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Friends Of Team

        FoT means “Friends of TEAM” in India.
        • So far, LPC did TEAM projects in member’s native.
        • Usually, member’s parents did act as a “LPC – Local Project Coordinator” to execute project in India.
        • In the above model, only member’s parents are involved in executing the projects, not the local community in their native.
        • TEAM found the way to involve the local community to execute the projects along with member’s parants by the concept of FoT.
        • By this new concept, members parent will bring their friends and relatives and form a small group in their native called “FoT – Friends of TEAM”.
        • The parent who form that FoT will act as a “FoT Coordinator” to have a communication with TEAM member who sends money.
        • Now every TEAM project is executed by FoT coordinated by its “FoT coordinator”.
        • Because of FoT, TEAM will have group of friends in every members native place.
        • FoT – Coordinator is identified by TEAM member who is sending money.
        • Usually “FoT – Coordinator” is members parents or reliable person.
        • Every member will guide FoT Coordinator and FoT coordinator will guide whole FoT to execute the project in India.

Friends Of Team Coordinator?

FoT – FoT is a group people including parents, friends, students and teachers in every member’s native place. That will be coordinated by your parents or some reliable person. Every member’s place is our ultimate aim. After forming FoT, your projects will be done by your FoT, not just by our parents to give the feeling of doing schools projects with community involvement. So your native FoT will be built by you and your parents/relatives/friends. Every FoT will have a coordinator and he/she will be in touch with the corresponding TEAM member who donate.

 

Corporate

What is corporate grand and How to get it for my schools?

Most of the corporates have their own foundation to help organization like us. Apart from the gift match they do, they will do some big grands, if we apply for it. For more speicifc information, you need to check with your employer about the proecure and documents they need for applying. In order to apply, you need to give TEAM details to them. You can get all the details inclsuing 501 (c) 3 details in http://team-education.blogspot.com/2…s-details.html If you get it, you can do projects for that money in your schools.

Application used by Logu to get grand donation of $ 5000

Employee Champion Information

1. Employee Champion name: Logan Palanisamy

2. Email address: lpalani@yahoo-inc.com

3. Phone number: 408-349-3699

4. Please indicate what involvement you have with this organization: donor,

volunteer, board member, other (specify). How long have you been involved and in what degree? I have been a donor and an active member of TEAM (Team for Educational Activities in Motherland) since its inception in 2000.

5. Statement of support (max ¼ page) TEAM is an organization run entirely by volunteers with zero administrative cost. Over the last six years, it has helped nearly 500 under-funded public schools in India by contributing over US$300,000 for their infrastructural development. The membership has grown steadily over the years. Like its 1000 plus members, I have been contributing $120/year since 2001. Last year I got a chance to execute a project for the public elementary school I graduated from in India. Its motto as quoted by Swami Vivekananda is: Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals, but because of the inactivity of the good people.

I am a strong believer and supporter of TEAM. Applicant Organization Information 1. Organization name: TEAM (Team for Educational Activities in Motherland)

2. Website URL if available: http://www.IndiaTEAM.org

3. Phone number: 510-938-4060

4. Address: 2000 Walnut Ave., # I-202, Fremont, CA 94538

6. Contact person:

a. Name: Karthikeyan Easwarmoorthy

b. Title: Chairman

c. Email: info@IndiaTEAM.org

d. Phone number: 510-938-4060

e. Fax number

5. Brief mission statement (max ¼ page) TEAM’s mission is:

• To improve the infrastructure of the poor and neglected public schools in developing countries such as India.

• To lower the school drop-out rate and eradicate child labor.

• To bring awareness of education in all the areas.

• To help the children boost their self-confidence and change their lives.

6. Who and where is the population served by this organization

The beneficiaries are under-privileged school children aged between 5 and 17 in developing countries. Since its inception in 2000, TEAM has helped nearly 500 public elementary, middle and high schools in India. Each such school gets $500 for infrastructural improvements such as blackboards, chairs, tables, benches, desks, restrooms, library, water tanks, play grounds, fence and compound walls.

