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March 2020

[AMCF News] COVID-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits, Women’s History Month Initiative, Grant Deadline Extended, & more

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MARCH 2020

 

New Name, Continued Commitment 

 

We are evolving our brand to better communicate the breadth of our commitment to advancing American Muslim philanthropy.

 

 

A Community Foundation is a publicly supported philanthropic nonprofit institution governed by a board, which serves its donors, the nonprofit sector, and the community. Watch this video to learn more

 

                        

 

                                      


 

The COVID-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits

 

 

In response to the Corona Virus & the impact it will have on the ability for nonprofit organizations to fundraise over the next few months, AMCF has created the COVID-19 Response Fund for Nonprofits to allocate funding to organizations impacted.  

 

You can learn more and contribute on our LaunchGood campaign. Should there be a stimulus check sent out, and you are not in need of the funds, this is a perfect way to pay it forward to help those in need.

 


 

Women’s History Month Initiative 

 

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, AMCF selected 15 organizations from our Nonprofit Directory to support.

 

Browse through the causes and donate directly to the causes of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Extended Deadlines for Census Outreach

& Starting Endowments Grants

 

Since the original deadlines aligned with the Corona Virus outbreak receiving media attention and with the CDC’s restriction on public events, many nonprofits were focused on internal policies and updates. To alleviate the pressure, AMCF decided to extend the deadline to Sunday March 29, 2020

 

We hope that the additional two weeks allows for nonprofits to focus their attention on their operations and provides enough time to apply for the grant opportunity.  

 

Find out more about the Request for Proposals on our Grants site.




 

Host AMCF online

 

Invite AMCF to your community via your living room! We rely on the generosity of our donors and allies to promote our work. If you’ve benefited in any way, help introduce us to others in your network. Whether you are a nonprofit receiving funds or setting up an endowment, a family participating in a Giving Circle or donating through a Donor Advised Fund, or someone who just wants to represent Muslim philanthropy in a more strategic way, we would love to talk with you.

 

All of our previously scheduled events for Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, and Texas have been updated as webinars or postponed. You can still sign up and find out more on our events page. This will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue to nonprofit organizations. We hope you can help host a webinar with your friends to learn how you can make a difference.

 

Connect with us so you can make the most of your Ramadan giving.




 

#MuslimsCount2020 – Census & Past Events

 

 

 

AMCF is excited to partner with nonprofits across the country along with the U.S. Census Bureau nationally to focus on Muslim participation with the Census. We are encouraging the Muslim community across the country to fill out the Census on Friday April 3, 2020. Help spread us the word for #MuslimsCount2020 online. Visit MyCensus2020.gov to fill it out.

 

Also of note are our Recorded Events, most recently a Census 101 for Mosque Leaders.

 


 

Follow Us on Social Media

 

To stay up to date on our work in between our monthly email newsletters, follow us online. Please help us amplify our voice online and expand our digital footprint by following, liking, and sharing our work!

American Muslim Community Foundation
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimcf.org

844-426-3863

 

ABOUT US

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Community Foundation (AMCF) is a grassroots, national nonprofit in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

 

VISION

Leading sustainable & strategic Muslim philanthropy for today & future generations. 


MISSION

Cultivating donor giving and diversifying funding to advance charitable causes. 


American Muslim Community Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization:
IRS Tax ID # 81-2936073. Review our finances online.

AMCF News: Social Impact Update, Giving Tuesday, Webinars, Chicago

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DECEMber 2019 1 of 2

 

A Moment of Thanks: Gratitude is the Attitude

 

Left to right: Muhi Khwaja, Safaa Ibrahim, Liam Mayclem 

 

AMF was honored to receive the Outstanding Foundation Award for 2019 from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In his acceptance speech, co-founder Muhi Khwaja said:

 

Social justice and human rights issues never seem to stop, but my hope is that together through our collective philanthropy we can make a difference…We are honored that AFP sees through the political and divisive rhetoric. Some of the most famous modern-day Muslims are my heroes like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X all the way to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib.”

 

To read the full remarks by Muhi Khwaja on accepting the award, click here.

 

Thank you to all of our supporters, volunteers, donors, friends, and allies. This award is for you. It’s an immense honor to do this work and we’re so fortunate to have your trust.

