In 1975, a long-held vision to help the less fortunate of society caused one man to establish a federally registered charitable foundation called the North American Muslim Foundation (NAMF). In its initial days, its founder Mohammad Kabir Farooqui would collect $12 a year from each donor in Canada and send the amount overseas to cover the educational expense of children and youth. It is through his tireless efforts and a strong commitment that he single-handedly managed to make a difference to over 40,000 children over a span of 27 years. By the year 2002, the introduction of new staff and Board members into the foundation led to an increased growth and efficiency of its presence and role. Today, the North American Muslim Foundation operates in several countries around the globe and works side by side with various partner organizations, locally and globally, that share its aim to foster human dignity through sustainable development and growth.