TEAM currently has around 1000 donor members, mostly expatriates from India in the US. Members, through their local friends and relatives, execute these projects at the public schools of their choice. TEAM also has established a model school. In addition to the donations from its members, it raises funds through annual walkathons at the Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Project Information 1. Please indicate which focus area is most associated with your project: Education & Youth

2. How much money are you requesting and for what project? How many people will be impacted by YEF funding of this project, or what quantifiable environmental impact will be made?

We are requesting $5,000 for the infrastructural improvement of a public high school in India celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. (The Employee Champion is a graduate of this school)

Library: $1,000

Restrooms: $1,000

Fence/Compund Wall: $1,000

Repair/replace old furniture: $1,000

New furniture for classrooms with no furniture: $1,000

The school has an enrollment of 1,500 students (600 girls and 900 boys)

aged between 11 and 17. That many students will benefit every year for at least the next ten years.

3. What specific community need are you addressing, and how does the project address it? Please be specific. (max of ½ page) Education of the children from poor families in India is what this project addresses. This school is located in a rural area where nearly 40% of students drop out of school and end up as child laborers. Our past experience shows that schools with the basic necessities motivate these children to continue their education.

4. If there is a selection process for the people who benefit from your services, what is that process? In other words, what determines who is served?

There is no selection process. All the neighborhood kids who attend this public school will benefit.

5. What are your main goals, metrics for measuring each of the goals, and how will you determine if you have succeeded in meeting those goals? If possible, please provide data on how you have performed against those goals in the past. Our main goal is to provide the infrastructural necessities for the public schools often neglected by the government. This motivates the teachers, students and the general population. In the schools we have helped so far, we have found at least 25% more students complete high school and go to college.

6. How do you create long-term benefits that go beyond the immediate provision of services, for instance through enabling self-sufficiency of those served when possible? More students finish high school and many even go to college. Educated youth are more productive. They not only support their families, but also the society as a whole.

7. What other sources of funding are you pursuing for this project, and for other projects you are involved with? The Former Students’ Association of this school in India organized a special fund-raiser in December 2005. Because of the low income levels, it brought in less than $500.

8. Regarding this specific project in the proposal, what other organizations are working on projects related to yours? Will you be collaborating with them? Why or why not? We are going to work with the PTA and the Former Students’ Association of this school.

Guidance By Logu who got grand donation from Yahoo

Mr. Logu who got the Yahoo grand of $ 5000 has written a good write up on what he did to get the grand. So please go through this.

There are two types of grants.

The first one, called Quick Grants, is for $5,000. As the name says, the application process is simple. The catch is you either get it or don’t, no partial grants.

The other one, called Large Grants, is up to $30,000. The application and selection process is very lengthy. Depending on the funds available and how relevant your project is, YEF might give full or a part of the money you are asking.

As given below, the application contains three sections.

1. Information about the employee and his association with the charity.

2. Information about the charity and its mission.

3. Details about the project for which the employee is seeking funds.

The following two things should accompany the grant request.

1. The latest audited financial statement of the charity.

2. A statement about the charity’s Non Discrimination Policy.

Once submitted, the applications are independently evaluated by an external agency and the ones recommended by it are finally voted by the YEF board to decide the recipients.

I applied for Quick Grant and got selected. The money is going to be used for a Govt. Higher Secondary School with 1,500 students.

Application for Grant Request

Employee Champion Information

1. Please indicate what involvement you have with this organization: donor, volunteer, board member, other (specify).

2. How long have you been involved and in what degree?

3. Statement of support (max ¼ page)

Applicant Organization Information

1. Organization name:

2. Website URL if available:

3. Phone number:

4. Address:

5. Contact person:

6. Brief mission statement (max ¼ page)

TEAM’s mission is:

* To improve the infrastructure of the poor and neglected public schools in developing countries such as India.

* To lower the school drop-out rate and eradicate child labor.

* To bring awareness of education in all the areas.

* To help the children boost their self-confidence and change their lives.

