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A Message From the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Supporters:

In 2007, we launched the first NewGround cohort. Today, with over 250 alumni and 40 more individuals going through NewGround programming in 2018, change-makers are in action with multiple Muslim and Jewish partnerships throughout greater Los Angeles. That is why NewGround was highlighted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and by the Aspen Institute. Our work was also featured by the Harvard Pluralism Project as a Promising Practice, and has additionally been mentioned in Haaretz, Al Jazeera, and Ozy.com.

In 2014, NewGround programs reached 2,500 people. In the midst of tragic loss of life that summer, NewGround convened our largest Iftar on record with nearly 300 people in attendance. NewGround organized subsequent alumni gatherings — though immensely challenging and filled with raw emotion — people remained in the room and practiced a radical empathy that was challenging to the core. By embracing discomfort, complexity and one another, NewGround alumni worked through tensions with curiosity and compassion.

All of this has been accomplished with your partnership and support.

I invite you to join me in expanding our impact in 2018.

  • Imagine how far our vision could reach with an amplified NewGround presence in Muslim and Jewish California communities. First, we worked on our online accessibility; just a couple of years ago, we worked with a branding firm that helped us realize how much more effective our message can be if we articulate it differently. It was just the beginning.
  • Envision the benefits to Los Angeles if NewGround was able to train a new cadre of facilitators who could moderate group dialogue in their respective communities. Transformative relationships are something we specialize in, and this would further facilitate our mission and vision of transforming communities through the power of relationships.

Join me in making a meaningful tax-deductible contribution to NewGround.

Thank you for your commitment to promoting lasting change. Let’s make this year one of productivity and understanding!

Warmly,

Aziza Hasan

NewGround. Transforming communities through the power of relationship.