About Dharmavijaya Foundation

The Dharmavijaya Foundation (DVF) which was established in 1977 and later incorporated by an Act of Parliament No. 62 of 1979 was the brainchild of late Venerable Aggamahapandita Madihe Pannasiha Maha Nayaka Thera. DVF is a non-profit organization relying mostly on donations of well-wishers and using those funds for the betterment of people in Sri Lanka.

The vision of the Dharmavijaya Foundation is to direct Sri Lankan society into a righteous path.

The mission of the Dharmavijaya Foundation is to encourage and help the people through DharmavijayaSamaja to achieve the vision.

The general objective of Dharmavijaya Foundation is to promote overall development of people, both spiritually and physically, with the application of Buddhist principles to social and economic development. Overall development is meant to be fourfold: economic, educational, health and moral.

Management of DVF:

Dharmavijaya Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees comprising 30 members. Members are selected on the basis of their academic and professional background and their practical experience. At present there are members with Administrative, Academic, Medical, Engineering, Legal and Accounting backgrounds. The members work on a voluntary basis. The Board of Trustees meet on a weekly basis.


The Operation Strategy:

Some activities related to the four aspects namely economic, educational, health and moral are carried out by DVF with direct involvement of Board Members at Central level. When working with individual community level, the operation strategy of DVF is to reach the community through temples where the Head Monk plays a pivotal role. A Dharmavijaya Society is formed in each temple to take the responsibility of implementing activities and projects at community level. At present there are 440 Dharmavijaya Societies in 19 Districts.


Dharmavijaya Foundation: Board of Trustees - 2567 (2023-2024)
Honorable Patron Lord
Ven. Thirikunamale Ananda Mahanayake Thero
Mahanayake of Amarapura Sri Dharmarakshita Nikaya, Bambalapitiya Siri Vajirarama Dharmayatanadhipati Thirikunamale Ananda Mahanayake Thero has been the Patron Lord of the Dharmavijaya Foundation.
Honorary Patrons
Ven. Hakmana Sumanasiri Thero
Senior student of Most Venerable Madihe Pannasiha Mahanayake Thero and Most Venerable Ampitiye Sri Rahula Nayaka Thero. rajakiya pandita Ven. Hakmana Sumanasiri Thero has been the Chief Patron of the Dharmavijaya Foundation since August 14, 2003.
Ven. Siri Vajiraramaye Gnanasiha Thero
Deshabandu Olcott Gunasekera, a founding member of the Dharmavijaya Foundation and its President for 31 years, was a senior civil servant and later became a monk. Ven. Siri Vajiraramaye Gnanasiha Thero has been the Patron of the Dharmavijaya Foundation.
Mr. G.D. Cyril Gunapala
(SLPS 1) Former President of Dharmavijaya Foundation, Secretary to Ministrys (R), Chairman of Gov. Corporations (R), Adviser to the Former President (R), Diplomatic officer (R)
Vice Presidents
Mr. M.D.W. Ariyawansa
Former Chairman of Dharmavijaya Foundation, Honorary Member - Buddha Sasana Karyasadaka Mandalaya, Additional Secretary to the President (R) S L.P.S 1 Former Member of the Public Service Commission S L.P.S 1
Mr. Sarath Dharmawardena
Assistant General Manager - Bank of Ceylon (R)
Vice President and Media Secretary
Mr. Sarath Amarakoon
Former Deputy General Manager - Human Resource / Former Chief Administrative Officer - Editorial - The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon LTD, Former Chief Administrative Officer - Editorial and General Administration - Lakbima Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd, Former Chairman/ Former Chief Executive officer - Media Sales Advertising Company.
Mr. H. B. Premarathne
Superintendent of Audits (R) - Department of the State Auditor General’s Department. Sri Lanka Audit Service.
Deputy Secretary
Ms. Kanthi Perera
Preschool teacher (R).
Mr. N.G.B.Nanayakkara
Chartered Accountant
Deputy Treasurer
Mr. Karu Heenatigala
Retired Bank executive. Retired export promotion executive. Full time devoted on Asarana sarana Seva Rural villages.
Internal Auditor
Mr. Sumedha Amerasinghe
Member Board of Governors and Past President Colombo YMBA, Past President and Treasurer Dharmavijaya Foundation, Hon Treasurer Buddha Sasana Karyasadaka Mandalaya, Past President and Member ICASL Toastmasters Club, Past President and Member Lions Club Sri Jayawardanepura Kotte, Senior Wealth Planner AIA Insurance Lanka Pvt Ltd.
Mr. J.P.Kannangara
Superintending Engineer (Mechanical), Department of Health & Medical Services, Dubai, U.A.E. (R), Mechanical Engineer, National Milk Board,Sri Lanka (R), Deshamanya.
Dr. Nalin Gunasinghe
Eye Specialist. Community Ophthalmologist.
Mr. G. S. Arunashantha de Silva
President's Counsel, Retired Legal Draftsman.
Dr. Yasa Siriwardena
Health Education and Community Health Specialist, Medical Director - Medi-Calls (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. Bernard Kulathilaka
Civil Engineer (R), Former President - Aloka Foundation.
Mrs. Nedra Amarasinghe
Swimming Instructor
Mr. Lakshman Mahanama
President, Foundation for Peace and Love.
Mr. Champika Jayantha Ladduhetti
Attorney at Law, The supreme court of Sri Lanka.
Ms. G.A.C. Chithrangani
Mechanical Engineer, Colombo Municipal Council - Water Supply and Drainage Division.
Dr. Nuwan Wimalana
Business Consultant, University External Lecturer, Company Director.
Ms. Chandika V. Ethugala
Additional Secretary to the Ministry (SLAS)
Mr. Isuru S. Tillakawardana
Group Chief HR Officer / Deputy General Manager - Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC.
Mr. D. Isuru Indika Siriwardhana
Trustee of Dharmawijaya Foundation Treasurer Swiree Sri Lanka LL.B (Hons), LL.M (UK), Dip. in Forensic Medicine and Science (UOC), Attorney-at-Law Notary Public & Commissioner for Oaths
Mr. Nalin Dharmapriya
Consultant – Logistics / Businessmen MCA – PIM / SJP – Canberra International Diploma L&T CILT(UK)
Dr. Kasun I. Wijetilleke
Board Director-Peoples Insurance PLC, Visiting Consultant (Clinical Psychologist) Sri Jayawardanapura University-Technology Faculty, Engineering Faculty,…..Etc, Managing Director Pubudu House of Education Former Director Client Leadership Unilever (Sri Lanka) & Mindshare (World) Former Chief Strategic & Business Analytics Officer MAS-Active Trading (pvt) LTD

Dharmavijaya Foundation Lifetime Members:

Mr. S.D. Lliyanage Managing Director – United Motors Co.Ltd.(R), Managing Director – Lanka Tractors Company (R)
Ms. Karuna de Silva Company Director (R)
Major General Jaliya Nammuny Major General, Sri Lanka Army (R)
Mr. Ranjith Soysa Company Director (R; Member – SPUR Organization,  Australia
Mr. Senaka Samarasinghe Working Director – Sri Lanka Environmental Professionals Association
Mr. Dinil Premaratne Former Secretary of Dharmavijaya Foundation, Company Director.
Mr. Premaratna Ilanperuma Former Director General – Department of Technical Education
Consultant Engineer (R), Member – National Hospitals Committee,
Justice of Peace, Shastra Bandu