Welcome Overview


Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization whose 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. Founded in 1993, ING achieves its mission through education and community engagement. We work through 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.

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 four programs that promote intercultural understanding and mutual respect. The Islamic Speakers Bureau consists of speakers from the Islamic faith who supplement existing curriculum and cultural diversity programming relating to Islam and Muslims in public institutions.  The Interfaith Speakers Bureau program consists of speakers from the Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu traditions who speak together on panels to increase religious and cultural literacy and mutual respect in a way that reflects religious pluralism. The Affiliate program initiates and supports regional Islamic and Interfaith Speakers Bureaus all across the country. The Bullying Prevention program works to prevent teasing, harassment and bullying of minority students through student led programs. ING has affiliates across the country who model ING’s outreach programs and utilize ING’s content.

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