Center for Arab American Philanthropy Pattern

Philanthropy By Any Other Name: Honoring Michael Suleiman

This past weekend, the Arab American National Museum (AANM) hosted a cutting-edge conference in honor of the late Dr. Michael Suleiman. Dr. Suleiman, along with being a founding figure in the field of Arab American studies, was also an exemplary philanthropist. CAAP recognizes that philanthropic work takes many guises, and can involve donating time, expertise,…

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Muna and Basem Hismeh

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy Professional Advisory Board members Muna and Basem Hishmeh are great examples of Arab American philanthropists whose giving has enhanced children’s lives through the arts. Originally from Palestine, the Hishmehs believe exposure to the arts is especially important for children. Having grown up without the art and music lessons, Muna…

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East Coast Travels

CAAP founder and ACCESS Deputy Executive Director Maha Freij was honored Oct. 19 in Washington by the American Task Force for Palestine (ATFP) with a Distinguished Service in Philanthropy Award. Each year, ATFP honors the contributions of Palestinian Americans who have enriched their community and provided great service or unique achievement in the U.S. In…

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Connecting Michigan’s Community Foundations: 39th CMF Conference

We at CAAP love that our grantmaking extends across the nation (from Massachusetts to California), but it’s also important for us to develop strong connections within the Great Lakes region. This year’s annual Council of Michigan Foundations conference was held in Kalamazoo on Oct. 10-11, and CAAP staff Jamie Kim, Katy Hanway, and Jeanette Mansour…

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Dire Food for Thought: Somalia’s Ongoing Famine

In late August of this year, CAAP encouraged the Arab American community and beyond to give what resources they could to help assuage the growing humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa – specifically Somalia. Two months on, the situation is just as harrowing and complicated as ever. One.org reports that 30,000 children have died…

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Fall Film Fests: Arab Cinema Across the Country

We are pleased to present a roundup of our grantee organizations’ upcoming events featuring the latest in excellent Arab feature films: The Arab Film Festival opens in San Francisco today with Egyptian Maidens, directed by Mohamed Amin and centering on the dilemma faced by two cousins entering their 30 without prospective husbands. San Jose, Berkeley,…

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Debunking Grant Delusions

Feeling fuzzy about why your organization is lacking funding success? About.com has provided us with some handy hints about how nonprofits can increase their grantwriting savvy. Getting a grant: Quick fix. Finding and securing your first grant is like finding and securing your first job. It requires a lot of time and patience. However, if…

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Yalla Change: CAAP’s Perspective

This past weekend, the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) in partnership with the Arab American Institute hosted their Yalla Change National Leadership Conference with the theme of “Growing Leadership from the Grassroots.” Katherine Hanway – CAAP donor services and program officer – and Jamie Kim – CAAP consultant – were in attendance, sharing…

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Facebook and Philanthropy

While we nonprofit professionals await the latest developments with Jumo, the oft-hyped “Facebook for Nonprofits,” the social networking giant itself is releasing a few changes that could prove to be instrumental for advancing the causes of philanthropic institutions. When a Facebook user donates to a cause or posts a video about a cause of their…

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What is the Future of Foundations?

As much as community foundations are focused on investing in the future, this objective cannot be accomplished if there is no future for the foundation. Emmett Carson, the CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and a national leader in thinking strategically about the role of community foundations, delivered an intriguing speech at this year’s…

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