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Hindu American Foundation Makes Vivid Case for Support

July-August-September 2009 Newsletter

Sheetal Shah, backed by PowerPoint images of anti-Hindu Web sites and negative headlines in the U.S. press, summarized the work of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) for more than 250 of its supporters gathered at the banquet room of the Grand Indian Buffet in Sunnyvale, California, on November 7, 2008.

Ms. Shah, HAF's Director of Development, spoke urgently for more than twenty minutes of the ignorance and misunderstandings the five-year-old Foundation battles on behalf of the American Hindu community.

"One U.S. Congressman asked us whether we were Sunnis or Shiites," she said to her mostly Hindu-American audience who reacted with weak laughter and groans.

An energetic and fluent public speaker, she warned her audience that passive acceptance of Hindu stereotypes, virulent anti-Hindu Web sites, or ignorance by U.S. politicians of the Hindu commitment to understanding, tolerance and pluralism won't do in the United States.

"Other ethnic groups are far ahead of us," she said. "They provide us with models we can follow, both in educational effectiveness and fundraising." She explained that HAF, along with raising current dollars, is also urging its supporters to include the organization in their estate plans.

She added that those who want to provide permanent support to HAF's work can do so through two funds recently established at the Hindu Heritage Endowment (HHE):

Hindu American Foundation Endowment (fund #75) provides general support to HAF's work of advocating for the Hindu American community.

The Endowment for Global Hindu Rights (fund #76) supports HAF's efforts to highlight and correct human rights violations faced by Hindus world-wide.

Born in India, Ms. Shah arrived in the U.S. at age three and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science. A former HAF volunteer, she joined HAF's Manhattan office after completing a Masters Degree in Development Management at the London School of Economics (LSE). "New York is a fabulous place," she told Hinduism Today. "I love its energy, its mix of people, and its acceptance of diversity. No one looks at you oddly in this city."

She feels that this new link with the Hindu Heritage Endowment will bring HAF to full fundraising maturity, making available to its supporters permanent endowed funds, bequests, charitable remainder trusts, and other sophisticated estate gifts.

Since its founding in 2002, HAF has grown rapidly from a handful of volunteers gathered for its first meeting at the Philadelphia home of its co-founder and board president, Dr. Mihir Meghani, an emergency room physician now living in Fremont, California. In 2008 HAF raised just over $400,000 from about 1,000 supporters. Ms. Shah, however, feels HAF and the Hindu-American community are in their infancy as effective advocates and educators. "We need to shape the local and global debate with our children's interests in mind," she said. "We cannot afford to be passive when faced with misinformation about Hinduism."

Visit the Hindu American Foundation website at:

To learn how you can support these two endowments through a will, life insurance or other planned gifts, contact Shanmuganathaswami at 808-822-3012, extension 244 or Donate to these endowments (fund #75 and #76) at

