Devakinandana dasa is the ISKCON GBC Global Minister for fund development and has served as an ISKCON leader in India for over four decades. He is currently the Bureau Zonal Secretary for a number of regions in India and has a successful track record of cultivating relationships with the community of influential business leaders and bringing them closer to ISKCON and Srila Prabhupada. He has inspired numerous such industrialists and business leaders to generously support and make financially possible large multi-million dollar projects such as the Kanpur Temple (the largest operating ISKCON temple today), the Heaven on Earth project in Juhu and many others around the world. He gives Fundraising Seminars and guidance to ISKCON temples globally and also teaches Principles of Fundraising at the residential sessions of the GBC College for Leadership.
A Fundraising Vision for the Future of ISKCON – Creating a Culture of Sacrifice and Generosity
For over 50 years in the history of ISKCON, one key aspect of our mission has played a vital role in the success of failure of our efforts – financial strength and sustainability. This seminar discusses Srila Prabhupada’s own example of fundraising practices, the history of successful methods of fundraising for temple construction and other preaching activities, current social trends in ISKCON membership and identifying the challenges in creating a ubiquitous culture of sacrifice and generosity amongst all devotees and friends of ISKCON. This seminar is less of a “how-to” and more toward outlining our challenges and asking ourselves the tough questions on what is holding us back from being massively successful on a global scale.
Why ISKCON Needs a Legal Department
The legal department in any company or organisation, profit or non-profit, is considered one of the most prominent and important departments. Among other things, it represents a specialized sector working jointly and co-operatively with the remaining departments in order to achieve the organisation’s objectives and goals. It also ensures that the organisation and its activities are in conformity with all laws and regulations.
ISKCON today, more than ever, is an international organisation, working and operating in numerous jurisdictions around the globe. That translates into numerous laws, rules and regulations that it must comply with in order to be accepted in the secular world. While being an essentially and purely spiritual organisation, can ISKCON benefit from having a united and cohesive legal framework and applying it throughout the organisation? What are the challenges involved in this paradigm?