 


 

Giving Tuesday & Year End Campaign: StartUp to ScaleUp

 

 

 

Learn more about our Giving Tuesday and Year End Campaign Launch: American Muslim Fund – Start Up to Scale Up: Nonprofit Style. You can pitch in on our website, LaunchGood, Feeling Blessed, Zakatify, or by sending a check in the mail to American Muslim Fund, PO Box 1533 Fremont, CA 94538.

 

Giving Tuesday is on December 3, 2019. Please set a reminder to donate or make a donation today! 

 


 

Read our 2017-2019 Social Impact Update

 

 

 

American Muslim Fund has been building off of a strategic plan since 2016. Having created a vision, mission, and goals, donors and supporters like you have empowered us to create social impact. Read more about our work and review our IRS 990s to see what we’re all about!

 


 

Upcoming Webinars

 

 

 

Earlier this year we held events on Islam & Philanthropy, informationals, and a webinar on Islam & Zakat. We’re continuing our webinar series with:

    • 2019 Topics (register here)
      • Sanad Trust: Building an Endowment
        • Wednesday December 11, 2019
        • 4 PM – 5:30 PM Pacific
        • Panelists: Muhi Khwaja, Rehan Mirza, Attiqa Syeda, Saad Zariff
      • Sustainable Giving: Estate Planning, Taxes, & Charitable Gifts
        • Tuesday December 17, 2019
        • 11 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific
        • Panelists: Fatima Iqbal, Muhi Khwaja, Maseer Rabbaig, Gina Shkoukani
    • 2020 Webinars 
      • Stay tuned!

 

Are You or a Loved One Over 70.5 Years Old?*

 

Many of our community members are fortunate to have Individual Retirement Accounts provided to us by our employers. Did you know that when one becomes 70.5 years old, you’ll need to take a required minimum distribution (RMD)?

 

The RMD for each year is calculated by dividing the IRA account balance as of December 31 of the prior year by the applicable distribution period or life expectancy. At this age, you’re also allowed to make a Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) of up to $100,000 a year from your IRA balance without penalty.

 

This may be a convenient way to setup an ongoing charitable gift (sadaqa jariya) as an endowment to benefit some of your favorite charities or simply create a Donor Advised Fund in memory of a loved one or your family.

 

*This does not constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult your own independent financial planner.


 

Visiting Chicago in December

 

Will you be in Chicago the weekend of Friday December 13 thru Sunday December 15? We’d love to see you! American Muslim Fund is hosting a few private gatherings. If you’re interested in learning more about our work, reach out to set a time to grab coffee or join us for lunch or dinner.

 

Bring American Muslim Fund out to your community to learn more about how you can start an endowment, donor advised fund, giving circle or get fiscally sponsored! We’d love to teach a 2 day fundraising class for your board or the community at large (in partnership with Indiana University & the Center on Muslim Philanthropy).

 


 

Our Collective Progress

 

Over the last three years, American Muslim Fund has been able to work with more than 53 Donor Advised Funds and Giving Circles to distribute over $1,200,000 to over 120 charities. It’s remarkable what can be accomplished when we work together on a shared vision. When American Muslim Fund donates on your behalf, we represent Muslim charitable giving to the broader society and show that American Muslims care about organizations outside of our own faith community.

Fund our strategic initiatives by contributing to our Endowment so we can make a sustainable difference for generations to come.
DONATE TODAY!

American Muslim Fund
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimfund.org | www.AMuslimFund.org

844-4AM-FUND

ABOUT US

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMF) is a grassroots, national community foundation in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

 

VISION

Leading sustainable & strategic Muslim philanthropy for today & future generations. 


MISSION

Cultivating donor giving and diversifying funding to advance charitable causes. 


American Muslim Fund is a national community foundation 501c3 nonprofit organization:
IRS Tax ID # 81-2936073. Review our finances online.

 

AMCF News: $500 left to unlock a $30,000 match!

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The one donation you’ll ever need to make; your Donor Advised Fund can do the rest!


DECEMber 2019 2 of 2

 

$500 left to unlock a $30,000 match!

 

 

American Muslim Fund has a few generous families matching the $30,000 from our year-end campaign. Right now we are at $29,500 collected and are counting on you to help us pass our goal!

 

We have been inspired by the generosity and philanthropic spirit of the community across the country. This is our last email to you in 2019 and we’re so thankful you’ve been in our corner, supporting our work. Please share this message with your friends, family, and loved ones.

 

Please pitch in today and check out our Social Impact Update on how your contribution makes a difference.

