The Pakistani-American community is small but they give at a level that is above the national average. According to a study on philanthropic giving by the Pakistani diaspora in the U.S., the Pakistani-American community gives over $1 billion annually, including money, goods and time. In an effort to further encourage this giving in a secure and transparent channel, the American Pakistan Foundation was founded in May 2009.
Organized by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the attendees of the meeting agreed that the Pakistani-American community has a vital role to play in the development of Pakistan by forming a not-for-profit development organization devoted to improving the social and economic condition of the people of Pakistan and to promoting greater understanding and trust between the two nations.
The American Pakistani Foundation strategy:
1. Develop a secure and transparent channel for funding programs to improve donor trust through the establishment of an effective mechanism for improved evaluation, monitoring and reporting to meet international donor and foundation expectations.
2. Establish partnerships with the Pakistani civil society and development organizations and credible NGOs with existing programs to prioritize and meet the most urgent needs of the Pakistani people.
3. Complement existing Pakistani-American philanthropy by bringing more major foundation and corporate funding to facilitate expansion of existing efforts.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the guest of honor and will deliver the keynote address at the American Pakistan Foundation’s Inaugural Benefit on Friday, December 11, 2009.