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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.

Mission:
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?

As we close the year, we want to thank all of our supporters. Over 700 people have donated this year, and more than 2,560 subscribed to our email newsletter. It's an exciting time and we are glad you're following our work. Since July of 2017, we have funded 45 organizations with more than $142,000 through our Donor Advised Funds and Giving Circles. If you're interested in opening a DAF or giving circle with your family or friends, please connect with us.

In a partnership with the Minnesota Education Trust, AMuslimFund was invited to present our work to nearly 70 mosques throughout the state. We listened to their leadership and encouraged them to learn more about our grant opportunities and how nonprofits can partner with us to establish their endowments.

In 2018 we plan to have our first call for proposals from our endowment and community grants which support our strategic initiatives. If you're one of our nonprofit recipients or want to find out more, stay in touch.

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.

Organization Highlight - Zaman International
 


AMuslimFund is proud to support Zaman International for their shared values of making the world a better place. Zaman is committed to addressing the basic needs and empowerment of women and children locally and internationally. In Southeast Michigan, Zaman aids abused, abandoned, widowed, divorced and marginalized women heads of household through comprehensive, case-managed services. The organization’s two-pronged approach to breaking the cycle of poverty involves stabilizing its clients – 95% of whom live below the poverty level and 67% of whom speak no or very little English – with food, clothing, shelter and other essential needs, then helping them achieve self-reliance through literacy and job skills training.
 
Zaman’s outreach initiatives include crisis assistance, infant burial, international and domestic orphan sponsorship, a summer meals program for youth, international relief partnerships, a resale shop, a food pantry, and classes in English, sewing and culinary arts. In 2016, Zaman served 25,194 individuals, distributed 90,000 pounds of food, collected 288,000 pounds of clothing, provided vocational and English language instruction to more than 70 women, and gave 268 winter coats and 895 school supply-filled backpacks to local children. Zaman has 178 community partners on a range of initiatives and funded overseas relief projects bringing safe water to more than 5,500 people.
 
Learn more about Zaman at their website.

Donor Spotlight - Sakib & Kelley Elahi

The Muslim community in the U.S. is large, diverse, and passionate for universal social justice.  A nationwide community that AMuslimFund envisions could harness the strength of our numbers and diversity.  With the support of the community in these beginning stages, Muhi and the AMuslimFund team could grow to be the beating heart of a large ecosystem of Islamic philanthropy that supports many facets of need facing our community.

I am a Biomedical Engineer working at a large medical device company in Durham, North Carolina.  I've lived in 3 states in 3 years and experienced thriving Muslim communities in each: most intimately at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where I was involved in the leadership of the Muslim Engineering Students Association for several years; then in rural Texas (College Station) where I was a postdoc at Texas A&M, and now in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, a progressive community that is surrounded by a very conservative state.  Living in these varied environments exposed me to new ideas at every turn, sometimes from people who never met a Muslim in their life.  A few times this made me vulnerable to bigotry, but most of the time it was a learning opportunity for both parties.  Stepping out of my comfort zone was worth it in all cases.  Just as it was when my wife, Kelley, and I carved the Andes Mountains on a 300 mile motorcycle trip in Peru during our honeymoon. :)
 

I share Muhi's belief that the surest way to fight bigotry against Muslims in the U.S. is for Muslims to be at the forefront of philanthropy, and this begins with us building bridges to support a variety of causes.  That is why I support AMuslimFund, and I thank the entire community of donors for their leadership and support.

And as always - Go Blue!

Please Donate Today!
With gratitude,
 
Muhi Khwaja & The American Muslim Fund Team
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