Webinars & Workshops

We host dozens of webinars, workshops, talks, and panels every year, as part of our commitment to share knowlege and enhance education around philanthropy.

Browse through our archives to learn from experts around the world and gain the skills, information, and insights to help your organization’s impact go further.

Speaker Series:
Gaza Crisis, part 1  – AFF Call to Action

Dr. Aida Essaid of Taawon (Welfare Association) and Muna Abbas of The Asfari Foundation, two organizations at the heart of our Gaza Donor Appeal. Dedicating funding and resources to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, they discuss the ways AFF and its network is working to relieve the pain and suffering in Gaza and what your organization can contribute, whether it’s funding, resources, or spreading the word.

Speaker Series:
Gaza Crisis, part 2  – United in Action

AFF CEO Naila Farouky speaks with Joyce Ajlouny of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Saleem F. Zaru of United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), two of the organizations spearheading our Gaza Donor Appeal. They discuss how they are using your donations to help the community in Gaza and the challenges they face reaching those who need support the most.

Introduction to Climate in the MENA Region
Led by Impatience Earth

The first in a series of free workshops designed to equip you with the tools to integrate climate philanthropy into your organization’s policies and activities. This session covers a just transition in the Middle East and what that looks like; the power and importance of policy and frameworks; and the impacts of climate on security within the region.

Additional resources:

• Introduction to Climate in the MENA Region notes

Climate & Food Systems in the MENA Region
Led by Impatience Earth

The second in our series of free workshops led by Impatience Earth. Each workshop begins with a facilitated discussion before opening up into a Q&A session, allowing participants to learn more from the speakers and each other. This session covers the impacts of the climate crisis on food security and hunger; opportunities to drive systemic change; and links to biodiversity protection.

Additional resources:

• Climate & Food Systems notes

Climate & Young People in the MENA Region
Led by Impatience Earth

The third in our series of free workshops led by Impatience Earth. This session covers the power of incorporating youth voices in climate discussions; opportunities and gaps for youth-led climate action; and the power of activism in driving change.

Additional resources:

• Climate & Young People notes

Post-COP28 Digest with Dr. Lama Elhatow
Led by Impatience Earth

The fourth in our series of free workshops led by Impatience Earth. This session dives into the complex COP negotiations, with environmentalist Dr. Lama Elhatow discussing the key outcomes and implications of the summit in Dubai along with its successes and shortcomings.

Additional resources:

• Post-COP28 Digest notes

Climate & Health in the MENA Region
Led by Impatience Earth

The final session in our climate action  led by Impatience Earth. The health impacts of climate change are undeniable, and they are getting worse, particularly in the Arab region. This session will help you understand more about the problem, the potential solutions, and how philanthropy can help.

Additional resources:

• Climate & Health notes
• Climate & Health Presentation Slides

Arab Foundations Forum Annual Meeting

Over three days at the American University in Cairo, we brought together some of Arab philanthropy’s most passionate, driven, and hopeful practitioners, implementers, donors, grantors, grantees, and supporters – among others – to engage in lively and open conversations, thought-provoking panels, and energizing connections.  From Sept. 11-13, some of the region’s leading philanthropic voices discussed the most pressing issues facing the Arab region, from climate change and the power of data to youth empowerment and the race to achieve the SDGs.

Panel: Localization of Development – The Funder-Local Civil Society Relationship

We know that philanthropy initiatives can have long-lasting impacts on the way communities live and operate, but often funding priorities focus on what the donor or founder wants to achieve, rather than what the community needs. How do we shift the sector away from its top-down thinking and toward localized philanthropy? And what does the most effective relationship between funder and local civil society look like?

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