Growth at ING | Reaccreditation by Better Business Bureau

We’re pleased to report to our clients and donors that ING was once again reaccredited for the fifth time (since 2008) by the Better Business Bureau for the years 2016-2017, meeting 20 out of 20 standards. For more information on the standards, visit How the BBB Accredits Charities. We appreciate the guidance of Muslim Advocates, and particular Farhana Khera’s leadership, who first led us through this program to provide confidence to our donors and clients.

Please Welcome Seán, Kate, and Daniel to ING!

Thanks to our generous supporters and reflecting our continued growth and expansion in both programs and development, we are excited to announce the addition of three new staff people to the ING family. Please join us in welcoming Seán Rose (Deputy Director-Programs), Kate Bridges-Lyman (Development Manager), and Daniel Hayes (Accounting & Finance Manager). Each brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the organization and moves us closer to our big goals in 2016.

Seán is an experienced and award-winning educator, facilitator, and trainer who has designed and delivered cross-cultural and interfaith programs in North America and Europe. He previously managed education programming for the National Steinbeck Center, the largest literary museum in the US, for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and for 3FF (formerly the Three Faiths Forum), one of the United Kingdom’s leading interfaith organizations. He holds a degree in Environmental Geography and International Development from the University of East Anglia.

Kate holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. She served in various capacities in Muslim Student Associations and worked as an academic tutor and associate of the Markaz Resource Center at Stanford University before joining ING. Kate speaks four languages including Arabic and Urdu, and is passionate about serving the American Muslim community, educating about religion, interfaith work, and Urdu poetry.

Daniel is a certified public accountant and was previously a Senior Staff Accountant at Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope. He holds a degree in accountancy from San Jose State University.

Daniel replaces our previous finance manager Ali Rangwala who until last month served ING since 2008. Ali joined a small Silicon Valley company as its Chief Operating Officer. We’re grateful to him for his time and energy and his many contributions to ING, including our filings for BBB accreditation. Ali has also joined our Board of Advisors.

Two Days Left Until Our South Bay Endowment Dinner
Sunday, Oct 25, Santa Clara Marriott

 Keynote speaker: Wajahat Ali
“Between Antagonist and Token: Rewriting the Muslim American Hero”
Muslim-American cultural production as civic participation
wajahatheadshot1 Wajahat Ali is an Al-Jazeera America host and the award-winning playwright of “Domestic Crusaders,” one of the first major plays about the American Muslim experience. He is the lead author of the investigative report “Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America” produced by the Center for American Progress. Event time is 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Register here.