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COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS CALIFORNIA

aka CAIR - CA   |   Anaheim, CA   |  ca.cair.com

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Mission

To enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Ruling year info

1996

Chief Executive Officer

Hussam Ayloush

Main address

2180 W. Crescent Ave St. F

Anaheim, CA 92801 USA

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EIN

77-0411194

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CAIR-CA has not eradicated Islamophobia and understands this is a long-term goal which will require increasing capacity, streamlining infrastructure and developing programs. As much progress as we have made, there is still much work to be done in expanding civil rights resources and services, and influencing community and public policies. We value our community investment to protect civil liberties and promote justice and equality.

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?

Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. CAIR works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.

Population(s) Served
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Immigrants and migrants

CAIR - CA's Governmental Affairs Department conducts and organizes lobbying efforts on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department is active in monitoring legislation and government activities and then, responding on behalf of the American Muslim community. CAIR - CA representatives have testified before Congress and have sponsored a number of activities designed to bring Muslim concerns to Capitol Hill.

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CAIR - CA's Communications Department works in conjunction with local and national media to ensure an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims is presented to the American public. CAIR - CA monitors local, national and international media in part, to challenge negative stereotypes, but also to applaud and encourage positive representations of Islam and Muslims. Over the years, CAIR - CA has become a respected and credible source for journalists and other media professionals.

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Immigrants and migrants

Each year, groups representing people of all faiths visit CAIR - CA offices to learn more about Islam and Muslims in America. Through these visits, as well as other interfaith initiatives. CAIR - CA strives to educate others about Islam while building strong relationships with other faith communities.
CAIR- CA organizes regular conferences and training seminars for government and law enforcement agencies, media professionals and the academic community. These events are designed to present easily accessible and accurate information about Islam and Muslims. CAIR’s TeamWorks sensitivity and diversity training workshop are offered to employers, educators, and organizations as a proactive approach that highlights relevant Islamic practices and offers suggestions for religious accommodation.

Population(s) Served
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Immigrants and migrants

In an effort to empower the American Muslim community, CAIR - CA issues "Action Alerts" as a means of generating a grassroots response to critical political, social and media-related issues. These alerts have produced overwhelming results and have made a significant impact in bringing about change. CAIR - CA also offers an email list designed to be a source of information and news for the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the CAIR - CA e-mail lists receive news releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on issues of importance. Additionally, in order to increase Muslim participation in the political arena, CAIR - CA and its chapters regularly sponsor voter registration drives across the country. CAIR - CA also provides training for the Muslim Community and activists in areas such as media relations, public speaking, lobbying, and civil rights.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants

CAIR CA seeks to empower non-citizens by helping them achieve independence, security, and the opportunity to fully participate in American society. The immigrants’ right program provides high-quality, low-cost or pro bono services to individuals otherwise unable to obtain legal assistance. We seek to assist individuals who seek asylum, legal permanent residency, citizenship or reunification with their families as well as victims of human trafficking, serious crimes, and domestic violence.

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Ethnic and racial groups
Age groups
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Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Accreditations

Charities Review Council 2023

Better Business Bureau 2023

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 community events or trainings held and attendance

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

Outreach/Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of civil rights cases who are discriminated

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

Civil Rights

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of meetings or briefings held with policymakers or candidates

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Policy & Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of media participation on TV, radio and published an op-ed

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Media Relations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people received immigration service

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Immigration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

CAIR-CA aims to enhance the understanding of Islam and encourage dialogue to promote an accurate image of Muslims with our media partners, public officials, and law enforcement. We protect civil liberties and empower American Muslims to have the freedom of worship and freedom of expression. We provide training to our youth with tools to become leaders and encourage Muslim community participation in the political arena. We build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding with interfaith groups and allied organizations who share and support our work. Through our programs and services, our goal is to ensure the rights of all Americans are protected and to ensure that the rights of American Muslims are upheld to the same constitutional standards as that of any other American.

