Welcome to the Janaka Foundation!

The Janaka Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the support of Ananda through Estate Gift Planning.

Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.

Through including the Janaka Foundation in your will, trust, IRA or other estate planning, you are supporting the future of Ananda.


How To Make a Will

        Estate gift planning in action

Useful information on this basic way of getting started with your estate planning.

Your Will – Six Key Questions

Estate Gift Planning with the Janaka Foundation

We are here to serve you with helpful information about estate gift planning and how to include the future of Ananda in your planning.
Ways that the Janaka Foundation can serve you.

What’s New

The Janaka Foundation establishes a $1.1 million Endowment Fund for Ananda!

In April 2016 the Janaka Foundation was the recipient of a large estate gift. This gift came from a long-time Ananda member, who passed away in August of 2015 and who had made Janaka the residual beneficiary of her estate. Read more.

A Donor’s Story   

Joanne Johnston

I first met Joanne Johnston in 1983 at Ananda House in San Francisco. She and her husband Lowell had recently begun attending classes and services there. They were new to Ananda, …  Read More

What We Support – Grants 2017

Each year the Janaka Foundation gives grants in support of Ananda’s mission. These grants are made possible through Estate Gifts and other donations received.

Special 2017 Ananda Outreach Events

Los Angeles, Palo Alto & Washington state

Update from the Communications Department Grant.

Special Janaka Grants were given in 2016 to the main Ananda communities and several centers. Read about what they have done with these grants. Grants from Previous Years

Ananda Remembers

A Memorial Website for the Ananda Spiritual Family

Ananda Remembers is a place to remember individuals who have been part of the Ananda spiritual family. These include people who have lived in the Ananda communities, those who have been connected to one of our Centers or meditation groups, or have joined us as a member of the online Ananda virtual community.

The Ananda spiritual family also includes those whose connection with Ananda may have been more limited in nature, but who nonetheless had a deeply meaningful connection with Ananda during their lifetime. We invite you to take a look at Ananda Remembers.

Please contact us if you have questions about
the Janaka Foundation and Ananda.
We look forward to hearing from you!

In divine friendship,
Parvati Hansen
Executive Director
Janaka Foundation

Janaka Mission Statement
To further spread the teachings and ideals of Paramhansa Yogananda, and his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda, and the practical applications of those teachings and ideals worldwide, in all areas of human endeavor. This shall be accomplished through support of the Ananda Churches of Self-Realization and their associated entities.