 


 

Celebrating the Success

 

 

 

 

Over the last three years, American Muslim Fund has been able to work with 55 Donor Advised Funds and Giving Circles to distribute over $1,300,000 to more than 120 charities. It’s remarkable what can be accomplished when we work together on a shared vision. When American Muslim Fund donates on your behalf, we represent Muslim charitable giving to the broader society and show that American Muslims care about organizations outside of our own faith community. As an ally, donor, advocate, and more, your partnership strengthens our voice. Thank you.

Fund our strategic initiatives by contributing to our Endowment so we can make a sustainable difference for generations to come.
DONATE TODAY!

American Muslim Fund
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimfund.org | www.AMuslimFund.org

844-4AM-FUND

ABOUT US

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMF) is a grassroots, national community foundation in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

 

VISION

Leading sustainable & strategic Muslim philanthropy for today & future generations. 


MISSION

Cultivating donor giving and diversifying funding to advance charitable causes. 


American Muslim Fund is a national community foundation 501c3 nonprofit organization:
IRS Tax ID # 81-2936073. Review our finances online.

 

[AMCF News] Announcing 2 Grant RFPs, How to Get Funds, Set up a DAF & more

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The one donation to rule them all; your Donor Advised Fund can do the rest!


JANUARY 2020

 

AMF Announces Two Grant Opportunities!

 

 

AMF has a microgrant opportunity for organizations coordinating Census outreach efforts for Muslim communities in Alameda or Marin counties in California. You may be eligible for some funding.

 

Have you considered an endowment for your nonprofit but don’t know how to get started? Your nonprofit can now apply for seed funding from AMF in the amount of $5,000. AMF is selecting three organizations by April 2020. 

 

Learn more about these exciting opportunities.

 

 


 

Census 2020

 

Are you focusing on Census 2020 Outreach? You can use our national Muslim Census Outreach site/form for your benefit. If you’d like to use our form, let us know and we’ll pass on your referrals to you. We’re coordinating a national strategy call on Tuesday February 11 at noon.

 

 


 

 

Want to Receive Donations from AMF?

 

 www.AMuslimFund.org/funded

Your nonprofit organization can sign up on our website to be vetted and added to our online database, a service that we provide to donors to help them find causes and organizations to support, which is available for you to peruse.

 

 

 


 

 

Host AMF in 2020

 

 

Invite AMF to your community or your living room! We rely on the generosity of our donors and allies to promote our work. If you’ve benefited in any way, help introduce us to others in your network. Whether you are a nonprofit receiving funds or setting up an endowment, a family participating in a Giving Circle or donating through a Donor Advised Fund, or someone who just wants to represent Muslim philanthropy in a more strategic way, we would love to visit.

 

We’ll be in San Diego February 24-28, Pittsburgh April 1-2, Washington, D.C. April 3 and 7, New York April 4-6, and Los Angeles April 10-12.

 

Connect with us so you can make the most of your Ramadan giving.

 

 


 

 

Join a Giving Circle

 

 

A Giving Circle is a form of philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their own time & money to a pooled fund, deciding together which nonprofit or community project to fund.

 

AMF is currently operating several Giving Circles:

  • Bay Area Giving Collective
  • Fantasy Football for a Cause
  • Interfaith Giving Circle Confronting Hate
  • Woodlands Endowment for Lifelong Learning

Collectively these Giving Circles have donated over $175,000 to charities they’ve selected. If you would like to start or join a Giving Circle in your community, let us know!

 



 


 

 

Setup 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. Watch this video to learn more.

 

Join over 65 families across the country that are transforming Muslim Philanthropy in the United States. If you’re interested in setting up a DAF:

Here are some benefits of using a DAF:

  • Get one tax receipt for all your giving
  • Invest your balance for future growth
  • Easily donate appreciated assets and avoid a capital gains tax
  • Create a sadaqa jariya (ongoing charity) in honor of your family or a loved one to create a legacy
  • Pass on your DAF generation to generation

 

 


 

 

Become a Monthly Donor

 

 

Our goal in the next two years is to become fully sustainable from our recurring donations, administrative fees, and endowment. Will you help us achieve our goals?

 

Pitch in today to support our operations or endowment!

 


 

 

Follow Us on Social Media

 

Please help us amplify our voice online and expand our digital footprint by following, liking, and sharing our work!

