Mission: The mission of the Hindu American Foundation is to promote dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism in order to ensure the wellbeing of Hindus and for all people and t ... (More)

Hindu American Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2016, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.hinduamerican.org/

 910 Seventeeth Street NW, Suite 316A
Washington DC 20006 

  202-223-8222


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Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Good

This charity's score is 89.67, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2018. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

View this organization’s historical ratings.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View Hindu American Foundation's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

68.9%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

20.1%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

10.9%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

1.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.10


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

2.22 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

8.68%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Suhag Shukla, Executive Director

$93,200 (6.19% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Hindu American Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

The 2020 pandemic negatively impacted our upward trajectory and philanthropic growth trend achieved from 2018 to 2019. On a calendar year basis, donations declined by 6% in 2020 compared to 2019. While that may seem insignificant, this had a trickle effect on our current programmatic spending and planned initiatives as well. Our Foundation applied for and received the PPP loan. As a result, we were able to employ all our staff members and continue our important work with no break in service to our stakeholders and the community.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

All HAF briefings in Washington, DC designed for Congressional staff, analysts and government officials stopped. Our college internships and traditional advocacy forum were both eliminated. Zero interactive opportunities with policymakers impacted daily government relations. Travel restrictions affected grassroots advocacy, community building and refugee interaction. As K-12 institutions shifted to online learning, two of our largest conference presentation opportunities were postponed. Event cancellations hindered new market development and our ability to connect personally with supporters and interfaith leaders. Communal observances of International Yoga Day or local law enforcement training paused. Interestingly, enrollment in our new online Dharma Ambassadors certification skyrocketed nationally and internationally. Early on, we conducted an unprecedented series of COVID-19 webinars and proudly partnered with the US Dept of HHS to get the community vaccinated.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Due to our DC office closure, staff transitioned to 100% remote environments by leveraging technology tools. We welcomed opportunities to speak with our stakeholders extensively by phone and video conferencing. HAF pivoted to virtual policy briefings on Capitol Hill and annual online fly-ins. We launched an inaugural “Dharma Advocates'' virtual program for college students and young professionals. Virtual teacher training and student driven Hinduism 101 presentations intensified. We even trained parents with kids on how HAF’s K-12 educational materials can be modified for home use. A cyberbullying prevention webinar was arranged to help parents navigate screen time and increased online presence. We expanded our global reach by hosting virtual gala events with a fun twist (trivia night, comedy act, speed painter) which encouraged participation and new sign ups. As mentioned, our Dharma Ambassadors certification program thrived in its new online format and from the comfort of home.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

For the foreseeable future, our briefings will remain virtual commensurate with Capitol Hill policies. Our Dharma Advocates online training program will be expanded. Online classroom presentations and H101 training for educators and administrators, resources that incorporate classroom implementation as well as adaptations for home and guidance on bullying prevention for both the classroom and online communities will all continue indefinitely. Steady virtual galas and online events help us reach audiences in remote areas. We’re committed to enhancing Dharma Ambassador graduate programs. As stakeholders have become habituated to the efficiency of virtual meetings, these will play a role. HAF has a tradition of flexibility and understanding the need for work-life balance across multiple time zones. We start each HAF meeting with a check-in on staff focus. This proved very useful during the pandemic to gauge team morale at any given moment and will remain a part of our team fabric.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
5/1/20202018 89.67
2/1/20202018 89.29

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

12/1/20192018 88.22
6/1/20192017 86.60
6/1/20182016 87.55
8/1/20172015 67.34

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Hindu American Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Hindu American Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$410,724

Spent in most recent FY

44%

Percent of program expenses


POLICY - PROMOTE POLICIES THAT ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF HINDUS WORLDWIDE AND BENEFIT ALL PEOPLE AND THE PLANET. 1. ADVOCATE FOR POLICIES THAT SECURE THE WELL-BEING OF HINDUS IN THE US. 2. ADVOCATE FOR ... (More)


$252,894

Spent in most recent FY

27%

Percent of program expenses


COMMUNITY - EMPOWER HINDU AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AND PARTNER INSTITUTIONS. 1. ENHANCE THE WELL-BEING, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF HINDU COMMUNITIES AND INSTITUTIONS. 2. BUILD A CULTURE OF ADVOCACY. 3. PROMO ... (More)


$251,966

Spent in most recent FY

27%

Percent of program expenses


EDUCATION - IMPROVE THE UNDERSTANDING OF HINDUISM AND HINDUS 1. WORK TOWARDS AN EQUITABLE AND ACCURATE PORTRAYAL OF HINDUISM IN K-12 TEXTBOOKS AND IN CLASSROOMS. 2. PROMOTE A BALANCED UNDERSTANDING OF ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Hindu American Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


PROMOTING DIGNITY, MUTUAL RESPECT, AND PLURALISM IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF HINDUS AND FOR ALL PEOPLE AND THE PLANET TO THRIVE.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


HAF positions will always be based on our guiding principles. And we will always advocate for what we believe is rooted in Hindu Dharma, and serves the well-being of Hindus and the greater good of all.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Increase effectiveness of outreach or number of publications within media contact

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Two: Publish and/or deliver top quality educational or consultation-based resources to increase awareness of Hindu culture or Hinduism and widely promote action alerts to increase the number of activists

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Expand donor contribution, diversify revenue streams and achieve organizational controllable expense growth within budget targets.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Through several retreats and ongoing training, we invested heavily (time and money) in fearless teaming for HAF staff and leadership training for management members focusing on working stronger rather than harder. With an emphasis on smart and strategic decision making, HAF has implemented programs to cultivate tomorrow's HAF leadership through the use of a balanced scorecard and other team building tools.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We have a long track record strategic partnerships and most notably with interfaith counterparts, community leaders and elected officials. We present at national conferences and publish articles, blogs, educational materials and podcasts on a regular basis. Through our extensive network of volunteers, our chapter leaders help with grassroots advocacy across communities. We have also invested in community training such as Dharma Ambassadors certification, Dharma Advocates sessions, Hinduism 101, cultural proficiency, professional development for teachers and classroom bullying prevention. We participate in hundreds of networks through relationship building and over social media. From speaking on panels to young leaders and collaborating on how Hinduism might be represented in a documentary film, we seek out ways to work collectively on shared goals. HAF has embraced Voter Voice technology to leverage advocacy at all levels within 501(c)(3) guidelines.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


HAF showed tremendous strength and resilience over the past year. Through creativity, a genuine willingness from staff to make the best out of the pandemic, and a high degree support and guidance from HAF's management and leadership team, we continued to thrive with no break in services. With over 70% of our philanthropy revenue attributed to in-person events, we took the necessary risks to try new methods of virtual and online fundraising. With employed staff scattered all over the country, our small, but mighty team was able to focus on 1) internal processes and 2) organizational capital necessary to be effective in the marketplace. This commitment led to increased use of segmentation/content creation, outcomes based action alerts, audience specific outreach publications, unique educator materials, innovative delivery methods, utilization of social media and record breaking website traffic. We also invested time and money into nurturing the kind of people and technologies that enable our work processes. Our growth and leadership framework for key staff roles, as defined by management and Board proved useful during the pandemic. We also enhanced our positive performance focused culture by implementing a talent management framework. This framework and guideline is now used with all staff.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Hindu American Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email


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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

We recently conducted a year-end survey that yielded the highest participation in the history of our organization. The valuable feedback is being reviewed in our department calls. Data results will shape our narrative and strategic plan for 2020 and beyond. During the year, we will keep stakeholders informed of how the survey results impacted our work.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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