ING Affiliates Conference

ING along with ISBs from 14 other cities met from January 17th until January 20th, 2003 in Atlanta, GA for the Annual ING Affiliates conference. The conference served to provide a platform for exchange of ideas, information and resources in nationally expanding “Teaching America About Islam” outreach

Representatives from various cities came together to do a “Show and Tell” of the outreach programs progress in their city. Cities that attended the conference this year include:

1. Atlanta ISB – Host organization
2. Augusta ISB
3. Kentucky ISB
4. San Francisco ISB
5. Minnesota ISB
6. Boston ISB
7. Conneticut ISB
8. Seattle ISB
9. Quad Cities ISB (Iowa/Ill)
10. Chicago ISB
11. Arizona ISB
12. Nebraska ISB
13. Michigan ISB
14. Columbia ISB

Key Highlights for the events included:

Challenges & Opportunities Ahead for ISB’s post 9/11 Environment Speaker: Shabbir Mansouri, Director, Council on Islamic Education

Introduction of New Presentation for Schoools: The History of Islam in America Speaker: Dr. Umar Faruq AbdAllah, Director, Nawawi Foundation (Chicago)

Building Strategic Alliances & Partnerships with Non-Muslim Organizations Panel Discussion: Shabbir Mansouri (CIE), Zafar Siddiqui, (IRG, Minnesota); Tabassum Haleem, ISB Chicago; Soumaya Khalifa, ISB Atlanta

Developing Media Relations
Speaker: Maha, ISB, San Francisco; Author of ING Media Relations Kit

Non-Profit Management Training:
The necessary and recommended components of Nonprofit organizations -> boards of directors & advisors; registration of organization & tax filing; accounting systems, insurance, managing employees & volunteers Speaker: Mark Baggett, CEO, Coastal Nonprofit Resources

Grant writing: Tips and How-to’s for locating funding sources and writing successful grant applications; tax issues Speaker: Mark Baggett, CEO, Coastal Nonprofit Resources