Sankalpa
Sankalpa means resolution in Sanskrit – it’s a resolution to make a difference in India! Sankalpa is a group of motivated individuals and concerned citizens who want to make a difference in India through supporting developmental work carried out by dedicated social workers and/or small-scale non-profit groups. The developmental activities are supported by funds generated through various fundraising activities in U.S. Sankalpa, currently, has an active chapter in Columbus, USA (Ohio State University Campus – Established April 2002) – 20 members. Philosophically, Sankalpa is a self-sustaining concept that will perpetuate as more individuals commit themselves to making a difference in India.

 

History

Sankalpa has evolved from a strong desire of its members to give back to India. It was initiated by a group of four graduate students at the Ohio State University in October 2000, but its activities have caught pace since April 2002. Today, Sankalpa has grown into a strong chapter in Columbus with a keen membership of like-minded individuals. Sankalpa has successfully completed more than 45 projects amounting to approximately $42,000 in areas of education, sanitation, energy, agriculture and health. Read More

 

Mission 

Sankalpa’s mission is to make a difference in India!

 

Objective
Our main objective is to support Sustainable, Micro-developmental, and Grassroot-level projects

in areas like education, health, sanitation, and agriculture. Sankalpa co-ordinates and supports it’s

developmental projects through independent and dedicated social-workers/small-scale

non-profit groups.

 

Vision 
Sankalpa’s first priority is to maintain and grow its present developmental work by

increasing its network of developmental partners in India. Secondly, Sankalpa plans to

expand its work by offering research consultancy to evaluate developmental work done

by these groups. To achieve this, Sankalpa envisions liaising with academics and graduate

students across various University campuses in India, UK and US. Lastly, Sankalpa

expects to foster communication and interaction between the network of social workers and

non-profit groups who are conducting the developmental work. This interaction will assist in

furthering the common cause, sharing learnings from one group to another, and ultimately

improving developmental activities across India. Thus, in summary the three main domains that

Sankalpa would like to develop are: 

 

      Development: Maintain and grow present activity of SMG projects in India 
      Research: Assist developmental partners in assessing developmental work through research activities and documenting the results through             research papers/project reports 
      Networking: build a strong network of social-workers andnon-profit groups across India

 

Unlike big Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), independent social workers and small non-profit groups working at a local level are faced with frequent paucity of resources for their grassroots-level work. However, the local knowledge, experience, and community links within such groups mean that large developmental benefits can often be seen from relatively small investments. Hence, Sankalpa deems supporting these ‘actors’ of grassroots development important.

 

Operative Model

Sankalpa’s operative model ensures 100% utilization of funds for developmental activities. Our model is composed of six basic steps: (i) Identification of partner(s), (ii) Request for proposal (RFP) and decision-making, (iii) Fund Allocation, (iv) Project implementation, (v) Monitoring and feedback, and (vi) Project evaluation and assessment

 

Ultimately, Sankalpa aims at building a long-term relationship with partners resulting in additional projects in the future. This relationship also fosters confidence between Sankalpa and its partners, which consequently results in honest and fair implementation of projects. Following is a brief description of activities entailed under each step:

 

      Partner Identification: This is the most crucial step of all. Identifying dedicated and partners is key to ensuring 100% utilization of Sankalpa’s             funds. Partner identification usually happens through personal experiences of Sankalpa members with developmental organizations or                     recommendation through our trusted contacts/friends/family in India. Otherwise, potential partners are identified through in-depth research               about honest social worker(s)/non-profit groups. Additionally, identification of partners is followed by further verification via correspondence             and/or personal contacts in India. In the future, Sankalpa intends to identify partners through recommendation of its existing partners.

 

      RFP and Decision-Making: Once the partner is identified, Sankalpa sends a request for proposal. After receiving the completed proposal, it is           discussed during the bi-weekly meetings. An in-depth evaluation is done with consultation of Sankalpa members. In addition, members also             discuss the adequacy of information provided and if required more information is requested to clarify any ambiguity. Further to the discussion           (or receipt of additional information) and depending on the alignment of the proposed project with Sankalpa’s criteria of micro-developmental           and sustainable activity, a decision is made whether to fund the project or not. Special attention is paid to timeline, budgetary requirements,             and feedback mechanism involved in monitoring the project. The decision is then communicated to the partner.

 

      Remitting Funds: Following the positive decision, Sankalpa remits the requested funds to the partner in India.

 

      Project Implementation: This is the second most crucial step after partner identification. Honest and fair implementation of the proposed project       ensures 100% utilization of the funds. Identification of dedicated partner assures success of the project implementation phase and                           conscientious utilization of funds.

 

      Monitoring and Feedback: A reliable feedback mechanism loop is established once the project is set in progress. This mechanism comprises           of: (i) interim progress report from the partner, (ii) personal visit by Sankalpee including a detailed personal visit report, and (iii) final report at           completion with itemized budgetary description.

 

      Evaluation and Assessment: Presently, this is an optional step in Sankalpa’s operative model. In the light of Sankalpa’s vision of developing             research consultancy, project evaluation and assessment will become imperative. Moreover, we plan to integrate this vision with increasing             number of projects in the future.

 

In summary, our robust operative model with appropriate checks and balances ensures 100% utilization of funds. Sankalpa aims to build long-term relationships with partners in implementing the sustainable micro-developmental work. We greatly value our relationships with our partners and every attempt is made to cherish these partnerships.

 

Specific set of guidelines and criteria for proposal evaluation, project monitoring and feedback mechanism are under development. The guidelines will be solidified with more experience and growth in Sankalpa’s activities.

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