The Mainstay Foundation is a 501(C)(3) service-oriented non-profit organization focused on strategic initiatives. The foundation was established in 2013 by a collective team of individuals who had the passion to work toward advancing the Muslim community in the United States of America. This team has served in a host of capacities, institutions, and organizations across the nation. 

Mainstay, the term, is defined as “a very important part of something; something or someone that provides support and makes it possible for something to exist or succeed.” In order to build our community, we believe it is essential to organize as a collective, garnering our efforts and talents to help individuals grow and assist organizations in their development.   

The purpose behind establishing The Mainstay Foundation is to foster and facilitate growth and progress in the Muslim Community in the United States by advancing individuals, developing organizations, and building the community.  

The Mainstay Foundation UK is our sister organization in the United Kingdom. It was founded with a mission to assist in the advancement of Shia Muslim communities globally in the areas of Faith, Education and Development. 

We know it’s important to you that your donation is being used effectively. It’s important to us, too. That’s why we work hard to receive the highest grades available for accountability and transparency. You can simply visit our “Who We Are” page and view our financial reports or 990s by clicking here. 

Toward the bottom of our homepage, you can simply add your information (name, email, and telephone) to our network in the appropriate boxes.

We’d love to hear from you! If you have a comment or suggestion to share, feel free to reach out by email, phone, mailor simply by filling out the form found in the Contact Us page.  

We are on a mission to effectively coordinate the human and financial resources in the national community to execute necessary initiatives in specific focus areas that will advance the interests of the Muslim Community in the United States of America. Our vision is to be proactive leaders in community building and development by being the team that focuses on planning and executing strategic initiatives that can advance the interests of the Muslim Community on all levels. 

On the one hand, The Mainstay Foundation U.S. works primarily in the United States of America. Our headquarters is in Dearborn, Michigan. However, we have been investing a lot of resources, time, and effort to help serve our national and global community. While the Department of Human Development focuses its work in serving the local community, our Research, Organizational, and Economic Development Departments focus on serving the national and even the global community. 

On the other hand, The Mainstay Foundation U.K. (our sister organization) has been working on developing Shia Ithna Ashari Muslim communities globally, by means including economic development projects particularly among disenfranchised and vulnerable populations, the promotion of national and international conflict resolution and reconciliation, and providing relief to victim populations of conflict and natural disasters. 

theHUB is a project of The Mainstay Foundation created and designed for American Shīʾī Muslim organizations and centers to connect, communicate, and collaborate. The online resource platform is a mechanism to facilitate and manage the National Network. Open for all American Shīʾī Muslim organizations and local centers that join the National Network, the Hub is an effective means for members to share resources, exchange experiences, and benefit from services that can address common challenges and foster development for the community. 

The National Network is a fluid group of American Shia Muslim organizations that connect, communicate, and collaborate to address common issues and foster development in the community. 

The Mainstay Foundation works only with centers and organizations that share our goals and objectives and are committed to servicing their local communities. We work with centers and organizations that: 

  • Serve their community by providing an educational, enlightening, and spiritual programs and outlets. 
  • Do not oppose mainstream Shiʿah Ithnā ʿAsharī schools of thought within the seminary institutions of Najaf and Qom, and or similar establishments. 
  • Do not promote controversial/extremist topics that may create disunity and disharmony within our community and other communities, domestically and abroad. 

The Mainstay Family is a passionate and determined group of monthly givers on a mission to help us advance individuals, develop organizations, and build communities. People like you, from more than 35 states around the nation, are engaged with us and giving anything they can to prove how unstoppable we are when we worktogether. 

You can simply join our family and choose your level of membership by visiting the Mainstay Family page.

There are a variety of donation methods that you can use:

  • Online
    • Donating online is our easiest option. You can donate using any major credit card or your PayPal account by clicking here.
    • Please note: that while we do accept international donations, all transactions will be converted to USD.
    • Security for online donations: We use Authorize.net to securely process all online donations. Don’t worry — you don’t need an account with them to donate to The Mainstay Foundation, and we’ll never share your information with anyone. 
  • By check or Money orders:
    • Send checks (please no cash) for general donations to our local office at:
      • Payable to: The Mainstay Foundation
      • Address: 7713 Schaefer Rd. Dearborn, MI 48126
    • If you’re donating in honor of someone, or you are sponsoring a specific project or want to direct your donation to our operations costs, please write this in the memo of your check.
  • By Zelle Pay
    • Zelle pay is backed by every major bank and is a safe, free, and fast way to send money. Donations are received within minutes. Follow these simple steps:
      • Visit your bank’s mobile app or website
      • Enter “accounting@mainstay.us as the recipient
      • Add the amount you would like to donate
      • Tell us what your donation is for
  • By PayPal

Amazon users can now support The Mainstay Foundation through AmazonSmile on their desktop computer, iOS, or Android devices.  

  • On your computer
  • On your phone
    • Download the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app in the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). 
    • Open the updated app and tap , then Settings, then AmazonSmile. 
    • Tap “Turn on AmazonSmile” and follow the prompts to complete your registration. 
    • If you have more questions about AmazonSmile, you can view the US program details here.

