Cultivating quality ideas to empower Muslim communities across America.
When embarking on its mission, The Whitestone Foundation immediately saw the absence of a cohesive strategic roadmap based on a deep study of the Muslim community. This roadmap is necessary in order to guide our community’s giving, planning, and focus. Consequently, Whitestone Foundation has embarked on the task of gathering the data and the insight of Muslim community leaders, scholars, and members to formulate a Strategic Roadmap projected for the next 15 years. God-willing, the resulting report will be of benefit to the entire community and help Whitestone Foundation to strategically select the direction of projects that will have a maximum impact on the community. The process of developing the Roadmap will also build a network of subject matter experts, community stakeholders and seed the online Idea Exchange with existing challenges and promising solutions for communities across the nation.
As a member of Whitestone Foundation’s online exchange, you will have the opportunity to share ideas with other community members, give and receive feedback on ideas, and vote for ideas that matter the most to you. As ideas are posted, communities will form around your idea and members will start discussing and voting on which ideas will best serve the community most effectively and efficiently.
You are looking for a unique and fun way to celebrate Eid in your community. You access Whitestone Foundation’s Idea Exchange and search for “Eid” and find that communities in Canton, Michigan and Washington, D.C. have posted about ‘Eid Carnivals that include rides, performances, and food. You can see the steps they took to plan these events and can also reach out to the organizers to get some guidance on how to plan a carnival within your own community. You now have a great model to learn from and you will not need to “reinvent the wheel.” You also have the chance to show your support by voting for this idea.
Turn your Idea into an Expert Modeled Solution
If you or the nonprofit you are affiliated with has a project or idea that they would like Whitestone Foundation to consider turning into an Expert Modeled Solution, please contact us today for more information at:
The Whitestone Foundation believes in working from existing promising solutions in the field wherever possible and refining these solutions by learning from the advantages of other solutions from within and outside the Muslim community. The result is an Expert Modeled Solution that may take a variety of forms. These Expert Modeled Solutions may be delivered via a series of short videos, a dedicated online tool, or a graphic visual guide. We will seek to offer the Expert Modeled Solutions in the best format to encourage understanding and implementation.
Whitestone Foundation identifies a need for Muslim Foster Care parents in our communities and finds a promising model in a training program teaching Muslim parents about the foster care process. In collaboration with the local organization implementing the original solution, Whitestone Foundation might fund the development of a central online tool for determining the steps to become a foster care parent in your community with compelling videos sharing actual foster care parent experiences and materials for the model training program.
We are not your typical grantmaking organization. Our external funding philosophy is solely based on funding ideas or solutions that can be replicated in communities across America. Our funding goes directly into the resources needed to build strong models around those ideas or solutions as well as attaching challenge grants to them for any community to receive the financial resources need to implement those models locally.
It is also centered on challenge grants because we believe it maximizes participation and implementation of good solutions. Potential recipients of challenge grants are those that are moved enough by a solution to make an effort to organize and attain buy-in from their own supporters without a guarantee of funding. Even if a potential recipient does not ultimately receive a challenge grant it is likely to finish implementation of a solution if it is able. Challenge grants are unlikely to be 1:1 matching requirements but rather requirements that demonstrate basic commitment and buy-in by a recipient’s stakeholders.
The Whitestone Foundation has created an Expert Modeled Solution for teaching children computer programming and electronics in a community center. It is issuing a challenge grant of $25,000 for 3 recipients a year to implement the program. Recipients have to raise $5,000 in order to qualify for the grant. 10 communities apply and only 3 are selected. The recipients who did not receive the grant still have access to the curriculum and the guide and they have $5,000 and the enthusiasm of their community to fuel the implementation of the program on their own without the grant.
We are not currently focused on giving purely financial challenge grants that is not tied to one of our current Expert Modeled Solutions (EMS).
The Whitestone Foundation will develop a network of service providers and organizations that have a proven track record to provide quality services for the American Muslim community. Our preferred organizations are Muslim owned and therefore understand the religious, cultural, and diverse needs of our community. This directory will grow organically because our potential grant recipients and community stakeholders will suggest additions based on their own personal experiences with service providers or organizations.
An Islamic School receives a grant from Whitestone Foundation to implement a technology curriculum. The school may use an approved graphic design provider to create the materials from Whitestone Foundation’s network or suggest another provider to be approved by the foundation and added to its network.