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CAAP 2017 Annual Report

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Our community’s boundless resilience, optimism and determination to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges has only served to make us stronger. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) continues that legacy by providing leadership and expertise to fulfill the giving aspirations of Arab Americans. Every single day, we work to serve donors, improve…

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Ahlan/Welcome to Maher Touma – our newest board member!

We’d like to take this opportunity to give a warm ahlan wa sahlan to Maher Touma, the newest member to join the CAAP Advisory Board. Maher is the Chairman and CEO of CECA Supply & Services Inc, an oil and energy company located in Houston, TX. Maher is a seasoned businessman, and also a generous philanthropist. He is a supporter…

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Providing shelter from the storm: Housing advocate Nadine Makki

CAAP recently had the chance to speak with Nadine Makki, the Operations Manager at the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, an organization whose mission is to work with communities and their leaders to produce and preserve quality affordable housing. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to incredible innovation and unprecedented job growth,…

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Building Blocks for New Americans Fund

In the news: CAAP’s Syrian refugee fund

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy’s (CAAP) new fund, Building Blocks for New Americans, has received coverage on multiple different news outlets! The Building Blocks for New Americans Fund aims to provide Syrian refugee families with the necessary assistance to resettle and rebuild in the U.S. To learn more about this new initiative and for…

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Introducing our newest Advisory Board member, Dr. Bassam Nasr

CAAP is pleased to welcome our newest Advisory Board member: Dr. Bassam H. Nasr. Dr. Nasr brings several years of experience in the community foundation field, and currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, as well as several other boards in his local community of Port Huron, Mich. We…

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Syrian Refugee

Delivering hope and a sense of home to Syrian refugee families

Imagine being forced to leave your home and flee your country for your and your family’s safety. Imagine coming to a country with very little in terms of personal possessions, with limited support to assist you as you attempt to rebuild your life in a foreign land. Such is the reality of Syrian refugees forced…

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CAAP’s 2016 Guide to Giving

In 2016, CAAP supported numerous organizations all over the country through our competitive funds, each organization providing important services in various fields such as humanitarian relief, human services, arts and culture, and youth leadership development. CAAP supported the relief efforts of Baitulmaal through the Disaster Relief fund, as it provided necessary aid to those affected…

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ACCESS of WNY

Empowering Arab Americans in Western New york

Seeking to assist the Arab immigrant population in the Greater Buffalo region, a group of Arab American community members founded ACCESS of Western New York. Since 2005, ACCESS of WNY has developed into a champion of immigrant and non-immigrant families, providing necessary services to combat poverty among low income families within the community and improve…

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Yahya Alazrak instigates radical change through philanthropy

We recently spoke with Yahya Alazrak, who currently serves as the National Organizer and Coordinator of POC Programs for Resource Generation, a nonprofit that organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. Yahya, born in Morocco and moved to…

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Not Just Cute Faces: Youth Grantmakers are Strengthening Philanthropy

Check out this awesome CAAP mention in the Huffington Post! “Youth often roll up their own sleeves to assess needs in their communities before defining their grantmaking focus. For example, the Teen Grantmaking Initiative at the Center for Arab-American Philanthropy surveys students at the schools that they themselves attend to understand what needs they perceive…

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