7. Who and where is the population served by this organization

The beneficiaries are under-privileged school children aged between 5 and 17 in developing countries. Since its inception in 2000, TEAM has helped nearly 500 public elementary, middle and high schools in India. Each such school gets $500 for infrastructural improvements such as blackboards, chairs, tables, benches, desks, restrooms, library, water tanks, play grounds, fence and compound walls.

TEAM currently has around 1000 donor members, mostly expatriates from India in the US. Members, through their local friends and relatives, execute these projects at the public schools of their choice. TEAM also has established a model school. In addition to the donations from its members, it raises funds through annual walkathons at the Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Project Information

1. Please indicate which focus area is most associated with your project:

2. How much money are you requesting and for what project? How many people will be impacted by YEF funding of this project, or what quantifiable environmental impact will be made?

3. What specific community need are you addressing, and how does the project address it? Please be specific. (max of ½ page)

4. If there is a selection process for the people who benefit from your services, what is that process? In other words, what determines who is served?

5. What are your main goals, metrics for measuring each of the goals, and how will you determine if you have succeeded in meeting those goals? If possible, please provide data on how you have performed against those goals in the past.

6. How do you create long-term benefits that go beyond the immediate provision of services, for instance through enabling self-sufficiency of those served when possible?

7. What other sources of funding are you pursuing for this project, and for other projects you are involved with?

8. Regarding this specific project in the proposal, what other organizations are working on projects related to yours? Will you be collaborating with them? Why or why not?

Team's FSA

Why to reimburse from FSA when company matches?

The $ 500 given by TEAM when members are selected is different from the money you have in your FSA account. In the FSA account, we keep your company contribution. But this will be given after you spent and submit the receipt. Because that is not your contribution. Since your company has paid for you, this is your company’s donation. For that, you need to submit the receipt for that $120. US tax law is very complicated. If we give that money and you don’t provide the receipt, this will complicate the things and end up TEAM answering to IRS. So please provide the receipt for your spending of $ 120 and TEAM will reimburse you immediately. This is the rule imposed by IRS and TEAM has to follow that. Otherwise, TEAM will be in trouble. For example, some people have $10K in their FSA. TEAM can not give the $ 10K unless otherwise member provides the receipt. We are all working together to help our schools. But we need to follow certain procedure as far as money of company is used. Hope this helps.

Identify TEAM-FSA Projects!

1. Members have complete control over how/where their TEAM-FSA money will be utilized and they can do any charity work other than school infrastructure for their passion using TEAM’s exemption status. Note: Member’s monthly contribution is strictly for building school infrastructure.

2. Some example projects can be done using this TEAM-FSA money by members.

– Adopt a kid to educate.

– Provide scholorship to lower/higher education.

– Plant trees in their village.

– Adopt a village to bring awareness.

– Help local hospitals.

– Help needy people for their any developmental activities.

– This list keeps growing based on member’s passion.

3. So please identify a project based on your passion and interest.

– Provide scholorship to lower/higher education.

– Plant trees in their village.

– Adopt a village to bring awareness.

– Help local hospitals.

– Help needy people for their any developmental activities.

– This list keeps growing based on member’s passion.

4. Just like corporate FSA account, members have to reimburse from FSA after completing the project and submitting receipts & pictures.

5. FSA can be claimed any time and any number of times.

6. No time limit to utilize FSA and keep accumulating.

7. Member’s monthly membership contribution won’t be part his/her FSA and that will be given to the member when he gets selected in a normal way.

When this will be effective?

– It is effective from March 2006!

– It means, the members who got gift match before March 2006 can’t claim.

– Because, we didn’t have the concept of individual FSA account and all the money went to common TEAM account and being SPENT for adopted schools.

– Which was the policy we discussed by then and went ahead with that.

– After this new policy change effective from March 2006, the donations of members who got gift/grand match after March 2006 will be put up in his own FSA instead of common pool so that members have complete control over his money to help in a way they want instead of always going to adopted school.

