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 P.O. Box: 61045
 Irvine, CA 92602
[P] (949) 284-6730
[F] --
[email protected]
Rupsi Burman
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Organization DBA Hope in Life Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 46-3286802 --


Mission StatementMORE »

Change One Life at a Time - Empower women, children and men through training and education. Locally we serve cities of Orange and Los Angeles Counties; We offer our services to all those who reach out to us via the web, social media pages and over the telephone; Globally we meet via Skype or Google Hangouts to collect data on violence aganist women

Mission Statement

Change One Life at a Time - Empower women, children and men through training and education. Locally we serve cities of Orange and Los Angeles Counties; We offer our services to all those who reach out to us via the web, social media pages and over the telephone; Globally we meet via Skype or Google Hangouts to collect data on violence aganist women

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $12,000.00
Projected Revenue $20,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ART CAMPS for prison inmates
  • End Bullying - Empowerment through Respect
  • Bringing CEDAW to 34 Cities in Orange County

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Mission Statement

Change One Life at a Time - Empower women, children and men through training and education. Locally we serve cities of Orange and Los Angeles Counties; We offer our services to all those who reach out to us via the web, social media pages and over the telephone; Globally we meet via Skype or Google Hangouts to collect data on violence aganist women

Background Statement

HOPE IN LIFE FOUNDATION is a US 501(C)(3) charitable organization established in 2013. The organization advances equity for women, men and children through advocacy, training, education and research. It condemns Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Violence Against women (VAW).

Hope in Life Foundation is a Council of Organization (COO) of United Nations Association, USA, Orange County Chapter UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation and its local chapter nominated Hope in Life Foundation to lead the Cities for CEDAW Task Force. CEDAW is the Convention forElimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1980. Unfortunately, the United States, one of the most industrialized nations in the world is yet to embrace it along with Iran, Sudan, South Sudan, Tonga and some others. Thirty four years later, in March 2014, Cities for CEDAW Program was launched to implement a CEDAW ordinance in 100 or more cities at the municipal level. In cities where CEDAW ordinance has been passed, it has lowered crimes against children and women. Chances are it may reduce human trafficking and domestic abuse. It also has the potential to decrease income disparity between men and women and increase disposable income for households. Join Orange County, CA residents to bring CEDAW to your City. E-mail [email protected] or [email protected] for more information. Learn more at

Hope in Life Foundation is a Cooperation Circle (CC) of United Religions Initiative, a global grassroots interfaith network. As a URI CC, the organization works both locally and globally to cultivate peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together harmoniously. For more information, visit

Impact Statement

For purposes of this section, we are using the acronym HILF, which stands for Hope in Life Foundation. The organization advances equity for women, men and children through advocacy, training, education and research. It condemns Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Violence Against women (VAW).  
  1. HILF is executing the Cities for CEDAW project in Orange County. CEDAW is the Convention on Elimination on all forms of Discrimination against Women. The Cities for CEDAW project in OC is a combine initiative of UNA-USA and USNC-UNWomen and is being delivered by HILF. Under HILF's leadership, City of Laguna Woods adopted CEDAW in April 2016.
  2. HILF is working with incarcerated women at CIW, Chino facility as well as with prisoners in Calcutta, India. The India work is through a sister organization.  
  3.  END BULLYING workshops in elementary schools 

Needs Statement

The organization needs financial help in the following categories:
  1. Maintain temporary staff for administrative tasks - pay hourly for up to 20 hours per month
  2. Secure a permanent location to run operations 
  3. Pay location & utilities rent
  4. Obtain funds for ongoing projects 

