Frequently Asked Questions

How does the NNAAC mission relate to my organization?

The mission of NNAAC is to build the capacity of Arab American nonprofit organizations that focus on the needs and issues of their local community while collectively addressing those issues nationally.   If your organization meets the membership criteria, then our mission is to help you be strong and meet your mission.

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What organizations already belong to NNAAC?

A list of NNAAC's current members, including a map of their locations, can be found here

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What are the NNAAC 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 NNAAC’s advisory board for consideration to join NNAAC
  • 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

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What are the benefits of belonging to NNAAC?

NNAAC makes a number of resources available exclusively to members.  These include:

  • Capacity building grants
  • Professional development scholarships
  • Program specific grant opportunities as available from national grants
  • In-depth consulting in such areas as strategic planning; board development; fundraising; and communications
  • Regular distribution of information on funding opportunities
  • Sharing of models for program development and management among members

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What are annual dues for members?

Organization’s Total Operating Budget Annual Fee
Less than $100,000 $75
$100,000 - $499,000  $125
$500,000 - $999,000    $175
$1 million and up  $225

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What is the member application process?

Interested organizations should begin the process by speaking with the NNAAC Organizational Development Manager to discuss a potential application.  The next step is to complete  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.

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Where can I get more information about NNAAC membership?

Contact Shireen Smalley, NNAAC Organizational Development Manager, at [email protected]

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