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Foundation event represents U-turn for youth opportunities

Concerned with issues of youth opportunity and racial equity in Michigan, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) hosted State of Opportunity? The Road Ahead for Michigan on March 27. The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) was in attendance, representing the Arab American community while the convening tackled structural racism in philanthropy and “cradle to…

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Sustainable philanthropy

In the latest edition of LAU Magazine (from the Lebanese American University), The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) received a special mention as the only full services philanthropic organization based on a community foundation model in the Arab American community. Multiple CAAP donors leverage their giving in support of scholarships for students attending LAU…

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Grantmaking report shows shift towards sustainability

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) is a national membership association of foundations concerned with improving philanthropic strategy and practice. Coinciding with their national conference, GEO released “Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?: A national study of philanthropy,” a report based on the results of a 2011 survey of 370 foundations. “Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?” weighs the recent…

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Teens get first-hand experience in grant review

As anyone who has been involved in any aspect of the grantmaking cycle knows, reviewing grants is a very involved process. Now, members of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy’s Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) are learning about this process firsthand. Members of the group began reviewing grant applications in February after having released their first…

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One year after Japan tsunami, tomodachi

Sunday, March 11 marked the one-year anniversary of the fifth-largest earthquake in recorded history. Striking 45 miles off the coast of Sendai, Japan, the earthquake sparked a series of disasters that dramatically changed the lives of Tohoku region residents. The ensuing tsunami, destruction of buildings and land, as well as complications from the Fukushima nuclear…

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“Relocalizing” global philanthropy

Who knows their community best? Many would argue the answer lies in community members themselves. The latest report from the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Aga Khan Foundation explores the rising trend of community-based philanthropy, evident in the growing numbers of community foundations not just domestically, but globally. For a sector characterized by grants and…

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Meditating on the “gift economy”

One author argues that the stock market crisis of 2008, the economic downturn, and subsequent Occupy Wall Street movements were caused not only by a faulty economic system, but by our collective mindset. Charles Eisenstein argues not only that we should turn our mindsets to become more socially/economically/environmentally aware, but that the shift is inevitable…

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Building vibrant communities: From the inside-out

Philanthropy serves as the most complete model of community development. While a donor may be attracted to a one-time cause, a philanthropist invests in long-term impact for their community. Additionally, philanthropy comes in all sizes and forms. And philanthropy’s potential to influence communities at all levels cannot be underestimated, whether it be a major gift…

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Alumni rallied to support alma maters in 2011

One promising sign that Americans are moving forward from the 2008 economic recession comes from a recent report on college giving from the Council for Aid to Education. In 2011, universities raised more than $30 billion, nearly reaching the 2008 high of $31.6 billion. After nearly two years of stalled support, the nation’s top universities…

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Scholarship deadline approaching for Arab American students

Applications are currently being accepted for the Russel J. Ebeid ‘62 ACCESS Scholarship for Arab American Students at Kettering University for the 2012-2013 school year. Mr. Ebeid established the scholarship program in partnership with ACCESS and the Arab American National Museum in order to help and encourage Arab Americans to attend Kettering University in Flint,…

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