CEO Statement

Together we can and we will end violence against women with our two prong approach: (a) Proactive & Preventative - With the intention to move towards a violence free world, Hope in Life Foundation has undertaken to empower victims of domestic violence through training and education in order to end violence before it begins. The organization has developed programs for schools and is waiting to work in the classrooms with educators and children (b) Reactive - The organization also works with victims and guides them to shelters and legal services The organization makes both a local and global impact as described in the paragraphs below. (1) USA impact: Locally, the organization leverages visual media as a technique to gather abuse statistics as well as create awareness and empower parents and children. The main idea behind this type of community engagement is to stop abuse before it begins – a preventative approach adopted by the organization. Typically when children grow up in households where they witness abuse, they tend to normalize it. The organization helps parents and children identify abuser behaviors in order to protect them from being abused in the future. Due to the reporting of recent Title IX violations at educational institutions, a lot of parents are anxious about sending their children to live in dorms. Hope in Life Foundation works with such families to educate and empower them on issues such as bullying, stalking and sexual violence on campuses. (2) Global impact: Globally, Hope in Life Foundation has been using art as a medium of expression to end violence against women. Artists use their paint brushes to bring out the suppressed pain and agony of abuse. Abusers do the same. The organization uses Google enabled platforms to gather data from individuals across geographic and religious boundaries for purposes of research and learning. Individuals from different countries visit shelters to gather first-hand information and share their findings with group members. Participants offer art as a solution to the victims for expressing their feelings. This art is later sold by the institutions to raise funds.

Board Chair Statement

I started this organization 3 years ago as a personal commitment to end violence against women. Though, personally I have never been a victim of domestic violence, I realized that there is a need to work on maintaining peace within families. Most of the violence against women is committed by individuals who come from dysfunctional families. When there is peace within, in this case, the family, there is peace without, i.e. in our communities and overall in the world. 
Reasons for organization's success:
  1. The Board of Hope in Life Foundation has 8 members and is comprised of individuals who have lots of  non-profit and philanthropic work experiences. Board members are from different faith groups in order to serve maximum number of people in the community. In addition, each Board member commits to $1000 annually which may include in-kind gifts. They also attract donors who support the cause.
Organization's challenges:
  1. Would like to work more with school children and show them the value of love and respect. This has the potential to reduce violence in our communities in the future
  2. Would like to work more with college students to educate them about Title IX and violations in order to reduce sexual assault on campuses 
  3. CEDAW researchers who can research and present their findings during meetings
  4. Secure more grants to fund our projects

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Support our work with your donations:
1) Via PayPal on our website:;
2) Mail checks payable to Hope in Life Foundation and mail them to P.O. Box: 61045, Irvine, CA 92602
3) Cash donations accepted only at events 
Volunteer opportunities:
For events (set up, create presentations etc.)
Help during classroom engagements 

Geographic Area Served

Locally we serve cities of Orange and Los Angeles Counties; We offer service over to all those who reach out to us via the web, social media pages and over the telephone; Globally we meet via Skype or Google Hangouts to collect data on violence against women. Note that the organization does not have branches or franchise in any other country outside the US.

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy
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ART CAMPS for prison inmates

Hope in Life Foundation is a US 501(C)(3) organization located in Irvine. The organization was established 3 years ago to empower men, women and children through training and education. Hope in Life Foundation uses media and art as one its tools for empowerment and to drive home the impact of violence against women with the intent to alleviate some of the victims’ pain and agony via art camps. The primary objective of the Art Camps is to empower individuals by elevating confidence levels, increasing self-esteem, self- expression and instilling optimism. The organization works with victims, inmates, parents, children and survivors locally and globally for this purpose. A secondary objective is to show individuals a potential source of income via online sales or exhibitions of their art work.
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Victims US& International
Program Short-Term Success  In the short term, art camps are used as a tool or way of expression. Art helps alleviate some of the pain, anger, resentment building up inside their minds.
Program Long-Term Success  Art Camps with prisoners helps to build their self esteem and confidence. I have known a couple of women who upon release have been able to get jobs. The training and education provided during the Art Camps gives inmates the courage to think of a life beyond prison life.
Program Success Monitored By 
1) At the end of the program surveys were handed out to participants and data was collected. 
2) Participants self reported on their behavioral changes and their desire to learn more through the 5 days program 
3) Prison authorities provided feedback 
Examples of Program Success  Same as above

