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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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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Yasmine El Baggari Voyaj

Yasmine El-Baggari: Wanderlust for world peace

Yasmine El-Baggari, age 22, is doing her utmost best to make a widespread impact on the world, one person at a time. Through her tech start-up Voyaj, she seeks to help travelers make lasting, meaningful connections with hosts in different countries. The Voyaj service, which is preparing for its official launch, uses a matching algorithm…

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Flint Water Crisis: How to Help

The city of Flint, Michigan is facing an extreme crisis, as their drinking water has been contaminated with toxic amounts of lead, rendering it extremely dangerous and unsafe and leaving thousands of families and individuals without clean water. CAAP is responding to the crisis by recommending groups that are working to help the people of…

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Stephanie Abraham

Stephanie Abraham and a Passion for Helping Others

For Stephanie Abraham, giving is in her blood. Her mother comes from an Irish Catholic family and her father’s family emigrated from Lebanon and Syria, where they were Maronite Catholics. For Stephanie, philanthropy wasn’t an option but a given. Her parents gave 5% of their income to the Church and 5% to other charitable causes,…

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