About Us/Vision:
Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMuslimFund) is the first grassroots, national community foundation in the United States leading sacred, sustainable, and strategic Muslim philanthropy for today and future generations.

AMuslimFund cultivates a thriving philanthropic ecosystem to advance charitable causes by evolving donor giving and diversifying funding pathways for community organizations.

What has AMuslimFund been up to?

2017 has wrapped up and you made your charitable donations. Now you need to wait for all of the organizations to send you tax deductible receipts. Wouldn't it be nice if you could consolidate all of your giving and receive one single receiptWell you can with our Donor Advised Fund! You get your tax deduction when you set it up, and don't have to decide where to donate the funds until later. Think of us as your one-stop-shop for making donations in any given year. You can even join a group of friends or family in a Giving Circle to contribute to causes you care about collectively. 

What's more, AMuslimFund helps nonprofits open and manage their endowments. If your mosque, school, community center or organization have long thought of opening an endowment and don't know where to start, let's have a conversation.

In 2018, we plan to start our grantmaking to nonprofits. Help us spread the word by introducing us to your favorite nonprofits. Here is a list of over 50 nonprofits we have already supported with more than $150,000 since July 2017. Make sure you take advantage of our services and partner with us!

To keep this work going, please consider becoming a monthly donor. Your gift will be immediately put to work by our expert team. Every gift: $10, $100, or $1,000 makes a difference. By turning your one time gift into a monthly donation, you help us forecast our finances. Your support allows us to work with many impressive nonprofit organizations. Please donate today so we can continue our work.

Finally, a big heartfelt thanks to all our donors for your support in 2017.  We will send our 2017 tax receipts by the end of this month via email. As always, we welcome your feedback and questions about any of our work.  We look forward to another year or productive partnership with you! 

Organization Highlight - 1947 Partition Project

Many families have a story to share. At the American Muslim Fund, we want to help preserve history and allow others to learn and gain benefit from it. As the British empire retreated from India in 1947, mass chaos broke out, especially in the states of Bengal and Punjab which were Partitioned between India and Pakistan.  Nearly 1% of the world's population was displaced in the years surrounding Partition. Between 1946 and 1948, approximately 14 million people were displaced, many becoming homeless overnight with nowhere to go. Nearly 100,000 women were abducted and it is unclear how many individuals died and how many children were orphaned.

The 1947 Partition Archive, based out of Berkeley, California, is rushing to record oral histories of witnesses who are now in their 80's, 90's and beyond.  Witnesses are spread all over the world, and there are hundreds, if not thousands right here in the United States. 

Yet, unlike other major world events such as the Holocaust or Hiroshima/Nagasaki in Japan, the 1947 Partition that created modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh remains relatively undocumented.  We risk completely missing the lessons learned, even though the legacy continues to define many lives today (politics, culture, temperament, economics). Some of the memories are unexpected and recall incidents that have yet to be officially noticed and documented.

The 1947 Partition Archive is currently the largest repository of memories and oral history on any topic from the South Asian subcontinent. Visit their website to learn more and hear the stories of those who witnessed the Partition.

Donor Spotlight - Amelia & Mike Oshiro

I have known Muhi Khwaja since his time as the Development Manager for Ta’leef Collective, which is a center for Muslim gatherings and community development. What both Ta’leef and Muhi represented to me then, is exactly what American Muslim Fund represents to me now: a steady commitment to the Muslim community, and a commitment to the values of pluralism and diversity. I think these are the values that many American Muslims seek to support today. 

I identify with Muhi—I am in a young Muslim in an interracial marriage. My husband, a convert, and I, a millennial, benefited incredibly from attending Ta’leef and the connections to the community there. Because of this experience, I wanted to support projects like Ta’leef and organizations that share its vision for the Muslim community. I know, from my ten years of volunteering for Muslim organizations, that receiving proper funding is a barrier to reaching their full potential. 

I trust American Muslim Fund to allocate and sustain funding for similar initiatives. Our presence as Muslims in the U.S. is in need of elevation, and one way to do that is through building up our community organizations.  I encourage people to donate to the American Muslim Fund to provide a reliable stream of funding to a plethora of Muslim organizations, and fortify the dollar within our own community to make a strong impact on people like me and my husband. 

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