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Subud Brotherhood International Foundation
Building with Humanity
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Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
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Legal address: 216 Howard Road, Amani Center, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
Office address: 572 Empire Street, Greenfield Park | Quebec J4V 1W2 | Canada
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Legal address: 216 Howard Road, Amani Center, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
Office address: 572 Empire Street, Greenfield Park | Quebec J4V 1W2 | Canada
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Virginia Thomas, Executive Director, +1 514 655 2734
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1959 – the Subud Human Welfare Trust was set up. Its first projects were the Brookhurst Grange Nursing Home (Surrey, 1958-1960), the Sushiela Community at Whatcombe House for Maladjusted Boys (Dorset, 1960-1968) and a Mobile Clinic in Jakarta. This initiative was renamed Yayasan Usaha Mulia (Foundation for Noble Work) in 1974.

1968 – the Subud Brotherhood International Foundation (SBIF) was registered in Geneva as the charitable arm of Subud.

1980 – an international office was set up in Windsor, England, and in 1984 SBIF changed its name. It became the Susila Dharma International Association with members in the UK, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Venezuela and South Africa.

1989 – SDIA obtained accreditation at the United Nations through consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

1994 – SDIA registered as a US charity.

1996 – The position of joint Chair-Executive Director became a full-time position with a salary paid by two businessmen for a period of three years.

2000 – The SDIA Endowment Fund created with an earmarked donation of $12,000.

2001 –The SDIA leadership was split into two positions: volunteer Chair and paid Executive Director.



We are development actors with shared values joined together to empower ordinary people to take action to make a difference in their local communities. Susila Dharma means guided from within to take action in the world.

Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA) is a global community of partners working to give a hand up for humanity. Together we create opportunities for people to fulfil their potential in their local communities.

SDIA works to achieve UN development goals through projects that address

– Health and well being
– Child development and education
– Food security
– Livelihoods
– Community Development
– Environmental protection

For 50 years, we have championed ordinary people’s ability to make a difference, ultimately changing the lives of millions of people.

Our model demonstrates that human potential flourishes when:

– Children have access to education, education systems maintain strong infrastructures and provide learning materials, and education is coupled with emotional and intellectual growth early on
– Communities have access to better nutrition, sanitation, health education, medical services, and solutions for preventable diseases and malnutrition
– Adults have access to education, rehabilitation, social integration, micro-savings and loan models, and community development and leadership opportunities
– Environmental protection measures are adopted through alternative and renewable energy in schools, clinics and communities, and sustainable agriculture, economies and reforestation are implemented.

Theory of change

SDIA serves as a critical catalyst for growth for our 51 partner organizations. To generate global change, our approach is to work at the local level first. We enhance, amplify and scale our partners’ programs on the ground, so they can ultimately serve a larger number of communities, more effectively. We ensure that they have:

– A network to learn and share best practices of sustainable development
– A voice in the world to inspire action
– The resources to cultivate partnerships and implement activities

Through these efforts, we are increasing our impact.

Country (or countries) where active
Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States of America, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Norway, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Spain,
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Alliances, Networks, and Affiliations

SDIA has consultative status with the following UN organisations:

  • the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
  • the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • the UN Department of Public Information, NGO Section.

SDIA is an affiliate organization of the World Subud Association.

Contact Information for Press Inquiries
Contact Solen Lees, Communications Coordinator at or +44 7943 663368
Contact Information for Fundraising Inquiries
Contact Solen Lees, Communications Coordinator at or +44 7943 663368
Contact Information for Development and Partnership Inquiries
Virginia Thomas, Executive Director, +1 514 655 2734
Contact Information for Inquiries from Private Sector
Virginia Thomas, Executive Director, +1 514 655 2734

Human Resources

Full name
Virginia Thomas
Short Biography
Virginia is a socio-economist, researcher, evaluator, trainer, mediator, and consultant specialising in organisational management; human rights and gender analysis/mainstreaming; democratic development and good governance; violence prevention; programme evaluation and performance monitoring; programme planning; special interest in women’s, children’s and minority rights. Virginia is the Project Manager for the SD Network activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Rosanna Hille
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501(c)3 in the US
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Latest Yearly Income (All Countries and Entities)
US$ 624,928
Latest Surplus/Deficit
US$ 379,575
Previous Yearly Income
US$ 246,127
Latest Net Assets
US$ 1,581,394
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(Audit for 2017)
J. Larry Bussard, CPA
Branch, Richards & Co., P.S.
Seattle, Washington 98125