The Ali Ghassan Sobh Promise Fund, housed at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, honors the legacy of the late Ali Ghassan Sobh and the causes he was most passionate about especially helping vulnerable children, no matter in which corner of the world. The fund supports local, national and international nonprofit organizations working on the ground to provide relief efforts in order to ensure the health and well-being of children around the globe. From young children battling cancer in Detroit to hungry children in Yemen, this fund seeks to be a pillar of hope and a warm embrace for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Fund Update: Your donations to the Ali Ghassan Sobh Promise Fund have accomplished something incredible: a space for sick children receiving treatment to learn and play at Hôtel-Dieu de France Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, bringing joy and healing to young patients. Watch this video to learn more about this initiative to support the Ali Ghassan Sobh Promise Fund


The room has had a ripple effect, inspiring similar spaces to be built through Tamanna in two other hospitals in Lebanon, bringing smiles to children across the country.

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Millions of children are born or have fallen into life-threatening circumstances, plagued with homelessness, hunger, illness, war and abandonment. With a heart of gold and an abundance of compassion, Ali could not bear to see children suffering—be it from illness, natural disaster, malnourishment or the inability to go to school—without being driven to take action. He believed that every child, no matter where they come from or their family’s financial status, should be given a chance to thrive. In addition to offering his time and resources to relief causes, Ali was a voice for the voiceless, uplifting and sharing stories of children in need with his friends and family. The Ali Ghassan Sobh Promise Fund is our promise to continue the work Ali started and keep his compassion for the most vulnerable and dedication to children’s relief alive.


Ali Ghassan Sobh’s time in this world was marked by his acts of kindness and commitment to his family. Raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Ali became known as a compassionate giver and supporter of children’s causes, especially those who come from disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds. Ali eventually moved to Dearborn, Michigan, with his parents and siblings. On May 14, 2012, Ali welcomed his daughter, Ghalia “Yaya” Sobh, into his life, making him a father and reinforcing his dedication and love for helping vulnerable children. Inspired by her father’s dedication to making a positive difference, Yaya, now eleven years old, has grown up to become a ‘mini-philanthropist’ herself, volunteering at local events and giving back as an engaged student at school. Ali continues to be a role model of giving to his daughter and many others, even after his passing on October 20, 2021.

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