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Tiyya Foundation, Inc.

 505 North Tustin Ave, Suite 280
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 547-5050
[F] --
[email protected]
Meymuna Hussein
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Organization DBA The Tiyya Foundation
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 27-3128801 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

To provide basic necessities and educational opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and displaced American families.

Mission Statement

To provide basic necessities and educational opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and displaced American families.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $151,000.00
Projected Revenue $151,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Mentoring
  • Youth All STAR Program
  • Vocational and English Courses

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

To provide basic necessities and educational opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and displaced American families.

Background Statement

The co-founders, Owliya Dima and her daughter Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, are refugees from Ethiopia who resettled in Southern California in 1984. Together, they have played an essential role and made an impact on raising awareness about multicultural refugee communities in Orange County.

Since 1999, Owliya has tirelessly devoted her efforts as a volunteer to assist newcomers with the challenging process of resettlement. She has achieved this by transforming her efforts into a viable organization with a strong core of leaders, volunteers, and partnerships that offer several organized programs that are vital to provide assistance and accommodation to both individual refugees and families.


Under her daughter, Meymuna Hussein-Cattan’s leadership, Tiyya annually assists 575 refugees from 162 families, many of them escaping persecution. With its earliest roots in the East African community of Orange County, Tiyya has evolved with the changes in the local refugee demographics. In 2013, over 60% of Tiyya’s clients came from Burma, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia. In 2014, Tiyya was introduced to clients from Central America and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2015, registeration has risen to 638 clients, with many returning participants. Tiyya's programming is geared towards longterm relationships with families. Many children are born in the United States, but their parents arrived as refugees. With the supervision of the Orange County Social Services/ Refugee Cash Assistance Program, Tiyya is now assisting refugee adults and human-trafficking victims, without children. Tiyya's programs are diverse and address different needs for communities starting over.


By mentoring youth and parents, Tiyya aims to promote a community that fosters the development of a solid foundation for children of refugee, immigrant, and internally displaced families. Tiyya’s vision is to help clients overcome the obstacles of social integration and financial independence.

Impact Statement


  • The Tiyya Foundation is the only existing agency in Orange County that focuses on refugee youth through services such as Soccer, Tutoring, Arts, and Recreation.
  • Since the establishment of our programs in Winter 2011, The Tiyya Foundation has been able to serve over 575 refugees, annually. Families served by our organization have received assistance with homework tutoring, ESL coaching, family mentoring, soccer programs, field trips, community engagement and basic household necessities.
  • The Program in Public Health has selected The Tiyya Foundation to receive the annual Outstanding Undergraduate Practicum Site Award, June 13th 2013
  • Andi Foundation has awarded Tiyya’s leadership for “Extraordinary Women doing Extraordinary Work”, New York 2012
  • The Tiyya Foundation on NBC Nightly News, NBC Nonstop News, CBS2 & KCAL9 television channels, as well as in the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times.


  • Capacity Building – if Tiyya was at full capacity, this agency could assist over 20,000 of Orange County’s residents.
  • In Partnership with the Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship, The Tiyya Foundation has established a student-based organization at Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and UC Los Angeles; Fresh START (Students Together Aiding Refugees Today). Our goal is to work collaboratively with students to help raise awareness about Orange County and Los Angeles' growing refugee/ newly arrived immigrant communities.
  • To provide hands on job-training for refugees/ newly arrived immigrants, where our clients can receive a 3 month internship and build their resume.

Needs Statement


The Tiyya Foundation is undergoing a strategic planning process to identify its needs to develop internal capacities that will sustain program activities and the organization, itself, over the long term. Capacity building components include the following: 
  1. Evaluation planning
  2. Fund and resource development
  3. Infrastructure development (technology, equipment, and facilities)
  4. Staff development (in general and more specifically on fundraising and financial management)
  5. Succession planning (Executive Director and Board Officers)

These needs are still under review and will be developed further. 

CEO Statement

Since establishing our agency in 2010, my mother has formally resigned because of her Post Traumatic Stress around her personal refugee experience. With the help of our Board of Directors, I have stepped into the role of the Executive Director position to help steer our agencies vision. This was a difficult transition and a great experience for all of us. Through my family’s personal experience as refugees, Tiyya has taken a definitive stance to protect the integrity of the families we serve. All images and stories shared to the public are presented through a positive lens of resilience. In some cases, names are altered and/or left anonymous.  --  Meymuna Hussein-Cattan

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Checks made payable to The Tiyya Foundation.
Send to :  505 North Tustin Ave Ste. 280, Santa Ana Ca 92705 
For in-kind givings of basic necessities please call (714) 547-5050 and a representative will assist you. 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
The Tiyya Foundation serves refugees, immigrants and displaced American families in Orange County and Los Angeles. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Cultural & Ethnic Awareness



Family Mentoring

The Family Mentor Program is designed to help fill the need for cross-cultural exchange between newly arrived refugee/immigrant families and Orange County. Families in transition are matched with local mentors that help provide the tools and skills needed to acquire basic necessities, find employment, stabilize living arrangements and home life, and become self-sufficient. Mentors join forces with Tiyya to ensure mentee families build a strong community support network and gain the skills and confidence necessary to achieve their resettlement goals.