January to March Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Rajkumar Alagesan 15.00
Umapathi R. & Geetha Cattamanchi 101.00
Ishani Chowdhury 101.00
Sharad & Namrata Haldwania 101.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 335.20
Diksha Katir 122.00
Ripla & Gaurav Malhotra 176.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
K. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy 252.00
Pathmini Saravanapavan 50.00
Darma & Shivali Satgunasingam 75.00
Niraj Thaker 76.50
Other Donations 27,005.65
Total 28,415.35
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Ketheeshmalar Balachandran 95.00
Roger & Rosemary Brown 120.00
Nancy Craig 108.00
Bimmy Dhanapala 500.00
Anonymous 100.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 54.00
Latha Kannan 153.00
Diksha Katir 89.90
Anonymous 10.08
Ushadevi Katir 64.73
Anonymous 1,002.00
Niraj Thaker 76.50
Anonymous 42.00
Raja Vishnu 163.83
Other Donations 18,024.18
Total 20,603.22
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Ketheeshmalar Balachandran 10.00
Sharath Chigurupati 369.00
Anonymous 51.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 18.00
Saravan Koothan 6.07
Sivaselvi Malar 15.00
Saroja Devi Manickam 0.50
Kirtideva Peruman 18.51
Ravi Raghavan 108.00
Anonymous 250.00
Anonymous 270.00
Puvaneswary Roberts 100.00
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 37.04
Prashant Shah 150.52
Egambrum Sinsamy 93.08
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 8.33
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 16.66
Patudeva Sivaceyon 8.33
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.49
Kantaruban Sivalingam 1.66
Potriyan Sivanathan 33.60
Uma Sivanathan 20.00
Total 1,587.79
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Yatrika Ajaya 194.50
T.R. Bhardwaj 373.95
Jnanideva Cevvel 614.16
Ravichandran Ceyon 41.00
Janava Dharmadeva 474.00
Hiranya Gowda 1,001.00
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Rosa Jaramillo 80.89
Ushadevi Katir 59.50
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Leonora Orr 108.00
Shankar Paramasivam 80.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 240.00
Adi Sankara Peruman 125.00
Anjeeni Devi Peruman 62.50
Niroshnee Peruman 23.14
Saeyon Praisoody 240.00
Anonymous 1,000.00
Anonymous 404.00
Amooda Sagum 84.44
Jayasutha Samuthiran 46.46
Rohan Sundaralingam 80.00
Total 5,347.54
Hindu Businessmenís Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 9.42
Vel Mahalingum 18.32
Manogaran Mardemootoo 46.26
Janaka Param 20.00
Total 94.00
Hindu of the Year Fund
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Puvaneswary Roberts 100.00
Bala Sivaceyon 16.66
Total 116.66
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Ushadevi Katir 34.50
Gowri Nadason 147.62
Puvaneswary Roberts 75.00
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Other Donations 4,800.00
Total 5,174.12
Nadesan Family Lord Muruga Shum Fund
Sadhunathan Nadesan 235.00
Iyarappan Temple Trust
Michael Zimmermann 5.00
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Shankar Natarajan 50.00
Sri Subramuniya Ashram Scholarship Fund
Pathmini Saravanapavan 25.00
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 100.00
Puvaneswary Roberts 50.00
Total 150.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 100.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 175.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Chi Y. Ahn 100.00
Anonymous 100.00
Tina Desai 35.00
Anonymous 25.00
Hiranya Gowda 93.00
Vivek Iyer 10.00
B. Kumar 77.41
Vijay Pallod 1,001.00
Total 1,441.41
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Anonymous 9.53
Anil Ananda Badhwar 79.00
Siddharth Bansal 31.00
Subhayu Bose 50.00
Viswanadha Buddharaju 30.00
Anonymous 100.00
Niyati Doshi 100.00
Anonymous 25.00
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 335.20
Anonymous 50.00
Natraj Narayanswami 42.00
Alex Ruberto 75.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Raja Vishnu 163.83
Michael Zimmermann 5.00
Total 1,135.56
Hindu Education Endowment
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Hiranya Gowda 63.00
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 11.00
James Stapleton 25.00
Total 109.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Rajkumar Alagesan 15.00
Tina Desai 35.00
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,350.00
Total 1,480.00
Saiva Agamas Trust
Ganga Sivanathan 282.00
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 100.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Diksha Katir 386.80
Total 396.80
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Hotranatha Ajaya 33.00
Anonymous 150.00
Tina Desai 108.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Anonymous 25.00
Ripla & Gaurav Malhotra 101.00
Lisa Marston 108.00
Ganga Murugan 15.35
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Savitri Palani 51.00
Anonymous 39.04
Shanta Devi Periasamy 586.07
Anonymous 159.00
Puvaneswary Roberts 50.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Nirmala Satgunasingam 320.00
Kannan Srikanth 20.00
Vayudeva Varadan 171.00
Raja Vishnu 163.84
Total 2,619.30
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Murugan Temple Yalpanam Festival Fund
Pathmini Saravanapavan 108.00
Puri Monasteries Fund
Vijay - Daksha - Neil Mithal 5.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 33.34
Kerala Temple Trust
Kishore G. & Subha Pathial 501.00
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Anonymous 100.00
Chiranjevi Raparla 40.00
Michael Zimmermann 5.00
Total 145.00
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Hiranya Gowda 101.00
Michael Zimmermann 5.00
Total 106.00
Swami Vipulananta Childrenís Home Endowment
Anonymous 100.00
Hindu Literature Fund
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 11.00
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 400.00
Total 421.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya Gowda 153.00
Grace Jama-Adan 20.00
Anonymous 50.00
Rajagopal Krishnan 60.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 21.00
Swaminathan Subramaniam 25.00
Total 329.00
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Nancy Craig 54.00
Shyamadeva Dandapani 63.00
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Total 127.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Victoria Lynne Johnson 18.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girlsí Home of Sittandy Endowment
Jeri Arin 300.00
Marlene Carter 162.00
Sunil Chacko 365.00
Tina Desai 200.00
Ushadevi Katir 30.22
Rajkumar Manickam 54.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 14.00
Puvaneswary Roberts 100.00
Ganga Sivanathan 200.00
Anonymous 45.00
Subramaniam Thambyrajah 30.00
Silas H. Zirkle 450.00
Total 1,950.22
Siva Poomi School Trust
Anonymous 10.08
Yogaswami Hindu Boysí Home Fund
Ushadevi Katir 30.22
Rajkumar Manickam 54.00
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 14.00
Kanthasamy Selvakumar 120.00
Dharmalingam Siddhan 100.00
Total 318.22
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona Endowment
Chellappa Deva 25.00
Raja Vishnu 76.50
Total 101.50
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Devdatta & Swati Mhaiskar 14.00
Niraj Thaker 15.00
Total 29.00
Murugan Temple of North America Puja Fund
Ken Kanagalingam 101.00
Pathmini Saravanapavan 108.00
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Total 263.00
Saivite Tamil Foundation Endowment
Suresh Jambunathan 75.00
Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund
Nancy Craig 54.00
Anonymous 51.00
Hiranya Gowda 99.00
Manogaran Mardemootoo 185.06
Kathiravelpillai Nadanachandran 200.00
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Anonymous 202.00
Anonymous 25.00
Puvaneswary Roberts 50.00
Ganga Sivanathan 861.59
Niraj Thaker 33.00
Jeffrey Leland Joseph Thomas 52.00
Total 1,833.65
Hindu American Foundation Endowment
Vivek Iyer 10.00
Niraj Thaker 11.00
Total 21.00
Cows of Kadavul and Iraivan Temples (Kovil Maadu) Endowment
Ushadevi Katir 55.23
Som Sharma 250.00
Total 305.23
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
Insurance Donations
Mrunal Patel 3,001.00
Deva Rajan 12,129.38
Total 15,130.38
Total Contributions $92,356.37
Funds at Market Value, March 31, 2009
Total Endowment Funds $6,056,839.13
Total Pooled Income Funds $167,746.82
Grand Total $6,224,585.95


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