CAIR FOUNDATION INC

aka Council on American-Islamic Relations   |   Washington, DC   |  www.cair.com

Mission

CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Notes from the nonprofit

CAIR is able to carry out its important work through the support of thousands of individual donors across the nation, through the efforts of more than 20 professional staff at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of staff, board members, interns, and volunteers who work at our offices nationwide. Learn more about our story at cair.com/ourstory

The challenges that motivated the founders of CAIR to establish the organization in 1994 were formidable. Those challenges are even greater today.

This has been a historic time in our nation's history and in that of the American Muslim community. As CAIR's national headquarters and offices nationwide expand our ability to respond to these challenges, we invite you to join us in building a better future for our families, our communities, and our country. Thank you for your support.

Ruling year info

2012

National Executive Director

Nihad Awad

Main address

453 New Jersey Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003 USA

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EIN

77-0646756

NTEE code info

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CAIR's legal team began the year ready to take on the unconstitutional Muslim Ban. Within three days of the president's signing of the first Muslim Ban executive order, CAIR filed a lawsuit - “Sarsour v. Trump" - one of the first and possibly the broadest, legal challenges to the unconstitutional Muslim Ban. We have continued to challenge the ban with other legal and public actions in partnership with top law firms and allied organizations.

CAIR's professional staff nationwide are working harder than ever on the frontlines every day challenging anti-Muslim hate, educating the public, protecting your civil rights, advocating for your family and neighbors, empowering you to engage in the public square and use your voice through mainstream media and lobbying, and building results-focused, mutually beneficial relationships with leaders in business, academia, labor, faith, and government.

Our programs

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

Civil Rights Defense

CAIR's Civil Rights Department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights(http://sun.cair.com/Portals/0/pdf/Know_Your_Rights.pdf)  of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.

Population(s) Served

CAIR'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 monitors local, national and international media(http://www.cair.com/PressCenter/Multimedia.aspx)  in part, to challenge negative stereotypes, but also to applaud and encourage positive representations of Islam and Muslims. Over the years, CAIR has become a respected and credible source(http://www.cair.com/PressCenter/MediaContacts.aspx)  for journalists and other media professionals.

Population(s) Served

During 2017, CAIR helped hundreds of law enforcement agencies, schools, colleges, elected officials, and other decision-makers across our nation make informed decisions to not allow anti-Muslim hate group members and conspiracy theorists to mislead their staff and communities. Learn more at islamophobia.org

CAIR’s timely and professional reports are also being used by state, national and international media outlets to highlight the growing Islamophobia targeting American Muslim families and children, mosques and Islamic schools.

All of CAIR’s civil rights reports and annual reports on Islamophobia and its effects on American Muslim families and children are published on the islamophobia.org website, which is now the top result for searches using the term ‘Islamophobia.’

CAIR reports, produced by our Research & Advocacy Department, outline the spike in anti-Muslim hate and its effects on everyday American families.

The reports also identify the well-funded and well-coordinated network of hate groups promoting anti-Muslim hate, lobbying Congress and state legislatures to pass anti-Muslim laws, and lobbying news media editors, Hollywood producers and other decision-makers to produce highly defamatory portrayals of Islam and Muslims that fuel hate and prejudice.

Population(s) Served

CAIR’s government affairs staff at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and our offices nationwide work to educate lawmakers about policies of importance to our families and communities. We mobilize community members to use their voices to bring positive change.


More than 400 community members from 30 states met with some 230 congressional staff and elected officials during the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations’ (USCMO) National Muslim Advocacy Day held in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

At the state level, thousands of community members and interfaith supporters took part in lobby day events sponsored by CAIR chapters in the following states’ capitals: Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Population(s) Served

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 nonprofit leaders coached

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CAIR provides support and training on nonprofit best practices to affiliate leadership across the country.

Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media

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Related Program

Media Relations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

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Related Program

Media Relations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of cases monitored

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

Civil Rights Defense

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Includes civil rights cases involving litigation and non-legal advocacy

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.

Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to protect civil rights and to promote a positive image of Islam and American Muslims.

Through public outreach, education, and advocacy, CAIR puts forth a mainstream perspective to ensure the American Muslim voice is represented in all levels of society. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower American Muslims and encourage their participation in political and social activism.

CAIR is able to carry out its work through the support of thousands of donors across the nation, more than 20 professional staff at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of staff, board members, interns, and volunteers at our offices nationwide.

During 2017, CAIR offices nationwide provided free legal help to more than 5,000 community members.

CAIR's Chapter Department seeks to create a strong, sustainable nationwide infrastructure, with professionally-staffed, grassroots CAIR chapters serving communities in 48 states.

A study by a media monitoring service showed that over a 1-year period between 2016 and 2017, CAIR's media outreach resulted in 93,104 news articles, with a potential audience of more than 15 billion, worth some $143 million in advertising value.

During 2017, 1,000+ allied organizations and leaders engaged in CAIR's work nationwide.

More than 400 community members from 30 states met with some 230 congressional staff and elected officials.

CAIR is able to carry out its important work through the support of thousands of individual donors across the nation, through the efforts of more than 20 professional staff at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of staff, board members, interns, and volunteers who work at our offices nationwide.

Here's just a sample of what you made possible with your support in 2017:

CAIR responded to the Muslim Ban by adding five chapters toward the goal of providing our free legal and advocacy services through local chapters in 48 states.

CAIR's lawsuit, the broadest ever against the unconstitutional “watch list," continues to move forward in the courts.

CAIR offices provided free legal help to more than 5,000 community members nationwide.

CAIR's media outreach resulted in 93,104 news articles about American Muslims, worth $143 million in advertising value.

300+ congressional and other elected officials nationwide sent letters of recognition to CAIR, endorsing our work.

CAIR distributed 40,000 educational guides, including “Challenging Islamophobia" and “Know Your Rights and Responsibilities"

CAIR helped organize the largest American Muslim advocacy event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. More than 400 community members from 30 states met with some 230 congressional offices.

Financials

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Operations

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

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CAIR FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Roula Allouch

Sarwat Husain

Jimmy Jones

Manhattanville College

Nihad Awad

Ahmed Al-Shehab

Arlene El-Amin

Manal Fakhoury

Masoud Nassimi

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? No