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Responding to Hinduism’s Greatest Need
How to let Dharma’s voice be heard for generations
Yes, i’m encouraged by the vitality of our faith today,” Dr. B. P. Lathi explained, “But when I see the array of powerful forces working hard to undo Hinduism, and the mass of misinformation circulating, I worry. If we want our grandchildren to resist the onslaught, we’ve got to react ! We need intellectual clarity as never before. It is not enough to build temples. We need to understand their function and value, then inspire our children with that knowledge—not just a youth here and there, but a majority of each generation. That is what it will take. It’s a big job and, as I see it, time is short.”
To do his part, Dr. Lathi, a retired professor of electrical engineering living in California, generously supports Hinduism Today. “We must make sure this pure voice of dharma is heard as widely as possible. I know of no other publication like it. It proudly declares itself to be Hindu and ceaselessly works to rectify misconceptions and abuse frankly and courageously. And especially, it is doing pioneering work to present our faith in a way that is intellectually satisfying and spiritually inspiring. Here is our chance; let’s make the most of it!”
Dr. Lathi established a charitable remainder trust which, when it matures in 13 years, will grant $300,000 to the Hinduism Today Production Fund, a part of Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE). Earnings from this gift will enable the editors to produce an ever more potent magazine. Happily, Dr. and Mrs. Lathi also benefit from their gift in a number of ways. Find out more about Dr. Lathi’s charitable remainder trust at hheonline.org/lathi.html.
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Please visit our Hindu Heritage Endowment website, www.hheonline.org In simple, clear and relevant terms (Hinduism Today style), it elucidates the many ways to prepare a legacy, the elements of estate planning, the various forms of giving and the options available that benefit donor and beneficiary. At himalayanacademy.com/email-news , you may subscribe to our Hindu Heritage Endowment e-newsletter for tips about planned giving, and/or to our Production Fund e-newsletter, for news of the magazine and its all-important Production Fund. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-808-634-5407.
The vision. The Hinduism Today Production Fund was created to enable the magazine to ever more effectively do what it does best: uplift Hindus and Hinduism everywhere.
HINDUISM TODAY is a quarterly journal, with both print and digital editions, produced by the monks of Kauai's Hindu Monastery as a public service, not to tell their own story, but to cover the people, events, philosophy and traditions of the broader Hindu world. The monastic staff also direct by e-mail a skilled international cadre of journalists, artists and photographers who help create this renowned magazine.
Grants from the Hinduism Today Production Fund create and support Hinduism Today's continued dedication to world-class journalism through advancing editorial capabilities and endowing production expenses. Examples are providing extra funds to cover the travel expenses and professional fees of a journalist and photographer producing an in-depth feature article and funding sending the monastic staff to conferences to keep up with the most recent developments in digital publishing.
The financial goal of the Hinduism Today Production Fund is to build principal to $5 million which will provide a monthly grant of approximately $16,700.
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Fund #20Read the latest news about this endowment from the April-May-June issue of HINDUISM TODAY here.
The fund is the engine that will drive the magazine and its satellite productions forward in the near and far futures. As it grows, it will provide the means to develop diversified and international teams of the very best reporters, photographers, artists, writers, designers, researchers, translators, and filmmakers. And, in order to keep up with technology's fast pace, Hinduism Today will need the services of consultants in whatever new fields arise that enhance communications.
We want to always be prepared to seize any meaningful opportunity.
In addition to enhancing contents and presentation, the fund will provide the means to expand Hinduism Today's reach towards Hindus and like-minded souls everywhere--via various languages, for example.
As young as it is, the fund already provides powerful support for significant projects (see below), and we marvel thinking of future possibilities, when the fund has grown big and strong. Our publisher, editors and staff plan and visualize far into the coming years and even decades. And all the dreams will depend on the Production Fund to become realities.
We share some of these dreams below--and we will continue to do so via our Production Fund newsletter (sign up for the newsletter here).
No doubt, it is going to be a beautiful story that unfolds with time, and we invite you to be a part of it.
2007: we reach our first milestone. In 2007, for the first time, earnings from our fledgling Production Fund had grown enough to finance a major project: an in-depth article on Hinduism in Malaysia (July-August-September 2008 issue) accompanied with a quality 3-part video .
2008: the fund supports vital projects. During 2008, the fund gradually grew more generous. It enabled editors and staff to expand into new and important territories such as:
2009 and beyond. First, let's go back to 2006, when the editors seized a great opportunity: to publish an online digital edition of Hinduism Today. After several years of intense planning, help from the Production Fund, and some financial wizardry, they not only produced it, they were able to offer it to the world free of charge! It has been a great success, bringing Hinduism's marvels to thousands of new readers in some 100 countries--each issue made even more brilliant with imbedded goodies such as multimedia, search features, access to back issues and more. And being free, it reaches souls who could not otherwise afford to acquire the precious knowledge. (You may download the digital edition from here--and so can your friends and relatives anywhere in the world.)
And today, the digital edition itself presents us with a number of new and enticing opportunities, notably that of translations. Perhaps like nothing else, translated editions will expand Hinduism Today's reach dramatically. The demand is great; we receive requests every day. And, once we have a translation for a given issue, it can be instantaneously produced and distributed. You simply paste it into that issue's existing digital layout, post it onto the web and zip, the whole world has access!Even as you read this, a number of professional translators sit at their keyboards waiting for our signal. And we, of course, we are just waiting for the Production Fund to become strong enough to allow us to hire them.
Do we feel that your donation to the Production Fund will be meaningful? Yes, indeed, that is what we feel.
March, 2009: a question arises.
How may we--within a short time--
In response, the (monastic) managers of Hindu Heritage Endowment launched a special fund-raising project within the Production Fund. The objective is for the fund to augment by $1,000 the monies available to the editors for the production of each issue.
A modest but significant increase, that will enable our magazine to evolve much further.
In order to be able to grant $1000 quarterly, or $4000 per year, the fund needs to grow its principal by $100,000. By January 1, 2013, we had reached $90,000. Please help us reach our goal soon. Contact us.
Becoming a Benefactor of Hinduism Today. If you are keen to give an added moral boost to the Production Fund while giving financial support, please consider becoming a Benefactor of Hinduism Today.
One becomes a Benefactor simply by donating $1000 or more to the Fund as a gift outright or by making the fund a beneficiary in one's estate plan by the same amount. Learn more about becoming a Benefactor.
Supports and maintains the ancient Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple in Sri Lanka.
Supports the Pillaiyar shrine of the Murugan Temple of North America
Provides funds for Kauai Aadheenam’s Guru to provide gifts of religious items.
Provides support to help operate and maintain small village temples in Karnataka, India