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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, Philanthropy

Mission: Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects allowing communities to better help themselves.

Target demographics: Islamic Relief USA provides assistance to anyone in need, anywhere in the world, regardless or race, color, reliegion, or creed.

Geographic areas served: United States and Internationally. Islamic Relief USA operated domestically in 24 states in 2010, specifically VA, MI, MD, TX, NJ, RI, IL, CA, KS, SD, GA, PA, OR, MN, NY, MA, DC, WA, AZ, NV, ME, CT, OH, and OK. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA assisted with the Alabama tornado devastation. Islamic Relief USA operated in 33 countries in 2010: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Cambodia, Chad, Chechnya (Russian Federation), China, Columbia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Gaza/West Bank), Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

Programs: ORPHANS 1-TO-1 SPONSORSHIP: Islamic Relief's One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship helps the world's most desperate orphans. The beneficiaries live in the world's poorest and most devastated countries, where millions of children are orphaned and left to struggle for survival. 100 percent of our sponsors' contributions are sent directly to an orphan's guardian, where Islamic Relief's One-to-One Orphan Sponsorship allows children to remain with a loving family member who may not have been able to care for them otherwise. RAMADAN “FEED THE NEEDY” PROGRAM: During the month of fasting, known as Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. Feeding people at the end of the fasting day represents a very rewarding spiritual act according to Islamic tradition and teachings. The Ramadan “Feed the Needy” Program offers an opportunity for many needy people around the world who face food insecurity and hunger to be provided with a ‘Ramadan Food Pack’, which ensures that their burden is eased during the month of Ramadan. A wide range of beneficiaries were selected, they included categories like widows, orphans, destitute, aged, disabled, refugees and people affected by disasters. The beneficiaries are selected in conjunction with local welfare groups working alongside Islamic Relief offices in a given country. QURBANI “MEAT DISTRIBUTION” PROGRAM: Qurbani “meat distribution” activities are performed during the season of Eid al Adha. Muslims from the United States donate money which is used to purchase and slaughter livestock – mainly sheep, goats and cows. The meat from these animals is then distributed to the needy people in the poorest regions of the world on behalf of the donors. According to Islam, one sheep or goat equals one Qurbani; one cow, buffalo or camel equals seven Qurbanis. Qurbani meat is distributed in three different methods, the method chosen for a country is dependent on several factors including cost, availability of livestock, logistical issues and current situation of that country e.g. war, famine, natural disaster. This year again a wide range of beneficiaries were selected, they included categories like widows, orphans, the destitute, the aged, the disabled, refugees and disaster affected populations. The beneficiaries are selected in conjunction with local welfare groups working alongside Islamic Relief field offices in a given country. INTERNATIONAL GIFT IN KIND (GIK) DONATIONS: Typical donations include hygiene kits, newborn supplies, school supplies, orphans supplies (children’s clothing), children’s toys and books, medical supplies, emergency medical supplies, shelf-stable food, and medicine sent to disaster and relief locations worldwide. DOMESTIC GRANTS: Each year Islamic Relief USA provides cash to assist medical clinics, warming centers, shelters for the homeless and/or victims, educational institutions, food banks, and social service offices. DOMESTIC “DAY OF DIGNITY” PROGRAM: Islamic Relief USA provides beneficiaries in the U.S. with food (on-site meals), canned goods (select locations), clothing (t-shirts, hats, socks, undergarments), school supplies (backpacks, pencils, books), toys, blankets, sheets, towels, medical care (including oral cancer screenings, glaucoma screenings, and blood pressure readings), physical exams, dental care, first aid, wound checks, haircuts, job training (select locations), and other social services to all who attend, regardless of their backgrounds. DOMESTIC “ZAKAT” PROGRAM: Every year, IRUSA uses donated Zakat money to support the Domestic Zakat Partnership Program. Domestic Zakat is administered through local Zakat partners to provide limited financial assistance to those in need. This assistance is primarily focused upon providing basic living costs, such as food shelter, clothing, and other family needs. DOMESTIC “QURBANI” PROGRAM: Every year during Eid Al-Adha, Islamic Relief USA slaughters and distributes Qurbani meat throughout the United States. Islamic Relief USA distributes the Qurbani meat to mosques, Islamic centers, and service organizations across the country, who then distributes the meat to the neediest in their local communities. After the slaughter had been completed, the meat was packaged in five-pound packets and frozen. Local organizations were then asked to distribute ten pounds of meat per family.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great work being done for the kids there--program always expanding. Started as a feeding program, then orphanage and now vocational training center off the ground! Phenomenal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an Islamic Relief volunteer and I love how much passion goes into doing the positive and crucial work that's done nationally and internationally!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The first thing I noticed about this organization was how passionate the staff and volunteers were. It was evident that the people there wanted to be there and were helping whole-heartedly. Some of the best and kindest people I've ever met, hands down! I volunteered a few times for them and enjoyed every minute of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is dedicated to being involved in communities. They look to build relationships and make changes everywhere they go. They're also honest and open about their work and that's important with non-profit organizations. I love the work they do and appreciate all of their efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Islamic Relief for a few years now and I've always loved the way they have treated me and other volunteers. They are an exciting team/organization to be a part of, especially with the work they've done and the work to come. All their efforts towards helping others in need has been remarkable, and insha Allah many more successful years to come for this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am always volunteering for Islamic Relief and I am always impressed of how professional they are. IRUSA is most reliable, caring, honest organization I have delt with. IRUSA are dedicated to work so hard for the people in need non stop.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been a part of Islamic Relief for many years and know that what they do phenomenal and selfless. Keep it up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I usually show up to events ready to help out only to find most of the time they've asked us to come in early just in case and I've wasted the first few hours doing nothing. Islamic Relief USA was coordinated and valued my time as a volunteer. I met a lot of staff that actually loved their job and the mission they believe in. Watching the video at the event made even me, a volunteer, feel like I was a part of something amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can't think of a better organization to support! Islamic Relief really goes above and beyond in their humanitarian work and provides ample opportunities for ordinary individuals to get involved. They are always on the ground in times of crisis and you can trust them with your donations. Staff are truly passionate about what they do and this shows in their tireless dedication to helping those in need. God bless them for the sacrifices they make on our behalf!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWESOME organization to volunteer with and donate to! You can see the projects they do in the countries they work in and you can even meet the orphan you're sponsoring. Really shows you that your money is going where you want it to. God bless