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2017 Adawia Alousi Scholars

Introducing the 2017 class of Adawia Alousi Scholars!

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are vastly underrepresented – indeed, a rarity. However, CAAP is aiming to turn the tide through the Dr. Adawia Alousi STEM Scholarship Fund for Muslim Women. This scholarship program, the first of its kind, will establish a sorority of Muslim American women pursuing STEM: the Adawia Alousi Scholars. The fund…

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Hurricane Maria: Here’s how you can help

The destruction caused by Hurricane Maria is intense, and Puerto Rico remains in a desperate state as houses have been washed away, the island’s electrical grid has been crippled, and highways have been damaged beyond repair. More than three weeks after the hurricane made landfall, entire communities are still isolated. The problems facing Puerto Rico…

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Zawaya: Giving the Arab American Community a Voice

Founded in 2003 by Nabila Mango and Haya Shawwa Ben-Halim, Zawaya has operated as a safe space for Arab artists to freely express themselves. Nabila and Haya sought to give the Arab community a voice and address certain stereotypes and misconceptions through the arts. Zawaya has various musical groups dedicated to showcasing the beauty of…

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Arab American Civic Council: Empowering Arab Americans through civic engagement

In our latest grantee spotlight, we got the chance to speak with the executive director of the Arab American Civic Council (AACC), Rashad Al-Dabbagh. AACC is encourages civic engagement in the Greater Los Angeles area  through community organizing, advocacy, leadership development, cultural outreach, and cultivating partnerships with other communities. Continue reading to learn more about…

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Building a safe park for Detroit elementary students

Growing up in Southwest Detroit, Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) fund-holder Rachid Elabed and his friends didn’t have a safe place to play outside. Drawing on his belief that youth everywhere should have a safe place to play and enjoy their childhood, Rachid is partnering with Neinas Elementary School and other community organizations to…

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Announcing the 2017 Community Grantmaking awardees

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is pleased to announce the 2017 round of grantees from our Community Grantmaking Fund, which is supported by CAAP board members and individual donors across the United States. CAAP will distribute a total of $40,000 to 9 deserving Arab American nonprofit organizations across the country, which will allow…

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Welcome to the CAAP Advisory Board, Peter Farah!

CAAP extends a warm welcome to our newest board member: Peter Farah. Peter is currently the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Assistant Secretary of The J. M. Smucker Company, where he has primary responsibility within the Legal Department for mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, and corporate governance. He received his Juris Doctor from Boston College…

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CAAP 2017 Annual Report

Download our 2017 Annual Report

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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