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American Islamic Congress Inc.

 38 Newbury Street, Suite 702
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 266-0080
[F] (202) 315-5838
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EIN 06-1634525

LAST UPDATED: 01/30/2015
Organization DBA American Islamic Congress
The AIC Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The American Islamic Congress is a nonprofit, non-religious, civil society development organization serving Muslims and Non-Muslims by promoting civil and human rights through advocacy, engagement and education.

Mission Statement

The American Islamic Congress is a nonprofit, non-religious, civil society development organization serving Muslims and Non-Muslims by promoting civil and human rights through advocacy, engagement and education.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2001 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $4,930,062.00
Projected Expense $4,927,942.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Project Nur
  • The AIC Center

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Mission Statement

The American Islamic Congress is a nonprofit, non-religious, civil society development organization serving Muslims and Non-Muslims by promoting civil and human rights through advocacy, engagement and education.

Background Statement

AIC was founded in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 by a diverse group of American Muslims to combat negative stereotypes.  In the twelve years since 9/11, AIC has worked to change the discourse both within the American Muslim community and in American society in general by organizing numerous interfaith and inter-ethnic events, providing discussion guides and educational curriculum to the public, and launching a student-led campus initiative, Project Nur,  that offers an alternative Muslim voice and a civic identity grounded in pluralism and progressive thinking. Project Nur is now on 80 campuses across the country.  In 2009, AIC launched the New England Interfaith Council which is led by a diverse group of American Muslims.  The Council conceives of and implements programs that showcase the diversity of the Muslim world from Master Classes about Turkish musical instruments to Muslim Women in the Arts exhibits to roundtables for Muslim small businessman.  

 AIC has been working on the ground in the Middle East/North Africa since 2003, with U.S. directors collaborating with indigenous staff in local bureaus to implement cutting-edge programs in environments of political repression and inter-communal violence. In 2008 in Iraq, AIC launched Ambassadors for Peace (A4P), a partnership between AIC and Cure Violence. AIC adopted Cure Violence’s award winning anti-violence method for an Iraqi context, where it has been remarkably successful in reducing violence in Basrah and Sadr City.  In Egypt, we run dynamic programs, including a groundbreaking human rights film festival, a debate series, debate training for youth, and a campaign to educate on the tenets of democratic citizenship and civil rights.  In Tunisia, AIC is training social entrepreneurs and providing them with micro-grants to turn their visions into on-the-ground projects that engage their local communities.  Our diverse regional projects enable us to identify emerging leaders with untapped potential and limited opportunities to act on their ideals. We make a point of engaging these young thinkers and empowering them with practical skills to make an impact in their local communities.

 AIC is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in Boston, Turkey, Tunis, Basrah, and Baghdad and employs more than 100 people around the world.



Impact Statement

AIC's has secured several accomplishments in Boston and New England within the past year:

 In September 2012, AIC held the fourth annual Massachusetts Salute to Ramadan.The Salute to Ramadan celebrates Muslim-American leadership through service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the spirit of introspection and giving, AIC donated food collected throughout the month to Boston’s Pine Street Inn. Guests at the event, which took place at the State House, included State Treasurer Steve Grossman.


On Thursday April 18, 2013 Nasser Weddady, Civil Rights Outreach Director at AIC and Chairman of the New England Interfaith Council spoke at the Healing of Our City Interfaith Service for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Alongside President Barack Obama, Governor Deval Patrick, and Mayor Thomas Menino, Nasser addressed an interfaith audience on the importance of interfaith efforts in healing the Boston community.


From January 20thto May 18th2013, AIC held the Muslim Women in the Arts: Home and Away series. Thiswas a unique arts and culture series spotlighting the work of four Boston-based female artists from Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia. The series aimed in part to address a lack of exhibits by contemporary Muslim artists in Boston’s galleries and museums, a void that reinforces the perception that Muslim art is limited to calligraphy and rugs.



AIC's top goals for the next year include:


  1. Continuing to develop robust Boston Center programming that appeals to a wide range of communities. Programs will demonstrate the diversity of Muslim culture and promote  pluralism.
  2. Continue to expand our membership base.
  3. Creating more civic partnerships in Boston and throughout the New England area.



Needs Statement

1. Fundraising: $45,000 for the addition of fundraising staff to provide support for annual fund development, membership building, and event planning. 
2. Volunteers: Muslim-Americans committed to the values of pluralism, tolerance and diversity who are ready or organize as a community.
3. Board Development training for AIC staff and Board.
4. Professional Development training for AIC staff

CEO Statement

AIC is a non-religious civic initiative uniting Muslims and non-Muslims not around religion but around shared culture. 

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights
  2. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - Democracy And Civil Society Development
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Project Nur

Project Nur is a student-led initiative advocating for social justice by empowering responsible leaders to cultivate an environment of acceptance and mutual respect between Muslims and all communities. Project Nur has student led chapters on 80 campuses across the U.S. Chapters implement hundreds of events including lectures, panel discussions, performances, and exhibits that create interfaith dialogue and educate about current events. Chapter members develop skills to become our next generation of leaders.  Project Nur's goals are:
  1. Lead a movement to promote principles of human rights and civil rights in the United States and around the world by raising awareness through programs and events.
  2. Engage student leaders in civic and entrepreneurial initiatives by actively participating in projects in our local communities and abroad.
  3. Provide a space for every one of different cultural backgrounds and experiences to celebrate the diversity in our nation.
  4. Build the next generation of leaders to remedy the challenges facing the American Muslim community through action-based initiatives focused on promoting coexistence of all communities.
  5. Create the ground for voices of pluralism of American Muslims and American non-Muslims by working with students who are progressive, reformist, liberal, secular, moderate or conservative, without proselytizing and judging Muslims of different thought.
Budget  $644,100.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Adults US
Program Short-Term Success 
Each campus chapter will hold 4-6 events per year.
80 students will participate in Leadership Conference and learn communications, organizing, and event planning skills.  
Program Long-Term Success 
More Muslim students enter careers in government and become civic leaders. 
Students become more tolerant and open minded to the diversity of Muslim cultures and thought. 
Program Success Monitored By  Project Nur uses surveys and focus groups to learn what does and does not work among our chapters.  In addition, staff travel regularly to meet with chapter leaders and learn about their concerns and any issues they are experiencing. 
Examples of Program Success 

Forbes – Project Nur’s groundbreaking series “Science and Islam” which explores Muslim perceptions of modern science and religion has twice been profiled in Forbes. 

