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About Dasvandh Network

  • What is the Dasvandh Network?
    The Dasvandh Network (DVN) is an online platform that aims to inspire a new level of giving to Panthic and related charitable projects across North America by providing awareness, transparency, and accessibility to these efforts.
  • What does “Dasvandh” mean?
    Dasvandh means a "tenth part" and refers to the practice among Sikhs of contributing 10% of their earnings toward the common good of the community in the name of their Guru.
  • What are DVN’s values?
    DVN tries its best to be in line with Gurmat (Teachings of the Sikh Gurus and Guru Granth Sahib). Our other core values include trust and transparency.
  • Who runs DVN and how will DVN be run?
    Please visit our About Us page to learn more about Our Team. DVN looks to operate with 4 main committees: The Approval & Relationships Committee; Finance/Audit Committee; Technology & Operations Committee; Outreach & Marketing Committee. If you would like to volunteer or be a part of one of these committees, please contact us at info@dvnetwork.org .
  • Who can use DVN?
    Only U.S. based organizations/projects can be listed on DVN. (Note: U.S. based nonprofits can sometimes fiscally sponsor non-U.S. based organizations. More information on Fiscal Sponsorship can be found in the organizations/projects section of the FAQ or in our resources section). Please see our Terms of Use for more information on who can use DVN.
  • What value will DVN bring to organizations/projects?
    DVN looks to create new donors within the community (grow the existing donor base) and also inspire others to give more. In order to achieve this goal, we aim to increase awareness of existing efforts and help provide the resources for new projects to develop. We also see ourselves as an efficient way to raise funds (See more here: DVN Efficiency). Ultimately, we are looking to help raise funds for activists so that they can focus on program development instead of fundraising.
  • How will Dasvandh Network bring new donors to the community?
    DVN has no intention of taking away resources from existing organizations/projects. If a donor comes to know about an existing organization/project through our site and then gives directly to that organization/project (without using our platform), we see that as a “win” and that our site is serving its purpose. In other words, DVN looks to bring new donors to the community and hopefully raise the amount of giving by existing donors. In the short-term, we plan to utilize social marketing, reach out to those not already active in the community, increase awareness of activist efforts, and provide a platform for new initiatives. In the long-term, DVN hopes to encourage young Sikhs (in high school and college) to grow up with the spirit of Dasvandh so that they start giving as soon as possible. If everyone in the community were to give even a small amount, the compounding impact on the community will be significant. DVN believes that by rekindling the Guru’s message of Dasvandh, Sikhs in our community will once again feel a sense of duty to contribute to society (both monetarily and through volunteer work).
  • What value will DVN bring to donors?
    There is often a lack of awareness of Sikh initiatives and a willingness to donate to these efforts. We hope to 1) centralize the great work that activists are doing so people are aware of these efforts within the community and 2) develop a sense of trust so that donors know their funds are being used efficiently and appropriately. There will be an approval process before any organization/project is listed on DVN. DVN will also do its best to ensure these groups are transparent with their use of funds.
  • How is the Dasvandh Network funded?
    DVN is mainly funded through a small pool of passionate donors who are dedicated to an online platform that can reignite giving in the Sikh community. We call these donors our “strategic donors”. Please note we will never actively raise funds for DVN in the community while promoting use of the platform. However, general donors can contribute to DVN if they choose to by adding a small tip to an organization- or project-based donation, or directly on the DVN organization page.
  • Does DVN have any affiliations with organizations/projects listed on the site?
    As part of our goal of full transparency, DVN will maintain a list of any official relationships with existing organization/project teams below:
    • Sikh Youth Alliance of North America (SYANA): Multiple Board members and DVN team members are heavily involved in organizing many SYANA events, including camps, retreats, speech symposiums, and various project initiatives through SikhWorks, SinghMedia and Aasraa Food Pantry. DVN President Inderpal Singh is also related to the founder of SYANA.
    • SALDEF: DVN President Inderpal Singh has previously advised SALDEF on an informal basis. SALDEF also originally served as DVN's fiscal sponsor until DVN achieved independent 501(c)(3) status in 2010.
    • Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative (BPSHI): DVN's Executive Director, Amrit Kaur, is married to Apar Singh, Co-Founder and Board Member of BPSHI.
    It is important to note that because many of those active within the Sikh Community know one another, a number of friendships exist between organizations themselves (including DVN). However, in an effort to provide full transparency, anything that extends beyond this friendship will be listed above.
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