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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 »

We provide community support and educational opportunities for families of refugees, immigrants, and displaced Americans. In doing so, we hope to create a community that fosters the development of self-sufficiency, ultimately helping our program participants overcome obstacles and actively participate in society.

Mission Statement

We provide community support and educational opportunities for families of refugees, immigrants, and displaced Americans. In doing so, we hope to create a community that fosters the development of self-sufficiency, ultimately helping our program participants overcome obstacles and actively participate in society.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $290,000.00
Projected Revenue $290,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Family Mentoring
  • Youth All STAR Program
  • Flavors from Afar
  • Vocational and English Courses

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Mission Statement

We provide community support and educational opportunities for families of refugees, immigrants, and displaced Americans. In doing so, we hope to create a community that fosters the development of self-sufficiency, ultimately helping our program participants overcome obstacles and actively participate in society.

Background Statement


The Tiyya Foundation is an award-winning 501 (c)(3) known for transforming the refugee living experience in the Greater Los Angeles & surrounding areas. Since 2010, Tiyya has led the charge for impacting thousands of families through innovative education, arts, and recreation programs. Founded by Owliya Dima and her daughter Meymuna Hussein-Cattan, the Mayor of Los Angeles recently awarded the organization’s leaders acknowledging its positive impact on society.

The story for Tiyya began in 1984 when co-founders Owliya and her daughter Meymuna settled in Southern California as refugees. In the early ’90s, Owliya began volunteering. Coming from Ethiopia, Owliya knew first-hand the challenges refugees face in resettlement. Taking matters into her own hands, she started efforts to help others find stability and navigate the same complex challenges. In 2010, Tiyya was formally established.

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.
  • Tiyya serves more than 250 families annually. Our core programs include family mentoring, coaching, soccer programs, field trips and community engagement. Our social enterprise component is Flavors from Afar, where we hire former clients to pursue the culinary arts and fine dining.
  • The Program in Public Health has selected The Tiyya Foundation to receive the annual Outstanding Undergraduate Practicum Site Award, June 13th 2013
  • 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).  

Flavors from Afar

Flavors from Afar is an innovative project that was founded on the idea that food presents an opportunity for refugees to strengthen their connections with members of the local community. The culinary arts was selected as a focus since many of our unemployed clients are already skilled at cooking traditional meals from their countries of origin. As a workforce training program, Flavors from Afar focuses on Chefs who arrive to America less than 5 years ago to become self-sufficient and active contributors to their communities. This project provides our participants with a substantial living wage of $20 per hour while marketing their culinary talents to the general public. In addition to becoming employed, participants in FFA program complete 8 hours per week of Vocational English classes and Employment workshops. Our program goal is to strengthen our chefs’ confidence through a mastery of oral and written communication skills, with a special emphasis on storytelling and public speaking. We offer critical professional development in areas such as resume writing, job searching, business etiquette, interview techniques, personal branding and social media. We invest in our workforce by supporting their professional growth, their personal confidence and their employment potential -- while also providing delicious, authentic food from around the world to Los Angeles and Orange County residents of all backgrounds.
Budget  263,930
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Program Short-Term Success  Flavors from Afar will transition 5 chefs from on-call catering opportunities in Orange County to an established weekly employment structure of 20 hours per week at a rate of $20 per hour.  Currently, our chefs are under-employed. Flavors from Afar needs support with capacity building so our employees can move away from on-call services to weekly sustainable employment.  FFA Chefs are seeking more consistent hours and pay. When we expand, we plan to graduate future Chefs into full-time workers for a contracted period of six months. All participants must also agree to participate in a weekly course for eight hours, with a two-fold focus on Vocational English and Employment Workshops. Volunteer Instructors will be comprised of ESL teachers, restaurant owners, established chefs, instructors from the field of Culinary Arts, and more.  We want to provide a vast array of exposure and perspectives so FFA Chefs build their confidence and be able to share their story along with their cuisine. To implement this, the Project Director will administer the workshops and track the progress of our chefs. In the future, we plan to employ a Workforce Training Coordinator to assist with creating a formal curriculum for our workforce training program. 
Program Long-Term Success  Once our program is running at full capacity of 10 full time Chefs, FFA has a high profit potential with opportunities to sell individual products, such as bottled sauces, salad dressing, frozen meals, and pop-up cooking courses for the general public. This project is also scalable and has the potential to branch into other counties and states. We are working on refining our project to create a model that is easily adaptable in regions with large populations of refugees and asylum seekers (i.e. San Diego, Atlanta, Seattle).  Before venturing out of Orange County, we plan to strengthen our sustainability and brand recognition.   
Program Success Monitored By 
We will track the following quantitative metrics to help us gauge our success:

