Hindu American Foundation

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Hindu American Foundation

EIN: 68-0551525


HAF advances the understanding of Hinduism to secure the rights and dignity of Hindu Americans now and for generations to come. We do this by providing: 1) accurate and engaging educational resources about Hinduism and Hindu Americans, 2) impactful training, 3) advocacy and services that protect and promote religious liberty, free expression, equality, and justice, and 4) critical and creative programs empowering Hindu Americans to sustain their culture and identity. Established in 2003, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is the largest and oldest education and advocacy organization and the pre-eminent voice for Hindu Americans.

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Executive Director and Co-Founder

Ms. Suhag Shukla Esquire

Main address

910 Seventeenth St. NW, Suite 315

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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Subject area info

Cultural awareness


Multicultural education

Teacher education

Civil protection

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Population served info

Children and youth




Ethnic and racial groups

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NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Inaccurate, negative, and stereotyped understandings of Hinduism and Hindus are indicative of a systemic problem that results in ignorance, discrimination, hate, and even violence against Hindus in America and around the world. The problem is rooted in Hindus not having had a seat at the table of individuals and institutions of influence that form the narratives and shape policies that affect Hindus everyday. This void has led to narratives that don't reflect Hinduism and Hindus clearly, and policies that don't promote dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism, nor ensure the well-being of Hindus and that all people and the planet thrive. HAF seeks to fill this void.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education & Awareness

We work with state boards of education and publishers to ensure Hinduism is portrayed accurately and fairly in public school textbooks. We supply teachers and students with training and supplementary resources to enhance their ability to teach and understand the Hindu tradition.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Interfaith groups

We provide DEI training to law enforcement agencies, workplaces, and college campuses. We educate policymakers and channel the concerns of the community on issues such as non-discrimination in the workplace and the right to display religious symbols. We pursue impact litigation and offer seminars and consultation services when the civil rights of Hindu Americans are at risk. We prioritize hate crimes prevention and response. HAF also engages with key stakeholders such as policymakers, and local, state, and federal agencies.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Interfaith groups

We train Hindu Americans with the knowledge and skills to confidently talk about our teachings with their neighbors, colleagues, and friends. We support families with guides, toolkits, and seminars to help them discuss Hinduism and Hindu issues with their children.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Interfaith groups
Children and youth

Where we work


Hindu Renaissance Award 2009

Hinduism Today

DeRose-Hinkhouse Award of Excellence - Speciality Programming, Podcast Series 2024

Religion Communicators Council

Affiliations & memberships

Member, International Religious Freedom Roundtable 2016

Suhag Shukla, Member, First Amendment Center's Committee on Religious Liberty 2018

Suhag Shukla, Advisory Committee, Department of Homeland Security (Prevention of Targeted Violence) 2018

Member, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 2019

Member, Asian American Unity Coalition 2022

Member, American Academy of Religion (AAR) 2022

Steered and Co-Chaired, South Asia Working Group: International Religious Freedom Roundtable 2020

Steered and Co-Chaired, South Asia Working Group: International Religious Freedom Roundtable 2021

Member, Committee on Religious Liberty 2019

Member, Committee on Religious Liberty 2020

Member, Committee on Religious Liberty 2021

Member, Committee on Religious Liberty 2022

Member, Committee on Religious Liberty 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Parents, Adults

Related Program

Education & Awareness

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

HAF's Hinduism 101 & Hinduism Essentials offer a content-rich experience to learn about Hinduism through a wide array of well researched and easy to understand resources. Metric: unique pageviews.

Number of policymakers or candidates reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Public Policy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

HAF consistently educates and strategically engages policymakers about Hindu issues & perspectives thru in person meetings, briefings, testimony, interns, and newsletters. Metric: Federal/State/Local

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Education Center
Scale K-12 professional development and administrative process (i.e. textbook adoptions), strengthen law enforcement training, expand DEI training in the corporate sector, and community ambassadors programming.

Legal Justice Center
Take on substantial civil rights issues impacting Hindu Americans, pursue both state and federal litigation, and fight discriminatory policies, such as caste-based policies in courts of law.

Regional Advocacy Center
Expand on the ground presence in cities with large Hindu American populations to stay abreast of the local needs and concerns, bolster local activism on relevant issues, and engage with local leaders and law enforcement.

Operations, Marketing, and Development
Scale internal operations to maintain non-profit best practices; Increase HAF brand recognition and market share to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.

HAF is politically agnostic and non-partisan, meaning were informed, but do not favor and cannot endorse any one political party or any candidates. We will work with all individuals and institutions who embrace integrity and reason and are constructively engaged in promoting dignity, freedom, equality and justice.

HAF is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations or entities. HAF seeks to serve Hindu Americans across all sampradaya (Hindu religious traditions) regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, 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 pluralism, freedom, equality, and justice; and the input of subject matter experts. If we like a policy, well say so, and rigorously substantiate our position.

HAF positions will always be based on our guiding principles and we will always work in a manner that is rooted in Hindu values.

Satya. Be truthful. We pride ourselves in offering programming and information with accuracy and integrity.

Ahims. Be kind. We aspire to work and communicate fairly, constructively, and respectfully.

Viveka. Be wise. We approach our work with intelligence, discernment, and reflection.

Srijant. Be innovative. We aspire to keep our work and approach creative, innovative and agile.

Sahakritva. Be collaborative. We seek out partnerships with individuals and individuals on a foundation of mutual respect to forward our shared values and goals.

Nirmamatva. Be selfless. We value and respect each other and keep our focus on serving a greater good.

Utsh. Be passionate. We are passionate about Hindu Dharma and our work.

