Atma is a non-profit organisation that provides intensive support to education non-profits and social enterprises, helping them solve their daily operational challenges and plan for their future growth. Faced by a lack of resources and expertise, high-potential education organisations are often unable to maximise their impact.
Atma works to address the issue of quality education for underprivileged children and young adults through a unique consultancy model.
The Atma Model is a three phase relationship-based intervention which helps organisations move beyond their day-to-day resource constraints. Atma helps NGOs to break the cycle of insufficient funds, staff and time. This allows Atma Partners to deliver more Quality Education to the children and young adults they serve.
The Atma model is defined by three key services: consultancy, skilled volunteers and training.
Consultancy: Consultancy helps Atma Partners to take a step back from day-to-day challenges and think about long term goals. An Atma Partnerships coordinator meets with the Partner organisation on a weekly basis to develop strategic goals, and create plans to carry them out. Consultancy forms the baseline of Atma’s service offering: this hands-on, intensive support allows Partners to set big goals and achieve them.
Skilled Volunteers: Because of resource constraints in time and expertise, NGOs can often benefit from additional support. Atma brings in skilled volunteers at an appropriate time to complete specific projects that will support the growth of an organisation. Volunteers have developed teaching curriculums, designed websites, planned marketing campaigns, completed fundraising strategies, written HR manuals, verified accounting processes, launched blogs, filmed videos.
Training & Workshops: Atma conducts Training and Workshops based on the unique needs of Atma Partners. The training is generally focused at the management and staff of an NGO, to build skills and competency within that organisation.The Atma Accelerator program provides organisations with hands-on guidance and expertise in management and programme delivery. Atma’s support enables them to become sustainable and impactful organisations delivering high quality programmes on the ground.
Since 2007, Atma has reached out to over 25,000 underprivileged children and youth through 24 education non-profits and social enterprises.
VISION, MISSION AND VALUES
Atma’s vision, mission and values provide guidance to our every activity.
Vision: Quality Education for all children.
Mission: Building capacity of education NGOs to achieve sustainability & scalability, thereby enabling delivery of quality education.
Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much. (~Helen Keller)
Atma believes in the power of collaboration and idea sharing. An open and supportive work environment has enabled us to establish long lasting relationships within and outside the organisation. It is only through working together, that we as education organisations can multiply our impact and bring about real education reform.
Excellence is never an accident. (~Aristotle)
At Atma, we like to get it right and then get better at it. We understand that this can only be achieved through a commitment to learning and continuous improvement. We set the highest standards for ourselves and the people we work with, to ensure the best quality of work.
Strength lies in differences not in similarities. (~Stephen Covey)
We believe in diversity, being open to varied perspectives and making the most of our differences. Through bringing together individuals from and with different backgrounds, experience and skills, we can create the best possible solutions for the challenges faced by Atma and its portfolio.
If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you start something, finish it.” (~Epictetus)
A commitment to who we are, what we believe in, and what we set out to do; is the foundation of this organisation. We are accountable to ourselves, to our supporters, to the organisations we work with and to their beneficiaries. Only through transparency and consistency, will we be able to do impactful work in education.
Atma currently works with 14 innovative education nonprofits and social enterprises across Mumbai & Thane districts. See below for the complete list:
To learn more about Atma’s Graduated Portfolio and how you can support their programs, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mumbai Mobile Creches http://atma.org.in/our-partners/graduated-portfolio/mumbai-mobile-creches
Avanti Fellows http://avantifellows.org/
Masoom Education http://www.masoomeducation.org/
FMCH (Foundation for Mother and Child Health) http://www.fmch-india.org/
“Atma’s partnership with Muktangan since 2006 has been critical in terms of building capacity, developing strategies & processes and creating a professional culture. This partnership has been invaluable providing a solid foundation for Muktangan’s sustainability in the future.”
Sunil Mehta, Managing Trustee, Muktangan (Atma Graduated Partner)
“As a small organisation, we often get caught up with day to day problems, yet in meetings with Atma, we take a step back to consider the bigger picture. Because of their expertise in educational development, we gain an invaluable perspective as well as access to other NGOs and support.”
Chris Way, Co-Founder Reality Gives (Atma Graduated Partner)
“Atma’s effectiveness comes from their equitable approach, where the partner organization is always given multiple options instead of a consultant-like top down approach.”
Piyasree Mukerjee, Executive Director Foundation of Mother and Child Health
“Our association with Atma has been immensely rewarding. The Atma team’s infectious energy rubs off on our team and they have provided us access to motivated, high quality volunteers”
Krishna Ramkumar, Co-Founder Avanti Fellows