Hindu American Foundation

Rating: 4.75 stars   44 reviews


910 17th Street NW Suite 1180 Washington DC 20006 USA


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.


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.


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!

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Reviews for Hindu American Foundation

Rating: 5 stars  

hindu american foundation is doing a wonderful job bringing the real essence of hinduism to the community.
there is so much ignorance and wrong information circulating all over the internet and ofcourse amoungst our own people
the HAF is striving to change this and also fights hard to evoke dignity and respect from other religious community.

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

i am very proud of the way they stood up to the insulting SNL show that rediculed lord ganesha.\ they were the only one that demanded apology and removal of that segment of the SNL show.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...


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