Hindu American Foundation

Rating: 4.75 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Religion

Location: 910 17th Street NW Suite 1180 Washington DC 20006 USA

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!
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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I see it is growing big and see its work in correcting many mis interpreted about Hinduism. Now we very fortunate to have HAF

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provide moral and financial support to HAF.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF is educating all that there is lot of true contribution from Hindus to the humanity. It stands for the rights of Hindus.

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1.>Text Book campaign 2.>Standing up for hindus to get there deserved acknowledgment about what they have contributed to the humanity(Yoga),

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first came to know about HAF for the work they did towards correcting the misrepresentation of Hindu Dharma in California school textbooks.Since then I have been actively following several of their campaigns. HAF as an organization is well balanced and very friendly.Their work truly represents and voices many concerns that most Hindu Americans have. I would very much support their activities.

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California textbook corrections towards the misrepresentation of Hindu Dharma.

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Not make any.

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Rating: 3 stars  

HAF has been doing wonderful social service for many years. Recently HAF started an volunteer initiative with Hospital clergies to help heal terminally sick patients in hospitals . HAF has also been advocating equal respect for all people of all race and religion.

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HAF fought to clean up California text books that propagated stereotypes and prejudices

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I would ask for more volunteers and money to carry on the HAF activities

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Rating: 3 stars  

HAF is a great organisation for fighting for truth and justice for Hindus all over the Globe. They are doing a great service to Hindu society. Hindu religion has been so much underrepreented and misrepresented especially in the west and HAF is doing great in bringing the correct picture of Hinduism and shedding off the distortions some so called western historians has brought to Hinduism.
Bravo and Bhagwan ji bless you with the strength and wisdom to bring just and truth out !!!!

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I have seen their report on Hindu Human rights violation Report which is the true reflection of Hinud human rights violation especially in Bangla Desh, Pakistan and Malaysia, Indonesia etc.

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Become more Active and Strong in voicing the unjust and atrocities comitted on Hindus in thier own country and foreign countries.

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Rating: 4 stars  

HAF is doing a great job of empowering American Hindus. Its various initiatives are helping up and coming generation of young minds of the community take pride in their historical roots and feel confident about discussing issues that matter to the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

* Discussions across different age group members in the community * Celebration of Diwali, the traditional Hindu festival of lights at The White House by the First Family last year.

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* Request for projects which engage teenagers and young professionals

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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF is wonderful! They have helped youth and elders alike. I remember when one member of the group came and took his time to tell us some of the misconceptions on a topic. Overall, HAF is a helpful and friendly organization.

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The education board. When HAF went to argue for the reason why the textbooks were wrong about Hinduism.

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I love! No changes!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have great appreciation for HAF activities in the area of public policy and journalistic pathways. The HAF core workers are dedicated young persons of Hindu Faith and I respect all of them for taking time out from their busy shedule to work for HAF. They represent Hindu Voice in Washinton, D C to our public servants and representatives. It is unfortunate that there are many individuals who describe great Hindu Philosophy in a very negative light and HAF challenges them with the correct view of Hindu Philosophy and ideals.

Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 USA

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I would assist in what ever way I can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been in touch with HAF since its inception. My son did a summer internship with them. From then until now, we have been to their programs, fundraisers and have been reading their newsletters, etc. They are professional, balanced in their approach and friendly. Every decision that they take seems to be a sound one. The kind of difficult projects they have taken up and executed in time shows their commitment to their cause. I love being a part of this organization, even if it is in a small way.

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I could experience the way in which California State Board responded to their campaign on text books on Hinduism. My older son had to read the misguided text books in Social Studies about Hinduism, but my younger son is able to see better text books with slightly better representation on Hinduism.

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Add more campaigning to get more volunteers on board. The task of this size needs more volunteers and more money.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF is a unique organization that tackles issues that are extremely important not only for Hindus, but for all Americans. The people are sincere and their efforts are truly for the betterment of the entire country, not just a select group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the recognition of non-Indians within the Hindu community.

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increase the public's awareness of the excellent work they do.

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