We are concluding our 8th year of regional grant-making with a steadily growing number of beneficiaries and projects whose impact is reaching large segments of our communities. Through the hard work of our jurors, board members, management team and the support of a growing circle of supporters, AFAC has enforced its credibility in the field and become a model for other similar initiatives in the Arab region and beyond.
Early in 2014, we made a bet. We challenged ourselves to raise the awareness for cultural philanthropy and attract new donors to our mission, many of which had not been oriented towards supporting arts and culture before. By designing ACEF-2014, a platform that is at the intersection of crowd-funding and strategic social investment, we have increased the number of individual supporters six-fold.
We will build on this initiative into 2015 and design, develop and deliver special programs that invite aspiring philanthropists to engage with our work for the benefit of their societies. In 2015, we want to bring AFAC into mainstream visibility. We want to give our philanthropists supporters, our grantees, and the topics that they address in their projects, the recognition they deserve.
Finally, we will continue to invest in creative expression as part of our deeply held belief that it is the most relevant way to counter today’s harsh realities and inspire new visions for the region.
Oussama Rifahi, January 2015