Hindu American Philanthropy in the Diaspora

A number of recent studies have focused on the role that Indian-American philanthropic organizations play in promoting social development and goodwill both in America as well as in India.

The religious movements (and their representative nonprofit foundations/ institutions that raise funds and execute civil society and social welfare programs) studied were as follows: The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), Chinmaya Mission, The Kanchipuram Math, The Veda Vyasa Foundation, Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation Inc, The Sankara Eye Foundation, The Sathya Sai Baba organization, Swami Dayanand Saraswati and All India Movement for Seva, Ramakrishna Mission, and ISKCON.

Prof Raghunath of Kanchi Kamakoti Seva Foundation says, “Indians (Hindus) in the US are focused on donating to God (temples) and not for people. But they don't understand that donating to God is equal to donating to mankind.