Project Nur chapter at the University of California Santa Barbara was accepted into the Clinton Global Initiative.  Out of thousands of applicants, this chapter was chosen for its commitment to volunteerism and interfaith work.  In addition, Project Nur has been institutionalized at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) through the Multi-Cultural Center. Only 10% of student groups are given this privilege. UCSB now recognizes Project Nur as the public face and “go to” organization for interfaith dialogue.

The AIC Center

The AIC Center, located in Boston on Newbury Street, is advancing tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. The AIC Center offers visitors a gateway to a scene of innovators and artists who explore the diversity of American Muslim identity. Overlooking the Back Bay, the center’s interior hall includes a stage for artistic performances, business roundtables, human rights panels, and social events.


The Center’s multimedia facilities screen cutting-edge films and video feeds from inspiring civil rights advocates around the world. Gallery space will spotlight exhibits by local and international artists. Conference rooms host educational programs led by experts in myriad disciplines. The venue can also be reserved for celebrations, community events and classes.

Budget  $269,882.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Middle East US& International Adults
Program Short-Term Success  The ongoing presentation of dynamic, community-building events that showcase the diversity of Muslim culture. 
Program Long-Term Success  A sustainable hub for intercultural exchange within the Muslim community, and among all people. 
Program Success Monitored By  Surveys, database management, attendance records, membership growth, qualitative database tracking. 
Examples of Program Success  Membership grows by 20% per year, events consistently attract diverse audiences of 100 or more attendees, as well as civic leaders and politicians, event regularly garner press coverage, and journalists, policymakers and scholars consult AIC as the go-to voice for Muslim civic representation. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Zainab Al-Suwaij
CEO Term Start Oct 2001
CEO Email
CEO Experience Zainab Al-Suwaij is a co-founder of the American Islamic Congress (AIC) and has been its Executive Director since its inception in 2001. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, Zainab left her teaching position at Yale to launch AIC with the mission of building interfaith and interethnic understanding and to represent the diversity of American Muslim life. Over the past decade, Zainab’s leadership has expanded AIC into an international organization with six bureaus worldwide, including the U.S., Egypt, Iraq, and newest location, Tunisia. Under her direction, AIC has trained hundreds of young Middle Eastern activists in the methods of non-violent protest and social media mobilization, empowering them to challenge regimes during the Arab Spring. In Iraq, she launched a program that disrupts and mediates tribal and sectarian violence as it happens, saving countless lives in both Basra and Baghdad. Zainab’s vision for acceptance and understanding in the U.S. is being realized through AIC’s growing campus initiative, Project Nur, as well as its Interfaith Councils and groundbreaking Witness Series. Zainab is an outspoken advocate for women’s equality, civil rights, and interfaith understanding. She has briefed Congress and the White House and has been invited to speak at numerous panel events, universities, and think tanks. Zainab has published editorials in the three largest American newspapers: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. She has appeared on NPR, BBC, Al-Jazeera, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox. Named an “Ambassador of Peace” by the Interreligious and International Peace Council, Zainab has received Dialogue on Diversity’s Liberty Award and was recognized as “2006 International Person of the Year” by the National Liberty Museum. Raised in Basra, Iraq, Zainab fled the country after participating in the 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein and is now a U.S. citizen living in the Washington, D.C. area.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 100
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 86
Other (if specified): Arab
Gender Female: 52
Male: 48
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Zainab Al-Suwaij
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Islamic Congress
Board Chair Term Oct 2001 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Zainab Al-Suwaij AIC Voting
Dr. Hillel Fradkin Hudson Institute Voting
Ms. Harriet Fulbright President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center Voting
Dr. Sa'ad Eddin Ibrahim Ibn Khaldun Center Voting
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser Chairman, American Islamic Forum for Democracy Voting
Sayyed Nadeem Kazmi Consultant Voting
Khaleel Mohammed San Diego State University Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 5
Other (if specified): Arab
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 28%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

AIC is in the process of revitalizing our Board of Directors.  To that end, we have been working with an organizational development consultant to set organization goals and develop our Board. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2001 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $4,930,062.00
Projected Expense $4,927,942.00
Form 990s

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

2008 Form 990

Audit Documents

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

2008 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $2,616,735 $1,434,830 $1,734,269
Total Expenses $2,811,783 $1,655,870 $1,357,198

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $1,458,696 $450,588 $433,597
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,458,696 $450,588 $433,597
Individual Contributions $1,155,539 $981,117 $1,298,645
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $2,500 $3,125 $2,027

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $2,375,756 $1,397,244 $1,047,718
Administration Expense $268,107 $149,468 $279,056
Fundraising Expense $167,920 $109,158 $30,424
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 0.87 1.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 84% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 8% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $1,132,319 $799,985 $924,041
Current Assets $1,128,526 $794,214 $916,083
Long-Term Liabilities $575,000 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $130,558 $178,176 $81,192
Total Net Assets $426,761 $621,809 $842,849

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.64 4.46 11.28

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 51% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Previous fiscal period data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's Audited Financials.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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