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APRIL 2018  
What has AMuslimFund been up to?

Since our last update, AMuslimFund has taken some major steps in building our infrastructure.  We have transitioned into a new client relationship management software to manage our data, ensuring our efficiency and at the same time maximizing your privacy.  
 
Here is your current information we have on file (if it is blank, it means we don't have it):
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Last month we presented to a graduate course at University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy on Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations. 
 
 
Come Meet Us
 
Want to meet and ask us questions directly? We are visiting several San Francisco Bay Area mosques in the next few weeks during Friday prayers with informational tables. 
  • April 13 - San Ramon Valley Islamic Center
  • April 20 - South Bay Islamic Association
  • April 27 - Muslim Community Association
  • May 4 - South Bay Islamic Association
  • May 11 - Muslim Community Association
Leading up to Ramadan, we are participating in a series of charitable planning seminars in the Chicagoland area organized jointly by River Valley Law Firm, Khan Law LLC, Sharia Portfolio, and Amana Mutual Funds. The events will explain how you can plan your gift giving when you pass away to loved ones, to others who depend on you, and for nonprofit institutions while avoiding probate court. Contact info@AminaSaeed.com to find out more.
 
AMuslimFund will be presenting at the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Convention on Islam and Philanthropy in New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday April 16, 2018. If you're in town, let us know, we would love to visit you.

 
Support Us
 
For our supporters in the United States, you might be expecting your tax return soon. If you're inclined to turn your return into charitable contributions, partner with AMuslimFund to create your Donor Advised Fund, support our work, or donate towards our nonprofit grants via our strategic initiatives.

Do you like the work AMuslimFund is doing? Support us by joining our Sustainers Club or Century Circle! The Sustainers Club is our monthly giving program for those who donate $10 or more. The Century Circle is a group of individuals, families, and businesses donating a minimum of $1,500 ($125/month) to support our operations annually for the next three years (2018-2020). This will allow us to strategically fundraise publicly for our $5 million Endowment. You can be one of our founding members who make all of our work possible, all while receiving exclusive benefits.
 
If you simply want to support our work at any level, you can designate a gift to our operations, Endowment, or a strategic initiative. Every gift makes an impact.  Your contribution allows us to work with many impressive nonprofit organizations and provide for a more sustainable future. Please donate today to support the nation's first Muslim community foundation.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
 
The American Muslim Fund aims to award grants from its Endowment to nonprofit organizations working in partnership with the Muslim community in one of the following strategic initiatives:

50 Mosques

Mosques are the cornerstones of our community, and it is important to ensure they are actively engaging their youth, providing spiritual and communal connections for families, as well as providing women equal access to leadership, space, and resources. The American Muslim Fund intends to eventually support one mosque in each state.

Children of Abraham

We are all daughters and sons of Adam and Eve. Our lives are connected to the cosmos and through promoting tolerance and understanding, we can move our communities forward. Interfaith and Intra-faith dialogue and collaboration will help break down barriers of resistance and help subdue generational tones of racism.

Civic Eloquence

Community organizing and grassroots movements help mobilize people for the better. To make a difference, we need to increase our engagement in politics, media, and civil rights. If we do not stand up for the minorities whose rights are suppressed, we lose sight of what it means to be American. There are many deficiencies within our social structure, and this fund restores that balance to help bring an end to poverty, homelessness, and inequality. To save a life is to save all of humanity. Basic needs, education, and social services are vital to breaking the cycle of poverty. We must promote our foster care system, and empower the disadvantaged to succeed.

Muslim Artistry

By supporting creativity in all mediums, we can share the beauty of Islamic influence in the arts. There is a rich history of Islamic art and culture, that cultivates beautiful design and techniques for the literary, performance (musical and theatrical), visual, and vocal arts.

MUSLIM, Inc.

The prison industrial complex is a never-ending cycle of misguided rehabilitative services. The US has the highest incarceration rate and over (as at 2011) 9% of the prison population is made up of Muslims.  We support initiatives that provide resources for Muslim sisters and brothers to better understand and practice their faith while they are in prison, and practical support such as food, employment opportunities, or housing post-release in order to reduce the rates of recidivism.

