How We Work

Pakistani American Congress initiatives and responsive

Through a wide array of programs, we engage policymakers, business leaders, community groups and many other stakeholders with a common interest in Pakistan and Pakistani Americans, making it easier for everyone to get and stay informed.

We identify important problems, and push ourselves to find possible solutions, and disseminates what’s been learned nationally to inform leaders, policymakers and others who can effect beneficial change.

We fund research to deepen our understanding of some of America’s greatest health challenges, and identify new approaches to bring about meaningful change. We also constantly evaluate and draw lessons both from our own programs and work many others have done.

Learn about our research and eveluation programs, and how we apply key findings to our work.

As a national private foundation, The PAC has two principal granting streams. Foundation initiatives are multi-year collaborations that align the efforts of several partners, including other funders, to achieve change in a particular domain. Examples include Cities for People, a program that aims to foster more inclusive, innovative and resilient cities; and RECODE, a program that provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for post-secondary students wanting to drive change. Within such initiatives, grants are generally made through an invitation to apply or by a request for proposals.

The Foundation also makes a limited number of responsive grants in line with its mission and program priorities. Click here to learn more about our granting priorities for 2017.

The PAC regularly holds roundtables and working sessions to share new learning and approaches for working on complex issues.

PAC meets on the first Sunday of everymonth over a Teleconference.

PAC holds a yearly event at one of the cities with a large Pakistani American population

  • In 2013 PAC met in New York City for the yearly meeting
  • In 2014 PAC met in Chicago for the yearly meeting
  • In 2015 PAC met in Chicago for the yearly meeting
  • In 2016 PAC met in Chicago for the yearly meeting
  • In 2017 PAC plans to meet in Washington D.C.

The PAC places a high value on learning from its work through evaluation and reflection. Most grants include an evaluation component, and we make many evaluation reports public. We also publish occasional guides and monographs. For examples of these, visit our Resources section.

We recognize that leaders and community organizations may need to strengthen their ability to carry out a particular project or innovation, particularly when they are ‘scaling up’. Therefore, we may support such activities as leadership and human resource development, the creation of communications tools, or the introduction of improved financial systems, when such an investment is considered critical to the effectiveness of an initiative the Foundation is supporting.

PAC currently has initiatives in six areas:

  • Pakistani American Leaders Directory
  • Meetings with Pakistani American leaders in the major cities of US
  • Building audiences for the lobbying efforts,
  • Networking, Learning and Leadership
  • Vision Building
  • Challenges and Opportunities of Pakistani Americans

PAC effectiveness is uniquely challenging. That’s why CEP exists – to help leaders of staffed grantmaking foundations by providing resources to help them maximize their effectiveness.

Our research publications examine common practices, challenge conventional wisdom, and offer guidance and advice. They cover vexing issues such as developing productive working relationships with grantees, foundation strategy, assessing performance, and foundation governance.

Our assessments help funders get feedback from key constituents, such as grantees, applicants, staff, and others. CEP’s assessments are unique because results are put in a comparative context, allowing funders to benchmark their performance against others.

Our programming brings together foundation leaders to learn from the latest research and from each other in order to improve their effectiveness. We also share insights from CEP staff and leaders in the field through our blog.




Contact us to learn more about how our resources can be helpful to you.