LaunchGood is a global crowdfunding platform to support Muslims Launching good all across the world by helping them raise funds for their campaigns
There are nearly 2 billion Muslims in the world - as in 2 million people a thousand times over. That's a lot of people!
Yet if you look at the most popular businesses, movies, books, etc., how many come from Muslims? Sadly few to none.
Is it possible that Muslims just aren't capable of being creative & entrepreneurial? Our history as the founders of algebra, chemistry, coffee, shampoo and much more plainly reject that idea.
LaunchGood was started as a community and ecosystem to revive that spirit of creativity and entrepreneurism that elevated Muslims globally for centuries.
It is a place to support great ideas in the community and also challenge ourselves to think bigger. It is a network that insists the ummah is still alive in our hearts, that we are connected no matter where we are. It is our showroom to the world of all the great things Muslims are capable of.
Could a Muslim write the next Harry Potter novel, create the next Lord of the Rings trilogy, or discover the next great vaccine? We firmly believe so, that's why we're here.
We invite you to be part of our global community to launch great campaigns, both as a supporter and as a campaign creator. Together, we can change our communities, our countries and the world - one campaign at a time!
LaunchGood is in over 20 countries and counting.
Everything functions within an ecosystem - good things connect to other good things to create even greater things. Each organism has a place in the system, one thing cannot function at its best without the other part.
This is how it works: A person in China donates to a campaign in New York to help a survivor of domestic abuse. She gets back up on her feet and sends her daughter to a good school. Her daughter becomes a doctor who volunteers in Aleppo as there is a dire shortage of medical aid.
This is what we aim to be a part of. An everliving loop of goodness.
We are here to plant trees knowing that we may never get to sit in its shade. Our intention is for this tree to continue growing for generations to come.
We view our work with LaunchGood in the same way. While profit is never the only bottom line, to sustain our mission we need to be financially sustainable.
People are everything. At the core of any idea or movement, are committed people. People who share the same values and are working towards the same thing are likely to reach their goal.
The first Muslims grew from one person, to another, to another and finally to over a billion Muslims. One by one we impact a change of good by investing in each other with kindness, sincerity and love.
Technology is only an amplifier, people change the world.
We believe each campaign on LaunchGood is one chapter in the big global storybook of who Muslims are and what they're capable of.
Too often we are constantly telling others who Muslims are not, that we rarely can tell them who we are. We are proud of our heritage as pioneers, inventors, entrepreneurs and bearers of all things good. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said, "The believer is like a life-bringing rain, wherever they are, they bring benefit." We believe in Muslims doing great work that benefits everyone, not just Muslims.
LaunchGood is simply here to support Muslims doing great work. We're not interested in getting into polemical discussions, labels, sects, politics, etc.
From a team perspective, we respect differences in opinions and make sure campaign coaches are assigned to campaigns that align with their values.
From a campaign standpoint, that means we take great caution not to stifle campaign creator’s expression or creativity. We believe in creating a safe space for our community to create, develop, and grow.
Campaigns on the site do not represent LaunchGood or the Muslim community as a whole, they’re only one piece of the beautiful, nuanced, and intricate global Muslim community.
From campaign creators, to supporters, to even just simple questions from inquiring users, we believe anyone we interact with is VIP.
We might handle hundreds of contributions and campaigns a day, but for that supporter, that contribution might be a percentage of their savings that month, and for a campaign creators that might be the one and only campaign they create their whole life and they’re putting all their hopes, passion, and drive to make an idea actually happen.
It takes real empathy to believe everyone’s VIP, but we get to practice it everyday.
This means taking ownership for your role and giving it your 120%. When you’re invested emotionally, your work bleeds passion and excellence.
It means realizing that what you do will have a ripple effect and taking ownership on what kind of lasting impression you want to create.
Support your team members.
Offer to take the lead or spearhead a new initiative while realizing you have the whole team backing you. Take the load of your fellow team member’s back whether they have finals, a new baby on the way, or just investing in their growth by attending a training.
Everyone on our team needs to have been or currently involved in local efforts in their own community.
How can we build a strong ecosystem if we haven’t started the efforts in our own backyards? This also means making sure we’re are amazing family members, supportive siblings, spouses, daughters/sons, and in the service of our families.
It’s the number one predictable factor for success beyond what resources, skills, or luck anyone has.
Grit is perseverance, passion, and determination to achieve long-term goals. Our journey is long and the road is laden with constant challenges. We constantly rely on building strong mental tenacity through patience, and believe in replenishing those reserves with play and a daily self care.
LaunchGood team planting tulips for the DREAM Detroit project - Fall 2015
Chris is a passionate Muslim American entrepreneur committed to building up the global Muslim community to reach its full potential. He was born in Malaysia, raised in the United States and at the age of 16 became a Muslim through the influence of a friend and the Autobiography of Malcolm X. Chris was a top engineering graduate from the University of Michigan where he led the Muslim Students Association as President to win Student Organization of the Year. He received a masters in educational leadership and prior to starting LaunchGood was a teacher at one of the top boarding schools in the world, founded an Arabic non-profit, and was a producer for Bilal's Stand, an award-winning Sundance film about an American Muslim. He started working on LaunchGood in 2011 and launched the site in 2013. In just over a year LaunchGood has already helped raise over $1 million for more than 100 campaigns across 13 countries. Chris currently lives in Dearborn, Michigan with his wife Amani and new daughter Maryam Yusra, and is an active community volunteer for University Muslim life and new Muslim work.
