Our mission:

To raise funds, awareness, and otherwise support programs to empower marginalized communities in Nepal, with a focus on women and children, through enhanced educational programs and community training to promote equality, economic well-being, and basic human rights.

 

Background:

In 2009, one of  our current Board members was a volunteer in Nepal with VIN. Inspired by the work being done by VIN, she decided to contact other former VIN volunteers to see how she and others could continue to support VIN and the Nepalese people they had served. Realizing that by becoming a tax deductible non profit in the U.S., raising funds and other support might be easier, we proceeded to form an organization and apply for our 501(c)(3) status. The application was approved by the IRS in July, 2011. The Board, which was originally made up of former volunteers, has been expanded with additional members having a strong affinity for Nepal and its people. Currently, the Board of Directors is made up of 6 members, representing various professional skills and expertise. FVIN is currently not set up as a “membership” organization, but welcomes support and networking with former volunteers in Nepal and all people with a like minded vision of supporting women and children in Nepal.

 

Legal stuff:

Friends of Volunteers Initiative Nepal (FVIN), incorporated in Hawaii on 07/08/2010,is a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status established in the United States to assist projects in marginal communities in Nepal. FVIN is independent from Volunteers Initiative Nepal, and has its own board of directors. FVIN accepts donations for the purpose of providing grants to charitable projects and programs in Nepal in compliance with our tax exempt status.

 

Any Nepalese-based charity (including VIN) must apply for a grant to receive funds. The board of directors will vote on grant applications and either approve or reject them based on their merits and alignment with our stated mission. The discretion of the board of directors is final. In other words, FVIN has exclusive legal control over all funds raised – that way our donors know where their money goes! Details of grants awarded, along with informative updates on the specific project or program, will be posted on our website. You will see the difference you are making!

 

Funds:

All donations given to FVIN go directly to programs in Nepal. VIN and other Nepalese organizations wanting support from FVIN must apply for funds through FVIN’s grant application procedure. Once an application is approved, funds are wired to the organization’s bank (minus the bank's wire fee). All donations go directly to support local Nepalese programs and are tracked by the Board.

 

Please email for more information on the grant application process.Place & date of incorporation: Hawaii, 7/8/2010. For financial reports, please email us.

Board of Directors

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Hear Vice President, Sadie Green Speak About VIN and Her Experiences in Nepal