The Ninash Foundation raises funds from many different sources.
Where does the money come from?

  • In1996, the seed money to start the Ninash Foundation came from Ashok Malhotra's sale of his rental property
  • Majority of contributions come from individuals throughout the world
  • Businesses around the world
  • Churches and Synagogues
  • Rotaries
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Royalties from Dr. Ashok Malhotra's books
  • Lectures by Ninash Board Members
  • Concerts by musicians

Several schools have raised funds for the Indo-International Schools. Below are different examples of how it has helped the children to learn about a new culture while involved in service.

Riverside Elementary School, Oneonta, New York



Recent endeavors as part of the Sister City Project:

  • 2011- The After-School Ninash Club was created by children that is currently fundraising for solar panels and making a video to be on YouTube soon.
  • 2011 – Children and teachers participated in the second annual Literacy Walk by raising $400
  • 2010 – Children and teachers raised $1,620 for 27 dairy goats for the poorest of poor people in Dundlod
  • 2010- The 4th , 5th and 6th graders presented their service projects at a college conference sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta's Center for Social Responsibility and Community
  • 2009 – The Rongoli celebration by each grade raised $450 with pennies that purchased more than 700 books for the Dundlod library

The third graders of Oneonta Riverside School led an annual campaign to support the sister city commitment made by the City of Oneonta Mayor, Kim Muller, in 1999. A major focus of the Riverside School's third-grade social studies program is "Compassion in Action," a theme that takes root in September and blossoms each spring. Students study India with a specific focus on Oneonta's sister city, Dundlod, a small village in the northwest state of Rajasthan. Through interdisciplinary and project-based inquiries, students hone their social activism skills and experience social responsibility. They plan and implement community events, fundraisers, and informational campaigns, which have grown to include other elementary schools and two local colleges.

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As young children become aware of the misfortune of other people their age, they react in a natural way: they want to take action. Their compassion reflects awareness of their own good fortune and a desire to help others live healthier, richer lives. In a school with a very high poverty-rate, it is especially heart-warming to see our students work together with "great spirit" to help less fortunate children on the other side of the planet.
Over the years, Riverside School's third graders have raised money through bake sales, a car wash, collecting change, selling student-made art, Indian dessert tastings, performances of classical Indian music, Bollywood dance party, making traditional block-printed stationery, classical Indian dance performances (Kathak), an annual community-wide Sister City


Celebration, and most recently a Penny Art Rangoli Project. For this effort, each class collected pennies while studying the Indian art form called Rangoli.

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Using their pennies, each class created an intricate design on the cafeteria floor. When completed, all the classes were invited to the Penny Art Rangoli Gallery. We collected $450.00!  Mr. Ken Sider, a third-grade teacher and liaison to the Ninash Foundation, delivered the money in-person to the Indo-International School in Dundlod in January 2009. The money was used to buy pencils and replenish the Indo-International School's library book collection.

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As third-graders move along through the school system, they never forget the year that they did something meaningful. Ask a former third-grader from Riverside School, and she will tell you how exciting and rewarding it was to make a difference in someone's life. The difference is real, and our students never forget. The children in India, born into lives of desperate poverty by the mere accident of birth, are helped by our third graders. Thankfully, the roots that we plant each September blossom in the spring. As the third-graders grow and eventually graduate from public school, we believe the blossoms turn to seed, and the seeds of compassion are spread as they follow their own paths in the world. That is compassion in action. For information on this school, visit: (


Center Street Elementary School, Oneonta, New York

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Each year the third graders at the Center Street School in Oneonta had blast learning about India. Both in formal Social Studies lessons and experiences with performing artists, children learned about the geography, climate, government, art and culture of a diverse country. Their knowledge and excitement were showcased during one evening in May at an event called "A Taste of India."  Donations from the event were given to the Ninash Foundation to assist the sister city school in Dundlod, Rajasthan, India.

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At another event, children from the third grade of the Center Street School learned how to sing India's National Anthem and joined hands with other Oneonta Elementary Schools by presenting a cultural program at the Riverside School. The funds raised by this cultural event were donated to the Ninash Foundation for buying books at the Indo-International School in Dundlod. For more information on this school.



Greater Plains Elementary School, Oneonta, New York

The children and teachers of the Greater Plains Elementary School of Oneonta came up with their own unique and creative ideas of fundraising. The children picked up recyclables to raise more than $500 to buy supplies for the children of the Dundlod School. They had a blast doing it!
During another year, they decided to hold "kiss the goat" project to raise money for purchasing dairy goats to be given away to the impoverished residents of the village of Dundlod. In a matter of a few weeks, they raised more than $800, which were used to buy 20 goats for the poorest of poor villagers of Dundlod.

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Cooperstown Elementary School, Cooperstown, New York

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In order to build a classroom at the third Indo-International School in Mahapura, Rajasthan, the children from the Cooperstown Elementary School raised a total of $2000 dollars through a penny drive! Their teacher made an informational poster to display at the school's entrance. Classrooms received a "brick" for each $5 raised by their students. The children went after the task in earnest, some even doing chores at their homes to collect donations. Students learned about Indian Culture and felt a sense of accomplishment as they raised $2000, penny by penny. Cooperstown Rotary donated an additional $500 to the fundraiser, for a total of $2500. A plaque now hangs in the new classroom built by these students to commemorate the tremendous accomplishment of these 3rd graders. For more information on this school

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Gavilan Peak K-8 School, Anthem, Arizona

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Mary Ronemous discovered the Ninash Foundation on the internet and established the sister city project between the Indo-International Culture School in Mahapura and Gavilan Peak School in Arizona. During its annual multi-cultural week in December, the 7th and 8th graders from the Gavilan School run booths consisting of diverse activities. The entire school participates in the "Caring Fair" where each item was sold for a quarter. This gala event raises around $1400 annually.   For information on this school

International Efforts

At the start of the New Millennium, a French benefactor, Frank Mulliez donated $25,000 to build the Dundlod School in 2000.



Inspired by the Ninash Foundation's Indo-International Schools Project, a school teacher, Pia Maria Aria from Holland, has written children's books. The proceeds from the sale are donated to the Ninash Foundation.
Rabbi Soetendorp of Holland raised funds through his Hope for Children Foundation and his Synagogue in The Hague to fund the Dundlod School.


A high school teenager, who visited the Indo-International School in Dundlod has been creating calendars combining children's art and life from Dundlod with children's art and life from London. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar go towards funding field trips for the children of Dundlod School.



The Watumull Brothers Ltd. of Hawaii provided $13,000 as seed money to start the Ninash's Trust Fund of $250,000.



The Empire Toyota of Oneonta, New York donated $5000 to build a bore well to provide clean water to the 550 children of Dundlod School.

Susan VanCott contributed $15,000 to build the new high school wing.


Fund Raising by the College Student Groups
  • Battle of the Bands


  • Walk for Literacy

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  • Operation Holiday Child

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  • Bake Sales

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  • Penny Wars


  • Book Sales
  • $5.00 per student donation/one shot donation
  • Car Wash
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    • T-shirt Sales
    • Magic Show
    • Concerts
    • Plays for Children's
    • Applebee's Fundraiser
    • Pizza Hut Fundraiser
    • Walmart donation match


Student organizations that helped to raise funds:


  • Marketing Club
  • Education Class - Bowlathon
  • SUNY WONY - Radio Station
  • Speech Club
  • Philosophy Club
  • SUNY Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

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