Philanthropy is a gift of time, talent, or treasure. While most philanthropy takes place every day by ordinary people, what often gets the attention are mega-donations by “elite” to elite causes. Moreover, the tax incentives and agendas associated with “charitable giving” raises several ethical questions. That said, the act of selfless giving ought to be encouraged and applauded. The Arab culture is rich of those examples, from helping relative and acquaintances, to contributing to local charities and places of faith and worship, to donating to causes impacting the society at large.
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) is a national community foundation focused on uniting and strengthening the collective power of Arab American giving. This institution may prove to be a paradigm shift in the way Arab Americans can practice philanthropy. Today’s conversation with Mrs. Maha Freij, the Founder and Director of CAAP will cover all these points and more.
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