New Muslim

It is often hard to navigate through a religion, learn it, commit to it, and find inner peace. It is hard to find relevant, insightful, and easy to understand information on Islam. We fund projects that are committed to caring for new Muslims, providing them with the resources to maintain their religious identity.

Seek Knowledge

Our tradition teaches us to seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. We want to empower and enhance educational structures to support their administration, students, and programming. Not only will this apply to schools serving kindergarten through college, it will also support nonprofits that provide continuing education and professional development.
Fund our strategic initiatives by contributing to our Endowment so we can make a sustainable difference for generations.
AcT NOW, DONATE! 

 
ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHT: Domestic Harmony Foundation
Domestic Harmony Foundation (DHF) is one of the many organizations receiving grants from our Donor Advised Funds. DHF is a community-based non-profit organization designed to support and empower survivors of domestic violence, largely from the underserved South Asian, Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in Long Island, NY. DHF is engaged in promoting awareness, education and prevention, while breaking stereotypes and dispelling myths and taboos. Their intention is to re-frame conversations about gender justice and interrupt the inter-generational impact of violence and abuse. DHF is building upon a shared commitment to promote healthy relationships and families in our community and in a peaceful world that we all envision.

DHF believes in utilizing both prevention and intervention strategies to minimize the occurrence of domestic violence and provide culturally relevant services when it does occur. Crisis intervention is critical in order to interrupt the cycle of abuse. Assisting a survivor not only prevents future transgressions, it sets an example of living life free from abuse for her children. DHF's goal is to empower women and provide them with the tools they need to lead an independent and safe life to their full potential.

Their weekly support group meetings and Summer Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) are designed to respond to the needs of survivors and their children. Support group meetings assist survivors in navigating their inner strength, healing from past traumas, and lead them towards financial stability. DHF recognizes that women who are economically dependent are less likely to leave abusive partners and that financial hardships play a major role in victims going back to their abusers. 

Domestic Violence happens in every community and has no socioeconomic boundaries. For more information on Domestic Harmony Foundation, please visit their website and social media: www.dhfny.org | Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @DomesticHarmony.
 
 

 
 
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Ali Elashram

 
 
Growing up in Texas, having lived on the west coast, and now on the east coast, I have seen my fair share of national and local Muslim nonprofits. I'm actively involved with the Center for Muslim Life at (the University of) Maryland.
 
I have great hopes that AMuslimFund will be a vehicle to help people and organizations that do good, do more of it. The way most nonprofits fundraise is a great administrative burden, very event-centric, and can skew what work an organization prioritizes (focusing on their mission versus time planning events). Organizations are often concerned with what will raise the most funds at a fundraiser, or impress donors the most. I believe AMuslimFund helps empower organizations to focus on doing what the nonprofit was founded to accomplish.
 
God willing, American Muslim Fund can help all the nonprofits they work with to acheve their mission by providing additional grants to support their work. That's why I support AMuslimFund, because they've helped over 60 organizations in the last year. Each gift to AMuslimFund has such a large impact. Join me in making a gift today.
 
Send us a Organization Highlight/Donor Spotlight to be featured!
Upcoming AMuslimFund Events
FRI APR
20
AMuslimFund Informational: San Francisco, CA
Appetizers will be served at 6 PM. Join us to learn more about how your charitable giving can make a collective impact. $15 | Register
FRI May
11
AMuslimFund Informational: Palo Alto, CA
Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. Stop by to hear from our founders about their vision for how Muslim philanthropy can change the world for the better.
$20 | Register
With gratitude,
 
Muhi Khwaja & The AMuslimFund Team.
 
Last Word: If you want to live in a world where we solve world issues through philanthropy, start by opening your own Donor Advised Fund (DAF) today.

American Muslim Fund
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimfund.org | www.AMuslimFund.org
844-4AM-FUND
About Us:
Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMuslimFund) is the first grassroots, national community foundation in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

Vision:
Leading sacred, sustainable & strategic Muslim philanthropy for today & future generations.

Mission:
American Muslim Fund cultivates a thriving philanthropic ecosystem to advance charitable causes by evolving donor giving and diversifying funding pathways for community organizations.

AMuslimFund is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID # 81-2936073

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