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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Hinduism, Religion

Mission: The Foundation interacts with and educates leaders in public policy, academia, media and the public at large about Hinduism and global issues concerning Hindus, such as the free exercise of religion, the portrayal of Hinduism, hate speech, hate crimes and human rights.

Results: 1. Reaffirming the link between Hinduism and yoga through the Take Back Yoga project, which was featured in the New York Times and on CNN and NPR. 2. Submitting critical testimony that ensured the FBI collect and report data on anti-Hindu hate crimes. 3. Cultivating the next generation of community leaders through the first and only Hindu American Congressional Internship program. 4. Providing a voice for Hindus suffering human rights abuses through an annual Hindu human rights report and Congressional briefings. 5. Launching Hindu American Physicians in Seva to provide medical seva to those in need, with a focus on the Hindu refugee population worldwide. 6. Successfully advocating for the passage of Congressional Diwali Resolutions that recognize the importance of Diwali for Hindu, Jain, and Sikh Americans. 7. Reforming the way in which Hinduism is represented in public school textbooks and expanding efforts to educate school administrators, teachers, and the public at large about Hinduism. 8. Building strategic relationships with the media through consistent and sustained outreach. 9. Strengthening the Hindu voice through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, NGOs, and think tanks. 10. Upholding the fundamental right to freely practice one’s religion and freedom from the government’s favoring of any one religion or religion over none.

Target demographics: Hindu Americans from all walks of life

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hindus here in the US and all over the world

Geographic areas served: Washington, D.C.

Programs: Hinduism 101 training, the first and only Hindu American Congressional Internship, education toolkits on Hindu holidays, the only Hindu Human Rights report, Capitol Hill briefings on the human rights violations o Hindu minorities around the world, and much more!

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

HAF is a great organization doing excellent work for Hindu advocacy! They are open, honest and transparent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization formed by high educated talented group to restore the greatness of one of a great religion Hinduism.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hindu American Foundation does excellent job of clarifying misunderstandings and misperception about Hindy religion and traditions. It also defends intentioanl and unintentional agressions against Hinduism. It also raises voice against agression in the form of conversion often disguised as social service. It instills self respect in younger hindu generation.
Narendra patel

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of a great organization that works and provide guidance to younger Hindus who have no understanding guidance about their own great religion. They are trying to improve and uplift downtrodden Dalits of India as everyone is ignoring their sorrowful condition. Keep it up your great work.

narendra

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is the only Hindu organization that I know off with the energy and enthuism of the 2nd generation Hindus. They use the modern high tech and political tools to keep the Hindu religion alive in a predominantly Chrisitian country. During the short period that they have been in existence, they have done some very impressive works. Examples include: textbook correction, pamplets and brochures to correct misconceptions/misinformation about Hinduism, Hindu human rights violations report, etc.

Having worked in the environmental for over 30 years, I have noted that many of the Hidu rituals are not human helath and environmental friendly but still we blindly follow them. Any progressive religion must keep with times in order to appeal to the newer generations. Launching an effors to bring this awareness and to suggest alternatives will be an effort in that direction. This may be a worthwhile effort for HAF to pursue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hindu American Foundation is working very hard to rectify some of the most miss understood aspects of Hinduism. Hinduism is a way of life and many cultures and traditions merged and a great religion is formed. In order to give true picture of Hinduism, HAF is relentlessly working to correct some issues like Dalits of India and Kashmir Pandits for their rights. Younger generations are very grateful for the work they are doing. HAF is the only organization that is working hard with other Jewish communities on some of the global issues. Now they are focussing to give support to Romas of Europe. We need more like HAF which are unbiased in their views.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hindu american foundation is a great organisation working for hindu inerest.

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Harasiddhiprasad B.

Donor

Rating: 5

HAF performs a great service by providing well-researched information and data about Hinduism and the contribution of the more than two mikkion Hindus to our country's growth and progress. By providing unbiased and correct information, it has promoted interreligion harmony and understanding.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Hindu-American Foundation is a much needed organization which finally has come into being. Many times I felt frustrated seeing wrong depiction of Hinduism in books, newspapers, TV, Movies, Radio etc. and wished some public relation entity was there to handle it. This nonprofit is trying to do that from lobbying on Capital Hill to take legal action during California Text Book controversy.


Still much more is needed to be done. Lack of funds can be overcome by tapping into energy of young volunteers which are plentiful in young Hindu American community. Foundation should pay more attention to community outreach.

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Sanjay T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

HAF members worked hard with other Hindu organizations in representing Hinduism during the California Textbook Review. I have been following them after that and I must say that they're doing very professional work. HAF campaign of "Taking Back Yoga" has helped it gain quite a lot of respect of the community at large. Good work and continue doing it.

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