What is an endowment?
Endowment is described in the American Heritage Dictionary as “Funds or property donated to an institution, individual, or group as a source of income.”
Translated into the charitable giving arena, this means individual donors can make gifts to their favorite charities with the request that the principal remain intact and only the income from it be used to support the charity’s ongoing programs.
And translated into very human terms, this means you as a donor can remain an important part of Ananda’s future. A gift made to the Janaka Foundation endowment fund today keeps on giving, because only the income – and not the principal supporting that income – is used.
Giving in Perpetuity
If what Ananda does is important now, it will be no less so in the future. Your gifts to the endowment fund offers you the opportunity to ensure the future of our programs and services. The income that the endowment fund provides will protect these services from the ups and downs of the economy and, in addition, help us to expand them as needed.
The most satisfying part of making a gift to the Endowment Fund: Long after you are no longer physically present, you will still be part of our mission through your gift. Through your endowment gifts, you will continue to touch people’s lives, and you will be sharing Paramhansa Yogananda’s mission with many truth-seeking souls for years to come.
Endowment Fund for Ananda
The Janaka Foundation established a $1 million Endowment Fund to support Ananda’s mission in April 2016. Donations may be made to this endowment at any time. Janaka will automatically direct a portion of all undirected estate gifts we receive to the building of this endowment. As it builds, this fund will begin to direct funds each year to various areas of Ananda. Below you will find some of the core areas that this endowment fund will support.
Ananda Sangha Worldwide ministries
These ministries include Kriya Yoga, the Ananda.org website, Online Classes and the Ananda Virtual Community, Healing Prayers, Meditation support for individuals and groups, Ananda Espanol, Clarity Magazine, Treasures Along the Path, Radio Ananda, and more.
Crystal Clarity Publishers
Crystal Clarity publishes and promotes the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda (both digital and in print) as well as those of other Ananda ministers. In addition, Crystal Clarity publishes audio books, as well as all of Ananda’s music and chant recordings.
The Joyful Arts
The purpose of the Joyful Arts (including music, drama, painting, sculpture, and other expressions of the arts), is described in Swami Kriyananda’s book, Art as a Hidden Message. It is “to reach beyond the passing trends in art and see whether, in an overview, there may not be found a guideline to life’s true purpose and meaning.” The purpose of the Joyful Arts is to provide us with a direct experience of upliftment of consciousness and expansion of awareness.
Education for Life
While many traditional forms of education address the spiritual needs of a child as an afterthought, if at all, at Education for Life schools the spiritual needs of the child come first. Not surprisingly, we find that when children’s inner growth is nurtured, they thrive at all levels – emotionally, physically, and intellectually. The Education for Life philosophy, with its emphasis on the child’s spiritual development and the use of intuition and understanding of the energy fields of the brain and heart, has the potential to be the leading alternative education philosophy of the twenty-first century.
Ananda World Brotherhood Communities
Paramhansa Yogananda talked with great enthusiasm about the ideal of “simple living and high thinking” – lived in intentional, spiritually-based communities where job, home and church could be all in one place. This, he said, would give people the support and the focus they need to deepen their spiritual lives.
Ananda has established five World Brotherhood Communities in the United States, one in Europe, and two in India. These Ananda communities are comprised of churches and temples, community living, businesses and schools. They are based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings and the Path of Kriya Yoga. They have been founded through the guidance and inspiration of Swami Kriyananda, a foremost, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Ananda World Brotherhood communities are located in the following areas:
In California: Ananda Village (in Nevada County), Ananda Palo Alto, and Ananda Sacramento.
In Oregon: Ananda Portland
In Washington state: Ananda Seattle
In Europe: Ananda Europa (near Assisi, Italy)