For Immediate Release
July 16, 2014
DEARBORN, Mich. – The Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI), a group of 20 young philanthropists in Michigan sponsored by the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP), recently awarded five $1,000 grants to area non-profit organizations serving youth in the metro Detroit community.
The grants will be used for a variety of arts and health programs that focus on education and leadership skills for children and teens. These grants represent the culmination of a process that began last year. Over the past nine months, TGI members actively fundraised, learned about community needs, visited grantee organizations, participated in service projects, and reviewed grant proposals from prospective organizations.
TGI member Fatima Al-Hakim said she is proud of the work that the teens accomplished this year.
“Being a part of this program ignited my passion for philanthropy,” she said. “The most important idea I took away from TGI is that you really have to start from your local community to make a lasting change throughout the world.”
This year’s grant recipients are:
Heather Brown, project director for Starfish Family Services in Inkster, said the nonprofit is delighted to be included among TGI’s grantees.
“We are honored by this award,” she said. “I’m so impressed by the thoughtfulness this young group puts into their funding and grant process. They have an incredible understanding and appreciation for the virtue of philanthropy and the art of grantmaking.”
Brown said Starfish Family Services works with thousands of students every year through its early childhood programs that prepare young children for a successful start to school.
The Center for Arab American Philanthropy strengthens the impact of strategic Arab American giving through education, asset building and grant making in order to improve lives and build vibrant communities. Visit us online at www.centeraap.org.
Grounded in the Arab American tradition of hospitality, ACCESS has a 43-year history of providing health, education, employment and social services in greater Detroit to empower people to lead healthy, informed, productive lives. Today, ACCESS extends that mission to a national platform through advocacy, arts, culture and philanthropy. Visit us online at www.accesscommunity.org.