1463
Placements : number of schools: 353
Recruitment & Selection for 2016 Cohort : number of Fellows teaching in FY 2015-16: 1178
Number of students impacted (direct beneficiaries): 39587
Recruitment & Selection for 2016 Cohort : number of applications received: 14555
Placements : number of classrooms: 973
Recruitment & Selection for 2016 Cohort : selectivity rate in %: 8
Placements : number of cities: 7
5 Week Residential Training Program : number of Fellows at the Institute: 634
Rewards & Recognition
In 2015, Teach For India was awarded the E-NGO Award 2015 by the Extensively using social media to explain the Fellowship programme. Digital Empowerment Foundation
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.
Self generated ( fees/ subscriptions/ interest/ community contributions/ proceeds from sale of goods or services produced by the organisation etc.)15,652,73415,234,42312,170,621
Donation from Indian individuals through GiveIndia6,182,5283,443,58910,210,649
Other donations from Indian individuals277,836,94599,950,277275,217,506
Donations from foreign individuals through GiveIndia572,511944,3064,635,512
Other donations from foreign individuals291,281,768206,553,66361,539,200
Grants from Indian sources ( trusts/ govt/ companies/ foundations)8,831,15210,275,39732,214,951
Grants from International sources ( under FCRA)10,600,71221,668,6160
Sale of assets104,60000
Total Receipts611,063,220358,078,133396,093,350
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PAYMENTS (Capital)
Capital items purchased for the organisation, excluding investment ( Fixed Deposits etc.)3,780,4922,869,736537,639
Capital items purchased for beneficiaries000
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PAYMENTS (Revenue)
Programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits353,330,105287,540,678215,821,142
Staff training34,574,89825,748,8218,804,473
Staff travel7,050,28400
Consultant's fees3,387,73005,850,739
Office support expenses ( rent/ telephone/ electricty etc.)781,92600
Materials procurred ( consummables as seed/ food/ books/ provisions etc.)6,293,3325,363,1110
Grants/ donations given to other organisations as part of programme000
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)5,975,89502,161,502
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Non-programme related2015-20162014-20152013-2014
Salaries and benefits31,376,01930,686,74123,364,875
Staff training336,33100
Staff travel1,592,5752,410,5682,056,671
Office support expenses ( rent/ repairs/ telephone/ electricity etc.)7,811,7245,272,5073,636,125
Communication ( correspondence/ Annual Reports/ brochures/ appeals/ website etc.)4,351,8473,553,7972,834,305
Consultants' fees ( audit/ legal/ programme )4,125,4251,994,9931,280,270
Depreciation ( to be taken from Income and Expenditure account)02,340,2380
Other non-programme expenses3,754,1363,114,3882,781,875
Total Payments493,819,244370,947,818283,182,544
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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.83781358]
6 35AC [No.SO2380]
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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 – 10,000000
 10,000 – 25,0003337141047
 25,000 – 50,0003973112
 50,000 – 1,00,000173956
 Greater than 1,00,0005712
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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 – 50,0001
 50,000 – 1,00,0007
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 Staff Remuneration (p.a.)
1 Highest Paid: INR 4227280
2 Lowest Paid: INR 80000
3 Head of the Organisation: INR 4227280
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 Board Expenses
Sr. Detail Amount(INR)
1 International travel0
2 Domestic travel186418
3 Local conveyance56178
4 Entertainment expenses0
5 Other115586
  Total 358182
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Board Members
SI.Name (Age)Gender, Position, Gross Remuneration, Relation to other members
1 Nisaba Godrej
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
2 Ashish Dhawan
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
3 Zia Mody
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
4 Nandita Dugar
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
5 Arnavaz Aga
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
6 Shaheen Mistri
 Female, CEO, INR 4,227,280.00,
7 Neel Shahani
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
8 Deepak Satwalekar
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
9 S. Ramadorai
 Male, Trustee, INR 0.00,
10 Meher Pudumjee
 Female, Trustee, INR 0.00,
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Board Members Background
1 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.
2 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.
3 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).
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 Deepak Satwalekar Deepak has been the Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd. since 2000. Earlier, he served as the Managing Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) since 1993. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT). He holds a degree in Technology from IIT Bombay and is a recipient of the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’. He is an MBA from The American University, Washington D.C.
9 S. Ramadorai Mr. Ramadorai has been in public service since February 2011 and is currently the Chairman of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister, and the Chairman of the NSDC. He was the former Advisor to the Prime Minister of India in the National Council on Skill Development. The former CEO of Tata Consulting Service, he recently retired as the Vice-Chairman. Mr. Ramodorai is also the Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange and Air Asia Pvt. Ltd. He is a Director on the boards of Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints, and Piramal Enterprises. Passionate about his contribution for the social sector and community initiatives, he serves as the Chairman on the Council of Management at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and the Chairman of the Governing Board at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He is also the President of the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC) – which is building a super speciality children’s hospital in Mumbai.
10 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.
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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 2016-201729/02/20161010
Programmes/ Projects for the year 2016-201723/04/2016610
Annual Report for the year 2015-201614/09/2016610
Financial Audit Report for the year 2015-201614/09/2016610
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External Reviews
1Haribhakti& Co.
2Haribhakti& Co.
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Staff International Travel
SINameDestination & PurposeGross ExpensesSponsored% SponsoredName of Sponsor Organisation
1 Sonia D’Souza Columbia
TFA Conference
 INR 155044.00 1 75% Teach For All
2 Sonia D’Souza Bangkok
 INR 43612.00 1 97% DHL
3 Anand Sharma San Francisco
TFA Conference
 INR 101458.00 1 48% Teach For All
4 Arhan Bezbora Washington
TFA Conference
 INR 115849.00 1 67% Teach For All
5 Nandini Seth Bangkok
TFA Conference
 INR 96374.00 1 96% Teach For All
6 Saahil Sood London
Apple Conference
 INR 148925.00 1 100% Apple
7 Shaheen Mistri New Zealand
TFA Conference
 INR 117861.00 1 100% Teach For All
8 Romana Sheikh New Zealand
TFA Conference
 INR 19112.00 1 37% Teach For All
9 Raman Bahl London
TFA Conference
 INR 9800.00 0 0% Not applicable
10 Rachita Dhutia London
TFA Conference
 INR 86696.00 1 57% Teach For All
11 Karthik Rapaka New Zealand
TFA Conference
 INR 86372.00 1 75% Teach For All
12 Venil Ali Washington
TFA Conference
 INR 69608.00 1 71% Teach For All
13 Alpana Mallik United Kingdom
Apple Training
 INR 161142.00 1 100% Apple
14 Aparna Rae United Kingdom
TFA Conference
 INR 21831.00 1 100% Central Square Foundation
15 Addhishri Parasnis United Kingdom
TFA Conference
 INR 10425.00 0 0% Not applicable
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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
Jessica D'Cunha
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
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E-mail : jessica.d'


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