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AFP ON, Ottawa Chapter: Muslim Philanthropy Forum

June 3, 2014

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The Muslim Philanthropy Forum

Join us on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at the Centurion Centre in Ottawa for the next conference in the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy-Canada’s Diversity to Inclusion series: Muslim Philanthropy Forum. 


This groundbreaking series looks at philanthropy in twelve different communities in Ontario and aims to build greater capacity and cultural competencies in the charitable sector for a caring Canada. 


Who should attend?

This one-day education and networking conference is for Ontario-based nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, volunteers and donors. 


What will you learn?

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the giving traditions and patterns of Muslim donors
  • Explore ways to engage Muslim donors in giving to charitable initiatives
  • Develop inclusive relationship-building strategies
  • Speak to critical issues and build strong cases for support within the Muslim community   



10:00 am       Registration


10:30 am       Welcome and Opening Remarks

Leah Eustace ACFRE, Chair-Elect, AFP Foundation for Philanthropy Canada

Fatma El-Mehelmy, Chair

Muslim Philanthropy Forum Advisory Committee


11:00 am       Philanthropists Panel

Representing a diverse group of Muslim philanthropists in the community, these panellists will provide insights into their giving traditions and patterns.


Moderator:  Dr. Aliaa Dakroury Ph.D., St. Paul University

Panelists: Dr. Safaa Fouda Ph.D., Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization; Sheherazad Hirji, Aga Khan Foundation; Muneeb Nasir, Olive Tree Foundation


12:00 pm       Lunch (Halal menu)

                        Four Corner Discussions


1:10 pm         Prayers/Break


1:30 pm         Keynote Speaker

Faith, Courage and Hope

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish OOnt, MD, MPH

Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Founder of Daughters for Life Foundation

Author of I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

After losing three of his daughters when shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, Dr. Abuelaish turned a devastating life experience into a catalyst for social change and girls’ empowerment by establishing the Daughters for Life Foundation which is dedicated to advancing the education and health of girls and women in the Middle East.


See Dr. Abuelaish on TEDxWaterloo 


2:15 pm         Fundraisers Panel

Providing insight from a mix of professionals and volunteers, this panel will focus on understanding Muslim giving traditions and cycles, creating engagement and outreach initiatives to Muslim communities


Moderator: Lula Adam, Interval House

Panelists: Dr. Imam Zijad Delic Ph.D., South Nepean Muslim Community; Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM – National Council of Canadian Muslims; Rabia Khedr, CAM-D - Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities


3:15 pm         Coffee Break


3:30 pm         Keynote Speaker

Impact Investing and Positive Social Change

Karim Harji MPA, Purpose Capital

Co-founder and Partner of Purpose Capital, Karim Harji will share his experience in aligning investment strategies with social impact objectives. .


Watch an interview with Karim Harji 


4:15 pm         Next Gen Panel

This panel will provide the next generation of Muslims’ perspective on giving and fundraising.


Moderator:  Mohamed Sofa, Britannia Woods Community House

Panelists: Obaid Ahmed, UmmahHub; Leen Al Zaibak, Jusoor


5:15 pm         Closing Remarks

                        Ouida Loeffelholz, University of Ottawa


When and Where

Tuesday June 3, 2014

10:00 – 5:30 pm


Centurion Centre

170 Colonnade Rd. S. Ottawa, ON K2E 7J5


Complimentary parking available onsite





Registration includes the cost of lunch.

Registration closes:   May 30th at 4:00 pm.


AFP Members & Non-members: $50.00 + $6.50 HST = $56.50



Payment may be made by Visa, Mastercard, Amex or by cheque.

Cheques should be made payable to AFP Greater Toronto Chapter.

Registration fees may be invoiced upon request. Please contact Chris Ganowski at Chris


Cancellation Deadline

No shows and cancellations after Friday, May 23, 2014 will not be provided with a refund. Substitutions from the same organization are accepted.



Diane Laundy, Conference Coordinator


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