1. The number of orders we receive from new customers/donors

2. The financial success and self-sufficiency of our chefs    

3. The number of new catering companies who obtain business licenses as a result of Flavors from Afar 
Examples of Program Success 

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 Hussein-Cattan is an executive, entrepreneur and world traveler. For the last decade, Meymuna has been the CEO of Tiyya, an award-winning civic based organization. In her work, she has been at the forefront of the human rights movement in Los Angeles helping to transform sentiments and narratives around refugees in the United States. A creative visionary with a solutions-oriented mindset, Meymuna led the way on record-breaking initiatives including the creation of innovative programs and services that impacts nearly 1,000 people a year. This includes increases in job creation, entrepreneurship opportunities, and sports for children. 

Meymuna has also spearheaded fruitful partnerships with global organizations. Notably, she forged a partnership with the Living Peace Foundation & the Dalai Lama Scholarship that launched an innovative collaboration between college students & refugees. 

As a thought leader, Meymuna shares her experience & insights at organizations, universities and events throughout the year. Previous academic speaking engagements have included the University of Southern California, UC Irvine, UCLA and Occidental College. Meymuna’s work has been recognized in print in the Los Angeles Times, and with an award from the LA Mayor’s office acknowledging her organizational contribution to society. 

Meymuna received her MA in Organizational Management from Antioch University, and her BA from the University of California, Irvine in Social Sciences. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Ambassador of Peace Award The Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County 2018
Certificate of Appreciation Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and the City Human Relations Commission 2018
Spirit in Action Award Interfaith Council of Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster 2014
Women Making a Difference Award Senator Lou Correa 2014
Outstanding Practicum Site University of California, Irvine Public Health Sciences 2013
The Ali Birra Community Excellence Award Ali Birra's Children Education Fund 2013
Oridinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things The Andi Foundation 2012


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


  1. NewGround
  2. Grid 110
  3. UCI Blum Center
  4. Center for Living Peace
  5. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills 
  6. Rock Harbor Church 
  7. OC Refugee Forum
  8. LA Refugee Forum
  9. OC Census Community Table 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
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: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 0
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 Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
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 Ellen Mainthow
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 -
Board Co-Chair Tarek Shawky
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2018 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Shukry Cattan UCLA Labor Center Voting
Ahmed Khalil -- Voting
Ellen Mainthow -- Voting
Robert Mainthow -- Voting
Maham Rahman -- Voting
Aisha Sabadia -- Voting
Lila Seif -- Voting
Tarek Shawky -- Voting
Adja Victor -- Voting
Raghu Vohra PIMCO Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Bridgette Blebu -- --
Robbie Fox -- --
Hannah Haakenson -- --
Hannah Haakenson -- --
Salah Haggag -- NonVoting
Kinda Hibrawi -- --
Laura Leslie -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 4
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 4
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

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


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $290,000.00
Projected Expenses $290,000.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990 EZ

2015 990 EZ

2014 990_EZ

2013 Form 990-N

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $295,744 $191,548 $150,851
Total Expenses $234,744 $188,606 $135,295

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $191,548 $150,851
Government Contributions $64,100 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $64,100 -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $331 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $500 -- --
Special Events $230,813 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $165,542 $21,460 $68,054
Administration Expense $61,977 $167,146 $67,241
Fundraising Expense $7,225 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.26 1.02 1.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 11% 50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $100,052 $39,316 $35,615
Current Assets $100,052 $39,316 --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $495 $759 --
Total Net Assets $99,557 $38,557 $35,615

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 202.13 51.80 nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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.