Supporting Basmeh & Zeitooneh 2019


To all of our friends and colleagues who have reached out to us over the past several years to ask us what you can do to alleviate the humanitarian crisis affecting Syria and its people, thank you.  

Please join us in supporting Basmeh & Zeitooneh  via the Smile & Olive Foundation: we believe in this wonderful organization and the great work they do with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Basmeh & Zeitooneh is Arabic for “a smile and an olive.”)

This is our fifth giving season supporting Basmeh & Zeitooneh. Thanks to your generosity and solidarity, during the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 campaigns, we have (so far) raised over $28,000 for Basmeh & Zeitooneh.

The money we raise this year will go to the Education  program. (For more details, click on link.)  We are hoping to raise at least $3500.00. Let's do this!

Basmeh & Zeitooneh is a legally registered Lebanese charity based in Beirut, whose mission is to provide humanitarian support and assistance for Syrian refugees.  Such relief efforts are ongoing on a significant scale, mainly in Lebanon,  and to a lesser extent,  in Turkey and Erbil - Iraq as well.   

Smile & Olive Foundation supports the humanitarian relief efforts of Basmeh and Zeitooneh, by making financial grants from contributions raised in the United States. 

The Smile & Olive Foundation (“TSOF”), E.I. Number 81-5129089, is a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation that has received a ruling from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that it is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Charitable contributions to TSOF are tax-deductible to U.S. taxpayers to the extent permitted by section 170 of the Code. 

FULL DISCLOSURE: As of early 2017, Alia sits on the USA and Global boards.


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A Malek 
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Smile and Olive Foundation 
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