Welcome Overview

Description

Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism. Founded in 1993, ING reaches millions of individuals and hundreds of groups a year at the grassroots level by building relationships, understanding, and peaceful communities of all types and backgrounds through programs that include:

  1. Thousands of presentations, training seminars, 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, through a nationwide network of affiliates and partners.
  2. Social media campaigns that promote cultural awareness and best practices for bringing diverse Americans together to get to know and learn from one another.
  3. Online curriculum on topics related to cultural awareness and building bridges available to educators and community organizations.

Statement of Need

While ING’s goal of challenging stereotypes and preventing prejudice through education has been important since its inception in 1993, in a post-9/11 world this work has become critical in combating rising anti-Muslim sentiment that has become common fare in the media, government, and the public square. Islamophobia has reached new heights in recent years with polls showing that Islam is the most unfavorably viewed religion despite the fact that most Americans do not know a Muslim. Islamophobia has been and continues to be used to gain votes, influence domestic and foreign policy, and inform and often enflame public discourse in a manner that often resembles previous periods of xenophobia in our country’s history. Islamophobia has resulted in the bullying of Muslim students in schools, the harassment of Muslim women who wear a headscarf, vandalism and arson against Muslim houses of worship, and even the killing of a number of Muslim individuals and those assumed to be Muslims, such as Sikhs. At ING we believe that the first step in countering Islamophobia is to challenge the false assumptions that lead to bias and bigotry through education and dialogue. Read More.

Organizational Highlights

ING operates five programs that promote intercultural understanding and mutual respect. The Islamic Speakers Bureau program consists of speakers from the Islamic faith who supplement existing curriculum and cultural diversity programming in public institutions, including academic institutions, law enforcement agencies, healthcare facilities, and corporations. The Interfaith Speakers Bureau program consists of speakers from the Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu traditions who speak together on panels to further the practice of religious pluralism, while increasing religious and cultural literacy and mutual respect. The Affiliate program initiates regional Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus all across the country. The INGYouth program equips Muslim youth with religious literacy and with self-confidence in their identity as American Muslims, training them to present their faith to the peers and to respond effectively to challenging questions; thus, it also serves to prevent and to defuse bullying. Know Your Neighbor-Multifaith Encounters, our newest program, brings people of different religious and cultural backgrounds together for mutual learning and the development of new relationships between individuals and communities.

ING’s Inception and Early History

ING was founded in 1993 to address the growing misconceptions about Islam and Muslims in the media and general public that increased as a result of political events and issues during and after the first Gulf War.

The organization was founded by Maha Elgenaidi, an American Muslim of Egyptian origin who migrated to the U.S. with her parents at a young age. Before founding ING, Maha worked in the corporate world in marketing and business management. She was inspired to establish this organization to counter the growing prejudice and vilification of Islam and Muslims that she noted had increased in the early 90’s. She herself had recently become better acquainted with her faith and felt the importance of providing that education to others through two means: religious literacy programs and American Muslim civic engagement. Read More.

Privacy Policy

Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested. Read More.

Annual Report

2014 Form 990
2014 Audited Financial Statements
2014 Annual Report
2009-2012 Three-Year Impact Report
2012-2014 Two-Year Impact Report
2014-2016 Two-Year Impact Report