Guru Krupa Foundation (GKF) is a private foundation incorporated in New York State. The
purpose of the foundation is to fund several charitable causes. These causes
may be broadly classified as being
(ii) Educational or
Our principles and philosophy, derived from the value system of Hinduism, may be
succintly summarized as:
- Help those who are less fortunate than yourself
- Support causes related to the acquisition of knowledge (both materialistic and non-materialistic)
- Preserve the heritage and knowledge that has already been acquired
The standard of living today varies, by several orders of magnitude, between the most
and least fortunate of people, and there are, unfortunately, too many
people who don't even have access to what one might consider basic
Consequently, there is no shortage of vulnerable and disadvantaged people on earth,
who suffer, seemingly for no fault of their own.
The "Social" projects of GKF are meant to improve the lives of impoverished
people who do not have access to basic material needs.
As one might imagine, there is a greater concentration of
such people in undeveloped/developing countries of the world.
Most (but not all) of our supported projects in this category are in India. Examples
include financial support for
non-profit health services,
non-profit organizations addressing adult illiteracy, etc.
Our understanding of the physical world in which we live is constantly
evolving. The desire to "understand nature, and the physical laws that govern it,
a little bit better than we do today", is a never ending quest.
This quest for knowledge is best nurtured in higher
study programs in the halls of academia and research think tanks.
The "Educational" projects of GKF essentially fund fellowships
at well recognized universities -- these fellowships in turn provide financial support
to deserving students interested in advancing the frontiers of such knowledge.
Religion addresses the non-materialistic aspect of human life,
and inspires a bigger-picture perspective of the world.
Further, it gives us a sense of group identity.
Several religions have arisen and evolved over the millenia - of these Hinduism
is one of the most ancient. The vast amount of knowledge acquired over several
millenia is codified in its scriptures, religious practices and prescribed manner of living.
The latter two, though, inevitably undergo a slow transformation as
cultures merge and attitudes and priorities change in society.
There is thus the risk that the roots of the religion may be forgotten
with time and lost to posterity.
The "Religious/Cultural" projects of GKF support activities related to preserving
these traditional roots by providing financial support to ashrams/patashalas, temples,
cultural programs, etc.