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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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Omar Yousef Shehabi

Omar Yousef Shehabi: Bringing Legal Services to Palestine

Omar Shehabi didn’t always identify with his Palestinian-Arab identity. A  first-generation Arab American born in Warren, Ohio, Omar was cognizant of his ancestry growing up, as his mother is of Lebanese descent and his father immigrated to the U.S. from Palestine in the 1960s. The Shehabi family has its roots in Jerusalem, in the Old…

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Arab American Scholarship

NAAP Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) is currently accepting applications for the Arab-American Scholarship, the deadline to apply is December 30. The scholarship is open to currently enrolled college students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement and an appreciation, understanding and promotion of his or her Arab American identity to the student community at large….

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TGI Summit

TGI Attends 2015 Arab American Summit

From November 7-8th, the youth in our Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) attended the Arab American Summit hosted by the National Network of Arab American Communities (NNAAC). The Arab American Summit is a two-day convening of leaders, advocates, students and allies from across the country as they honor the work that has been done to build…

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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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