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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

21 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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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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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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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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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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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF is a good non-profit organization which truly believes in promoting the goodness of Hindu values.
I support them 100 percent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF provides a rational voice for Hindus and their friends in dealing with issues that affect Hindus both in the U.S. and the rest of the world. It is a valuable organization that is doing terrific work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support HAF very strongly for their great job in advocating and awareness of Hinduism to the world. HAF founding members and volunteers are very hard working second generation young adults, putting their all energy in to their work of humanity and building the strong based for future generation to protect their rights and belief.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a proud member of HAF since 2007. HAF truly is the voice of over 2 billion Hindu Americans and they represent ALL Hindus. They are dedicated and caring and encourage participation from their membership. I have been to two of their membership/awareness drives and have been treated with the utmost courtesy and friendliness by the HAF board members who were running the respective drives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF is founded and run by Hindu youth, propagating Hindusm in right direction, clarifying doubts in minds of certain Americans including the politicians.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF has brought awareness of injustice and inequality agaist Hindus
around the world with good deal of effectiveness.

HAF have taken up and won cases against School Board of California.
Had convinced fast food chain in dropping their commercial denegrating
Hindu godesses. Successfully Lobby White House officials to recognise Diwali (festival of lights) to be celebrated in White House and lately educate main stream America to rightly link Yoga as a ancient Hindu tradition eminating from India.

HAF is run by young second generation professionals, majority of them
on pro bono basis or miniscule remuneration.

Futura L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Past few years I have watched HAF take baby steps and grow in stature as a voice for Hindu Americans. HAF has taken numerous campaigns to correct the misrepresenations about Hindus in media, government and such.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is not picking sides but is merely justifying what the truth should be. I really commend the work this charity does to promote the awarness of HINDUISM in the US and Internationally so that the "truth" be said and demonstrated in the public eye on a day to day basis.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF does a commendable job of much needed advocacy on behalf of Hindu Americans. Unfortunately, Americans, in general, lack any appreciable knowledge of Hindus who have longest cultural history. Thanks to HAF, Hindus have an avenue to enhance awareness about Hinduism to all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HAF has done an amazing job in advocacy work for the Hindu community in the US. They are truly "next gen" and are helping explain what Hinduism is all about and to provide a voice to the over 3 million Hindus in the US. They have taken on religious extremism and have defined a range of issues, spurring healthy debate within our community.

My wife and I are proud and honored to be donors to HAF and would encourage others to donate as well as HAF is almost entirely reliant on individual donations rather than corporate or endowment support.

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