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Community Resources: South Asian Non-Profits

The giving season is here, and to commemorate that, we want to celebrate some organizations within the South Asian community who are doing great work, especially in the fields of education, promoting South Asian culture, ensuring social justice and countering domestic violence.

Do consider giving to one of these organizations as you plan your giving for this year!

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that fights for racial justice and advocates for the civil rights of all South Asians in the United States. SAALT's ultimate vision is dignity and full inclusion for all.

DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center (formerly Desis Rising Up and Moving) is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City.

South Asian American Digital Archive creates a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.  

SACHI is a vibrant art and cultural nonprofit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dedicated to excellence in programs, and with a vision to impart creative learning, SACHI's unique events promote the understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse landscape of Indian art, culture and heritage. 

Pratham USA was founded on the belief that every child has the right to a quality education. In 1994, with support from UNICEF and the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Dr. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay set out to end the vicious cycle of poverty by transforming the educational landscape in the slums of Mumbai. Pratham USA is is a volunteer-driven organization with 14 chapters across the United States that raise awareness and mobilize financial resources for Pratham's work in India.

Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. 

Maitri is a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area, that primarily helps families from South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka among others) facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, human trafficking or family conflict. 

Sakhi for South Asian Women exists to end violence against women. Sakhi, meaning “woman friend,” was created to fill a critical need — in spite of an abundance of religious and cultural centers, professional associations, and ethnic-specific groups within New York’s large South Asian immigrant population, there was no place for women to address the silenced subject of domestic violence.

Chhaya CDC was founded in 2000 to advocate for the housing needs of New York City’s South Asian community. Its' mission is to work with New Yorkers of South Asian origin to advocate for and build economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities.

The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA) is a 501(c)3  civic & community organization committed to promoting individual freedom, diversity, and celebrating heritage. An alliance dedicated to leadership through integrity, MALA provides a platform for people to share their individual stories & to speak for themselves; nurtures emerging community leaders; and unites Americans of all backgrounds to advance constructive solutions to extremism and human rights abuses. 


 We know there are many more non-profits in the US which are doing work for the South Asian community or on issues that are especially relevant to South Asians! Please send us an email at, if you'd like to get listed on this page!




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