2015 Fall Grantee Roundup

With fall well underway, we would like to take the time to highlight some of the awesome upcoming events and programs from our 2015 grantees! If you find yourself in the East Coast, a couple of our grantees are hosting some exciting events! In Philadelphia, be sure to check out Al-Bustan’s “Music in Practice” on…

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Diversity Photo

The Problem with Diversity in the Nonprofit World

A few months ago, I found myself at a convening for Youth Advisory Council (YAC) advisers. The day saw numerous fun events meant to help the advisers grow and develop their skills. Towards the end of the day, the light, upbeat atmosphere was toned down in favor of a more serious, somber one, as we…

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What does it mean to be young, Somali, Muslim and American?

A new exhibit at the Arab American National Museum features work from photographer Somali-born Mohamud Mumin. CAAP had a chance to sit down with Mumin and discuss his inspiration for The Youth//Dhallinyarada. The exhibit, made up of large-scale black and white portraits of Mumin’s friends and other members of the Somali American community in Minneapolis,…

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The legacy of the Chapel Hill victims lives on

Back in February, the Arab American community was rocked by the tragic and senseless killing of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. These three individuals were generous and kind, having been involved in numerous charitable endeavors and other activities meant to help and give back to…

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TGI Spotlight: Ahmad and his passion for youth philanthropy

Recently, Ahmad Haidar-Ahmad—Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) alumni member—saw 6 months of his hard work and determination come to a close; Ahmad was selected for the Mawby Internship with the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP), a project of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). His duties included planning and development of the annual Youth Grantmakers…

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2015 CAAP Grantees

2015 CAAP and TGI grantees announced

A grand total of $46,000 will be distributed to deserving community groups across the country, thanks to the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) and its commitment to unite and empower Arab Americans through collective giving. CAAP’s community grantmaking program, supported by CAAP board members and individual donors across the U.S., allows eligible Arab American…

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Arab American Mentoring Program

Groundbreaking Arab American mentoring program seeks participants

COOK COUNTY – The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) and Arab American Family Services (AAFS), in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, seek mentors and mentees to participate in their Arab American Mentoring program this October. The program officially kicked off in October 2014, in the Bridgeview neighborhood of Chicago, supporting 11…

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Word of the Month: Hassan

Arabic Word of the Month: Hassan

كلمة الشهر حسن The next installment in our Arab Word of the Month blog series highlights an Arabic word that has many different meanings depending on the context in which it used: حسن. Transliterated as ‘hassan’, this Arabic word’s many meanings share a common theme: the idea of being good, or better than before – an improvement. Used as…

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Helping special needs individuals takes GUTS

Physical fitness has many benefits, including strong mental and psychological benefits. Brothers Paul and Todd Turner, the founders of GUTS (Ground Up Training System), hope to help individuals with special needs develop healthy fitness habits through their unique physical fitness and training program.  CAAP recently visited the brand new GUTS facility in Ferndale, MI, to learn more about their mission…

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David Salha

David Salha’s American dream: introducing youth to nature

Photo Courtesy of Huffington Post For David Salha, opening a summer youth camp on his vacation property in northern Michigan has been a longtime dream. A Lebanese, Muslim American, and the owner of a mattress store in Detroit, David and his family have a history of involvement in scout troops; David’s son and daughter are active members of the…

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