Applying for NNAAC Membership

Membership Criteria

Organizations who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for NNAAC membership:

    • An independent Arab American community-based organization with an identifiable constituency and majority Arab American representation among the leadership of the organization and the populations served.
    • 501(c)(3) status, or in the process of attaining 501(c)(3) status
    • A clear service, culture, or advocacy mission directed at the needs of the local Arab American community
    • A governance structure that includes a board of directors, transparent financial practices and bylaws that enumerate a productive, community-building agenda
    • Commitment to the spirit and mission of NNAAC through an inclusive approach to service provision, arts & culture, or advocacy
    • Willingness to share financial information with the Network’s advisory board for consideration to join the Network
    • Payment of an annual membership fee
    • Signing a memorandum of understanding with NNAAC
    • Secular or faith-based organizations that meet our other membership criteria are welcome to apply


Membership Process

Membership in the National Network for Arab American Communities is open to organizations that meet the above criteria.  Interested organizations should begin the process by completing the NNAAC Membership Application.  Applications are considered once per year, and must be submitted by August 31 for review at our fall Advisory Board meeting.

Upon receiving the application, NNAAC staff will contact you to discuss your application in further detail and schedule a site visit.  After all information is received and the site visit is completed, the application will be turned over the NNAAC Advisory Board for review and a decision on acceptance.

For those nascent organizations that are in the process of development and may not yet meet all the criteria, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can be of assistance to you.

Though we work collaboratively with a broad range of organizations in several program areas, the benefits of participation in most programs of the Network is reserved exclusively for members.

What About National Organizations?

The National Network for Arab American Communities seeks to create meaningful partnerships with national organizations and work collaboratively on issues of concern to our community. We have strong working relationships with several national partners, including those from the Arab American, civil rights, and immigrant rights communities, and seek to develop them further. Though national organizations are not eligible for membership in the Network, they may serve as partners in a variety of capacities, including partnering on key national events and campaigns, facilitating collaboration between local chapters of national organizations and members of NNAAC, or even playing an advisory role though participation on the advisory board.

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