Who We Are
To sustain a leading institution of Hindu American advocacy for the promotion of human dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism.
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. The Foundation educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives. HAF focuses on human and civil rights, public policy, media, academia, and interfaith relations. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF seeks to cultivate leaders and empower future generations of Hindu Americans.
The Hindu American Foundation is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations or entities. HAF seeks to serve Hindu Americans across all sampradayas (Hindu religious traditions) regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, caste, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or disability.
Download HAF's introductory brochure for a glimpse of the Foundation's advocacy efforts and success since its inception in 2003. To learn even more about HAF's advocacy efforts, read Hindu American Political Advocacy (pdf download), published in Harvard's Swadharma magazine.
- Promote pluralism and mutual respect amongst peoples.
- Ensure an accurate understanding of Hinduism as a living tradition.
- Highlight and secure the human rights of Hindus around the globe.
- Represent the Hindu American community’s needs and interests to institutions influencing and making policy.
- Solve contemporary problems by applying Hindu philosophy.
- Build a sustainable institution that will remain a pre-eminent advocate for Dharma communities for future generations.