Need a Philanthropist to Support Your Cause? Try a Values-Driven Approach
August 23, 2022
Irshad Osman is an imam by training and a fundraiser by profession. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Arabic and Islamic studies from Sri Lanka and master’s in public policy and management in the United Kingdom. Osman currently works as a Senior Development Officer at the Faculty of Arts of Science at the University of Toronto. Passionate about inclusive philanthropy, he has worked at United Way Toronto, Silent Voice Canada, IDRF, and elsewhere overseeing fundraising portfolios worth of millions of dollars to support local and international causes. He was selected in the first cohort of AFP’s “Fellowship in Inclusion & Philanthropy” in 2016, was an Interfaith Innovation Fellow with Interfaith America in 2020, and was among the 25 interfaith leaders and dialogue practitioners who graduated from the KAICIID International Fellowship in 2022.
Andrew Spector is a co-founder and a Program Director of Tulsa Changemakers in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his first year as a Teach For America corps member teaching 6th grade at Bell Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools, Andrew co-founded Tulsa Changemakers with Jake Lerner because they were inspired by the leadership skills of their respective students. Andrew is originally from Bedford, Massachusetts and graduated from the Honors College at College of Charleston with a degree in psychology. Upon graduation, Andrew received the college’s highest honor, the Bishop Robert Smith Award, for his leadership and academic excellence. He has served with the Metanoia Community Development Corporation in North Charleston, South Carolina, and received training from the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and the Asset Based Community Development Institute. Andrew serves as Board Member of Hillel of Northeastern Oklahoma and the Jewish Federation of Tulsa and is a member of Interfaith America’s Alumni Speakers and Trainers Bureau. In 2018, Andrew was honored with ionOklahoma’s NextGen Under 30 Award. He is currently earning a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.