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Ahlan/Welcome to Maher Touma – our newest board member!

We’d like to take this opportunity to give a warm ahlan wa sahlan to Maher Touma, the newest member to join the CAAP Advisory Board. Maher is the Chairman and CEO of CECA Supply & Services Inc, an oil and energy company located in Houston, TX. Maher is a seasoned businessman, and also a generous philanthropist. He is a supporter…

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Providing shelter from the storm: Housing advocate Nadine Makki

CAAP recently had the chance to speak with Nadine Makki, the Operations Manager at the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, an organization whose mission is to work with communities and their leaders to produce and preserve quality affordable housing. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to incredible innovation and unprecedented job growth,…

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Dr. Bassam Nasr

Introducing our newest Advisory Board member, Dr. Bassam Nasr

CAAP is pleased to welcome our newest Advisory Board member: Dr. Bassam H. Nasr. Dr. Nasr brings several years of experience in the community foundation field, and currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, as well as several other boards in his local community of Port Huron, Mich. We…

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Syrian Refugee

Delivering hope and a sense of home to Syrian refugee families

Imagine being forced to leave your home and flee your country for your and your family’s safety. Imagine coming to a country with very little in terms of personal possessions, with limited support to assist you as you attempt to rebuild your life in a foreign land. Such is the reality of Syrian refugees forced…

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Yahya Alazrak instigates radical change through philanthropy

We recently spoke with Yahya Alazrak, who currently serves as the National Organizer and Coordinator of POC Programs for Resource Generation, a nonprofit that organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. Yahya, born in Morocco and moved to…

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Marwa, Muslim American

Marwa Abdelghani and the passions that drive her to give back

A lover of humanity, Marwa Abdelghani has been dedicated to the welfare of others for much of her young life. Marwa, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Literary Journalism at the University of California – Irvine, advocates for numerous issues, such as women’s rights and Muslims in the media, and has been published in various…

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Sara Minkara

Sara Minkara is empowering blind youth through integration

Sara Minkara, a born and raised Bostonian, has tackled a very important unmet need. Sara lost her vision at age 7, but was fortunate to be surrounded by supportive family, friends, and technical services. It was only when she traveled to Lebanon on a family visit that she noticed a disparity of services for blind individuals,…

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Amanda Saab

MasterChef Amanda Saab’s flavorful philanthropy

CAAP recently had a chance to speak with Amanda Saab, 2015 MasterChef contestant, to learn more about her giving philosophy and passions. Amanda’s impressive drive can be seen in everything she does, including her dedication to causes she cares about, her career as a social worker, and her superior skills in the kitchen. CAAP: Can…

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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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