Mission: To strengthen the impact of strategic Arab-American giving through education, asset building, and grantmaking in order to improve lives and build vibrant communities.
About the Organization: Launched in 2005 as a program of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) with support from the W.K. Kellogg and Charles Stewart Mott foundations, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy aims to create a legacy of giving in the Arab-American community, help shape society through the collective power of philanthropy, and empower Arab Americans to become change makers and community builders. The center works to build and manage the community's philanthropic resources, provides donor services, and awards grants to Arab-American nonprofits.
Current Programs: The center's donor services include donor-advised funds, giving circles, and a variety of education and outreach services to Arab American organizations; it also is building a substantial network of family foundations. Designated funds include the Network of Arab American Professionals' NAAP Arab-American Scholarship Fund; the Bustan Al-Funun Fund for the Arab Arts in America; the Palestine Community Advocacy Network of community-based centers, which are guided by a Rights-Based Community Practice model that combines community organizing, social work, and legal advocacy; and the Fostering Leadership for Young Palestinians Fund, a new matching fund created to assist more than twenty-five hundred children in the Gaza Strip who lost their parents in the summer 2014 war. The center's grantmaking activities also include community grantmaking, disaster relief, and a Teen Grantmaking Initiative.
Website: Visitors to the site can browse a variety of resources, including the center's reports and guides about giving, follow its progress via regular updates on its blog, or learn how to apply for a grant. Potential donors can check out FAQs about the center, charitable giving, or DAFs; access sample fund contracts and policies; or make an online donation.
Funding: The Center for Arab American Philanthropy is funded by foundations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.