– In one line “The money generated after March 2006 will only be available in member’s FSA and eligible for reimbursement”

 

Video shooting Guidelines

  • Pease visit your school when you go to India with video camera.
  • Take video in the school and the items donated.
  • Interview the school headmasters/teacher(s).
    • About the school – location, students, number of teachers etc
    • About that village.
    • Who did project in that school?
    • What do they feel when TEAM approached for doing project in their school?
    • What are the facilities provided by the project?
    • Is it useful? How?
    • Did they receive any other donation for the project?
    • Do they expect anything more from TEAM?
    • What village, parents, teachers and students feel?
    • How do they safe guard the things TEAM provided?
    • Did district educational officer know about this project?
    • Do they want to convey something to TEAM?
  • Interview schools students
    • How the facilities were useful?
    • Are they happy?
  • This video may be played in one of the future TEAM meetings and it may be used in the Team Informational Films we create in future.
  • Interview LPC (parent or person who executed the project in the school).
    • What do they know about TEAM?
    • How did he/she felt when TEAM approached them to do the project?
    • Why did he select that particular school?
    • Is there any difficulty to execute the project? If yes, what are they?
    • Do they expect anything more from TEAM?
    • What are the opinions about TEAM from
    • Teachers and students in the school.
    • People in the village.
    • Friends and relatives.
    • What are the other things TEAM can do to the village?
    • If more than one, what is the most important thing?
    • Do they want to convey anything to TEAM?
  • Make a video CD out of the video and forward to
  • This video may be played in one of the future TEAM meetings and it may be used in the Team Informational Films we create in future.

 

List Of Basic things

What basic facilities are lacking in these schools?
BENCH:In most of the village elementary schools the children do not sit on a bench . They sit on the floor.
* Floors are usually broken and uneven. Concrete, sand, and stones are continuously loosening out from the floor on which they sit.
* On rainy days the school children walk with bare feet in the outside puddles and slush and enter the classroom with their wet, dirty , muddy legs, make the floor moist, dirty, muddy and then they sit on the same floor.
* Its painful and tiring for the children to sit on the rough floor continuously for about 6 hours a day, everyday.
* Sitting down with folded knees and with their bony ankles continuously rubbing against the coarse floor is painful.
* Sitting at a lower level as the floor, their neck gets exhausted when they have to constantly look up at the teachers face who is standing or at the blackboard which is at a higher level.
DESK:Writing in the notebooks without a desk to put the notebooks on is also very difficult. These unfortunate small children keep their notebooks on their laps or in between their laps, or on the floor in front of them when they write, do math, or draw. Plywood screen partition: Majority of village elementary schools do not have separate classrooms for each class. In one big hall, three classes or sometimes four classes are held simultaneously. There is lot of mixing of noises from all the three or four classes. The students are unable to hear and listen to what their own teacher says. The teachers find it difficult to teach .This is a frustrating situation for both the teachers and the students.
VISUAL AIDS: The classroom walls are bare and plain without any charts and maps to be used as visual aids for learning. They do not have globes, world maps , India maps, State maps, Science charts.
BLACKBOARDS: In some schools blackboards are not functional. The teachers adjust for many years with the blackboard that does not write well. Sometimes the number of blackboards is inadequate. For a total of five classes, some schools will have only two or three blackboards. It is difficult for two teachers to share a blackboard.
STAINLESS STEEL WATER DRUM: In most villages there is sufficient water supply, but the village elementary school does not have proper and adequate water drums to store drinking water for the school children. The village school children are very poor to purchase and own a plastic water bottle that will enable them to bring water from their homes. Without drinking water in the school the children remain thirsty, hot and dry for the entire day.
CEILING FAN: Most of the schools have asbestos roofs for the classrooms. Under the asbestos roof the classroom becomes very hot during February, March, April, June, July, and August. It is very difficult for both the teachers and the students to be inside the hot room for about six hours a day.
ESSENTIALS FOR SCHOOL OFFICE: In some schools there is no steel rack to stack school registers. Registers are now piled up on the floor in the rooms corner and on broken benches. There is no steel bureau (with lock and key) to safeguard important school records, visual aids like globe and maps. The Principal’s table does not have 2 more extra chairs for visitors to sit during school visits. Visitors to the school are usually given a wooden box to sit as there are no extra chairs in the school.