Association of Muslim Nonprofit Professionals

Non-Profit sector is a significant portion of American economic activity both in terms of its impact of the lives and number of jobs in this sector.

Below are some facts:

1,429,801       tax-exempt organizations, including:

966,599          public charities

96,584            private foundations

366,618          other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of
commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.

In 2014, nonprofits accounted for over 10% of all wages and salaries paid in the United States.
Nonprofit Share of GDP was 5.5% in 2012.


Given the absence of any efforts in providing a platform to develop expertise and network in this important sector of social and economic activity within American Muslims community, the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy seeks to narrow the gap to further develop nonprofit capacity for the American Muslim community with its AMANP initiative. A growing number of Muslim Americans are choosing a career in the nonprofit sector, Muslim Americans seek both Muslim and non-Muslim nonprofit organizations as a way to serve.  AMANP seeks to engage, network and further develop this leadership cohort.  Much of Muslim American community action takes place in the realm of philanthropy.  Islamic centers, Islamic schools, food pantries, museums, international relief work, health clinics, advocacy, community action groups and much more all is done within the realm of the nonprofit sector.

AMANP will be a membership association.  It will have both institutional and individual membership.  Members will elect their board and determine their governance structure.  AMANP will be a program of the Center on American Muslim Philanthropy.

AMANP will consist of a board of directors selected by institutional and individual members.  Individuals and institutions will pay membership dues to become members.

The AMANP will initially engage in the following activities:

List-serve:  The Association will have an electronic email list-serve that allows members to opt-in to communicate with each other.

Groups: The Association members can establish affinity groups focused on specific areas that network members around special issues.  A minimum of 10 members can come together to request an affinity group.  The board of directors will approve affinity groups at their annual board of directors retreat meeting.

The Association will initially establish four groups at its inceptions:

- CEO Group – limited to CEO and Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations

- Islamic center CEO and Imam group – limited to paid Islamic center and imams of Islamic centers.

- Development Group – limited to development professionals

- Philanthropists – limited to members who work or run grant giving nonprofits or programs

Groups will be afforded at least one session at the conference, two webinars, forums, blogs and chats.  These benefits will be expanded.   There will be no cost for a member to be a member of a group.  Each member is limited to being a part of two groups.

Annual Conference: The Association will hold an annual conference.  The conference program will be geared towards networking, professional development and policy but will be open to development through a Conference Program Committee appointed by the board and that consists of association members.  The board of directors will select an annual date for this event.

Webinars: The Association will partner with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to develop professional development webinars.

Professional Development Programs: Association members can develop and implement regional professional development programs through approval from the board across the United States.

Board Chair/CEO Trainings: Every year AMNP will convene a one day training for board chairs and CEO's.  This training will be free for institutional members and will be lead by national board development experts.

International Meeting:  The Association will host one smaller international meeting that will be focused on thematic professional development and service in an international setting.  This meeting will be held every two years.  An International Meeting Planning Committee consisting of members will be appointed for four year terms by the board of directors to plan two international meetings.  This committee may include at least one member (but never a majority) from the host international nonprofit community.