American Druze Foundation
The American Druze Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of Druze cultural heritage within the American Druze community and the Druze community at large.
Proudly, the ADF celebrates Druze heritage by building a deeper understanding of the Druze in American society, advancing the Druze people through education and investments, and strengthening social ties among the Druze. The ADF nurtures pride in the American Druze identity through role modeling, effective communication, and celebration of Druze culture, values and contributions to American Society.
Preserve. Educate. Celebrate.
The American Druze Foundation nurtures the pride in the American Druze identity through participation in diverse interfaith activities and programs aimed at advancing the Druze people and developing relationships between Druze communities in America and around the world.
The ADF supports the preservation of traditions within the Druze communities in the United States, through education and by sponsoring a wide variety of educational and cultural programs and activities.
The ADF also celebrates Druze heritage by underwriting symposia, lectures, exhibitions, artistic performances and more.
A Message From The ADF Chair
Dear Friends of the American Druze Foundation,
We are proudly entering our 35th year. None of our accomplishments would have been possible without the generous support of our donors throughout the years. In the name of our Board of Directors, I would like to express our sincerest gratitude.
I am very excited to highlight the following new initiatives we are undertaking:
- In collaboration with Georgetown University, we have expanded our annual research presentation to include a panel of multiple scholars. The new format will include other panelists in addition to our resident scholar. Learn more about this year’s presentation.
- We also plan, every other year, to hold our annual panel at other universities across the United States. This will provide communities in different regions the opportunity to attend the lectures and will enable ADF members to interact with interested residents and scholars in various locations.
- As many of you recall, in April 2023, the ADF and Georgetown University hosted a two-day symposium organized by the American University of Beirut, where more than 15 scholars from different countries participated. We plan to hold similar symposia once every 5 years.
- Starting in 2025, Georgetown will be offering small grants to resident students interested in Research in Druze Studies.
- Our next major project is the creation of a Digital Druze library. This represents an ambitious undertaking that will require the collaboration of several institutions in different countries. The goal is to identify and locate books and documents from different sources and perspectives that relate to Druze’s history, culture, politics, society, and anthropology over the ages. Many books are no longer in print with limited circulation, while others were never published. The project involves uncovering such data irrespective of its original format and digitizing it for remote access. Georgetown University has agreed to act as library custodian and will facilitate its retrieval for research and education.
- Finally, the ADF plans to further support the visual and performing arts by sponsoring exhibits and live performances.
We value strong commitments to the betterment of communities, and with your help, we will continue to grow and reach new milestones. Thank you again for your support. We encourage you to explore our website, and please remember that we always like to hear from you.
Rabih Aridi, Chairman
American Druze Foundation