Who We Are
To sustain a leading institution of Hindu American advocacy for the promotion of 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 the areas of education, policy, and community building and works on a range of issues from an accurate understanding of Hinduism, civil and human rights, and addressing contemporary problems by applying Hindu philosophy. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF also 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.
- Education: Improving the understanding of Hinduism and Hindus
- 1. Ensure an equitable and accurate portrayal of Hinduism in K-12 textbooks and in classrooms.
- 2. Track trends in the academic study of Hinduism, collaborate with academicians committed to studying Hinduism as a lived tradition, and support scholar-practitioners.
- 3. Create content to educate the public about Hinduism as a lived tradition.
- 4. Respond to misrepresentations about Hinduism and Hindus.
- 5. Serve as a resource on Hinduism and Hindu issues.
- Policy: Engaging key stakeholders to represent Hindu interests and ensure the welfare of all
- 1. Promote the Hindu teaching of every individual's inherent divinity regardless of race, religion, caste, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
- 2. Advocate for civil rights in the U.S. and human rights throughout the Hindu diaspora.
- 3. Support a robust US-India relationship which recognizes India as the spiritual homeland of a billion Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains worldwide.
- 4. Promote religious freedom by countering predatory proselytization and unethical or forced conversions around the globe.
- 5. Apply Hindu teachings to address contemporary issues.
- Community: Serving our youth, members, and institutions through empowering programs and interfaith engagement
- 1. Ensure the safety, security, and well-being of Hindu communities across the US through beneficial resources, programs, and services.
- 2. Inspire and cultivate the next generation of leadership through unique programs.
- 3. Build a corps of Dharma Ambassadors to promote mutual respect and greater understanding of Hinduism and Hindus at the grassroots level.
- 4. Promote recognition of Hindu Americans through commemorative resolutions and appreciation days at the federal, state, and local level.
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.
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 wellbeing 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 magnanimous. 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.
The Foundation's organizational structure is comprised of the Board of Directors, fulltime staff, and National Leadership Council.
Download our most recent Form 990s here.
Click here to download our Letter of Determination.
HAF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Tax ID 68-055-1525