Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy
Our Vision: Americans & Palestinians Freely Doing Business Together
Our Mission: Creating Business Relationships Between Americans & Palestinians
The year 2015 was the first full year of AVPE's existence and it was our first year as an operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We hired a consulting firm in Ramallah to identify Palestinian companies that were motivated and ready to form business relationships with Americans. By the end of the year, the AVPE Board of Directors had approved 20 Palestinian companies to become part of our portfolio.
The Board of Directors is very appreciative to the more than 100 donors that helped fund our operating expenses. We are especially grateful to the five Palestinian companies that funded more than half of our 2015 operating expenses.
In early 2016, our consulting contract ended and all of the operational tasks required for fulfilling the organization's mission are being done by the directors and volunteers. As a startup, we are evolving and differentiating the components for creating business relationships between Americans & Palestinians. We are seeking foundation support so that we can refine and enhance our detailed programs and build a business model that will make AVPE self-sustaining. Likewise, we will continue to engage a wide base of individuals to serve not only our funding needs, but also our outreach network both of which demonstrate that our mission is well placed.
We look forward to working with many Americans in the business community in the years ahead as we build a network of Americans who will be a strategic component in helping grow Palestinian businesses. We expect that strong Palestinian businesses will unleash powerful forces for peace, enhance Palestinian business leadership capacities, grow Palestinian freedoms and plant seeds of hope.