About the Foundation
The International Foundation for Civil Society: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is founded on the recognition that the sweeping political, social and economic change taking place in the Middle East and North Africa is a reflection of the demands of the young generation for improvement in their conditions and reversal of decades of authoritarianism. More importantly, it is founded on the assumption that the sweeping changes taking place in MENA is influenced by both internal and external factors.
The International Foundation for Civil Society is governed by a Board of Directors composed of internationally recognized persons with experience and knowledge of organizations devoted to promoting values of civil society and building of bridges of cultural understanding and tolerance. The IFCS Board of Directors (“the Board”) exists for multiple purposes:
- To advise the Executive Director of IFCS on a wide range of issues regarding IFCS’ roles, missions, and its relationship to external constituencies.
- To review matters such as programmatic direction, long range fiscal and operating plans, and to assist IFCS in expanding its resources and networks.
- To serve as public advocates for IFCS, promoting understanding and support from philanthropists, governments, legislatures, agencies, media, and the general public.
- The Board recognizes its mutual responsibility to various constituents of IFSC, donors and leaders who support and advocate for IFSC.