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Hindu Diaspora and Religious Philanthropy in The

Hindu Diaspora and Religious Philanthropy in The

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 Hindu Diaspora and Religious Philanthropyin the United States
Conducted as part of the2003 International Fellowship programwith Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, New York 
 
Priya Anand
Presented at the 6
th
International Society for Third Sector ResearchToronto, July 2004
 
 Acknowledgements
This paper would not be possible without the support of Professor Kathleen McCarthy, Barbara Leopold, Eugene Miller, Amal Muhammed, and KristinWeis of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy who provided valuable guidance and feedbackat every stage of the research.Leah Obias who ensured that it was not 'all work and no play.'Pradeep Kashyap, Jay Philip and Raj Ann Rekhi of American India Foundation who providedinputs on organizations to contact and valuable feedback on the study.Representatives of various Hindu temples and religious movements, some of whom patientlyanswered my questions at unearthly hours after a hard day's work, drove me to and fro fromvarious stations and fed me Indian food.Friends and relatives who helped in my study by providing me contact details and sometimesdrove me to and fro from temples and ashrams.Murray Culshaw, Director of Murray Culshaw Consulting who introduced me to the NonprofitSector and the area of Philanthropy, without whose support I would have never made it here.My dear friends and colleagues Suzy, Snow, Beke, Sara, Tiziana, Majda, Marlene, Alejandraand Sujeevan who were always there with me, with whom I shared some wonderful momentsand who will remain my friends forever.
 A Special thanks to...
Prof Joanne Waghorne of Syracuse University who provided inputs on literature and UmaSatyendra of Hindu Samaj Temple for giving me the opportunity to participate in the HoliCultural Festival and interact with several trustees and devotees.
 
 Contents
Summary 4Chapter 1: Introduction 5
Section 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Hinduism: A Perspective 8Chapter 3: The Indian Diaspora 11
Section II: Manifestation of Hinduism in the United States
Chapter 4: The Call of the Spires: Hindu Temples in the United States 144.1 Hindu Temple Society of North America 154.2 Sri Venkateswara Temple 174.3 Sri Siva Vishnu Temple 18Chapter 5: Alternate Facets: Hindu Religious Movements 225.1 BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha 225.2 Chinmaya Mission 245.3 The Kanchipuram Math 285.4 Sathya Sai Baba Organization 355.5 Swami Dayanand Saraswati and All India Movement for Seva 385.6 Ramakrishna Mission 405.7 International Society for Krishna Consciousness 42Chapter 6: The Negatives of Religious Philanthropy 44
Section III: Conclusions and Recommendations
Chapter 7: Learnings from the Study 48Chapter 8: Potential for Diaspora Fundraising and Best Practices 52Glossary 55Bibliography and References 56
Appendices
Appendix 1: Religious Dictates that Govern Charity 57Appendix 2: Breakup of Indian American Population by metropolitan area 59Appendix 3: Profile of Researcher 60

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