Amany is a graduate of the School of Social work at Wayne State University, and founding member of the Detroit Minds and Hearts Fellowship (a program of MAS Youth Detroit), a social incubator where she works with Muslim youth to help them develop and launch their own community initiatives for social justice. She has previously worked with multiple organizations in various capacities. Including the project manager and lead coordinator for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding's Improving Marriage Outcomes Study, Administrative Director of the American Learning Institute for Muslims, Data Fellow with the The Children's Center of Michigan, and Youth coordinator at the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. When she’s not playing a game of pick up basketball, Amany is quantifying her self development efforts or spending time with her younger sisters. As a youth organizer and macro social worker, she loves the big picture and brings an interesting mix of experience to her work and community.
Omar E. Hamid is a branding expert and founder of Alfenn, an Atlanta-based design agency providing high-end design services to clients across the globe. He is a passionate entrepreneur and uses his design skills communicate his innovations to the world. In addition to founding Alfenn (alfenn.com) in 2008, Omar is a member and founder of many prominent organizations in the metro Atlanta area, and he is a co-founder of LaunchGood.com, the leading Muslim crowdfunding website. One of Omar's unique skills is his strategic design approach and thinking, which allows him to solve problems effectively. He is also skilled in visually communicating his client's messages, inciting emotional responses, and building connections between clients and their audiences. Omar believes that excellence in design is found in the beauty of simplicity. Simple, clean, and modern designs allow for messages to be effectively and efficiently communicated.
Louie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Economics and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area. In addition to coaching campaigns on LaunchGood, Louie coordinates recreational activities for youth at a community center in Fairfax, Virginia. He enjoys reading, traveling, and exercising.
Nabil would like to contribute positively to the world - he is aware that his inhibition is his personal procrastination. Currently he navigates the Higher Education sector (UK) working on various projects, some sinful some not - may God grant him His bounty.
Nafee graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She lives in Calgary, Canada and is involved with various local organizations to empower youth and help with universal causes such as alleviating poverty and orphan sponsorship. She loves travelling and volunteering.
Nusaiba Mubarak is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU). She is an advocate of social justice for marginalized groups at the intersections of race, class, gender, and religion. Through the Islamic Speakers Bureau and GSU’s After Malcolm project, Nusaiba is involved in raising awareness on topics such as Muslim Women and contributions of African American Muslims. Nusaiba was born and raised in Panama City, FL and moved to Atlanta, GA in 2012, where she currently lives with her husband and cat.
Raef is an 8 year public high school teacher veteran, an ex-software engineer, and currently an award winning singer-songwriter. Passionate about social-media and using art to build communities.
Haaris is a successful serial entrepreneur who has worked with internet-based businesses since 2001. He graduated from the University of Michigan with his B.A. and from the University of Illinois with his J.D, and serves as legal counsel for Wayne County. When not busy with his work, Haaris is training his daughter to become the next great WNBA starlet.
A serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Shahed Amanullah currently serves as CEO & co-founder of LaunchPosse, a Washington DC-based startup that helps people turn entrepreneurial ideas into reality by leveraging their social networks. Prior to starting LaunchPosse, Shahed served as Senior Advisor for Technology at the US Department of State, where he worked in the bureaus of Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, and was responsible for building the Generation Change and Viral Peace projects. Shahed worked closely with the White House and other agencies on social entrepreneurship, social media policy, combating online extremism, and fostering innovation.
Shahed is also the founder of Halalfire, a producer of online content and market research for global Muslim communities. In 1998, he created zabihah.com, the world's largest Halal restaurant guide, with 10 million annual users and 500,000 app downloads. He also created altmuslim.com, an award-winning online magazine with 2.5 million annual unique users, and served as its editor-in-chief for 10 years before its 2011 acquisition by Patheos. Earlier, Shahed served as co-founder and CEO of Relatia, a venture-backed mobile software company that was acquired in 2001.
Bob Weins has extensive start-up, business turn-around and venture capital experience. His focus has been technology-based start-ups and business restructuring of mature entities. Examples of his work include: the turn-around of the largest Apple Computer distributor serving the North American educational market; co-founding a web services company that created & hosted over 60,000 small business sites; creating a tier-1 automotive supplier and later transforming it into an aerospace systems firm; and, restructuring the business strategy of an internet search marketing firm (transitioning the company from losses to market leadership in growth and profitability). Bob’s venture capital experience includes 3 roles at Quantum Ventures of Michigan: Board or Directors member; CFO; and, Director of Start-Up Ventures. His professional career began at Arthur Andersen and he later joined the law firm of Chirco Herrinton. He is a licensed CPA and attorney, earning his JD from the University of Michigan.