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Karam Foundation NFP

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Causes: Philanthropy, Refugees

Mission: Karam Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a better future for Syria. We develop Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distribute Smart Aid to Syrian families, and fund Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians. A nonprofit organization dedicated to help people help themselves, we seek to restore the dignity and quality of life for people affected by conflict by eliminating barriers to success through innovative education, entrepreneurial development, and community-driven aid.

Results: Karam Foundation is proud to be fulfilling its goals. Indication of such can be seen from following some Karam beneficiaries over time. For example, children who were previously part of the Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family program are now growing with other programs (such as Karam Scholars, geared towards higher education). Additionally, in Reyhanli, children who were not accessing formal education prior to our intervention are not only attending classes, but also, in their free time, are taking non-formal education classes offered through Karam House. Karam Foundation’s specific accomplishments in 2017 include: -Opened Karam House: Reyhanli, and welcomed 250 Syrian refugee youth as members -Hosted first group of international mentors at Karam House -Doubled the number of families in the Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family project -Increased the number of Karam Scholars accessing higher education -Launched the Jumpstart for Refugees project in the United States -Grew staff in the United States and in Turkey -Continued to amplify Syrian voices through 67 media mentions, including: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, FORBES, CBS, and The Chicago Tribune

Target demographics: Displaced Syrian children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: tens of thousands of Syrians in need, including 13,490 families, 42,973 children, 3,795 students, and more.

Geographic areas served: Syria, Turkey, Jordan, United States

Programs: Innovative Education programs for Syrian refugee youth, distributing Smart Aid to Syrian Families, and funding Sustainable Development projects initiated by Syrians for Syrians.

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation has consistently provided very necessary services to the Syrian people for the last four years, and it has done so with great transparency such that donors have confidence that their money is going where it is most needed.

1 fifireed

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam team is made of very dedicated people who will stop at nothing to help families uprooted from their hometown with nothing to look forward to. Karam helps find them shelter, clothing, food, education and many other factors to bring back some meaning to their life.
Thank you Karam for all you do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Karam is doing wonderful work for Syrian refugees cause they are so dedicated and go the extra mile to come to the rescue whether it’s medical social or educational

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit providing much needed support to the Syrian people.
I greatly admire Karam Foundatin for its performance, nice schools and professional CEO, Board members and staff. My relatives and friends in Istanbul told me very nice stories about Karam Foundation. I like Karam Foundation and trust it greatly.
Best wishes for a great expansion, successful development in their humanitarian causes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation helped many refugee families in my area start their new life in the US with the right tools, education and support. The foundation ‘s help and support in building a better future for the families came just at the right time and after few months of settlement. Quickly after being introduced to Karam foundation we saw the new refugees driving cars and working at the right jobs while thinking more positive about their future after living in war for many years. What a transformation!

Donor

Rating: 5

There is no non profit helping displaced Syrians more creative and concretely helpful. They spend every dollar as if their own and in the name of directly helping people on the ground. They use technology with great innovation also to help young people prepare for this new century and to make their own impact and self reliance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a trustworthy organization, love the change they are doing all over the world, providing the students with the best technologies and workshops in The Karam house is awesome , keep going Karam and keep putting a smile on thousands of families

Faisal R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Badet Family live not far from our house. We met the parents and the children.
15 years-old Nour Badet barely spoke English or knew anything about the US when she came as a Syrian refugee. Karam Foundation supported Nour to attend camps in Connecticut during six weeksfor two years in a row. This camp greatly helped Nour to pick up with English and learn about American culture. Karam Foundation made a big difference in the life of Nour. She is now an active straight-A girl in high school

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't know where I found the Karam Foundation a couple of years ago, but it was through purchasing their lovely olive, interesting smelling soap from Syrian plant material, that I loved so much, I bought three more for my sisters across the USA. I feel so terrible that our country is not taking a million Syrian refuges. Shame on us. The next gift I found to support the Karam school children refugees in Turkey and in Syria, was the notecards with ink drawings of great leaders, like Nelson Mandella and others I never heard of. I hope you will try their wonderful soap and imagine a world like the days of "It's a Small Small World" in which our cultural differences were a joy for all. Thank you for your donations to this truly inspiring cause. I am a white woman who knows better.

Donor

Rating: 5

After growing up in Syria, it’s amazing to find an organization that helps me connect to my roots. The work Karam Foundation does is innovative and truly helping improve the lives of so many Syrian refugees who are in dire need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam foundation is a great humanitarian organization that is doing an excellent work in educating young Syrian refugees. Keep up the good work and effort

Jimena L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation NFP has exceed all my expectations. This organization does so many amazing things to help Syrian refugees. I am the accountant for the organization and have loved working for this amazing non-for-profit. The work that is being done to help those who need it the most is incredible. Everyday I am reminded that there are still so many children and families who need us to help them get back on their feet. I joined the team knowing that I was going to be part of an amazing cause, the cause of helping the Syrian refugees.

