American Muslim Fund: A Community Foundation

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Help Establish the First Muslim Community Foundation!  

Together, we want to showcase Muslim philanthropy and support nonprofits, by increasing sustainable good-will for the American Muslim Community.  


Get to know us... 

We are the first Muslim community foundation in the United States. The American Muslim Fund (AMuslimFund) is a grassroots national community foundation (501c3 nonprofit) established in 2016 to streamline Muslim philanthropy by creating Donor Advised Funds (DAF's), distributing grants, and building an endowment (find out more about our values and strategic initiatives in this presentation).


Our vision is to lead sacred, sustainable, and strategic advancement of Muslim philanthropy for today and future generations.  We will achieve this by carrying out our mission to: 
  •  EVOLVE donor giving, 
  • DIVERSIFY funding pathways, and
  • CULTIVATE a healthy Muslim philanthropic ecosystem. 


WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION?

A community foundation is a publicly supported philanthropic institution governed by a board, which serves its donors, the nonprofit sector, and the community.

AMuslimFund serves our donors, nonprofits, and community by providing tailored services to help achieve their philanthropic and mission related goals.


WHAT IS A DONOR ADVISED FUND (DAF)?
A DAF is a giving vehicle that provides you with immediate tax
 benefits & allows you to support your charities of choice through grant recommendations on your own timetable.

AMuslimFund's role in a DAF is to help steward a donor's relationship with the nonprofits they support. We do the hard work of researching, vetting and liaising with nonprofits that you may be interested in supporting. We will regularly send you report cards on the nonprofits so that you can have peace of mind that your monies have the maximum impact for your favorite causes. 

Thirteen visionary families are distributing their general philanthropy and religious almsgiving (sadaqa/zakat) with us this year to over 50 charities they care about.  

WHAT IS AN ENDOWMENT?

An endowment is a financial resource, in the form of a donation to be used as an investment, which generates an annual return based on the principal of its assets (cash, stock, property, will, insurance, etc). 

AMuslimFund's goal is to create an endowment of $5,000,000, by the end of 2020 and invest the funds to create sustainable grants to nonprofit organizations for generations to come. 

WHY PARTNER WITH US?

You’ll receive individualized care & attention with your philanthropic goals. We understand the sanctity of religiously mandated almsgiving (zakat) & want to help you create an impact. Our ethos is to create positive fundraising experiences. Based on the charities you support, we will provide you with a grading system & an (annual, semi-annual or quarterly) update based on your preference.


What You Can Do

HELP US GET STARTED!

Our goal is to raise $150,000 for our first year of operations.  Over the course of Ramadan we seek your support to raise $50,000 that will go towards hiring part-time staff, enhancing our website, expanding our marketing, and purchasing internal tools and systems to build the most effective community foundation.

Each general operations gift to AMuslimFund will have 25% of funds set aside to the endowment, ensuring that everyone who contributes to AMuslimFund will have a lasting impact. 

WANT TO DONATE TO THE ENDOWMENT?

If you would like to donate directly towards the endowment, select the Gifts in Endowment categories which will be 100% designated to the endowment.

INTERESTED IN CREATING A DONOR ADVISED FUND?

If you are interested in creating a DAF (minimum $2,500) or making an offline gift, contact our team at donate@amuslimfund.org.


The Case: 

Building Sustainable Communities

What a time in our history to be alive and witnessing the world around us. Being Muslim in America is beautifully challenging. As a history major, I find value in every moment. The lesson to be learned today is to make the world a better place through action, philanthropy, and compassion. 

On one end of the spectrum you have opportunity and the American Dream. The majority of people are welcoming, wonderful, courageous, courteous people. Countering that optimism is the stark reality many of us deal within our hearts; the sad truth of despair coupled with hope and fear. Oddly enough, that's also possibly how many Americans feel about Islam. What if we all just talked and got to know one another over some apple pie? The very essence of community foundations was to create safe spaces for making a positive difference. We want to harness that in every gift we make back to the community.


Each of us can help share the humanity of Islam through philanthropy, Muslim or not. By collectively putting our charitable dollars in a community foundation, our voice for unity and inclusion can have a larger impact. Envision your local food bank, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or favorite charity receiving a gift from the 'American Muslim Fund'. The good-will gesture, clearly defined with a firm-just-unapologetic letter of love rooted in faith will help combat misunderstanding and illuminate the generosity of Muslims and allies in America all that much more.


Having worked in nonprofit fundraising for the last decade, I have seen this as an opportunity for sustainability, to make sure our voice as a community and the nonprofits that we care about, are here for generations to come.

Everyone can contribute to AMuslimFund. Before this campaign started; 20% of our donors were not Muslim. That is solidarity! How awesome is that?!

What if you could contribute all of your philanthropy through one organization to distribute it out? The American Muslim Fund is an ideal solution.

We will take care of the administrative aspect of assuring your donation goes to the places you intend, but allow you to have the flexibility and serenity of establishing your own Donor Advised Fund. If you already have a family foundation or have looked into one in the past, AMuslimFund is an ideal solution.

Every year, Americans donate billions of dollars:


AMuslimFund creates a sustainable way for nonprofits to receive this funding within the American Muslim community. In 2016, Foundations gave $59.28 billion dollars. Over 80% of giving is via the generosity of individuals (bequests are when individuals pass away, and most foundations are family oriented).


Thank you!

For the categories listed receiving Gabril's Art, here are a few samples! You will receive a 8.5x11 print of his work.


More Ways to help... 

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We will not use zakat funds for our operating budget. However we will redistribute it to those causes and organizations that pass it on to others who meet the requirements.



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Community Contributor


Be part of something unique and timeless. Your gift will support the operating costs of AMuslimFund! Get a Twitter shoutout!

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$50 USD

Visionary


You may have had this idea long ago, but are glad to see it finally come to fruition! Your gift will support the operating costs of YOUR idea! You'll receive a Twitter shoutout and an AMuslimFund pen.

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Game Changer


Be part of something huge. Your gift will directly support our start up fees. You'll receive a Twitter shoutout and an AMuslimFund pen + shirt!

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Strategist


You want to support the organization and ensure it has the start up costs needed to be effective. You'll receive an AMuslimFund pen+shirt+mug!

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$500 USD

Endowment Thought Leader


A gift at this level ensures that 100% of your donation will go to establish our endowment. Your gift will make an impact annually! We will list your name on our website along with other funders of our endowment! You'll get a Twitter shoutout and an AMuslimFund pen+shirt+mug along with a specialized piece of graffiti calligraphy art from Gabril Garay!

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$500 USD

Civic Leader


You want to support our operations in a meaningful way and showcase that providing operational support is key to accomplishing a mission. You'll get a Twitter shoutout & an AMuslimFund pen+shirt+mug along with a specialized piece of graffiti calligraphy art from Gabril Garay!

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$1000 USD

Civic Philanthropist


You are investing in the operations, leadership and staff of AMuslimFund and you have the confidence in us to make big things happen. You'll be recognized on our AMuslimFund Online Hall of Fame! You'll also get a Twitter shoutout & an AMuslimFund pen+shirt+mug along with a specialized piece of graffiti calligraphy art from Gabril Garay!

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$1000 USD

Endowment Philanthropist


100% of your gift will go towards the endowment. You want to see long term growth and direct impact. We will list your name on our website along with other funders of our endowment! You'll also get a Twitter shoutout & an AMuslimFund pen+shirt+mug along with a specialized piece of graffiti calligraphy art from Gabril Garay!

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