World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is a global network of affluent individuals, grantmaking foundations, and socially responsible corporations, established to advance effective and accountable giving. WCMP is a unique catalyst for partnership across public, private, and social sectors, offering information and resources to link donors with social action and investment opportunities. As a trusted broker of collaborative relationships, WCMP mobilizes financial and human resources to confront social needs and advance strategic philanthropy.
In an era where all too often, Muslims are depicted in a negative light – usually due to unresolved geopolitical conflicts and extremist elements within – it is critical to have a joint forum and a common voice that safeguards and promotes Muslim benevolence. Further, in the wake of increasing natural and man-made calamities, stressed state budgets, rising inequalities and societal tensions, the need for intense and determined action to better address these crises strategically has arisen. This calling motivated a small number of dedicated individuals to form the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists, a pioneer effort in making Muslim giving more efficient and strategic. The idea of launching a worldwide network of donors was first conceived by a Chicago-based physician Tariq Cheema, early 2006. The network’s transformation into a vibrant global network of donors was made possible by the kind patronage of eminent Muslim philanthropists, public and private sector leaders, visionaries from across the world.
The Congress was formally launched in March of 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey in the presence of the OIC Secretary General, Heads of States, Royals and the Executives of leading philanthropies. The seed funding for launching this initiative was provided by the Islamic Development Bank-Office of Special Assistance, The Kingdom Foundation and Al Faleh Group. The inaugural convening brought together over 400 delegates from 31 countries.
The first core group meeting was organized on the sidelines of the inaugural convening to determine the vision and objectives of this nascent network. The meeting was attended by the representatives of 30 leading philanthropic entities including Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Islamic Development Bank Group, The Office of H. H. Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Foundation, Al-Waleed Philanthropies (formerly known as The Kingdom Foundation), Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs of Bahrain and Qatar Authority for Charitable Activities.
The second core group meeting was hosted by the UK Minister for International Development at the headquarters of DIFID in London, in the summer of 2008 to discuss and approve the strategic framework of World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists. The second core group meeting had additional participation from King Khalid Foundation, Gaddafi International Foundation for International Development, and the Office of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah.
In 2009, WCMP was granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States. In subsequent years, the key functionaries of the WCMP such as Global Donors Forum and Academy of Philanthropy have been domiciled in UK and EU respectively.
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is committed to advancing strategic giving by leveraging the most effective use of knowledge, wealth, and influence among Muslim philanthropists. It aims to build a culture of enduring engagement where Muslim donors collaborate with each other, and emerge as a significant, distinctive and vital component of the global philanthropic community.
The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists envisions a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world, generously endowed by ethical, inclusive, and effective philanthropy.
Patrons are distinguished philanthropists and visionaries who provide inspiration and strategic guidance to the Organization. Advisors are renowned experts in various disciplines who advise Organization on facilitating and fostering effective and accountable giving. Directors are the legal representatives of the Organization, responsible for the comprehensive management.