Who We Are

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is a non-profit advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. Founded in 2003, HAF's work impacts a range of issues -- from the portrayal of Hinduism in K-12 textbooks to civil and human rights to addressing contemporary problems, such as environmental protection and inter-religious conflict, by applying Hindu philosophy.

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's three areas of focus are education, policy, and community. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF promotes dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism in order to ensure the well-being of Hindus and for all people and the planet to thrive.

Vision | Mission | Objectives & Goals | Guiding PrinciplesTeam | Forms 990 & Annual Reports

Our Vision

A world in which the well-being of Hindus is secure and all people and the planet thrive.

Our Mission

Promoting dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism in order to ensure the well-being of Hindus and for all people and the planet to thrive.

Our Objectives & Goals

Our Guiding Principles

HAF is politically agnostic and non-partisan, meaning we are informed, but do not favor or endorse any one political party or its positions. We will work with all individuals and institutions committed to and constructively engaged in promoting dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism. HAF 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.  

Our positions are based on a relentless pursuit of facts; deep consideration of Hindu principles and American values, such as freedom, equality, and justice; and the input of subject matter experts. If we like a policy, we’ll say so, and rigorously substantiate our position.

HAF positions will always be based on our guiding principles. And we will always advocate for what we believe is rooted in Hindu Dharma, and serves the well-being of Hindus and the greater good of all.

  • Satya. Be truthful. We pride ourselves in offering programming and information with accuracy, integrity, and honesty.
  • Ahimsa. Be non-harming. We aspire to work and communicate fairly and respectfully.
  • Viveka. Be discerning. We approach our work through careful contemplation, reason, and consensus building.
  • Nutana. Be innovative. We aspire to keep our work and approach relevant to our constituents by being creative, innovative, and flexible.
  • Sadbhavana. Be collaborative. We seek out partnerships with other individuals and organizations to forward our objectives.
  • Kutumbakam. Be big-hearted. We value and respect each other as individuals, work well together as a team, and respect each other’s work/life balance.
  • Utsaah. Be passionate. We are passionate about Hindu Dharma, the global community, and our work.

Our Team

The Foundation's organizational structure is comprised of the Board of Directors, fulltime staff, and National Leadership Council.

Form 990 & Letter of Determination

Download our most recent Form 990s here.

Click here to download our Letter of Determination.

Annual Report

HAF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization.  Tax ID 68-055-1525