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Sikh Coalition

CharityWatch report issued
January 2023

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Sikh Coalition
165 Broadway
23rd Floor, Office 2359
New York, NY 10006

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

Works towards the realization of civil & human rights for all people. In particular, works towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice & enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2021

Program Percentage: 85%

The percentage of Sikh Coalition's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $6

How many dollars Sikh Coalition spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
The Sikh Coalition IRS Form 990 22-3834037
The Sikh Coalition Audited Financial Statements 22-3834037
Entity: The Sikh Coalition
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 22-3834037
Entity: The Sikh Coalition
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 22-3834037

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
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Sikh Coalition
meets governance benchmarks.
Sikh Coalition
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 Satjeet Kaur Executive Director $162,620
2 Mark Reading-Smith Director of Communications $151,139
3 Amrith Kaur Aakre Legal Director $145,167
Name: Satjeet Kaur
Title: Executive Director
Compensation: $162,620
Name: Mark Reading-Smith
Title: Director of Communications
Compensation: $151,139
Name: Amrith Kaur Aakre
Title: Legal Director
Compensation: $145,167

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to The Sikh Coalition audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 5, Donated Services), the Coalition reports receiving in-kind donated services in 2021 on which it placed a total value of $629,857. The donated services are from law firms that were "engaged...on a pro bono basis for a variety of different reasons, but primarily in defense of Sikh's rights through legal services and advocacy."

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to The Sikh Coalition 2021 tax filing, the Coalition reports re: the existence of a family or business relationship among officers, directors, trustees, or key employees (IRS Form 990, Schedule O re: Part VI, Section A, line 2):

"Prabhjot Singh and Harpreet Singh, both board members, are brothers. Narinder Singh, board chair, is the brother-in-law of Prabhjot Singh and Harpreet Singh."

The Sikh Coalition reports having eight board members in 2021. In addition to being a board member, Prabhjot Singh is reported as Treasurer (IRS Form 990, Part VII, Section A).

According to The Sikh Coalition audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 13, PPP Loan):

"In May 2020, the Coalition was granted a loan in the amount of $262,001, pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the 'PPP') under...the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security] Act, which was enacted March 27, 2020. The loan matures after two years and bears interest at a rate of 1% per annum, payable monthly after six months. Funds from the loan may be used for payroll costs, health care benefits, mortgage payments, rent, utilities, and interest on other debt obligations incurred after February 15, 2020. Under the terms of the PPP, certain amounts of the loan may be forgiven if they are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act. The Coalition received forgiveness on the loan in May 2021.

"The Coalition opted to treat the loan as a conditional contribution received in 2020. Subsequently, the proceeds were recognized as contribution revenue as of December 31, 2020 since the conditions were substantially met."

According to The Sikh Coalition audit of December 31, 2021 (Note 16, COVID-19):

"The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in substantial volatility in global financial markets. As a result, the 2021 and 2020 special events were cancelled. As the outbreak continues, the Coalition may experience a disruption in operations as well as a decline in contributions received or level of contributions and fair value of investments. Due to changing market conditions, an estimate amount of the total loss due to the outbreak, if any, cannot be determined at this time."

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