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March 2019
 
 
Board & Staff Update
 
The Board of Directors held their Annual Meeting earlier this month where they welcomed new board members, Mariam Afzal and Kinan Alhoch. The Board also elected a new President, Co-Founder Safaa Ibrahim and new Vice President, Agnes Chong. We wanted to thank outgoing President, Co-Founder Ayman Elsawah for his leadership over the last three years as he transitions to a general board member. Congratulations!
 
Muhi Khwaja will be focusing time as Director of Development & Philanthropy. As a Co-Founder, Muhi has helped recruit board members and carry out the mission and vision traveling across the country to represent AMF. As Director of Development & Philanthropy he will focus on fundraising, building relationships with families and nonprofits, and help showcase the impact Muslim philanthropy has through Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) and endowments.
 
 
Getting Ready for Ramadan
 
With Ramadan around the corner, we hope you're considering the best ways to support all of the nonprofit organizations you love. To increase your effectiveness and have the opportunity to streamline your giving, consider opening a DAF.
 
A DAF will allow you to consolidate your donations, receive one tax receipt for multiple gifts to your favorite charities, have the ability to invest your balance, and make distributions on your own timetable all while getting a deduction once you setup your account along with the convenience of a philanthropic advisor to help you research zakat eligible nonprofits and great organizations making an impact.
 
 
To learn more about DAFs, visit: www.AMuslimFund.org/dafs.
 
Webinar
Advancing Muslim Philanthropy: Planned Giving & Zakat
In partnership with AMANA Mutual Funds, we will be hosting a pre-Ramadan webinar to showcase how families can take advantage of giving through their IRAs, appreciated assets, and focus on best practices for charitable giving. Please save the date for Tuesday April 30 at 11am Pacific. To sign up or learn more, visit our Events page.
 
Nonprofits 
If your favorite organizations are not listed on our website under eligible organizations, make sure they fill out our agreement form at: www.AMuslimFund.org/funded. These charities have received more than $750,000 since 2017. AMF vets charities for the families we work with to make sure the causes you care about are in compliance with the IRS and are following best practices.
 
 
'Advancing Muslim Philanthropy' tour on the Road
 
 
 
San Antonio
On Friday March 29, AMF will be at the Muslim Children and Education Civic Center (MCECC) 8-9:30pm.
 
Muhi will be presenting at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in San Antonio on Sunday March 31 on "Islam & Philanthropy" with Sana Mahboob from the University of Manitoba.
 
Seattle
On April 1 and 2, Muhi will be joining other funders and community foundation leaders at the Gates Foundation to learn more about best practices of Giving Circles. If you have time to grab some coffee with Muhi, reach out at Muhi@AMuslimFund.org.
 
New Jersey & New York
From April 12-14, Muhi will be visiting the Islamic Center of Passaic County on Friday April 12 8-9:30pm and the Islamic Center of Long Island Sunday April 14 11am-1pm.
 
Michigan
On Friday April 26, Muhi will be at the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit for Friday prayers along with visiting a few other Metro Detroit area mosques and hosting a luncheon. For more details, please reach out to Muhi@AMuslimFund.org.
 
 
Support AMF
 
Consider hosting an event for AMF in Ramadan or throughout the rest of the year! You can help us enchance Muslim philanthropy in your community. We'll translate your donation into building stronger nonprofits, helping families choose effective organizations, and showcasing the generosity of American Muslims across the country. We work for you.
 
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ORGANIZATION HIGHLIGHT
United We Reach
United We REACH (UWR) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for children in stressed socioeconomic demographics. In Pakistan, UWR is utilizing technology to create and deliver fully scripted lesson plans to students.  In Africa, UWR provides scholarships to more than 11,000 children through Bridge International Academies.
 
UWR brings an unrivaled education to as many students as possible by harvesting the awesome power of technology to shape, construct, and deliver a first-rate education. UWR analyzes a variety of student-centric data collected through digital labs, which are installed in each and every one of its schools.  Using Big Data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies developed in-house in Lahore, Pakistan, UWR then uses this information to optimize its education, delivery, and assessment tools to benefit each and every child.  At its core, UWR aims to promote educational equality through Equity Literacy.
 
To learn more about UWR, visit their website at: www.UnitedWeReach.org.
 

 
 
DONOR SPOTLIGHT
Abir Alhumdi & Jawad Khan

 
 
 
Having lived in Michigan, Texas, and now California, we have always been interested in being near our families or a strong Muslim community. Our parents showed us the importance of being there for others and what living in proximity to a mosque meant outside of work and life and it's something that we now want for our kids. In Arabic, our names Abir and Jawad respectively mean fragrant and generous. And we hope that through our actions, we can bring beauty, excellence, and grace to what our religion asks us to do.
 
In studying medicine and becoming a hand surgeon, I was looking for ways to give back to people who were less fortunate and found myself going on medical trips through one of our favorite charities, Palestine Children's Relief Fund. It was on these trips that I recognized my duty to help others with my skills. This is also why we feel passionate about supporting causes that other people are championing. Although we may not have the time to continue to always volunteer in meaningful ways, we feel that our charitable giving can have the same impact.
 
When we partner with AMF, and countless other nonprofits, we value the work they are doing to uplift the Muslim community and build institutions our kids and future generations will also benefit from. As we have seen our parents be generous and open-handed with others, we now have the opportunity to do the same.
 
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American Muslim Fund
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimfund.org | www.AMuslimFund.org
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About Us:

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMF) 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.
 
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.

American Muslim Fund is a 501c3 nonprofit, Tax ID # 81-2936073.
 

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