Budget  $43,974.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Families
Program Short-Term Success  By directly mentoring families, refugees are given the opportunity to overcome isolation. Many of the households we serve have 0-1 cars, limiting their exposure to local parks & beaches. With the help of Tiyya's mentors, newly arrived immigrants/ refugees are provided a social outlet to explore our community. 
Program Long-Term Success  Families who have been involved with our programs since 2011 receive more exposure to English, are more aware of their environment, and children have better grade point averages than families that were not served by The Tiyya Foundation upon the first 6 months of their arrival. 
Program Success Monitored By  Mentor notes, surveys, interviews with clients 
Examples of Program Success  --

Youth All STAR Program

The All S.T.A.R (Soccer, Tutoring, Arts, and Recreation) program is used as a tool for developing a healthy lifestyle for refugee youth grades K-12. Members also participate in workshops and programs related to education, soccer, leadership, yoga, and art therapy. This interpersonal environment creates a safe space for youth to improve their literacy skills, enhance their knowledge of American culture, engage in enriching extracurricular activities, and grow to be confident, caring adults.

Budget  $138,246.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Soccer
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Tiyya’s supportive coaches (from Soccer Without Borders), instruct the youth in the importance of healthy lifestyles, cross-cultural communication skills, and team-building  while themselves modeling these positive behaviors on the field. 
Program Long-Term Success 

The overall objective of the Refugee Youth Development program is to empower refugee/immigrant youth to contribute positively to their community as well functioning adults. In the long-term, this program will give over 80% of our participants the self-esteem and interpersonal skills that they need to constructively engage in their community. Through a common love for soccer and learning, refugees and immigrant youth overcome language barriers and socio-economic divisionsto forge friendships and mutual understanding where, without soccer, no commonality would otherwise exist.

Program Success Monitored By 

The success of the soccer program is monitored by University of California, Irvine’s Public Health Science Interns who conduct regular check-ins at the beginning, middle and end of the program. Interns evaluate each client’s progress through an assessment.   On the field, volunteer coaches will assess the soccer skills of their students through written surveys and interactive games. 

Examples of Program Success 

More that 50% of our participants have never played the game of soccer but are eager to learn. By the end of the school year, close to !00% decide to return the following school year.  1 out of every 3 participants that we retain, have express interest in excelling in soccer and wanting to join leagues such as the AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization).  

Vocational and English Courses

As part of Orange County’s Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) Program, Tiyya provides 16 hours of Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) classes & weekly Employment Preparedness Workshops to adult clients over the age of 18. This is a conversational English course that will allow students to learn English quickly so they can attain employment in the United States. The curriculum is complimentary to our Employment Workshop. Lessons include, but not limited to: Resume development, Job search techniques, Business etiquette, Acing a job interview, Personal Branding, and use of Social Media.


Tiyya also provides weekly Employment Preparedness Workshops to refugee adults over the age of 18. This course prepares clients to:


• Write a winning resume

• Job search success

• Business etiquette

• Ace job interviews

• Network effectively when meeting new friends

• Personal branding

• Social media

Budget  $73,504.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served International Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Minorities
Program Short-Term Success  Participants develop basic English skills through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Program participants learn to create resumes, job search, and succeed in job interviews.  This program prepares non-native Speakers of English to enter vocational programs or entry-level jobs. 
Program Long-Term Success  Build program participant's self-efficacy and self sufficiency. Adults improve housing and employment situations; connect with Orange County resources; become; become advocates for their families. 
Program Success Monitored By  weekly attendance, monthly reporting, and program evaluations 
Examples of Program Success  Majority of clients obtain positions that over 32 hours a week at minimum wage; allowing them to obtain self sufficiency in accordance to California Social Services requirements. 


CEO/Executive Director Meymuna Hussein-Cattan
CEO Term Start July 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Meymuna received her B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, her M.A. in Organizational Management from Antioch University, Los Angeles and she holds a certificate from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Administration & Grant Writing.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Outstanding Practicum Site University of California, Irvine Public Health Sciences 2013
Oridinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things The Andi Foundation 2012


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 112
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ahmed Khalil
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ahmed Khalil -- Voting
Lila Seif -- Voting
Tarek Shawky -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Salah Haggag -- NonVoting
Maya Martinez-Dawkins -- NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 3
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Our board is currently in transition and we are searching for more members to join.   

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $151,000.00
Projected Expenses $151,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990 EZ

2014 990_EZ

2013 Form 990-N

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $150,851 $58,569 $38,627
Total Expenses $135,295 $54,332 $32,742

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$150,851 $53,569 $6,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- $23,826
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $8,801
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $5,000 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $68,054 $15,716 $27,720
Administration Expense $67,241 $38,616 $3,165
Fundraising Expense -- -- $1,857
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 1.08 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 50% 29% 85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $35,615 $17,212 $12,975
Current Assets -- -- $9,295
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $35,615 $17,212 $12,975

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per compiled financials and consultation with the organization.