This report is the first initiative of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, formerly known as the Collaborative, a program to promote strategic philanthropy in the Arab American community nationwide. While there are many challenges and barriers to Arab American giving, the research shows a strong demand for support to donors and broad recognition of the potential for philanthropy to strengthen and showcase Arab American civic participation.
The Council of Michigan Foundations, in partnership with the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, produced this report as part of its "Transforming Michigan Philanthropy Through Diversity and Inclusion" initiative. The report focuses on the organizational needs and aspirations of Arab American leaders and donors practicing philanthropy in our state. Drawing on recent research from CMF and other sources as well as the findings of the first Listening Tour focus group, we hope to illuminate the unique aspirations, challenges, and perspectives of Arab American philanthropy.
A report by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, includes the latest findings on the subject of "identity-based philanthropy" - whose focus is on under-served ethnic communities (including Arab Americans). In the early 1990s, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation became one of the first major foundations to study and support this emerging field. Since then, they have become the largest single funder of identity-based funds in the country. Much of that funding has been organized through one key program—Cultures of Giving—the strategies and lessons of which are described in this report.
Published by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees & Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, this report is meant to serve as a resource for San Francisco Bay Area foundations to understand the needs and issues confronting confronting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities and the organizations that serve them.