End Bullying - Empowerment through Respect

The SOLUTION HOPE IN LIFE FOUNDATION adopted a preventative approach to address issues that have a direct bearing on the behaviors of school children. The organization started creating awareness in the local community about a year ago by involving high school children to share their thoughts and observations in person or on camera. Educational videos from the organization are posted on the YouTube Channel ( and can be viewed worldwide. In order to reinforce positive and respectful behavior, the organization would like to engage with local schools’ curriculum either during or after. During the educational session, HOPE IN LIFE FOUNDATION plans to involve children present in the classrooms to enact situations (based on scripts) that demonstrate negative impact of rude behavior as well as positive impact of good behavior. This approach is based on the principle that visual demonstrations make deeper impact and can help minimize the downstream effect of domestic violence. The enactments are a process to stimulate positive behavior in children and also to get them to start thinking about respect for self and others and the value of sharing without being mocked at or made fun of. Exchange of ideas during the interactive sessions is a great way to empower children. The PROGRAM a.Name of Program: EMPOWERMENT THROUGH RESPECT b.Approach: Enactments with messages that leave an impact on the audience. c. Purpose: To establish ‘bullying’ and ‘disrespect’ are issues that need to be addressed; when to report; when to walk away. d.Concluding remarks by presenter
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
1) Children learn terminology and understand how to identify bullying, bullies and victims.
2) Sharing US research and statistics on bullying
3) Learning how to end bullying
Program Long-Term Success  If every child understands the negative impact of bullying, they will not bully
Program Success Monitored By 
1) Teach children to report bullying and periodically check if reporting of bullying has increased or decreased. School authorities can produce statististics
2) Hold children, families and teachers accountable for results
Examples of Program Success  Reduction in reporting of bullying incidents 

Bringing CEDAW to 34 Cities in Orange County

CEDAW is an international bill of rights for women. CEDAW is the Convention for Eliminating all forms of Discrimination Against Women. In March 2014, the grassroots campaign to bring CEDAW to American cities was launched. Cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Berkeley are all CEDAW cities. City of Laguna Woods passed a CEDAW resolution in April 2016.
Budget  $3,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Families Adults Females
Program Short-Term Success 
1) Bring on board 1 city at a time; City of Laguna Woods passed a resolution in April 2016
2) increase women's participation in local government
Program Long-Term Success 
1) More women in local government
2) More women getting hired by local and global entrepreneurs
3) Women earning same as men on the job
Program Success Monitored By 
Measurable and quantifiable benefits identified under Long Term success. Take surveys and collate data.
A number of cities in the US are already in varying degrees of adoption of CEDAW. Orange County cities - all 34 of them can pass CEDAW ordinances 
Examples of Program Success  1 of 34 cities in OC is already on board. City of Laguna Woods passed a CEDAW resolution in April 2016. 


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Rupsi Burman
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience With an MBA and over a dozen years of IT experience in the USA, she is an accomplished, dynamic professional who has been consistently recognized for successfully managing programs and projects while demonstrating the ability to lead diverse teams to new levels of success in various industries and fast-paced environments. As a compassionate human being, right from her childhood, she has been active in her communities and schools lending support to social causes. Currently she pursues her passion to empower women and children through her organization. She has created and implemented networking and skills development opportunities in Orange County; She has developed strategies for adoption of Cities for CEDAW program as Chair - Orange County Task Force for Cities for CEDAW. The project requires collaboration with several organizations namely, Women’s Intercultural network (WIN), UNA-USA-OC, US National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women) and 34 Mayors’ offices in Orange County. The scope of work includes having meetings periodically with stakeholders, namely, residents of various cities, doing presentations to keep residents and program participants updated on the developments at both national and local levels; Engaging with volunteers and City officials to come up target dates and measurable goals for success; Due to her efforts, Hope in Life Foundation is engaged with United Nations Association-USA-Orange County Chapter, as Council of Organization (COO) to work on issues that require grassroots organizations’ participation namely ending violence against women initiatives; She has coordinated and collaborated peace and harmony efforts in the community via local interfaith groups and as a Co-operation Circle of United Religions Initiative (; She has collaborated with community leaders to create awareness about the impacts of Domestic Violence. She has attended several local leadership training opportunities to be able to serve the community locally, nationally and internationally; In her free time she contributes to Bkhush Blog, an online magazine (

