National Network for Diaspora Giving launches at the Global Diaspora Forum

The National Network for Diaspora Giving (NNDG) launches this week in conjunction with the Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum sponsored by the Secretary of State's Office for Global Partnerships and the U.S. Agency for International Development in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute.  The NNDG will serve as an information clearinghouse, a capacity-building resource, and an advocacy group for diaspora philanthropic initiatives, and as a resource center for those who wish to increase their understanding of diaspora philanthropy.

The National Network for Diaspora Giving will host an inaugural convening and information session at the World Bank Headquarters on May 19th  to bring together thought-leaders, funders and organizers in the area of diaspora philanthropy across the United States.

In the past decade, diaspora philanthropy has garnered the attention of international institutions such as the US AID, the Migration Policy Institute and the World Bank, as well as other national and regional entities, major foundations, and academic institutions.  Diaspora giving flowing from the United States to the developing world was estimated at roughly $41 billion, 26% of U.S. total resources in 2005(USAID).  It is unclear, and little attention is focused on the percentage represented by philanthropic gifts and social investments.

Dr. Tariq Cheema, one of the co-initiators of the NNDG and CEO of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists noted, “As a peer network of U.S.-based individuals, groups, and institutions that are funding programs and social-ventures in our countries of origin, the National Network for Diaspora Giving will be guided and informed by the research, and directed by national leaders and organizations at the forefront of diaspora giving. “

The National Network for Diaspora Giving will dedicate its first year of programming to research and development, as well as the formation of a national board.  Initially, the NNDG will be housed at the Non-Profit Empowerment Group in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.  The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists will serve as its fiscal sponsor.