Muslim Collaboration Prizes

Who: Lead Sponsors Chicago Community Trust, Waraich Family Fund, and California Charitable Foundation along with Zakat Chicago, Hamzavi Foundation, Intuitive Solutions, Center on Muslim Philanthropy, Islamic Relief, Penny Appeal USA, American Muslim Community Fund and the Community Collaboration Initiative (CCI) of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will open the prizes to current CCI participating organizations.


  • Demonstrate to the philanthropic sector that Muslim-led institutions are vital contributors to the fabric of society and are partners in reaching social impact goals.
  • Building sustainability and impactful collective power by deepening collaboration techniques.
  • Uplifting new and innovative models of nonprofit collaboration that can further the work of the nonprofit sector at large.

Background: The Prizes are a culmination of an ongoing effort seeking innovative ways to galvanize scarce resources towards meaningful outcomes. 2022 is the third and final year of Community Collaboration Initiative’s inaugural cohort. CCI is an action-based participatory research project hosted by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Twenty five organizations began with the goal to collaborate towards common goals. Halfway through the three-year project, 23 organizations are continuing the commitment.

Prize details: Each of the five groups in CCI’s project will have an opportunity to receive a grant up to $200,000. Rather than competing against each other, groups will be evaluated against a set of criteria. The criteria will ultimately consider the quality and depth of the collaboration, and the long-term impact of proposed projects. 

Join the endeavor by setting up a meeting with the Waraich Family Fund.  

Email Lina Grajales at

Community Collaboration Initiative goal 1
Community Collaboration Initiative goal 2
Community Collaboration Initiative goal 3
Community Collaboration Initiative goal 4
Community Collaboration Initiative goal 5