HAF has a full-time staff of 16 highly qualified, motivated, and passionate individuals. The team is dedicated to ensuring the objectives and goals set forth by the Board of Directors with input from HAF's National Leadership Council, staff and other stakeholders. HAF's National Leadership Council is a small body of dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who work with HAF's staff and board in ensuring progress towards the organization's stated objectives and goals. With a 20-year track record in education and advocacy, two attorneys on staff and a staff team with decades of work experience, HAF is a highly capable and top industry leader.

Improved how India & Hinduism is taught in public schools in 11 states.

Trained, to date, over 3,600 teachers, directly impacting more than 90,000 students, and created almost 50 unique teaching materials and resources. Moreover, HAF educational videos have collectively garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube.

Reaffirmed the Hindu roots of yoga through the Take Back Yoga campaign covered in over 90 mainstream news articles including prime-time coverage in the Washington Post, NY Times, CNN, BBC, and NPR.

Graduated and inspired over 50 emerging leaders through the first and only Hindu American Internship.

Empowered the community with 2,200 trained in HAFs Dharma Ambassadors and Dharma Advocates programs.

Gave voice to Hindus suffering gross human rights abuses in South Asia through 12 annual, first-of-its-kind Hindu human rights reports and over 30 Hindu Human Rights advocacy campaigns.

Ensured over 4,000 Pakistani Hindu refugees received vital medical services and nearly 18,000 Bhutanese Hindu refugees are able to preserve their culture and successfully integrate into American life.

Harnessed the power of the community to ensure the well-being of Hindus in the US and around the world with 36,000 grassroots advocates activated.

Worked with the US Congress and FBI to create and institute the anti-Hindu hate crime data category to better monitor anti-Hindu hate crimes and protect the Hindu American community. In addition, we have ongoing engagement with the Department of Justice on hate crimes and Know Your Rights programs for the Hindu American community.

Sued California's Board of Education, Department of Fair Employment & Housing, and the California State University system for violating Hindu American rights.

Successfully advocated for the first-ever recognition of Diwali in the US Congress.

What's next? HAFs commitment to excellence and innovation allows us to adapt to the changing needs of the education and advocacy space.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, gauge if we are reaching new people

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Hindu American Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 2022-2023 Audited Financial Statement
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 60.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Hindu American Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$156,294 $473,247 $968,001 -$175,738 $755,593
As % of expenses -10.4% 33.1% 59.3% -7.9% 35.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$162,694 $466,885 $960,058 -$186,246 $744,076
As % of expenses -10.8% 32.5% 58.6% -8.4% 35.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,352,473 $2,080,224 $2,073,667 $2,532,359 $2,632,706
Total revenue, % change over prior year 5.7% 0.0% -0.3% 22.1% 4.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 3.6% 1.8% 1.7% 2.0% 3.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 9.1% 7.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 91.9% 87.4% 87.6% 83.3% 93.0%
Other revenue 4.4% 10.8% 1.6% 7.3% 3.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,499,545 $1,431,355 $1,631,695 $2,213,516 $2,112,389
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.7% 0.0% 14.0% 35.7% -4.6%
Personnel 62.1% 69.8% 67.8% 53.0% 60.2%
Professional fees 13.3% 7.8% 21.2% 32.7% 24.3%
Occupancy 3.4% 4.3% 3.8% 2.6% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 6.3% 3.5% 1.5% 1.9% 3.3%
All other expenses 14.9% 14.7% 5.7% 9.8% 11.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,505,945 $1,437,717 $1,639,638 $2,224,024 $2,123,906
One month of savings $124,962 $119,280 $135,975 $184,460 $176,032
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $189,032 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $24,213 $0 $36,921
Total full costs (estimated) $1,630,907 $1,556,997 $1,799,826 $2,597,516 $2,336,859

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 5.5 14.0 10.9 1.6 1.6
Months of cash and investments 19.3 24.0 27.9 18.8 23.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 20.9 22.9 27.0 19.0 23.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $687,600 $1,667,515 $1,477,850 $293,020 $280,645
Investments $1,728,272 $1,200,409 $2,320,852 $3,169,485 $3,897,998
Receivables $582,814 $431,223 $285,774 $209,004 $38,837
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $41,862 $47,054 $71,266 $77,181 $114,101
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 54.3% 68.4% 56.3% 65.6% 54.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.0% 6.5% 5.3% 2.3% 2.0%
Unrestricted net assets $2,635,398 $2,748,281 $3,708,339 $3,522,093 $4,266,169
Temporarily restricted net assets $415,883 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $415,883 $424,622 $285,774 $194,260 $75,000
Total net assets $3,051,281 $3,172,903 $3,994,113 $3,716,353 $4,341,169

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Ms. Suhag Shukla Esquire

Suhag Shukla, Esq., Executive Director, is a co-founder of HAF. She holds a BA in Religion and JD from the University of Florida. Ms. Shukla has helped steer the Foundation to being recognized as a leading voice for education and civil and human rights. She’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, CNN, BBC, The Print, Indian Express and other media. She’s also served on various advisory councils, task forces and subcommittees for the Department of Homeland Security, Council on Foreign Relations, the Humane Society of the United States and Interfaith Philadelphia. She’s a member of the First Amendment Center’s Committee on Religious Liberty and the United Nations Women’s Gender Equality and Religion platform. In 2023, the US Department of Health and Human Services honored Shukla as one of 15 women of faith demonstrating extraordinary leadership on behalf of humanity.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Hindu American Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Hindu American Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/08/2024
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Board co-chair

Dr. Mihir Meghani

Board co-chair

Dr. Rajiv Pandit

Mihir Meghani

Rishi Bhutada

Rajiv Pandit

Arjun Bhagat

Swami Venkataraman

Dena Merriam

Rajeev Singh

Vikram Sheshadri

Prerana Katti-Raikar

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/15/2022

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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