Donor

Rating: 5

Education, aid, and development in Syria. Non-partisan, by Syrians for Syrians. Love this year's new Karam House community center for kids! Proud to be a regular donor!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation has repeatedly proven themselves to be committed to the cause of helping displaced and war-torn Syrian families secure a real life. With the scholarship program, Karam has demonstrated that they go beyond just aid - but also education and ensuring Syrians have a productive and fulfilling future. I love donating to them as I see exactly where my donations go and how much it positively affects real lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a great foundation. All of the money raised goes directly to those in need. The people behind this project have their hearts in the right place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing charity that really helps people in need. Keep up the great work.

Leena Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Karam Foundation is one that is truly based with character and heart. It aims to seek better opportunities both in the short and long term for generations of displaced Syrians who are fleeing war, half of whom are women and children. Not only does it help refugees but includes them in their voice and implementation; This is hard to come by in the humanitarian and development sphere. It is unique but driven with passion.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam team is devoted to help people in real needs, with a focus missions and great time table, Karam is always there in time.

Donor

Rating: 5

An honorable foundation that helps those most in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation is the most beloved American charity actively supporting Syrian refugees. Their aid work is vital and their youth programs are both creative and engaging. When supporting this organization one gets the sense that they are investing in future growth rather than simply putting bandages on wounds.

Zaina S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foudndation is helping a lot of people and kids to build their life again, all the members in this Foundation gave a lot to just make something for theses people in their future, lots of love and respect.

Board Member

Rating: 5

With great confidence I nominate Karam Foundation for Top Rated Non-Profit award. Karam Foundation was founded 10 years ago with small teams but big dreams. Today Karam serve thousands of suffering refugees with great focus on education, eliminating both child labor and teen early marriage. Karam youth programs delivered innovative technological tools to refugee teens to help them navigate the future with confidence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A valuable charity doing extremely important work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated to Karam several times. To see their growth and their outreach, how quickly their campaigns come together and also, how they touch people on the ground is both inspirational and moving. Best of Luck!

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundations' work with Syrian refugees is extremely impressive. I also really appreciate their transparency regarding their funds, and their informative and responsive news regarding current events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Rebuilding public services like the neighborhood ovens, medical supplies to hospitals, providing prosthetic limbs to children, it's all really helpful and it means a lot to many. Keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karam makes helping the people of Syria a possibility for people who don't know where to begin – providing much needed medical support to field hospitals, food supplies to cut-off villages, and hope for those whose government has turned its back on them. There is no more admirable of an organization in my eyes and it deserves every bit of our support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Karam is not an average charity. The person who founded it not only creates jobs in the community but went to Syria every once in a while to personally assist in the camps, armed with generous donations and clothing.
A great organization

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly making a difference in people's lives and on the ground.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the story telling part of the foundation. I think the content used to build up a story and a case for donating is very important. As a donor I want to be continuously updated and also have some discretion on how my donation is being spent. I think Karam balances this approach, while being able to scale up their fund raising efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

Karam Foundation is nothing less than perfection when choosing an organization to support. Their focus on providing people with the tools they need to continue to move forward is so important. When donating to Karam, I know that my donations will go to where Syrians need it most.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I know this organization does important work, and I am grateful for it. However, I made a donation over the holidays in honor of a friend of mine, and despite numerous requests, she has not been notified of this gift. I am repeatedly assured that she has been notified, and I ask for a copy of the acknowledgement letter. Nothing arrives. Now they have stopped answering my emails ('m sure they are tired of hearing from me.) So I would say absolutely support their important work. But if you are looking to make a gift in the name of someone else, and you want notification sent, this might not be the foundation to choose.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with a passion for helping people!

1 Razan M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing org with amazing projects helping people in need every where with a main focus on the Syrian people scattered in the globe. ...Proud and honored to be part of such a wonderful organization and to work with such Faithful, hard working and giving people..

2 Hana H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the honor to meet and work with Karam Foundation as part of their Dental team. They are one of the best no-for-profit that provide much needed help for the Syrian refugee children invisible in this world

1 Heba B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a donor to Karam for a few years now. I feel confident in their ability to help Syrian refugees and I trust their transparent and efficient approach.

1 Maria169

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has amazing efforts to help the Syrian refugees. Their approach is unique and impact reaches far and near. Their team is amazing and so dedicated.

1 ريم

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group that does amazing things for people who really need it. Had the pleasure and honor of volunteering with them on an overseas program; it was a wonderful experience that i'll never forget!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lina and her team are leading the way in helping Syrians in need. I have had the pleasure of working with them in multiple events and couldn't be more impressed by their professionalism and efficiency.