CAIR-CA's aims to build a stronger statewide foundation by serving the community in the following areas:

• Counsel, mediate and advocate on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, targeting or hate crimes
• Engage with elected officials to influence public policy, through local efforts as well as our annual Muslim Day at the Capitol
• Educate American Muslims about their rights so they can fully engage in all aspects of civic life and build coalitions with allied organizations representing other communities
• Equip youth with the proper training through our Muslim Youth Leadership Program to help them become agents of positive change
• Challenge negative stereotypes and ensure an accurate portrayal of Islam and Muslims to the American public in conjunction with local and national media

Our established programs and services provide American Muslims with a strong culture of engagement and activism, empowering them to claim their rightful place within the national fabric of America.

CAIR-CA serves the community through four local offices in the Greater Los Angeles Area, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, and the Sacramento Valley/Central California. While each office functions autonomously regarding local programs and fundraising efforts, CAIR-CA works collectively to maximize efficiency and share learnings.

CAIR-CA employs 90 dedicated staff specialized in office operations, civil and immigrants' rights, community outreach, media, and communications, government relations, and youth development. We are governed by board members from the community and bring diverse professional and educational experiences to the organization.

Perceived as the “go-to organization" in times of need, CAIR has been and continues to be supported and recognized as the backbone of the American Muslim identity. State and local elected officials have acknowledged us for our advocacy work. We have strong working relationships with numerous allied organizations, including the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Japanese American Citizens League, Jewish Voice for Peace, Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, San Diego Regional Hate Crimes Coalition, and other interfaith groups who understand and support our mission and collaborate on many projects. Our relationships extend to media and law enforcement throughout the state and help us to address misconceptions about Islam. We use a variety of platforms – including our website, social media, and email – to communicate with the community and garner their support.

CAIR-CA has the potential to have a powerful impact on the community. We aim to grow our internal capacity and build upon our external strengths to increase the depth and breadth of our media, civil rights, public affairs, and leadership programs and services.

CAIR-CA has made progress toward some long-term goals to strengthen the management infrastructure with the offices across the state by streamlining and improving the organization's compliance, finance, and statewide events such as Muslim Day at the Capitol and the Muslim Youth Leadership Program by hiring statewide staff. Our State Chapter Coordinator is responsible for fostering relationships and collaborations with staff and the Board of Directors and cultivating efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance within each department, including human resources. Our Finance Coordinator oversees the statewide finances and ensures an efficient financial audit and tax return process. In addition, we recently hired a Legislative and Government Relations Coordinator who meets with elected officials to advocate for civil and human rights legislation, develop campaigns to mobilize the Muslim community and facilitate awareness around issues relevant to CAIR-CA's policy agenda and advocacy.

CAIR-CA’s offices: hosted over 1,200 community outreach activities and conducted over 500 workshops and presentations; attended over 350 legislative meetings with local, state, and national elected officials; conducted 500 media interviews; and handled more than 2,000 civil rights and immigration cases on behalf of Muslims whose civil liberties were violated or needed legal services. We also provided leadership training to over 40 youths at our annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program and mobilized more than 700 community members through our annual Muslim Day at the Capitol.

CAIR-CA has increased coalition building and advocacy with other organizations to battle Islamophobia and expanded its community outreach to the San Fernando Valley, San Joaquin, and Fresno areas.

CAIR-CA has not eradicated Islamophobia and understands the long-term goal that will require increased capacity, streamlining infrastructure, and development programs. As much progress as we have made, work is still needed to expand civil rights resources and services and influence community and public policies. We value our community investment to protect civil liberties and promote justice and equality.

Financials

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Operations

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

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COUNCIL ON AMERICAN-ISLAMIC RELATIONS CALIFORNIA

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Fawad Shaiq

Hussam Ayloush

Eyas Abdeen

Fawad Shaiq

Musaab Attaras

Ihab Badr

Ahmed Salem

Adib Mahdi

Ashraf Ibrahim

Hebatullah Taha

Hafeez Mohammad

Haitham Abul-Haija

Khydeeja Alam Javid

Michelle Lee

Rania Elbanna

Sara Mostafavi

Asaad Traina

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? 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 9/29/2023

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/North African
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