Due to our donation policy and security reasons, we’re only able to share our bank details for donations of $10K or more. If this is something you’re interested in, please email us at accounting@mainstay.us.

Yes, donations made to The Mainstay Foundation are tax-deductible in the U.S.

Generally, like all charitable donations, a donation to The Mainstay Foundation is not refundable. The Mainstay Foundation may consider (in its absolute discretion) a refund if the donation was made accidentally or in some other extremely unusual circumstance that the donor went through. 

The Grant Providing is a program supported by our generous donors, especially the Mainstay Foundation – United Kingdom. We are able to provide this service to assist Islamic Centers and Organizations that share our goals and objectives and are committed to servicing their local communities. 

The Mainstay Foundation has a grant department that reviews and evaluates all applications, following all procedures set up by the Board of Trustees and Executive Team. The Foundation’s staff supports the work of the committee but has no direct input on grant making decisions.

  1. Centers/Organizations must apply for and receive a Mainstay Verification Number. 
  2. Centers/organization must be organizing a Muharram or Ramadan Program that includes a speaker and or reciter within an audience setting. 
  3. The program should be available to the community and expected to serve their needs by providing an educational, enlightening and spiritual outlet during this holy month. 
  4. The scholars you are hosting do not oppose mainstream Shia Ithna Ashari schools of thought within the seminary institutions of Najaf and Qom, and or similar establishments. 
  5. The scholars you are hosting should not promote controversial/extremist associated topics that may promote disunity and disharmony within our and other communities, domestically and abroad. 
  6. Upon receipt of this grant, the recipient is expected to use the funding to cover exclusively the costs of the venue, speaker’s travels, and speaker’s honorarium (if applicable). 
  7. Centers/organizations must attend The Mainstay Foundation’s Annual Engage Conference. 
  8. Centers/organizations must participate in The Mainstay Foundation’s Survey Project. 
  9. Recipient must complete a progress report within two months after receiving the grant. 

An official officer of the organization can apply for this grant. Be advised that the person who fills out the application will be asked to complete all aspects of the process.

In any official grant-providing program, there are strict criteria and requirements to be eligible for the grant. Some of these requirements are for legal and compliance purposes. Others are established by the foundation in order to determine who is qualified based on the goals and objectives of the grant.

First, your center or organization must be registered with the state as a non-Profit corporation. Second, your center or organization must be exempt as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, or can qualify as a “church” (i.e. mosque) per the IRS regulations.

The amount varies depending on the fund the Mainstay Foundation is able to grant as well as the amount of centers/organizations that qualify.

No, all information pertaining to the grants including deadlines is found on theHUB.  In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, your center or organization must have a Mainstay verification ID number which is a prerequisite for grant eligibility. You can obtain this number by filling out a form found on theHUB grant providing page.

In any grant-providing program, there are strict criteria and requirements to be eligible for the grant. Some of these requirements are for legal and compliance purposes. Others are established by the foundation in order to determine who is qualified based on the goals and objectives of the grant. For example, there may not have been enough funding to distribute grants to all applicants, or the center/organization didn’t adhere to the conditions listed on the application.

For now, the grants are aimed at covering expenses related to the content providing of your program. This usually includes the cost associated with having a speaker.

For practical considerations, we designed the application such that a professional grant writer is not necessary.

Only centers and organizations that apply through theHUB are eligible for the grant. The Foundation does not identify specific centers or organizations in need and ask them if they would like a grant.

For now, our grants apply to centers/organizations in the United States of America, without limitation to city or state. 

From helping us set up and tear down events to writing thank you cards and preparing envelopes, our volunteers are an important part of our mission. We love them and we’d love for you to join! You can get connected to our volunteer opportunities in a few simple steps: 

  1. Sign up to be a volunteer: As a Mainstay volunteer, we’d love to show you our appreciation for your time and effort, and therefor
    • You’ll be granted access to:  
      • Early registration to our functions 
      • Quarterly scholarship opportunities 
      • Personalized recommendation letters 
      • Bonus points on applications (i.e. Najaf Retreat)
    • You’ll gain skill in: 
      • Communication and Teamwork 
      • Leadership Development 
      • Personal Development 
      • Project Management 
  2. Join our volunteer Facebook group: We post updates on this page, and it’s a great way to connect with fellow Mainstay volunteers. 
  3. Join our monthly giving community, The Mainstay Family: We have supporters in over 35 states, giving to The Mainstay Foundation each month working toward advancing their communities. 

Thanks so much for your interest and desire to help!

We never know when we’ll need your expertise and would love to have your information on file should we need to call on you! Please fill out our volunteer form. This will put your information in our volunteer database. We’ll reach out if we have a volunteer opportunity that matches your skillset.

Most of our in-person volunteer opportunities are located in Michigan, but there’s still a lot you can do virtually! Sign up and indicate that you are interested in doing virtual volunteer work and we will get in touch with you.

Keep up with our Career Opportunities page! When we have an opening, the first thing we do is let everyone know about it on our site through the Career Opportunities page.  

Please wait for 2-3 weeks until we get back to you after you apply for the position. We’ll contact you if you are selected for a follow-up interview, so we ask you not to follow up with emails or phone calls. Questions on specific job details such as number of hours and salaries can also be discussed during the interview process. 

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