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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Interfaith Coalitions, Mental Health, Religion

Mission: Independent, nonpartisan think tank and research organization that provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making.

Results: From our annual American Muslim Poll to our diverse collection of research-based workshops, toolkits, and other fact finding publications, ISPU’s work provides hard facts and actionable recommendations to a wide range stakeholders. During the 2018 calendar year, ISPU, 1. Engaged more than 200 experts to address 28 different challenges through 7 research projects. 2. Presented our research nearly 50 times, directly reaching nearly 30,000 people with relevant, rigorous research. 3. Appeared in the media nearly 1200 times, an average of 3 times per day. In fact, more than 1 billion people saw a news article referencing ISPU's research in 2018 alone. 4. Directly equipped nearly 2,000 change agents with original research to help them do their work smarter and more effectively. Change agents like Terry Kyllo, who used ISPU’s Equal Treatment? report to train judges in Washington State, who says, “ISPU research is vital to the work that I and so many are doing around the country. It helps us to frame and sharpen our messaging, and to give facts to back up our values."

Target demographics: All Americans impacted by decision-making about American Muslims

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 35,000 people directly, millions more indirectly through partner organizations and the media.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Research - to discover new data and trends. Education - to inform the general public and raise awareness related to research findings. Equip - to equip changemakers with rigorous, relevant and timely evidence based tools and data.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ISPU is a much-needed organization providing critical and high-caliber research on American Muslims. The work of ISPU is invaluable to those of us working on the ground in combating Islamophobia and other forms of hate in our country, and I've learned a lot from the data/statistics provided by ISPU. I've also had the opportunity to partner with ISPU in conferences, trainings, and a national roundtable, and it's always an enjoyable experience and an honor to work with ISPU staff. ISPU's leadership and scholarship makes it stand out as a top-notch non-profit. Definitely 5 stars!

Donor

Rating: 5

Of the numerous non-profits I support, ISPU is at the top of the list for professionalism, criticalness, effectiveness and impact. Our community needs an organization like ISPU to educate and provide the necessary research for critical issues impacting the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ISPU is my go-to resource for information about American Muslims, the challenges they face, and stories of their contributions. I trust their research and us it every day to guide my work and to create my speeches, presentations, video, podcasts and social media.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an organization that works to counter anti-Muslim discrimination and violence in the United States, in order to build a nation where all people are treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, no matter their faith or background, ISPU is a trusted partner that we frequently refer to, rely on resources from, and share in our work. I can't tell you how many times I tell people to check out ispu.org - too often to count!

Donor

Rating: 5

As someone who deeply cares about my community, ISPU has been able to provide me with insights on the challenges that American Muslims face and how to help address them. For example, one study conducted by ISPU found that 25% of Muslim families who reported at least one of their children was bullied said the bullying was perpetrated by a teacher or administrator. This is information that could empower a Muslim parent to share their concerns with a school board.

I've also been so impressed by ISPU's staff. Meira is very engaging and happy to keep supporters of the Organization abreast on upcoming endeavors. The entire team is dedicated to their work and are the reason the Organization can provide such forward-looking information.

Reem S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I really admire the professionalism of ISPU in every aspect of what they do, from their rigorous research, to working with community leaders, to their show of appreciation to their donors. The leadership and staff of ISPU are meticulous in making sure every penny is well spent. They continuously strive to improve, to reach more decision makers, educators and community leaders, and are in tune with the needs of the stakeholders they serve as well as continuously seeing to serve them even better.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ISPU is an absolutely necessary organization for America today. It provides objective fact-based research about American Muslims that enables decision makers - be they policy makers, community leaders, teachers, or simply neighbors - to do better, for the American Muslim community, and even more importantly, for all the diverse communities in this country. ISPU is writing the story of Muslims in America - and contributing positively to that story at the same time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to support this organization. The ISPU is unique in that it's the only organization that provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. The organization is led by a fantastic executive and research team. Although Muslims have been part of the American story for hundreds of years, it is only now, via the work of the ISPU, that we have began to collect and produce academic research on an array of subjects pertaining to Muslims. I always look forward to reading their publications!

Shariq S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ISPU is an amazingly innovative organization! They have been able to achieve so much impact with very few resources. ISPU has an amazing staff that insures that it makes a huge difference to making our nation a better place. ISPU is unique and does work that no other nonprofit has taken on as a core focus area. I have studied nonprofit organizations for over twenty years and find that ISPU is an exceptional nonprofit. It embraces best practices and delivers social impact!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ISPU is one of the best places I have ever worked in, mainly because of the continuous support and relationships that I had developed and continue to have even after. The staff members are one of the most dedicated individuals I've worked with and were very approachable in the office. Even when I went to visit their Dearborn office because I just happened to be in the area, they hosted me with open arms and were very hospitable.

Meira, the Executive Director, has been a major supporter and mentor since I left. She puts in her all in this organization and her passion goes beyond its walls. I feel very connected even after years since working there.

During my time at ISPU as an intern, I learned so much about how non-profit organizations should function and I am so grateful for such an experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When it comes to ISPU, there is no question that they are game changers! My experience with ISPU has been fantastic. For the past 10 years, I have been a speaker on multiple topics and one of them is about social policy, and I find the caliber of timely studies and statistics that ISPU produces to be invaluable. It is like they are on a fact finding mission. I'm impressed by the dedication of ISPU's team to truly invest every donation they get into producing valuable research, provide scholarships/awards, and elevate understanding. Much respect!