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!
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
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.