Promoting, Facilitating, and Celebrating Arab American Giving
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) strengthens the impact of strategic Arab American giving through education, asset building and grantmaking, in order to improve lives and build vibrant communities.
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy is building a legacy of giving in the Arab American community, shaping the future of our society through the collective power of our philanthropy and empowering the community to be change makers and community builders.
Arab Americans remain underserved and often under-recognized for their contributions to civil society. Through our mantra of “Give Smart. Give Together.”, CAAP empowers the Arab American community to find its voice and take a stand through collective, strategic philanthropy. To be a philanthropist is not a lofty goal. We believe anyone who gives deliberately of their time, talent and treasure is a philanthropist.
Arab culture already carries a tradition of hospitality and generosity. CAAP unifies this generosity to raise the visibility and agency of Arab Americans, and achieve a better and more just society for everyone.
Since 2010, CAAP has grown from housing three donor-advised funds and one field of interest fund, to housing more than 75 funds with a variety of purposes.
In 2013 we reached our million dollar total grantmaking milestone, and continue to grant more than $750,000 per year through all our funds.
CAAP’s award-winning Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI), which launched in 2011, now has chapters in Michigan, Southern California, and Florida. The teens meet monthly to make a difference in their communities through grantmaking.
In March of 2014, CAAP launched the first 100 Arab American Women Who Care event in southeast Michigan, and continues to launch new chapters of this unique and exciting event across the country.