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mrs. Rupsi Burman
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2013 - July 2018
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Margaret Huebner
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term May 2016 - May 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Laura Lafoia Ava-Tesimale Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Prabir Bakshi Bank of the West NonVoting
Mr. Subhra Banerjee Sattar & Associates CPA NonVoting
Mrs. Jhumur Bhattacharya -- --
Mrs. Dhruba Bose-Roy Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Rupsi Burman Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Sharmistha Chakraborty -- --
Ms. Usha Chanani Community Volunteer NonVoting
Dr. Ratul Chatterjee Medical Doctor NonVoting
Mrs. Sande Hart Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Khairul Hotaki Union Bank Voting
Miss Sayeda Hotaki Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Margaret Huebner Chief Administrative Officer --
Miss Sagarika Kayal Community Voluteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Prabir Bakshi Bank of the West --
Mr. Subhra Banerjee Sattar & Associates CPA NonVoting
Dr. Ratul Chatterjee Medical Practitioner --
Mrs. Sande Hart S.A.R.A.H - Founder & CEO --
Ms. Mirvette Judeh Realtor NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 11
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

We are looking to diversify our Board and would like to add Native American, African American and another Caucasian individual. We also seek LGBTQ leadership on the Board. First couple of years we had an African American and a person from the LGBTQ community.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Audit, Compliance and Controls
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Donor Services


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $20,000.00
Projected Expenses $12,000.00
Form 990s

2016 2016_990EZ

2015 2015_990EZ

2014 2014_990EZ

2013 2013_8453-C

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $13,682 $9,760 $1,692
Total Expenses $4,157 $8,860 $1,238

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$13,682 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $3,069 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $3,069 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $6,691 $1,692
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $4,157 $8,860 $1,125
Administration Expense -- -- $113
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 3.29 1.10 1.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $11,000 $1,661 --
Current Assets $11,000 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- $236 --
Current Liabilities $50 -- --
Total Net Assets $10,950 $1,425 $525

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 220.00 nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 14% nan%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 70%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose We have so far done Fundraising 2-3 times per year mainly for marketing and brand recognition. The funds raised help to cover operational costs. Below are our current projects: 1. Prisoners’ empowerment in India and USA  Art Camp in December 2015 - male and female prisoners from several prisons in West Bengal (via sister organization, SHURU KOLKATA)  Art Camp in July 2016 - female prisoners and their children at Kolkata Alipore Correctional Home (via sister organization, SHURU KOLKATA)  First hand interaction with prisoners at CIW, Chino, USA. Art therapy and workshops in the near future 2. ‘End Bullying’ classroom workshops in USA  5th grade workshops – April 2016 3. Bringing United Nations CEDAW Program to 34 Cities in Orange County, CA  CEDAW Resolution passed by City of Laguna Woods in April 2016 4. Interfaith peace building efforts  Feeding 400 homeless brothers and sisters in Long Beach  Remembering 911 victims and their families 5. Empowering prisoners’ children at Aaynar Pathshala in Puruliya, India  In Kolkata prisons, children live with their mothers inside prison facilities from age 0-7 where they also go to school. After age 7 they are moved into foster homes, where sometimes they are abused and even drop off school. Aaynar Pathshala in Puruliya is an infrastructure project to keep these children, separated from their moms after age 7, in school. 6. Empowering girls from impoverished backgrounds in the largest slum of Asia - Dharavi in Mumbai  Hope in Life Foundation shall provide refurbished laptops to Dharavi children to help them finish school and learn programming languages. The project needs 250 laptops or PCs. Currently the center has 2-3 laptops which is insufficient to educate 250+ girls. By educating these girls, there is a possibility of preventing them from going into the flesh trade.
Campaign Goal $60,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2015 - July 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $1,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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