ABRAHAM PATH INITIATIVE INC

Story. Walk. Hospitality.

Maplewood, NJ   |  www.abrahampath.org

Mission

The mission of the Abraham Path Initiative is to support local partners in developing the Abraham Path as: a catalyst for socioeconomic development and sustainable tourism. a place of meeting and connection between people from the Middle East and people around the world. a creative space for stories that highlight the unique culture, heritage and hospitality of the region.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Ms. Anisa Mehdi

Main address

PO Box 86

Maplewood, NJ 07040 USA

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EIN

20-8041715

NTEE code info

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Community Tourism Development

Abraham Path Initiative helps bridge a gap between peoples of Southwest Asia (aka “the Middle East”) and the wider world by catalyzing sustainable economic and cultural development in the region through experiential tourism and exceptional storytelling. Our 2019 initiatives include bringing community-based tourism principles to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, and inviting students from UNRWA refugee camps in the West Bank to walk on the Abraham Path in Palestine, discovering the spectacular scenery they'd only heard about before. In 2018 we began scouting new trail in southwestern Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the Saudi Commission on Tourism and Heritage. In 2017, two of the trails nurtured by API (Sinai Trail and Jordan Trail) were among Wanderlust travel magazine’s top six trails in the world. Average income along the Masar Ibrahim (API’s World Bank project in Palestine) by homestay hosts and guides rose by $900--approximately a 30% rise in income compared to the GDP. Ten years into the project, social cohesion is a proven benefit.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of Middle Eastern descent

Where we work

Awards

Honorary Mention 2017

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Affiliations & memberships

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations 2010

United Nations World Tourism Organization 2014

Financials

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ABRAHAM PATH INITIATIVE INC

Board of directors
as of 7/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ivan Schouker

Raed Saadeh

Jerusalem Hotel

Lionel Sauvage

William Ury

David Lax

Lax-Sebenius

James Sebenius

Harvard Business School

Joshua Weiss

Program on Negotiation

Paul Gray

Richard Gray Gallery

Karima Zedan

Comcast

Anisa Mehdi

President, Abraham Path Initiative

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/09/2021

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Data
  • 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 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.