PLATINUM2023

United Palestinian Appeal

Transforming lives, empowering communities since 1978

aka UPA   |   Washington, DC   |  www.upaconnect.org

Mission

United Palestinian Appeal empowers Palestinians to improve their lives and communities through socially responsible and sustainable programs in health, education, and community and economic development.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Saleem F Zaru

Main address

1330 New Hampshire Ave Ste 104

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

11-2494808

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community and Economic Development

For generations, the land has been a source of livelihood for Palestinians, providing food to the general population and income to farmers and their families. Since 1967, the combination of Israeli land expropriation, home demolitions, and discriminatory resource allocation policies has dramatically reduced the land and water available to Palestinian farmers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These changes have made day labor in Israel and the settlements more lucrative than farming, thus destroying the agricultural village as the basic, sustainable economic unit that had supported Palestinians throughout history.

Israeli restrictions on the movement of goods and people have compounded these circumstances, making the Palestinian economy almost totally dependent on the Israeli economy and international aid. UPAs Community and Economic Development programs promote self-sufficiency, sustainable growth, and prosperity by revitalizing agriculture, making infrastructure improvements, an

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Due to their multiple plights, Palestinians have come to realize that education is a gift that cannot be confiscated, demolished or occupied. Yet Israeli policies continue to make obtaining an education difficult. Students in the West Bank must traverse checkpoints, long routes and random closures to attend school. Palestinians in Gaza and the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan face different, but equally daunting challenges.

UPA recognizes the power of education and offers programs that increase its availability and affordability. These include the Mahmoud Darwish Scholarship Fund and support for youth leadership initiatives, artistic programming, vocational training, and continuing education for adults and professionals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the siege of the Gaza Strip and the ghettoization of Palestinian refugees in camps throughout the Middle East all significantly affect the health and wellness of Palestinians, particularly children.

Palestinians living in these areas face inadequate access to medicine and affordable, nutritious food, as well as limited care for basic health issues and less common conditions such as cleft lip and palates. Palestinian children who have seen war and destruction also struggle with insufficient support for their ongoing trauma and a lack of safe places where they are free to play and be creative. UPA programs and initiatives tackle each of these problems while providing emergency relief in times of crisis.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with diseases and illnesses

As an organization founded by Palestinian-Americans, we feel a special obligation to share Palestine’s rich culture, heritage, and history with the world. In doing so, we humanize Palestinians. To this end, UPA frequently organizes artistic and outreach events in the United States that showcase Palestinian artists and our programs, while shedding light on the everyday struggles of life under occupation or as a refugee.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

For Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, United Palestinian Appeal aims to:

• Address immediate and critical needs caused by long-term regional conflict, lack of territorial sovereignty, and compromised basic human rights.

• Transform Palestinian lives by creating new educational, economic, social, and cultural opportunities.

• Empower Palestinian communities by developing long-term, sustainable solutions to regional issues.

UPA’s service expands across four program areas and includes different activities identified as programs or projects.

The program areas are Health and Wellness, Education, Community and Economic Development, and Outreach.

Programs are interventions that are developed and implemented by UPA staff. They are usually multi-year commitments and can engage major strategic partners.

Initiatives are groups of UPA projects that may be developed and implemented or supported by UPA and implemented by partner organizations. Projects within each initiative occur during a specific annual or quarterly funding cycle.

Today, UPA’s Gaza City office supports 16 staff members, the Ramallah office houses four staff, the Jordan office supports two staff member, and the Washington DC office is home to ten employees. UPA’s governing board consists of six members and the international advisory council includes twenty individuals located in the United States and in our areas of operation. The international advisory council enhances the organization’s visibility, assesses specific situations, and provides insight and guidance to the board and executive director, among other functions.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Palestinian Appeal

Board of directors
as of 12/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Isam Salah

King and Spalding

George Salem

Isam Salah

Frederick T. Hadeed

Ann Francis -Barhoum

Olmos-Barhoum LLP.

Salma El-Yassir

Eyad H. Abed

University of Maryland

Jawad I. Ali

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/26/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.