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2016 Youth Conference

TGI members find their voices

Over the weekend of June 24-26, members of our Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) had the incredible opportunity to attend the Michigan Council of Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy (MCFYP) 2016 Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference at Central Michigan University. The conference saw the gathering of hundreds of youth philanthropists from the Midwest to share their experiences and…

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Marwa, Muslim American

Marwa Abdelghani and the passions that drive her to give back

A lover of humanity, Marwa Abdelghani has been dedicated to the welfare of others for much of her young life. Marwa, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Literary Journalism at the University of California – Irvine, advocates for numerous issues, such as women’s rights and Muslims in the media, and has been published in various…

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Sara Minkara

Sara Minkara is empowering blind youth through integration

Sara Minkara, a born and raised Bostonian, has tackled a very important unmet need. Sara lost her vision at age 7, but was fortunate to be surrounded by supportive family, friends, and technical services. It was only when she traveled to Lebanon on a family visit that she noticed a disparity of services for blind individuals,…

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Amanda Saab

MasterChef Amanda Saab’s flavorful philanthropy

CAAP recently had a chance to speak with Amanda Saab, 2015 MasterChef contestant, to learn more about her giving philosophy and passions. Amanda’s impressive drive can be seen in everything she does, including her dedication to causes she cares about, her career as a social worker, and her superior skills in the kitchen. CAAP: Can…

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Maysoon Zayid

Maysoon Zayid: Combining Humor With Compassion

One of America’s first Arab and Muslim American women comedians, Maysoon Zayid has made her mark in both the world of comedy and philanthropy. Maysoon, who is from New Jersey, is of Palestinian descent and was born with cerebral palsy. She is widely known for her acting and comedic career—she was a full time contributor…

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Center for Arab American Philanthropy Pattern

CAAP in the News

Take a look at some of the coverage CAAP has received over the years! “CAAP: helping build the field of Arab-American philanthropy” Mott News from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Published 2009 “Ethnic Philanthropy Extends Its Reach: A Conversation with Maha Freij of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy” The Nonprofit Quarterly Published May 17, 2012…

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Mohammed Fairouz

Breaking down the barriers of philanthropy with composer Mohammed Fairouz

Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985 is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composers of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new artistic voice” and by BBC World News as “one of the most talented composers of his generation.” Mohammed’s cosmopolitan outlook reflects his transatlantic upbringing and extensive travels. By his early teens, the Arab…

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Tina NAAP

Doing the Right Thing On and Off Campus: Tina Al-Khersan

Tina Al-Khersan, a junior at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, has been selected to receive the 2015 NAAP Arab American Scholarship. The Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP) is a professional organization that advocates for collective advancement of all Arab Americans through networking opportunities, community service and education. NAAP established the NAAP Arab American…

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Hiba and Chady

Meet Hiba Yazbeck, a Lebanese American philanthropist

Since she was young, philanthropy has always played a huge part in her life, being raised by parents who were active philanthropists. A financial expert and accountant in the automotive industry, Hiba Yazbeck, along with husband Chady Webhe, has spent much of her life giving back to others. We recently spoke with Hiba Yazbeck to learn more about…

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