Since our founding in 2002…

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…Americans have benefited from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding’s (ISPU) critical research. ISPU’s impact is undeniable. Members of Congress, business leaders, educators, journalists, faith leaders, and Muslim community leaders depend on ISPU to provide quality analysis and data in challenging times. And that’s something we want to celebrate with YOU!

2022 marks our 20th anniversary and thanks to YOU, we’ve succeeded together to advance our vision of an America where Muslims are thriving and equal.

With you by our side, ISPU will catalyze and scale our impact over the next 20 years as the go-to source for reliable, actionable research for and about American Muslims.

LOOKING BACK ON 20 YEARS

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Highlights over the years:

    • Reached hundreds of thousands of Americans with research and education on issues impacting American Muslims
    • Created a body of leading scholarship through the publication of thousands of reports, infographics, videos, op-ed pieces, and other original works of research
    • Informed Americans on policy positions and opinions of American Muslims and other faith groups through ISPU’s groundbreaking American Muslim Poll
    • Trained hundreds of educators and journalists on using our research and recommendations in classrooms and media outlets across the nation
    • Built a rich network of scholars over two decades who inform, influence, and expand the sphere of scholarship and research on dozens of subjects impacting the lives of American Muslims

JOIN THE FESTIVITIES!

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Throughout 2022, we will be sharing podcasts, infographics, memories, reflections and much more!

Subscribe to ISPU’s newsletter to keep apprised on how to commemorate this milestone with us all year long!

Here are some ways to celebrate:

Share your ISPU memories, and dreams for the next 20 years by filling out the form below!

Increase your support to ISPU through donations, planned giving, and more.

Become an ISPU Sustainer by giving a monthly financial gift to our work.

Participate in a host of virtual celebrations that will be announced throughout the year.

Subscribe to our new podcast, Deep Dives with ISPU, to stay tuned for a special 20th anniversary episode.

Stay tuned for announcements on in-person celebrations as we evaluate the impacts of COVID to ensure safety and wellbeing.

Sign up to become an ISPU 20th anniversary party host in your community, so we can connect ISPU supporters across the nation!

JOIN IN ON THE FESTIVITIES!

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Throughout 2022, we will be sharing podcasts, infographics, memories, reflections, and more. Make sure you’re an ISPU newsletter subscriber, where we’ll share special missives.

There’s are many ways to join in on the celebration:

Subscribe to our new podcast, Deep Dives with ISPU, to stay tuned for a special 20th anniversary episode.

Sign up to become an ISPU 20th anniversary party host in your community, so we can connect ISPU supporters across the nation!

Stay tuned to announcements on in-person celebrations as we evaluate the impacts of COVID to ensure safety and wellbeing.

Share your ISPU memories, and dreams for the next 20 years by filling out the form below!

Increase your support to ISPU through donations, planned giving, and more.

Participate in a host of virtual celebrations that will be announced throughout the year.

Become an ISPU Sustainer by giving a monthly financial gift to our work.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT?

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From this solid foundation our strategic goal is to catalyze and scale our impact over the next 20 years as the go-to source for reliable, actionable research for and about American Muslims. The prevalence of misinformation and fake news makes it infinitely more challenging to ensure that policies that are made on behalf of all Americans are objective and unbiased.  

ISPU’s Theory of Change ensures that objective information and research on American Muslims is shared broadly with the public and directly with leaders, allowing them to make well-informed decisions and leading to policies, programs, and perceptions based on facts.

ISPU will:

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DISCOVER

Discover new insights, information, and issues facing American Muslims to build community within American Muslims as well as build understanding of American Muslims alongside all Americans.

EDUCATE & EQUIP

Educate and equip the nation as a whole with our research and work – expanding beyond our strongholds of Michigan and Washington, DC.

LIFT UP

Lift up scholarship and research from both inside and outside the ISPU network with a heightened focus on growing the next generation of leaders and amplifying their voices.

TESTIMONIALS

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“The literature that ISPU produces and disseminates is critically important, especially to a policymaker like me. By conducting research and assembling data to inform people-centered policies, ISPU helps create a better quality of life for Muslim Americans. And I believe that when the Muslim American community thrives, all of our communities thrive.”

CONGRESSMAN ANDY LEVIN, MI-09

“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.”

HAROON SHEIKH, ISPU Donor

“ISPU is the leading resource for community based research with American Muslims. ISPU’s annual poll has provided invaluable data that inform research, services, and policy.”

DR. HAMADA HAMID, ISPU scholar & Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Muslim Mental Health

“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!”

NINA FERNANDO, Executive Director of Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign

“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.”

REVEREND TERRY KYLLO

“ISPU’s work is extraordinary. I use it often in my own advocacy around Muslim rights and find the research to be vital to our advancement. I can’t overstate its importance to our communities.”

RANA ELMIR, Deputy Director of ACLU of Michigan

“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 20 years and find that ISPU is an exceptional nonprofit. It embraces best practices and delivers social impact!”

DR. SHARIQ SIDDIQUI, ISPU Board Member and Director of Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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