The establishment of a JAINA general fund marks the first time JAINA has embarked on such an endeavor. At the convention, the JAINA Executive Committee re-established JAINA’s goal to raise $1 million by the end of 2014 to help JAINA further its vision for the future.
"Through humanitarian, educational and inter-faith work, we will make JAINA stronger together and build upon the momentum we achieved in the last 32 years," incoming JAINA President Prem Jain said.
Keynote speaker Sam Pitroda, entrepreneur and chairman of India's National Innovation Council and advisor to the Prime Minister of India, emphasized Jainism's global impact in terms of environmental issues, community service and value and ethics in the business environment.
Continuing with the convention's theme, Jainism: A Global Impact, the conventionincluded variety of speakers, scholars and panels that emphasized Jain principles and values in a global context. Topics ranged from a "Healthy Jain" series to the promotion of Jain values in the 21st Century.
The convention also included a variety of social events and activities, ranging from a Bollywood-themed cultural program featuring a collaboration between Bollywood singers and the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra to the Jain Academic Bowl, a friendly competition where teams of young Jains could test their knowledge of Jain trivia against one another, as well as a showcase of artistic expressions through the "Jains Got Talent” program.
The Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) is comprised of 79 Jain Centers representing 150,000 people. It is a service-based organization involved in a variety of philanthropic, educational and community-based projects and initiatives that align with its vision to protect, preserve and share Jain Dharma and the Jain Way of Life, as guided by the three A’s: Ahimsa (non-violence), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness) and Anekantvada (non-absolutism).
JAINA has a deep history of success in investing in community efforts here and abroad that spans the past 30 years. Its philanthropists have already invested millions in support of hundreds of programs, benefitting thousands of people. It hosts biennial conventions that attract 3,500 to 5,000 attendees with more than 150 sessions and speakers from around the world who speak on topics such as ecology, activism and the practice of Jain values in all areas of life. Furthermore, JAINA has developed a number of projects and initiatives to support people in need. From service trips to India to medical missions to Haiti, JAINA constantly looks for ways to express the Jain values of service and compassion.