Volume 03 | November 2020
News & Updates from AFF

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of this year – a year that has felt like it lasted five years! We are still in the midst of a global pandemic, and we are on the precipice of a historic US election that will alter the course of many lives one way or another, so it’s safe to say, we can only hope for a kinder, calmer, and less eventful 2021.

Since we last checked in with you in July with our quarterly newsletter, a lot has happened and I’d like to share some of the highlights with you. Explosions rocked Beirut in August, and we have a round-up of some of the interventions our network mobilized immediately to help. We’ve also gathered updates from our members on what they’ve been busy with over the past year so we can keep you up-to-date on what your peers are doing around the region. We also have some past and upcoming events to tell you about, and an update on some of the ways we hope to engage with you through the end of the year.

I’m looking forward to closing out this exhausting year on a hopeful and positive note, so please make sure to give us your feedback and let us know what we can do for you and how we can stay engaged. 

I hope you all remain safe and healthy and thank you for your continued support and valuable membership,

Naila Farouky
CEO – Arab Foundations Forum
In addition to the member benefits we offer our network, we are always looking for ways to increase the value we add to our membership, and this year is no exception! We have nurtured new and exciting partnerships this year that bring tangible benefits to our network, including with the Resource Alliance, with International Fundraisers Across Borders (IFAB) and their online conference, and new benefits with our partners at Social Value International, to name a few.
We’re excited to announce the strategic partnership between the Arab Foundations Forum and the Resource Alliance (RA), which works globally to strengthen the social impact sector, by helping organizations of every size and type to develop the critical human, financial, and intellectual resources necessary to build a better world. To learn more about this partnership and the EXCLUSIVE membership benefits for AFF Members, JOIN OUR NETWORK TODAY
International Fundraising Across Borders (IFAB) Online is an event on November 18 – 20 that includes 26 videos, with 46 speakers, released over 3 days with live Q & As.
Learn how to raise more funds for your organization internationally through videos which you can watch at your leisure and as often as you like.

Our partner, Social Value International, has teamed up with Efiko Academy on an exciting training module! AFF members are eligible for a 10% discount on the price of the course.
Want to learn more about how to maximize your impacts or help those organizations you support to manage their impacts? 

AFF Presents at the F20 - Our CEO, Naila Farouky, gave one of the Keynote Addresses at the Foundations Platform F20 Climate Week (the Foundations 20, part of the lead-up to the G20 Summit later this year) where she represented the #arabphilanthropy sector on behalf of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF).
AFF at AfSAE - On September 25, AFF CEO Naila Farouky represented the network at this year’s African Society of Association Executives, where she participated in a panel on: “The Role of African Civil Society Organizations in the Post Covid-19 Recovery”
On September 29, in partnership with Innovety, we co-hosted a webinar on “Innovation for Survival: A Guide for Organizations in a ‘New Normal’” where we discussed the 11 innovation practices organizations can adopt to survive.

On December 9 at 10 AM GMT, we will co-host with our partner Social Value International, our third in a series of webinars. The topic for this module will focus on “Aggregating Portfolio Impacts - Challenges and Solutions”

In February 2021 ,we will partner with the Gerhart Center as part of their incredibly informative webinar series, to host a module on “What Does the ‘New Normal’ Look Like for Arab Philanthropy?” 
In August, Beirut was rocked by a series of devastating explosions that wreaked havoc throughout the capital and beyond, causing an already fragile socio-economic situation to worsen. Here are some of the interventions our member organizations implemented to support the communities in Lebanon as they continue to, once again, rebuild the city’s infrastructure and the morale of its inhabitants.
Since August 4th, social entrepreneurs across Lebanon have rallied to help rebuild Beirut and support the vulnerable communities worst affected by the blast. Watch this short film to hear from three Alfanar-backed social entrepreneurs on the ground who have risen to the challenge and are working tirelessly to rebuild their city and community. READ MORE
The Lebanon Solidarity Fund, jointly managed by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC and Culture Resource, has announced support to 202 practitioners in the arts and culture sector in Lebanon who have been directly affected by the August 4, 2020 explosion in the Beirut port. READ MORE
Within minutes of the devastating explosion in the Beirut port on August 4, 2020, AUB doctors, nurses, and medical staff were preparing to care for the injured who they knew would come. In the first 24 hours, more than 500 casualties were treated at the AUB Medical Center. READ MORE
The King Hussein Foundation is sharing several resources, including a webinar that highlights findings from two of their research projects on women's economic participation and gender dynamics during the COVID-19 lockdown, and a public debate on women's economic participation in the private sector. READ MORE. 
Coding Education in Pandemic Times. The
Paltel Group Foundation's journey of over almost half a decade is full of challenges. It is not only the Corona Pandemic that formed exceptional conditions around the Foundation work, but other economic, political and social conditions have placed the Group in a crisis, but we never give up. READ MORE
The ACSS Research Grants Program (RGP) on "Health and Livelihoods in the Arab Region: Wellbeing, Vulnerability and Conflict" responds to the continuous socio-political and economic restructuring of the Arab region, especially during the last decade marked by strife and conflict in some countries and resulting in mass displacement and forced migration. READ MORE.
Taawon aims to provide essential equipment for the Beirut Governmental Hospital in order to make it operational as soon as possible and help those most badly affected. The provision of equipment will also ensure the sustainability of services for years to come and will enable the hospital to serve many of the most vulnerable children and adults in Beirut who have nowhere else to turn. READ MORE
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD) has been committed to support the Egyptian government as well as marginalized communities most affected by the ramifications of the pandemic. The foundation has rapidly mobilized efforts and resources to provide all possible relief to a variety of initiatives that address this crisis. READ MORE
Read the full report (in Arabic) from our member, Al Quds Fund and Endowment, on COVID-19 response efforts in Palestine.
Here are some additional resources from around the world we’ve collected that we think are helpful!
The Imperative of Moral Leadership, by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation

We are experiencing a season of suffering—in the United States and around the world. The sum of all this suffering, of all this mourning, of all this daily grief, can be a crushing burden to carry, especially when it feels as though we must carry it on our own. 
The road here has been exhausting; the road forward seems daunting, especially when it feels we are careening out of control or teetering on the edge of a cliff.
As we bear all of these trials, we face another test—a test that will determine whether and how democracy can long endure: A test of moral leadership.
Each month, Wild Apricot compiles the internet's biggest list of free nonprofit webinars. As we get closer and closer to Giving Tuesday 2020 and the year-end giving season, experts in the field are providing helpful resources on how to stand out and successfully fundraise at this time of year. November webinar topics include year-end fundraising, GivingTuesday, handling COVID-19 challenges, remote work, volunteer management, nonprofit marketing and much more. 
Join Salzburg Global for a virtual program series on Philanthropy, Inequality and Leading Together Through Crisis, which will commence November 16 and conclude December 17. Salzburg Global Seminar seeks to have a globally-representative group of philanthropic thought leaders, executives, and experts from independent foundations, corporate and community foundation, venture philanthropy, impact investment, non-profits, advisory and collaborative funds, and research institutes. This event is free and open to all. FULL AGENDA
For more information on how to join our growing network of members, please visit our website for a membership application.