Thanks to you we have raised $335,000 in 10 days to educate our children and keep them healthy. Along with its parent organization ACCESS, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) was the only Arab American organization in the country competing with 21 other ethnic nonprofits in a W.K Kellogg Foundation giving challenge. And 395 of you stepped up, giving over $210,000 to make ACCESS and CAAP the winners of three special challenge days and qualifying us for $125,000 in prize money and matching funds  – the most of any organization. What’s more, ACCESS and CAAP had the highest number of unique donors among all groups. To see the final leader board, please click here.

We always knew we had great friends and supporters – with this challenge we’ve been able to show our culture and pride nationally.

Most important, we’re all winners. W.K. Kellogg’s visionary challenge has raised more than $1.3 million among minority communities – money that is dedicated to youth programs. CAAP will carry on the spirit of this challenge by expanding our groundbreaking Teen Grant-making Initiative (TGI).

Launched this year in metro Detroit, TGI is a project by youth, for youth. It aims to inspire and grow a culture of philanthropy within our community. Right now, TGI consists of 20 dedicated, motivated teens in Dearborn and the metro Detroit area. With resources from the Kellogg challenge this will become a national program! Please click here to find out more about TGI.

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