"Public Service isn't just a job. It's a calling. It's hard work, and it's largely unsung. The work matters to me because it means something to make our community better. In fact, it means everything". - Abdur-Rahim Briggs
The journey began during the summer of 1997 when our Founder and CEO, Abdur-Rahim Briggs found out his twin brother was diagnosed with HIV. Within a couple of years later, with infection rates continuing to grow within the African-American community. Mr. Briggs channeled his pain into positive energy and wanted to give back to the community. With the support of a few friends near and far, he created the annual “White Party” was born out of his backyard with 151 people in attendance.
As attendance of the event quickly outgrew the barbeque fundraiser it was meant to be. Mr. Briggs asked for additional support. That support led to the formation of the Ummah Endowment Fund from 2002-2007, the creation of Al Sura, Inc. 2008-2016 and now Project Briggs, Inc. which was formed to expand its scope and services to assist with urban projects and initiatives.
The name Project Briggs, Inc. represents an opportunity to address larger scopes of philanthropic advocacy within our diverse community. As we enter a new era, this organization will engage and promote and assist a wide range of urban projects across various diverse communities within the Greater Washington, DC area and beyond, via social marketing events.
In accordance with its President-CEO Abdur-Rahim Briggs, our Motto: “No One Will Out Work Us” is our rallying cry adopted from former Ward 8 D.C. Councilmember LaRuby May in an effort to successfully partner with various organizations in the area of finance, marketing, fundraising and outreach.
There is a leadership void within the community; “Allah has provided me with the opportunity to once again lead the effort.” And, with the recent, untimely passing of our beloved volunteers S. Patrick Kahozi, Donald Despertt, Derrick E. Logan and Stephen A. Maglott, Abdur-Rahim Briggs thought it would be fitting to continue this journey in honor of their memory.
Why are we doing this; why are we here?
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President-CEO of Project Briggs, Inc.
The goal of Project Briggs, Inc. is to broaden the scope of reach that became limited with traditional fundraising concepts, but will be limitless with Project Briggs, Inc. It is the kind of inclusive organization that diverse people are given an opportunity to form and strengthen alliances
Despite millions of Federal dollars being spent to assist underrepresented and disenfranchised urban communities in the Greater Washington, DC area and beyond, Project Briggs, Inc. seeks to find innovative ways to assist with fundraising and capacity building to those communities that receive the least amount of attention
Project Briggs, Inc. will assist with effective social marketing tools and consistent messaging through strong partnerships, community engagement and alliances through solid relationships with its stakeholders
With your support, we can effect change that’ll be tangible. It’s time to make a real difference
Abdur-Rahim Briggs featured in California State University, Bakersfield Alumni Newsletter