Makassed is a Lebanese Association
and as such, conforms to Lebanese laws. It has a General
Assembly, a board of Trustees and a General Administration.
The General Assembly is the highest authority of the
Association; it is composed of honorary and regular
members committed to the goals of the Association.
The Board of Trustees is composed of 24 members elected
by the General Assembly every four years. The Board
outlines the policies and budgets of the Association
and oversees its administration through special committees.
The General Assembly is headed by the President of the
Association who is also the Chairman of the Board of
Trustees. He is the official and legal representative
of the Association and is its Chief Executive Officer.
The President is assisted by eight directors who form
the Council of Directors. Each director is an executive
officer of the relevant directorate. The Directorates
are divided into centralized Administrative Directorates
and decentralized Services Directorates.
Philanthropy in its pure form was the motivator of the
establishment of Makassed One Hundred and Twenty-Five
years ago in 1878. It still motivates the Makassed community.
The name manifests the explicit meaning of Makassed,
INTENTIONS, and together with philanthropy, spells out
the mission of our Association and the vision of its
The first task of the founders of Makassed was to avail
free schooling for girls, the future mothers. This ascertains
the proper ambiance for education of new generations,
a most noble, meaningful and longsighted objective.
Futuristic visionary investment in human beings strengthens
the fundamental civic values in the country. Wide involvement
will gain for our association, acceptance and assured
The most impressive number of 1500 citizens of 19th
century Beirut, who contributed unconditionally to the
newly founded Makassed, is proof of the credibility
it carried at the outset. This must be the strongest
foundation for an institution that will always provide
assurance for its wide and varied stakeholders.
The consistent support for our association by all assures
me that Makassed still enjoys that same credibility
We are fortunate to carry the torch through our 125th
Anniversary Year and we are full of hope that it will
burn on, with that support and belief in our archaic
institution, that will remain, through its
mission, young with rejuvenating Philanthropic Intentions
true to its Founders and virtuous elders.