The Coexist Foundation (stylized Coexist) is a charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. and London, United Kingdom, which aims to advance social cohesion through education and innovation.

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FocusSocial cohesion
Area served
OwnerTarek Elgawhary

The Coexist Foundation focuses on improving religious relationships between people of Islamic, Jewish, and Christian faiths.[1][2][3] The stated mission of the foundation is to "promote, encourage and support engagement between Jews, Christians and Muslims both individually and through their respective communities through dialogue, education and research.

Coexist had a not-for-profit relationship with The Gallup Organization.[4] It was founded by Tarek Elgawhary who received his PhD from Princeton University in 2014 and also attended the al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt where he studied traditional Islamic sciences.[5]

One of the Foundation's projects was "Understanding Islam" a first series of internet learning resources designed to give an accessible but thorough introduction to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Coexist joined with online education specialists Microbooks and a team of scholars to develop the series.

Piotr Młodożeniec [pl] a Polish graphic designer created the Coexist sign in 2000 for a contest hosted by The Museum on the Seam for Dialogue, Understanding and Coexistence in Jerusalem.[6][7] Thus the sign existed before founding of the Coexist Foundation.


  1. ^ "Obama praises Turkey, sees Armenia progress". ABS–CBN Corporation. Reuters. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Coexist Foundation Sponsors Major Three Faiths Exhibit at New York Public Library". CNBC. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ Mogahe, Dalia; Ahmed Younis (6 June 2008). "Billion Muslims and West Want Dialogue, Coexistence". Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Al Arabiya to telecast 'Inside Islam'". ArabNews. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Who is Tarek Elgawhary? - A Tarek Elgawhary Company". A Tarek Elgawhary Company. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  6. ^ "Lawsuits and controversy over who owns the 'CoeXisT' sign". Archived from the original on 2009-09-02. Retrieved 2005-07-11.
  7. ^ Etgar, Raphie (2005-07-11). "Image of Coexistence Traveling the World". Museum on the Seam. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2015-10-20.