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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.