Hindu American Foundation

Rating: 4.75 stars   44 reviews

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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!
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

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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clarifiying errors in public school cariculum in California, raising concerns discrimination against Hindu minoirty in various countries

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

promote itself more

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Rating: 3 stars  

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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I myself was filled with joy and pride when I came to know that President Obama attended Diwali celebrations in White House. This organization had worked toward that direction.

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I would turn it into an umbrella organization representing Hindu Americans of all sorts by inviting everyone, who calls him/herself Hindu to join, with a small membership fee and making them welcome to participate in all ongoing projects according to their capacity.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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Because of the work done during the CA textbook review, my son and now my daughter are reading much better coverage of Hindu Dharma (and India) in school-books.

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

Make sure that other voices in Hindu Dharma are treated well and given proper respect because we are taught that unity is strength.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

HAF has done outstanding work to raise awareness about Hinduism and the issues that Hindus face globally. it is time we learn to stand up as a group and fight to protect our beliefs and our ideology.

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

awareness of human rights violations of Hindus globally.

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

create more fundraising opportunities to raise money for specific projects.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hindus need to know how rest of the world do business in any given field including 'religion'. HAF knows how to bring the issues to the right place in the right way in any given country/organization. NY TIMES article on YOGA is one example of HAF's sincere work, when some individuals tried to patent YOGA contents etc. Also their logical representation in front of California Board of Education reflects the quality of work they do.
Recently when I needed some clarification about bumper sticker
'coexist', they were able help me rightaway.

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

presenting the information in front of Texas Board of Education.

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

nothing but to provide more volunteers.

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Rating: 4 stars  

HAF is a welcomed and united voice against the common non-apprehensions / mis-apprehensions of hinduism. As a Hindu American mother of 3 young children, I am deeply grateful for the work HAF puts in to uplift and protect our religion, people and culture. HAF is todays present to tomorrows future.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have good knowledge of this field. I think HAF will do a through study in much needed search.

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

various lectures, workshops, conferences

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bring in more studies & surveys like this

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

What HAF has done for the cause of Hindus in America is simply amazing. I really admire their effort to come down heavily on the California education system which had been misrepresenting Hindu Dharma to such an extent that students felt ashamed to call themselves Hindus.
HAF has also been involved in raising voices after those who try to defame Hindus under a false pretext. I wish they keep on continuing all the good work and I support them completely.

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California School Textbooks

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Nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

HAF does very important work in the areas of diversity, pluralism and inclusiveness.

HAF spearheads many sessions bringing law makers to gether on the cultural implications of their actions.

A decent organization trying hard to be fair and bring value.

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

Advocacy, and voicing opinions about the media tilts (bias).

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

volunteer time at some point into the future when that is available for this.

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