A new page has turned in identity-based philanthropy. “Arab American Giving: Diverse Voices Informing Philanthropy,” an event jointly hosted on Friday, May 11 by the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) and the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), brought together a national group of Arab American philanthropists as part of their effort to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector. “Arab American Giving” represented the first time a mainstream philanthropic support institution has reached out to members of the Arab American community to obtain their unique perspectives and visions.

Together, attendees discussed the current state of Arab American philanthropy, as well as future aspirations, opportunities and challenges. CMF staff was able to hear from immigrants as well as second and third generation Arab Americans – a diverse group within itself. By the end of the event, attendees had a greater understanding of how Arab Americans can band together to collectively affect change in the philanthropy world, and how CAAP and CMF can help Arab American philanthropists reach their goals.

This event is the first in a “listening tour” series in which CMF seeks to understand how mainstream philanthropy can be more inclusive of ethnic or identity-based philanthropy. You can see photos from the event and more on our Facebook page!

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