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.
Our Objectives & Goals
- Objective 1: Promote pluralism and mutual respect amongst peoples
- 1. Identify and counter predatory proselytization.
- 2. Coordinate and work with coalitions to establish a broad base of support for change.
- 3. Participate in dialogue that promotes greater understanding and mutual respect amongst peoples.
- 4. Effect policy change that advances the American and Hindu ideal of pluralism.
- Objective 2: Ensure an accurate understanding of Hinduism as a living tradition
- 1. Provide informational materials created in consultation with subject matter experts, scholar-practitioners, and religious leaders.
- 2. Author content across various platforms to inform on Hinduism and its relevance to contemporary issues.
- 3. Build constructive relationships with media, academia, and publishers.
- 4. Serve as a resource.
- 5. Improve the portrayal of Hinduism in K-12 textbooks by participating in state level textbook and curriculum adoptions.
- Objective 3: Highlight and secure the human rights of Hindus around the globe
- 1. Survey the human rights situation of Hindu minorities in various countries.
- 2. Organize and participate in various fora on human rights issues.
- 3. Coordinate and work with coalitions to establish a broad base of support for change.
- 4. Undertake direct action that secures basic human rights.
- 5. Advocate for action from governmental bodies to improve human rights conditions.
- Objective 4: Represent the Hindu American community’s needs and interests to institutions influencing and making policy
- 1. Educate and engage local and national government leaders about Hindu American issues of interest and concern.
- 2. Interact with thought leaders and think tanks to define policy objectives of Hindu Americans.
- 3. Create opportunities for Hindu Americans to engage with political representatives and policy makers.
- 4. Promote a US-India relationship that recognizes India as the spiritual homeland of a billion Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains worldwide.
- 5. Coordinate and work with coalitions to establish a broad base of support for change.
- 6. Advocate for action from governmental bodies to address Hindu American issues.
- Objective 5: Solve contemporary problems by applying Hindu philosophy
- 1. Promoting the Hindu teaching of every person’s inherent divinity regardless of race, religion, caste, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
- 2. Contextualize Hindu values in solutions to environmental concerns.
- Objective 6: Build a sustainable institution that will remain a pre-eminent advocate for Dharma communities for future generations
- 1. Ensure financial stability through a broad network of sustaining members, a significant endowment, and grants.
- 2. Employ a visionary and creative professional staff of the highest integrity.
- 3. Inspire a national team of committed Hindu leaders that think critically and work professionally.
- 4. Develop local and regional chapters that advance the objectives and goals of the organization.
- 5. Inspire and cultivate the next generation of leadership.
Our Guiding Principles
Satya. Be truthful. We pride ourselves in offering programming and information with accuracy, integrity, and honesty.
Ahimsa. Be non-harmful. 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. Promote collaboration. We seek out partnerships with other individuals and organizations to forward our objectives.
Kutumbakam. Build a positive team and family spirit. 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.