Affiliate Overview

What is an ING Affiliate?

An ING Affiliate is an independently operated regional non-profit organization or group of speakers which models ING’s outreach educational programs and methodology and utilizes ING’s content in its local area. ING currently has 16 affiliates in different states. For a listing of current ING affiliates see here.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world in which people of diverse backgrounds are understood and respected and their contributions valued, and in which American Muslim communities play a vital role in promoting values of inclusion and coexistence.

Our mission is to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching about their traditions and contributions in the context of America’s history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups. ING emphasizes the importance of countering all forms of bigotry while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.

We achieve our mission through education and community engagement. We work though regional volunteers and affiliated organizations across the country who provide thousands of presentations, training seminars and workshops, and panel discussions annually in schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement agencies, corporations, healthcare facilities, and community organizations as part of cultural diversity curricula and programs. Reaching hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of individuals a year at the grassroots level, ING is building bridges among people of all backgrounds.

Becoming an Affiliate

Have you always wanted to respond to inaccurate information about Muslims but didn’t know how? Have you been asked to speak about your faith but were afraid to? Here is your opportunity to learn how to educate others about American Muslims and their faith.

Since 1993, ING has been educating the American public about Muslims and their faith locally in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally through ING’s affiliates across the country. We invite you to become an ING affiliate to help increase religious and cultural literacy, prevent discrimination, and promote mutual respect, cooperation, and safer communities among people of all faiths.

Speakers for ING and its affiliates are trained and certified after a rigorous process of professional development, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran speakers. ING speakers are trained to respect strict guidelines which emphasize that speakers must adhere to the highest level of academic neutrality and objectivity when teaching about religion.

What do I need to become an ING affiliate?

You may start an affiliate independently or choose to be affiliated with a local non-profit organization such as a mosque or outreach group; however, you should not be affiliated with a dawah committee/organization or an advocacy organization. You  need a core group of dedicated volunteer speakers and board members and minimum finances to form a local ING Affiliate. It is preferable that you have non-profit status or be affiliated with a non-profit. In order to launch your local ING affiliate, you will first need to complete an application. After your application has been received, we will contact you.

ING’s Affiliate Training

ING’s training covers the following topics: an introduction to ING’s philosophy and methodology for educational outreach; First Amendment Center principles; a demonstration of ING’s most popular presentation; a review of answers to 170+ frequently asked questions; speaker’s tips; visual aids; administrative procedures, and other topics. The training can focus on school presentations only or can also include presentations in other public institutions. To cover all the presentations which ING provides, allow two days for the training.

Typical Schedule:

10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and/or Sunday, depending on the topics you want covered.

Trainers:

  • Maha Elgenaidi
  • Ameena Jandali
  • Kate Chance

Costs:

  1. Trainer(s)’s airfare.
  2. Trainer(s)’s overnight accommodations, if applicable.
  3. Speakers Kits: $25 each. Each trainee should receive his or her own kit.
  4. Training fees: $1000 recommended donation to ING.

Venue and materials needed:

  1. Training hall with classroom-style seating
  2. LCD projector
  3. Screen
  4. Easel chart or white/black board, with pens
  5. 10′ table in the front of the room that is preferably draped, with two chairs
  6. Sign in sheet
  7. Pens & note pad for trainees (optional)
  8. A LIGHT lunch
  9. Tea for the morning; and tea or cold drinks for an afternoon break
  10. Publicity flyer for distribution in Islamic centers and through email

Training Revenues:

Organizers usually recover their costs by charging a fee of $25 – $75 per attendee for the training.

Who should attend an Affiliate training?

ING’s affiliate training is designed for American Muslims who wish to form and participate in an ING affiliate and learn how to present topics relating to American Muslims in a formal setting, including schools, universities, churches, law enforcement agencies, corporations, hospitals, social service agencies, and other public institutions. Professional, articulate, American-born or -raised Muslims, leaders and spokespeople from Islamic organizations, and anyone being asked to present Islam and Muslim perspectives are highly encouraged to attend this training.

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