Our Mission

The Manaloni Manishi Foundation (MMF) believes that every living thing is inherently connected through eternal consciousness. This connected consciousness allows one to look beyond the layers of societal fabric established over time by humans, empathize with another person in distress, and offer a helping hand to bring joy in someone else’s life and hence happiness to themselves. The Telugu phrase ‘Manaloni Manishi’ means ‘the person inside of us’, is a personified reference to eternal consciousness.

Founded as a non-profit organization based in Des Moines, IA, USA, and run by like-minded volunteers, the MMF raises funds to cater to the evolving financial needs of deserving students ranging from middle school through college, farmers that need capital for their farms, and families to establish means of self-sustenance after losing an earning loved one. While these services are primarily rendered in India, the MMF performs several volunteer activities and runs programs in the US as well.

Some of the US-based activities include packaging meals in collaboration with the Meals from the Heartland, providing home cooked meals for the needy, building houses in collaboration with the Habitat for Humanity, and blood donations via LifeServe. In addition, the MMF also empowers children by training them for competitive events such as the FIRST LEGO League, offering coaching in public speaking, and running a children-centric program called the Intellectual Empowerment Program (IEP). The IEP focuses on bridging the gap between textbook content kids study in schools and their practical real-world applications. Invited guest speakers, for IEP, from various professional domains have engaging conversations raising curiosity among children and further helping them to be knowledgeable and competitive.

Through such activities, the volunteers at the MMF realize that the satisfaction they derive from giving is far beyond the happiness from materialistic possessions.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are fundamental principles at MMF, an organization dedicated to sponsoring higher education for underprivileged students and supporting marginalized farmers from diverse backgrounds. The MMF strives to create a level playing field in education, agriculture, and each service activity we take up, ensuring that every individual, irrespective of their socio-economic background, can live with dignity.



At MMF, we cherish and celebrate the distinctive qualities each beneficiary brings to our organization. Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives, we embrace all forms of diversity, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, regional origin, gender, ethnicity, physical abilities, and cultural backgrounds. We believe that the strength and richness of our community lies in the unique experiences and backgrounds of each individual.


In alignment with MMF’s mission, we are committed to providing a fair and just environment for all our stakeholders. To the MMF, equity means ensuring that every student and farmer supported by MMF has an equal opportunity to thrive. We are dedicated to treating everyone with fairness, empowering them to lead, and ensuring that advancement is based on merit, contribution, and individual aspirations.




The MMF is devoted to fostering an organizational culture that values, respects, and nurtures the diverse talents within our community. To the MMF, inclusion means crafting policies, practices, and behaviors that appreciate and acknowledge the unique experiences and contributions of each member. We empower individuals to fully express their authentic selves, fostering an environment where everyone can contribute their best to our shared mission. Through inclusion, we unlock the full potential of our community members and create a space where everyone feels valued and heard. At ‘Meet My Friend Within,’ our commitment to inclusion is embedded in our very name. By recognizing the universal consciousness present in every individual, we embrace the true essence of all lives without concern for external and outward differences. In fostering a culture that sees beyond the surface and connects with the shared core of humanity, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone involved in our non-profit endeavors.