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

DECEMBER 2018  
 
 How a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Helps
 
Unsure of where to donate this year but want to receive a tax deduction? Setup a DAF. It's better than Uncle Sam taking your hard earned money! A DAF is a giving vehicle that provides you with immediate tax ‚Ä®benefits & allows you to support your charities of choice through grant recommendations on your own timetable. You get to invest the balance, receive immediate tax benefits, and distribute to multiple nonprofits while receiving one tax receipt. Watch this video to learn more.

Thirty-one families we work with across the U.S. are giving more than $95,000 this month to their favorite nonprofits which brings our total to over $650,000 disbursed since July 2017. Join us to give through a Muslim community foundation, showcasing our strength and generosity in philanthropy.
 
  
 
Please visit our website to learn more about DAFs.
 
AMF Attends Giving Circle Incubator
 
 
In early November, twenty-two global nonprofit leaders gathered in NYC for the launch of Amplifier’s 5th Giving Circle Incubator. A giving circle is a form of philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own money or time to a pooled fund, deciding together where to give these away to a nonprofit or community project. In doing so, the Giving Circle seeks to increase their awareness of and engagement in the issues covered by the charity. The Incubator focused on how to provide support and structure to groups of family or friends who want to start Giving Circles.
 
The Giving Circles that Incubator participants will build over the next six months will introduce hundreds of people at all financial levels to the power of collective giving inspired by common values. From 2007-2017, Giving Circles in the United States tripled in number, proving to be a fun, effective and meaningful way for like-minded individuals to engage in philanthropy.
 
 
 
AMF Co-Founder Teaching with Indiana University
 
Muhi Khwaja will be joining as an instructor at The Fund Raising School at Indiana University's Lilly School of Philanthropy in partnership with the Center on Muslim Philanthropy (CMP). CMP's goal is to help 500 nonprofits in the next five years to certify 250 nonprofit professionals. Muhi received his Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM) in 2017 from Indiana University. Earlier this month, Muhi visited Minneapolis, MN, for a course on Developing Annual Sustainability and will be teaching in Tampa, FL on January 26-27.
 
The course focuses on how successful fundraising is an ongoing process. As organizations continue to identify new donors, they also need to maintain good relations with current donors and encourage them to repeat and increase their giving. This course will allow nonprofit leaders to learn and strengthen the fundraising skills that provide sustainability; including mail, online giving, major gifts and special events.
 
If you'd like to register to learn more about how your organization can implement the best practices of fundraising, please sign up here.
 
 
End of Year Campaign
 
With a goal to raise $10,000 by the end of the year, we are sitting pretty at $2,182. A generous donor has offered a match of $5,000 if we can close the small gap of $2,818. Help us make a difference and donate on our website or LaunchGood campaign!
 
 
 
Fund our strategic initiatives by contributing to our Endowment so we can make a sustainable difference for generations to come.
DONATE TODAY! 

 
ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHT: Kartemquin Films
Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers to create stories that foster a more engaged and just society, and David Washburn is doing just that!
 
Kartemquin Films produced David's film Loyalty: Stories, a 10-part docu-series about the experiences of American Muslims in the US military. The series will be featured at the Sundance Festival next month. The film takes viewers to military bases and cities across the country to show how Muslims are serving their nation, community and faith. The project features a diverse group of men and women – immigrants, converts, and American-born Muslims – who gave an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
 
Kartemquin's films like Loyalty: Stories have received three Academy Award® nominations and won many more major prizes, including six Emmys® and two Peabody Awards. Recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs and championing of documentary films.
 
 
Visit Loyalty: Stories website to learn more about the project.
 

 
 
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Erin O'Connor & Ebrahim Varachia

 
 
 
As a social entrepreneur and a clinical social worker, the desire to empower sustainable change lies at our core. Whether at home in the Motor City or traveling abroad, we’ve been inspired by the endless opportunities and initiatives that aim to positively impact individuals and communities. Our recent pilgrimage to the sacred cities during Umrah allowed us to reflect on the beauty of human diversity, the essence of Islamic spirituality and scholarship, the richness of culture and architecture, and the many political and socioeconomic factors that drive human behavior and can serve to support or dismantle systems of justice. Arrivals at the House of God and the City of the Prophet (peace be upon him) were in fact a return home, illuminating the values and causes that are most important to us. 
 
We’re passionate about supporting mental health and wellness, uplifting diverse and disenfranchised populations, and building toward the future for a more vibrant and unified community. The American Muslim Fund streamlines the giving process, providing flexibility and efficiency as we strive to make a difference, interweaving our own thread into the Muslim American fabric.
 
 
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With gratitude,

 
 


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 a grassroots, national community foundation in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

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 community foundation, Tax ID # 81-2936073

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