Trends in the Canadian Muslim Civil Society Ecosystem An Analysis of 50 Muslim charities

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Sanaa Ali-Mohammed
Ruby Latif


This paper will analyze trends within the Canadian Muslim charitable organization ecosystem by reviewing publicly available data on fifty of the largest Canadian Muslim charities. It will utilize a combination of CRA data, online sources, and existing academic literature on Muslim communities and organizations in Canada to answer the question: How do Canadian Muslims invest in mosques and Islamic associations, Islamic schools, arts and culture, social services, international development, public affairs and research organizations, and are their philanthropic investments meeting the needs of Muslim communities in Canada? This research finds that Muslim philanthropic investments in Muslim charitable organizations are not necessarily made based on the evolving needs of Canadian Muslim populations. The paper finds that funds are overinvested internationally, and the social service, research and public affairs needs of Muslim communities require more consideration by Canadian Muslim philanthropy.

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Ali-Mohammed, S., & Latif, R. (2022). Trends in the Canadian Muslim Civil Society Ecosystem: An Analysis of 50 Muslim charities. Journal of Muslim Philanthropy &Amp; Civil Society, 6(2). Retrieved from
Author Biographies

Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, a:1:{s:5:"en_US";s:18:"Ryerson University";}

Sanaa Ali-Mohammed, MA, is a community engaged researcher and advocate based in Dish with One Spoon Treaty Territory. Sanaa has an interest in bridging the gaps between policy-making and the people most impacted. Her grassroots community organizing background has provided considerable exposure to the worlds of politics, charities, and philanthropy, and also led Sanaa to a Board role at the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, where she contributes to conversations about racism and discrimination. Sanaa is an incoming doctoral student at Ryerson University, where she aims to explore policy and regulatory reform for the charitable and philanthropic sectors. 

Ruby Latif, Royal Roads University

Ruby Latif, BA, MA, DSocScie (ABD) has over 15 years of experience in building strategic partnerships and advancing community-centered initiatives. In her independent consultancy and during her time working in the offices of former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and City of Toronto Mayor John Tory, Ruby has worked with over 1,000 community groups across Ontario, engaged with more than 500 ethnic media outlets, and facilitated over 400 community focused events. At Ryerson’s Diversity Institute, her work focuses on breaking down barriers for underrepresented groups in leadership positions, media representations of women and visible minorities, and creating partnerships to advance diversity & inclusion initiatives. She has also published journal articles and various government reports in this area. Her academic research focuses on Muslim women and identity disclosure in organizations.

Ruby is a former Young Women of Distinction recipient, a Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipient and has been named one of the most influential South Asian Canadians by South Asian Generations Next magazine and has been featured nationally for her work in Canadian politics.