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Regional Community Foundation Network Call - Guarding Against Hate Groups

Regional Community Foundation Network Call - Guarding Against Hate Groups

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Event details

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am PDT
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About this event

As we have more and more discussions about extremism and polarization in the public sphere, community foundations and other grantmaking institutions are assessing how their organizations are being impacted by the current cultural and political moment. In this call, The Horizon Forum and Idaho Community Foundation will join the Regional Community Foundation Network for a discussion about how we think through issues of hate and extremist funding in philanthropy. The Horizon Forum team will share their latest research on extremism and polarization along with practical tools that are available to foundations as they renew their commitments to their values. Topics of this discussion include:

  • Defining terms related to this work
  • Due diligence on hate groups
  • Donor engagement 
  • Policy development

This call is designed to be an informal conversation for participants to share questions, challenges and solutions with each other. Please contact Mares Asfaha with any questions.


Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D., Director, The Horizon Forum

Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D. serves as the director of the Horizon Forum where he stewards its collaborative and stakeholder-centered research programming. He is a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations and maintains research and teaching affiliations with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Emory University’s Masters in Development Program and George Mason’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. He has years of applied research experience covering transnational Muslim civil society at the intersection of global Islamic revival and geopolitical conflict.

Nagham El Karhili, Research and Program Manager, The Horizon Forum

Nagham El Karhili serves as a research and program manager at the Horizon Forum. In her role, Nagham creates original research publications, including policy briefs, white papers and special reports. Prior to joining the Horizon Forum, Nagham was a Presidential Fellow at the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative, an interdisciplinary research hub focused on collaborative solutions for faith-linked conflict. Her previous positions were in academia, research, public relations and organizational consulting.

Cara Neilsen, Vice President, Philanthropy and Impact, Idaho Community Foundation

Cara Neilsen joined the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF) in 2019. As the Vice President, Philanthropy and Impact, Cara provides leadership for community and donor engagement, community grantmaking and strategic partnerships across the state. Her work focuses on building innovative community impact programs. Cara comes to ICF from Boise State University where she has held several positions, most recently as executive director of development and interim senior director of donor relations. In those roles, she was instrumental in growing Boise State’s donor base and creating new ways for donors to engage including the PonyUp crowdfunding program and Bronco Giving Day.
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