Progress

From 2009 to 2011, CAI’s revenues grew exponentially. In fact, the donations in support of CAI’s mission to bring education to one of the world’s neediest and most impoverished regions overwhelmed its business processes and accounting procedures, and the capacity of a small management staff to keep up.   We made a commitment to our donors, our community partners, and each other to learn from those mistakes; submit to rigorous and ongoing financial and management audits by the State of Montana, the IRS, and independent auditing firms; and continue with our mission. Moreover, Greg Mortenson was removed as executive director and retained as a staff member and non-voting, ex-officio member of the board. In this advisory position, he had no control over organization finances or decisions. In 2016, Mortenson retired from the staff and stepped down from the board of directors. He continues to be available to CAI, sharing the wealth of knowledge he has accumulated over several decades of work in the region.

In a 2012 letter outlining the conditions of CAI’s legal and financial probation, then-Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock wrote, “Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute can learn from their missteps. The settlement we negotiated provides an opportunity to make meaningful changes and reestablish the charity going forward. Despite the severity of their errors, CAI is worth saving. Its pursuit remains admirable … ”

Since then, CAI has overhauled its operations with new board members and staff, shored-up procedures and personnel policies, and revamped its financial systems. This has resulted in CAI meeting and exceeding every reporting requirement presented, including those of the Montana Attorney General’s office, the nonprofit watchdog agency GuideStar, the Better Business Bureau, and the IRS.   Today CAI functions effectively and efficiently, operating at or above national and international standards. Our tax filings, audited financial statements, and annual reports are all on our website. What’s more, to date, CAI has initiated more than 400 projects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan—many in rural, high-conflict regions where poverty and oppression of women and girls are most prevalent.

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Donations

We applaud and support the goal of others in their efforts to make the world a better place. A suggested website is www.raisingmoney.com. A suggested reading is the book “Securing Your Organization’s Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategies” by Michael Seltzer.
You can donate to CAI in a currency other than U.S. dollars by making on online credit card contribution. The credit card company will automatically convert your gift to U.S. dollars. You may also send us a check in other currencies, however, our bank charges significant fees to convert your gift to U.S. dollars. PLEASE NOTE: CAI is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization and we are only registered in the U.S. A donation made outside the U.S. is NOT tax deductible.
At this time, we do not accept material goods. There is no postal system in the regions we serve. Transport of material donations – after packing, taxes, customs, shipping by jeep, donkey and porter – is very expensive and counterproductive to our limited overhead and low operational costs. We choose instead to support and thereby stimulate the local economy by purchasing the necessary school and building supplies within the region. Your monetary contribution will have greater impact.
Visit our Stock Donation page and follow the instructions.
Visit our Donation Page. Complete the donation form and you will have the option to send an e-card or download the printable Gift Cards available.
Visit our Donation Page and select the type of donation you wish to make.

Our projects

School is generally in session for 240 to 260 days a year, with students in class five to six days a week. Every CAI school complies with that country’s curriculum guidelines. Classes include math, English, Pakistan studies-history, Urdu, Islamic studies, and science. CAI added hygiene and nutrition and developed a workbook that covers local culture, tradition, and folklore.
Due to the nature of the communities with which we partner, the remote locations of the projects, and volatile conditions where we work, CAI cannot take the responsibility for other foreigners. Should you consider traveling to Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Tajikistan on your own as a tourist, please refer to Travel Warnings issued by the US State Department.
It is our policy that we do not allow for sponsorships or partnerships with our schools or projects. With our small staff, we need to keep them focused on our mission of providing education and literacy programs. You may choose to donate to our School Building fund that will specifically fund school building projects.
It is our policy that we do not allow for sponsorships of specific teachers. You may choose to donate to our Teacher’s Salaries Fund that will specifically fund teacher’s salaries.
It is our policy that we do not allow for sponsorships of specific students. You may choose to donate to our Scholarship Fund that will specifically fund student’s education scholarships.

Get involved

Visit our Jobs page for open positions.
We are inspired by the actions of many to bring about real change and hope for Pakistanis and Afghans and encourage like-minded groups to continue with their efforts. Central Asia Institute’s philosophy is to develop projects that are community based and locally initiated through consensus. It has taken years to develop relationships and build trust with the people in the regions we serve, the arrival of other foreigners could damage these hard won relationships. CAI will not take risks that could affect the success of any overseas projects.
It is so thoughtful that you want to communicate your support and are interested in establishing correspondence with other children in our schools. As you might imagine we have a very small staff in the US and abroad, and it is very difficult for us to facilitate correspondence between our schools and American schools. Our schools are so vastly remote that we must keep our small staff focused on our projects and education initiatives.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not accept volunteers. Please refer to our Volunteer Page for a detailed explanation.