American Muslim Fund
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimfund.org

844-4AM-FUND

 

ABOUT US

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMF) is a grassroots, national community foundation in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

 

VISION

Leading sustainable & strategic Muslim philanthropy for today & future generations. 


MISSION

Cultivating donor giving and diversifying funding to advance charitable causes. 


American Muslim Fund is a national community foundation 501c3 nonprofit organization:
IRS Tax ID # 81-2936073. Review our finances online.

[AMCF News] Black History Month Initiative, Endowment Webinar, Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), & more

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The one donation to rule them all; your Donor Advised Fund can do the rest!


FEBRUARY 2020

 

Black History Month Initiative

 

 

If you’re looking for way to make a difference this Black History Month, join our initiative to support organizations empowering Black thought & voices within the Muslim community.

 

Donations collected in the month of February will be sent in March to 6 organizations selected from our Nonprofit Directory: Believers Bail Out, Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, Muslim Wellness Foundation, Sapelo Square, Tayba Foundation, and Timelist Group. You can learn more about the initiative and contribute here.

 

 


 

 

Webinar: All About Endowments 

 

 

 

Have you considered creating an endowment for your nonprofit but don’t know how to get started? It’s never too early or late to start. Join our webinar on Monday March 2 at 11:30am Pacific to learn why now is the best time.

 

Your nonprofit can now apply for seed funding from AMF in the amount of $5,000. AMF is selecting three organizations by April 2020. Learn more about this exciting grant opportunity. We’ll answer questions about this grant cycle on the webinar.

 

 

 


 

 

Host AMF in 2020

 

 

Invite AMF to your community or your living room! We rely on the generosity of our donors and allies to promote our work. If you’ve benefited in any way, help introduce us to others in your network. Whether you are a nonprofit receiving funds or setting up an endowment, a family participating in a Giving Circle or donating through a Donor Advised Fund, or someone who just wants to represent Muslim philanthropy in a more strategic way, we would love to visit.

 

Thank you to the Muslim Association of Puget Sound and Wasat for hosting us in Seattle earlier this month.

 

We’ll be in San Diego March 28-29, Pittsburgh April 1-2, Washington, D.C. April 3 and 7, New York April 4-6, and Los Angeles April 10-12.

 

Connect with us so you can make the most of your Ramadan giving.



 


 

 

Setup a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

 

 

 

With Ramadan around the corner, you can streamline your charitable giving through a Donor Advised Fund. 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. Watch this video to learn more.

 

Here are some benefits of using a DAF:

  • Get one tax receipt for all your giving
  • Invest your balance for future growth
  • Easily donate appreciated assets and avoid a capital gains tax
  • Create a sadaqa jariya (ongoing charity) in honor of your family or a loved one to create a legacy
  • Pass on your DAF generation to generation

Join over 70 families across the country that are transforming Muslim Philanthropy in the United States. If you’re interested in setting up a DAF:

  1. Simply fill out our DAF Inquiry Form
  2. Schedule a conversation with Muhi Khwaja
  3. Sign our MOU
  4. Fund your DAF: Mail a check (PO Box 1533 Fremont, CA 94538), Donate Appreciated AssetsGive Online or ask for Wire Transfer instructions (donate@AMuslimFund.org).

 

 


 

 

Become a Monthly Donor

 

 

A gift to support AMF makes all of the nonprofits and donors in our ecosystem stronger. For our ecosystem to survive, every gift plays its part. You are necessary and vital to the success of our ecosystem. Our goal in the next two years is to become fully sustainable from our recurring donations, administrative fees, and endowment. Will you help us achieve our goals?

 

Pitch in today to support our operations or endowment!

 

 


 

 

Follow Us on Social Media

 

Please help us amplify our voice online and expand our digital footprint by following, liking, and sharing our work!

American Muslim Fund
PO Box 1533, Fremont, CA 94538
info@amuslimfund.org

844-4AM-FUND

 

ABOUT US

Founded in 2016, the American Muslim Fund (AMF) is a grassroots, national community foundation in the United States focused on creating Donor Advised Funds, Giving Circles, distributing grants, and building endowments for the Muslim community.

 

VISION

Leading sustainable & strategic Muslim philanthropy for today & future generations. 


MISSION

Cultivating donor giving and diversifying funding to advance charitable causes. 


American Muslim Fund is a national community foundation 501c3 nonprofit organization:
IRS Tax ID # 81-2936073. Review our finances online.