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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Arab-American Family Support Center

A BBB Accredited charity


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Arab-American Family Support Center
150 Court Street
3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Web Site:
Year, State Incorporated:
1993, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) provides comprehensive social services to Arab American immigrant families and children throughout New York City. As a leading provider of social services to the Arab American community, and a member organization of United Neighborhood Houses (UHH), AFFSC has a strong commitment to providing services in a culturally-competent manner. AAFSC addresses the unique needs of the Arab American and larger immigrant community through a variety of programs, services, and activities. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



"The Manar Project provides culturally and linguistically competent prevention and intervention services for survivors of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual assault. The program equips survivors with the tools they need to heal and empower themselves. In addition to crisis intervention and individual counseling, the program also offers support and empowerment groups, information and referrals to service providers, court accompaniments and translations assistance, community outreach and education, and training for professionals.

The Preventative Services Program  aims to ensure the safety of children in homes where there have been allegations of child abuse, neglect, or maltreatment. AAFSC strengthens families by offering assistance and services that lead to improved family relationships and effective problem solving skills and coping mechanisms. The program offers a wide range of services, including: individual and family counseling, crisis intervention, problem resolution related to cross-cultural conflict, training on parenting skills, linkages to community services and information, and referrals for benefits and services.

The Preventive Program serves 60 families at any given time, with each case planner working with approximately 12 to 15 families. The staff is multi-cultural and multi-lingual and is able to communicate with clients who speak Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Hindi and Spanish.

The Adult Education & Literacy Program offers English as a Second Language (ESL) American civics and citizenship, and literary classes to help recent Arab immigrants learn English, adjust to a new culture, and successfully adapt to life in the United States. The program includes a Basic English in the Native Language (BENL) component that provides literacy skills to women in English and Arabic simultaneously. The BENL curriculum is taught through three themes: Healthy Relationships, Unhealthy Relationships, and Sexual Violence. Students participate in conversation classes and partnerships, where they meet and speak with people from other cultures and learn about America's diversity.

The Afer-School Youth Program   is a multi-faceted program that encourage youth to excel academically, prepare for college, develop positive leadership skills, participate in their community and work with students of other nationalities to learn to embrace diversity, tolerance, and peace. The program offers after-school homework help and tutoring, weekend trips for cultural enrichment, a six-week summer camps, free Kaplan SAT courses, and college entrance mentoring.

The Health Program enrolls low-income, uninsured families and individuals in free or low-cost health insurance, such as Child Health Plus, Adult Medicaid or the Perinatal Care Assistance Program. The program also provides referrals to low-cost health care providers in communities throughout New York City and workshops on health-related issues. The program hosts an Annual Health Fair with free screenings and information on health-related issues.

The Legal Services Program  offers counseling, direct representation and application assistance to Arab immigrants experiencing difficulty in navigating the American legal system. Additionally, the program provides informational workshops on immigration laws and cultural competency trainings to law enforcement, government, and court officials.

AAFSC is also the lead community partner in the Khabil Gibran International Academy, a dual-language, International Baccalaureate public high school in Brooklyn. The school, open to all New York City youth, offers a competitive, world-class education and a degree that allows students to enter their higher education as sophomores at colleges and universities around the world."


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Lena Alhusseini, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Samer E. Khalaf
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Attorney / Barnes Iaccarino & Shepherd LLP
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, and grant proposals.
Fund raising costs were 3.2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,438,794, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on AAFSC's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Government grants


Foundation grants and support


Special events


Other revenues, Insurance recovery


Contributions-corporate and individual


Interest income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Family & Children Preventative Services


Other Programs


Domestice Violence


Language Assistance

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative 6% 
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Beginning net assets $266,228
Ending net assets 250,482
Total liabilities 60,635

Total assets



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