Sathya Sai Baba has founded a number of educational institutions and charitable hospitals, most notably the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and the Sri Sathya Institute of Higher Medicine, located within or near the main ashram at Puttaparthi in the Anantapur District of Andrah Pradesh, India. These organizations seek to provide free education and health care to the public. They are private institutions and their admission criteria are not published, admissions being decided on individual merits as decided by Sai Baba or his executives. Many of the patients are devotees from India and abroad.
The trust organization has made large contributions to drinking water projects for the whole of the Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh and Chennai.
His Educare (formerly called Education in Human Values) programme seeks to found schools in all countries with the explicit goal to educate children in the five human values and spirituality. Schools have already been founded in Canada Toronto, Zambia, Australia, the United States, and several in India. As all these operations are public.
All the local Sai Samithis (Sathya Sai Baba groups) are part of a hierarchical structure called the Sathya Sai Organization. The chairman of the organisation is Michael Goldstein of the USA. The logo of the Sathya Sai Organization is a stylized lotus flower with the text five human values on its petals. These values are sathya (truth), dharma (right conduct), ahimsa (non-violence), prema (love) and shanti (peace). The logo also has symbols of the 5 or 6 world religions on the petals.
The Sri Sathya Sai central trust was founded in 1972 and is mainly involved in charities such as the Rayalaseema water project. The trust has tax exempt status and is a major recipient of charitable donations from abroad.
The Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust is the official publisher of the Sathya Sai Organisation (SSO or the Sai Org.). It publishes the international monthly magazine called Sanathana Sarathi. In various nations similar publication trusts maintain in their own native language.