Nonprofit founded 1978
P. O. Box 51231
Seattle, WA 98115-1231
PPI is a Seattle-based non-profit organization that supports development work in India. The organization was founded on the concept that help to under-privileged should go beyond conventional charity. PPI seeks to fund programs that emphasize the following: individual and community-level sustainability through cooperatives, low interest loans and vocational training; promotion of innovative programs for marginalized communities; sustainable and organic farming techniques; and new ideas for participation in such issues as environmental awareness, forestation, etc.
How PPI functions
PPI is run entirely by volunteers. Funds are collected through pledges by members and also by donations from well-wishers. Most of the funds are collected through an annual benefit dinner and again in December through an appeal mailed with the annual report.
PPI volunteers meet once every month to discuss the proposal received during the month and the progress of other projects. When project proposals are received, they are subjected to an initial scrutiny and a few are selected for review. Each proposal is reviewed by three people, who rate each proposal using an Evaluation Form.
A list of PPI projects is available here: http://www.ppi-usa.org/projects.htm