Rumi Forum, Inc.

Interfaith Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding

aka Rumi Forum   |   Washington, DC   |  www.rumiforum.org

Mission

Rumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. It has since been a leading institution where faith leaders, scholars and lay people meet around the idea of interfaith engagement. The Forum enriches the benefit and impact of interfaith work for the greater good of all by bridging these stakeholders and synergizing their work.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mr. Ibrahim Anli

Main address

1050 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

51-0398531

NTEE code info

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Freedom of Religion Issues (R65)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As Rumi Forum we would like to address the problems of - divisive, discriminative trends, - religious bigotry, - violent extremism, and - prejudice and stereotype. and the need - to improve religious literacy, - to increase diverse and engaging network that foster new ideas and partnerships, and - to expand intellectual growth in social, intercultural and interfaith matters.

Our programs

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

International Trips

Visiting different countries to explore their social, economic, and cultural lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Rumi Forum hosts distinguished speakers on the issues of peace, interfaith, diversity, social cohesion, social justice, and pluralism. Speeches are an hour long with Q and A sessions.

Population(s) Served

Regular study circles on shared topics that are addressed in the scriptures of the three monotheistic faiths.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Religious groups

Throughout the month of Ramadan, the Rumi Forum hosts people of different backgrounds at home and organizational settings to learn more about each other.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Religious groups

Interfaith Leadership Forum (ILF) is a DMV area learning platform that aims to make the existing expertise, capacity and scholarship on interfaith engagement available to the use of clergy, educators, public servants and other interested individuals. The Forum is sponsored by the DC Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington, Montgomery County MD Faith Community Advisory Council, Rumi Forum, and Washington Theological Consortium.

ILF aims to promote pluralism by convening leaders of various religious, ethnic, racial, cultural and gender backgrounds to exchange ideas and generate an action oriented agenda. It provides a venue where a diverse group of community leaders, scholars, clergy and public officials can engage in in-depth discussions on shared values and explore ways to harness them for social action. ILF is open to all individuals who are interested in advancing their interfaith literacy and serving the community as interfaith mobilizers in their professional or individual capacities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Religious groups

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 attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Speaker Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Rumi Forum works towards strengthening the culture of peace, pluralism, and social harmony among groups and individuals of diverse beliefs, ethnicities and backgrounds. It aims to build an inclusive, empowering, and prosperous society where differences are celebrated and human potential flourishes. We strive to achieve this overarching goal by:
- Facilitating person to person understanding through religious literacy programs, wherein diverse faith groups learn about one another, build rapport, and engage in lasting dialogue.
- Building, informing and mobilizing an active constituency of interfaith dialogue through substantive speaker programs, book talks and panel discussions that feature renowned scholars and practitioners.
- Contributing to the knowledge and experience of leaders from institutions of all faiths, through workshops, mutual learning opportunities and academic publications.

- Providing an open dialogue platform that is equally welcoming to participants and stakeholders
- Organizing cost effective and low cost events and projects
- Bridging interested individuals, clergy, and scholars in a shared platform of interfaith and intercultural understanding
- Setting up events at the intersection of faith and the universal agenda of the United Nations namely peace and security, human rights and international development

Rumi Forum has succeeded to build a network of clergy, scholars, and community leaders who are faith-conscious, responsive, and open to dialogue. The Forum relies on a body of dedicated volunteers, motivated staff, committed board of directors, and visionary advisors. It has a reputation as a leading interfaith hub that extends beyond 20 years in the greater Washington DC area.

Accomplished
- International study trips
- Speaker series
- Religious literacy series
- Interfaith Leadership Forum
- Community engagement programs such as film screenings, interfaith concerts, and iftar dinners
- Interfaith engagement that includes visit to places of worship, inter-congregational dialogues, religious literacy, and scriptural studies

What's next?
- A research and publication center

Financials

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Operations

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

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Rumi Forum, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Ori Soltes

Georgetown University

Term: 2020 - 2023

Jamiah Adams

NextGen America

Ori Soltes

Georgetown University

Gertrude Conway

Mount St Mary's University

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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2021

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.