Syrian Forum USA

Rebuilding Syrian Lives

aka Syrian Forum USA   |   Willowbrook, IL   |  https://give.syrianforumusa.org/about-us/

Mission

To educate society on and enable it to uplift Syrians' lives by offering accessible, quality services that include humanitarian aid, professional development, job placement, good governance training, policy analysis & advocacy, and media representation in order to set the ground for establishing a society of justice and dignity, founded mainly on internal capacities and self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Ghassan Hitto

Main address

10S410 Kingery Hwy

Willowbrook, IL 60527 USA

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EIN

46-5202334

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Ihsan for Relief and Development

Ihsan for Relief and Development is a humanitarian, service-oriented organization that provides direct aid and assistance to the most needy Syrians whose lives have been shattered by the violence. Ihsan’s programs focus on alleviating suffering, fostering economic and social development, supporting a vibrant civil society, and building the capacity of local councils. Ihsan has emerged as one of the most active, independent relief and development agencies serving populations in Syria and Turkey (site of the largest Syrian diaspora).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Rizk for Professional Development helps give displaced and out-of-work Syrians the means to support themselves. The goal is to empower Syrian families to attain self-sufficiency and not rely on humanitarian aid. Rizk administers programs that provide professional development for Syrians such as vocational training, computer training, language training, and special-skills training. It also helps link them with opportunities in which they could apply their new knowledge base and skill set towards economic independence. Since starting out as a pilot project in Urfa-Turkey in June 2014, Rizk has helped oversee the rehabilitation of the Syrian work force in Turkey to successfully get jobs and become competitive in the job market.

Population(s) Served

Fener for Community Advancement works to integrate displaced Syrian communities into their new environments. One of the most difficult challenges facing a refugee is the notion of being “cut off” from society. Fener runs creative projects that help alleviate pressure off of these refugee communities by fostering dialogue, cultural awareness, and social integration so that they can be a part of their new environment, as well as be seen as such by local populations. For example, Fener runs local soccer teams for Syrian boys that compete in local Turkish youth leagues. It also conducts community workshops, public lectures, and regular activities that support, stabilize, and empower the Syrian community, and build bridges and strengthen relationships between Syrians and Turks

Population(s) Served
Adults

Bousla for Training & Innovation is an independent civics training institution serving the Syrian population. Bousla’s expert instructors train Syrian local administrative councils (LAC’s) in areas of effective administration and good governance. The ability and capacity of LAC’s in Syria’s liberated regions to function effectively are critical to facilitating daily life for populations cut off from goods and services that would otherwise be provided by a stable central and/or regional government. By investing in empowering and optimizing governance at the LAC level in Syria, Bousla (powered by SF) focuses on centralized solutions that in turn multiply out in benefit, positively affecting the lives of many more people.

Population(s) Served

Omran for Strategic Studies is an independent research institution that plays a leading role in forming an objective understanding of Syria and the impact of the Syrian conflict on the region and the world. Omran publishes original studies, data reports, informational briefings, event analyses and polls/surveys that shed light on various complex aspects of Syria today. Omran works with highly-regarded academic experts who have a reputation for objectivity and a keen understanding of, and access to, the ground in Syria.

Population(s) Served

Alsouria.net has quickly taken of as a leading news source on Syria since its launch in 2014. Led by a group of news industry veterans who work around the clock, Alsouria.net is a one-stop shop for the latest and most important updates on events inside Syria as well as geopolitical shifts that affect affecting Syria. Alsouria.net uses print media, audio-visual and electronic news to reach a wide swaths of audience. Its newly launched Apple Store App brings news updates in real time to users. Alsouria.net empowers vetted freelance media activists with a platform through which they can share their work while serving to expand the circle of coverage provided to its readers and viewers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

-Empower and develop Civil Society, and continue to invest in Local Administration.
-Build capacities of Syrian institutions and expand their horizons towards a civil
society of efficiency, justice and professionalism.
Foster economic development and opportunities for all Syrians.
Offer solutions and policy alternatives in matters critically related to Syrian and
regional contexts.
Reinforce a political culture with the capacity to develop and strengthen democratic
institutions in Syria.

-Institutionalized yet dynamic processes.
-Creative initiatives promoting professionalism in Syrian institutions.
-Diverse team reflecting the Syrian fabric.
-Highly skilled and capable Syrian professionals from across various educational and professional backgrounds.
-Invests in developing the professional skills of its staff through capacity building and continuing education.
-Engages Turkish, European and International institutions on solutions for Syrian refugees and immigrants.
-Invests in the Local Administration project in Syria.

The Syrian Forum is composed of 200 full-time employees and professionals who are bound together, determined to offer a functional alternative to the sense of defeatism and desperation.

Financials

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Syrian Forum USA

Board of directors
as of 3/18/2021
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Board chair

Mustafa Sabbagh

Ghassan Hitto

Yaser Tabbara

Ammar Kahf

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 09/28/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Gender identity

 

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Disability