As the United States becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, nonprofits of all types are seeking better ways to reach out to potential donors.
However, few nonprofits are focusing on garnering money from Arab Americans. But their numbers and incomes suggest attention is warranted: Some 3.5 million Arab Americans live in the United States and their median income in 2008 was higher than the national average—$56,331 compared with $51,369.
What are some organizations doing to appeal to Arab Americans? What issues are most likely to appeal to them?
Below is the transcript of a live online discussion on how fund raisers can craft better appeals for Arab American donors with two experts on Arab American philanthropy.
Wadad Abed is co-founder of the Bustan al-Funun Foundation of Arab Arts in America, which works to promote cultural appreciation. She serves on the professional advisory board of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy.
Jeanette Mansour is a program consultant at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She is also an adviser to the Center for Arab American Philanthropy and has served on several nonprofit boards, including the American Arab Heritage Council.