Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment

Grant Type: General Operating

Duration: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Organization Overview

Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) amplifies the voice and power of Muslim women. Through strategic narrative, holistic leadership development, and civic leadership, RISE is building a movement to challenge gendered Islamophobia. They imagine a future where all Muslim women are connected, reflected, celebrated, and emboldened.


Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment (RISE) believes that Muslim women are the greatest assets in their communities and serve as catalysts to create equity. To support Muslim women and their work, RISE has built a powerful network of social connections and a platform to amplify their voices and power. RISE trains and equips women with the necessary skills to participate in civic life, become part of decision-making and solution-creating processes, and improve society for all Americans.

In 2022, RISE advanced its advocacy activities, which are crucial to supporting the health and well-being of Muslim women in Minnesota. They worked on increasing the cash assistance cap for low-income families with the Minnesota Family Investment Program. RISE also started an incubation program as part of its economic empowerment efforts and has a cohort of executive directors and nonprofit leaders who are Muslim women in Minnesotan communities. Their goal is to nurture leaders who can transform their organizations and communities. To continue supporting Muslim women and uplifting them as they navigate leadership roles, RISE also started the Rise Up Fund, a $1000 fund used to support a project or idea by a Muslim woman. RISE is working on publishing its first book, “Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota.” This book will preserve and celebrate their cultural heritage and identity as Muslim women; will include new narratives, illustrations, photographs, and additional resources; and will allow RISE to reach new audiences of Muslim women and allies.

Year founded: 2016

Location: Minneapolis, MN