FORA Awarded Grant from CIOGC

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

We at FORA are so excited to announce that we have been awarded a grant from The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)’s Zakat Fund. The CIOGC is an umbrella organization of more than 60 Islamic organizations working together with the mission “to be the unifying federation of Islamic organizations of greater Chicagoland, the leading advocate of Muslim community interests and a catalyst for enriching American society.” Through their Zakat Fund, which is made up of contributions from individuals in the Chicago community, the CIOGC empowers local organizations through financial contributions, and we are genuinely so honored that our efforts at FORA have been deemed worthy of CIOGC support.

While FORA is a secular organization, we are open to and embrace people of all faiths. We believe it is important that the refugees we serve are not only robustly welcomed but that they have the opportunity to fully celebrate who they are – including their cultures, traditions and beliefs – in their new homeland. We are so glad that organizations like the CIOGC are dedicated to opening their doors and hearts to Chicago’s newest newcomers. We are equally glad that the CIOGC recognizes the significance of our work in empowering Chicago’s pre-literate refugee newcomers through education.

CIOGC funds provided to FORA will be put towards the purchase of educational software licenses used during tutoring (including ALEKS, Dreambox, IXL, Lexia, and Kids A-Z), educational supplies (such as paper, pens, and binders), electronics (including iPads and noise cancelling headphones), and/or books for our student library. Even in our electronic world, there is something special about holding a book in one’s hands, and we strive to purchase books that resonate with the children we serve and that celebrate their cultures and traditions.

We encourage you to go to the CIOGC website, at, and the CIOGC’s Zakat Fund website at to see all of the wonderful things that they do. We also encourage all to note that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is only weeks away. To more than 95% of the families we serve, Ramadan is a most sacred time of the year, and what is important to our FORA families is also important to us.

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