MGP aims to provide American Muslims with the resources to do good and give better. MGP's goal is to foster a more dynamic American Muslim charitable culture.
MGP is comprised of the Muslim Giving Project Fund and the Muslim Giving Project Lab.
The MGP is anchored in human-centered design, which uncovers the underlying needs of our specific users. Using this methodology, the MGP team focused on American Muslim emotions and motivations around giving. The MGP platform and resources were designed to directly meet the needs of the American Muslim users we worked with over the past year.
The Muslim Giving Project was launched by 2013 Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) fellow Nadia Roumani, along with a team of students and professionals coming from law, education, engineering, and product design. MGP is now collaboratively managed by a team of nonprofit professionals and Stanford undergraduate and graduate students.
The MGP Fund executive committee is comprised of professionals working in the field of philanthropy.
Nadia is currently a lecturer at Stanford and a 2012 d-school fellow. With Muslim Giving Project, Nadia is exploring how to apply design thinking to launch a new endeavor related to philanthropy in Muslim communities, as well as how design thinking can help refine strategies and increase impact within grant-making foundations. In addition to her work at the d.school Nadia has also worked as a program officer with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art's Building Bridges Program and the co-founder and director of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, which is housed at the University of Southern California's Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Nadia received her BA in economics and international relations from Stanford, and her Masters from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, with a focus on international economic policy.
Kursat is a product designer. He completed his Ph.D. studies (2011) in design at Carnegie Mellon University and currently works as a senior user experience designer at Autodesk San Francisco. He holds an M.F.A. degree (2004) in Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University in Istanbul, and a bachelors degree (2002) in Industrial Product design from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkiye. He has also worked for non-profits as a designer, strategic consultant, and event organizer.
Alaa is a junior studying product design with a minor in Human Biology. Originally she is from the Middle East where she was born in Sudan and grew up in Egypt. She's really interested in human behavior and working with the Design School has lent her invaluable insight on understanding how to target a user's needs. Outside of this project, she is a part of the conference team for the Stanford Association for International Development and is on the board for the Stanford Black Pre-Medical Organization. She loves sketching and photography and is looking forward to doing some awesome work with a very motivated team!
She is a 2013-14 Stanford d-school fellow and also a self-trained designer. Her work focuses on how human-centered design can improve accessibility to law, social good, and justice. She completed her PhD at Queen's University Belfast in international politics, focusing on dynamics of human rights activism. She holds a MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University in Budapest, and a BA from University of Chicago. She also loves to draw and builds law game apps.
Mo Abid graduated from Stanford with a degree in Economics. He is interested in graphic design and user experience, and has interned in finance, sales, marketing and graphic design roles in various tech companies. He is also a Stanford football fanatic, rarely missing a game.
Asma Men's passion is serving low-income populations and communities of color, particularly at risk-youth, to promote fairness and equity. Asma began her career working with the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, where she worked on a range of civic engagement projects and campaigns such as voting, census, and redistricting. After receiving her Masters in Public Policy from UCLA in 2013, she received two prestigious fellowships which allowed her to explore the intersectional ties of government, nonprofits, and foundations to promote social justice. As an ISNA Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Fellow in 2012-13, Asma worked at the California community Foundation on the One Nation Initiative. Additionally, as a Michael Dukakis Fellow, Asma worked in the City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office in the Neighborhood Community Services and Gang Reduction and Youth Development units.
Zainab is a sophomore studying History and Communications. She is interested in how storytelling shapes our identities and actions. At Stanford, Zainab works as a oral communications coach and also directs conference programming for the annual AMENDS summit of international youth leaders. She calls the Bay Area home.