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Hindu American Foundation

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hindus in general and particularly those in the United States, are not very articulate about explaining their faith to the curious, or defending their faith against the malicious. In other words they have very few organized advocates.

HAF does just that, and that too on a shoe-string budget. I am very, very impressed by their advocacy for Hindus in America.

But I am doubly impressed by their foresight and vision to also take on the challenges to Hinduism from within, such as casteism, untouchability, etc. Their eyes wide open, minds wide open and arms wide open approach is a refeshing change from the often narrow advocacy of other so called Hindu groups.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Anila M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard of this organization with the take back yoga campaign, and then learnt about their previous activities from their website.

As an American Hindu, I am often frustrated and angered with the patronizing and illiterate portrayals of our ancient religion in American culture and even academia. I am happy to have finally found an advocacy group that wants to correct these mistakes, and call attention to abuses that take place against Hindus and their religion by speaking up for Hindus everywhere in a rational, professional, informed way by which understanding can be increased, and bridges can be built.

After viewing their videos and seeing the founders speak intelligently, passionately, and professionally about these issues, I am convinced that they are superb ambassadors for our faith, and am happy to support their activities.

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Vinay H.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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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Volunteer

Rating: 3

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, caring and motivating Hindu's from all over the world to be active for peaceful and just causes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF is doing excellent job for Hindu's at -large. HAF is there to promote true spirit of Hinduism and at the same guarding well being of Hindus.

Advocacy is the main function of HAF on the behalf of Hinduism. Since their inception they have track record of achieving the result in appropriate manner. Like California Text Book for schools with mis represntation of Hinduism. We would like the world know about the true Hinduism and it' contribution to the Humanity.

I will strongly support this organization in a true spirit.

Namaskar

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