Governance/Strategic Management

The Muslim American community is organized around mosques and Islamic centers. These institutions offer markers of identity to Muslims, whether they attend them and participate in their activities or not.

Almost in all cases, mosques and Islamic centers are incorporated and function as not-for-profit entities, exempt under 501(c)3 provisions of the tax code. They operate at different levels of professionalism and effectiveness, with much room to improve in most cases.

One area in which mosques and Islamic centers – and, in general, any Muslim community organization (MCO) – can benefit from enhanced professionalism and training is governance.

Effective governance encompasses a wide range of leadership responsibilities that include effective functioning of the governing board. Governance also includes strategic planning and implementation, as well as working with volunteers who, in almost all cases, are the most critical human capital of the organization.

We will use this page to discuss governance and strategic planning in MCOs. Maybe a little bit of working with volunteers, too.

Join us in the conversation, if you will.

By the way, if your organization is already talking about developing a strategic plan, or wants to know if it should, let’s talk. I know we can help, in sha’a Allah.

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One thought on “Governance/Strategic Management

  1. In December I offered a training workshop to national Islamic organization headquartered in New York. In early January I offered a Board Development workshop to a local Islamic society, and later in January I am offering a strategic planning workshop to a metropolitan council in New York. The fact that Islamic organizations are responding to organizational needs by developing and utilizing their planning and leadership skills in encouraging. Drawing from my own experience in a myriad of local, regional and nations Muslim organizations, I will like to help interested Islamic organizations upgrade their performance. Feel free to get in touch.

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