Helping special needs individuals takes GUTS

Physical fitness has many benefits, including strong mental and psychological benefits. Brothers Paul and Todd Turner, the founders of GUTS (Ground Up Training System), hope to help individuals with special needs develop healthy fitness habits through their unique physical fitness and training program.  CAAP recently visited the brand new GUTS facility in Ferndale, MI, to learn more about their mission…

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David Salha

David Salha’s American dream: introducing youth to nature

Photo Courtesy of Huffington Post For David Salha, opening a summer youth camp on his vacation property in northern Michigan has been a longtime dream. A Lebanese, Muslim American, and the owner of a mattress store in Detroit, David and his family have a history of involvement in scout troops; David’s son and daughter are active members of the…

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Cultivating Generosity in the Ivy League

Cultivating Arab generosity in the Ivy League

Universities are meant to provide a safe space for students, where they can express their opinions, study, gather, practice their religion, or express their culture. For Omar Abboud, a third-year engineering student at Columbia University, promoting Arab culture proved to be incredibly important. Omar has accomplished plenty in his time at Columbia, which includes his work…

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Building a Coffee Bridge

Building a coffee bridge: connecting Yemen to the world

Coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity. Coffee owes its origins to the Arab World, as it was first produced in the port city of Mocha in Yemen. It should be no surprise, then, that there exists a strong connection between coffee and Arab culture; the English word for coffee even comes from the Arabic word for coffee, ‘qahwa’. Coffee…

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Tasbeeh Herwees

Bringing a diverse perspective to news

Photo courtesy of GOOD Magazine The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) recently got a chance to speak with Tasbeeh Herwees, founder of Kifah, a Libya-focused online magazine, and a current employee of GOOD Magazine, a news organization that combats the negativity of today’s media by sharing positive news stories, to learn more about her and her work. CAAP:…

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Jack Shaheen

Jack Shaheen: A reel good Arab

When it comes to Arabs and the media, Dr. Jack Shaheen is a household name. Prompted by the negative stereotypes present in television programs and films, Dr. Shaheen has devoted his time and work to changing perceptions of Arabs in mass media. He began his extensive research in the early 90’s, documenting and examining the many existing stereotypes and…

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100 Arab American Women Who Care

100 Arab American women gather to make an impact

On March 28, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy(CAAP) hosted its 2nd annual 100Arab American Woman Who Care event in Dearborn, Michigan. The event, which took place in the new annex space of the Arab American National Museum, saw more than 100 Arab American women gathering together to pool their money to make a bigger impact to cause…

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Genevieve Shaker

A scholar of giving back

An Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)administrator and professor, Genevieve Shaker has spent many years working in the field of philanthropy. Recently, Genevieve was honored with two awards. The Association of Fundraising Professionals selected Genevieve as the recipient of the organization’s 2015 Emerging Scholar Award. The award is recognition of Shaker’s work and research to shape the fields…

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Amal Killawi and Amany Killawi

Launching good into the world

Social activists with strong interests in helping under-served and underprivileged communities, Amal and Amany Killawi are making quite an impact on the world. Amal Killawi is a clinical social worker, researcher, and community educator. She serves as a scholar with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and sits on the board of the Family & Youth Institute (FYI). Her sister,…

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Center for Arab American Philanthropy Pattern

Victims of the Chapel Hill Shooting were generous and caring

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) mourns the terrible and tragic killing of three young Muslim Americans at the hands of a ruthless shooter Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, NC. In this senseless act of violence, a young couple—Deah Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21—and Mohammad’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19,…

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