Arthacharya is a Sanskrit term commonly used in Sri Lankan society and well understood by both Sinhala and Tamil speaking communities. Literally it means economic behavior. In a more complete and positive sense Arthacharya means constructive socio-economic activity. Established in 1992, Arthacharya Foundation is an NGO registered initially with the Registrar of Companies and subsequently with the Department of Social Services and the NGO Secretariat of the Government of Sri Lanka. The philosophy, strategy and projects of the Arthacharya Foundation are presented elsewhere in this site.