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Islamic Relief USA
August 12, 2013

My first experience working with this organization was refreshing. However as each year passed by, I came in contact with a large variety of people and organizations who had been dealing with Islamic Relief much longer. I had been warned, but dismissed the warnings. Then gradually the employees of IR, at the time multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-race group, had been replaced by 90% Arab/Arab American.

Although they retained a handful of "American" employees, the majority are Arab and many are family members. My last few encounters with them were not pleasant. The "New" Board started replacing employees who were productive and brought "American" organizations in the loop. We had several programs being funded by IR on a yearly basis, which required occasional audits by IR retained CPA.

Problems came about when the young inexperienced, newly graduated CPA felt his "Opinion" was the "Rule" rather than a suggestion. During the audit, he made several "suggestions", in which our Director took notes. He also gave his opinion on what he "thought" "might be considered inappropriate" practice and advised us to discontinue. On which the Director thanked him for his observation. Over all he stated that the audit went well and he did not foresee any problems.

However one month later he sent the report to our organization indicating that he could not complete it until we complied with his "suggestions". Another words he insisted that ALL of his suggestions be corrected immediately. These were internal situations that had nothing to do with applying for grants with IR. This continued for over 5 months; five months of wasting our valuable time. In which we continually thanked him for his advise and "Suggestions", however we would not comply at the time he requested.


During this five month period, our organization applied for our usual 3 grants and heard nothing back from IR. They did not even update the online application process. We were told several times to re-apply, because they lost the information. So to the point, after being audited, in which we did not comply in a timely manner to the CPA's "suggestions". After applying and re-applying for our yearly grants; one year later we were informed that we would no longer receive grants from Islamic Relief because they felt we were "Cheating".

But they still wanted us to host their "National Event". My suggestion to all the American non-profit organizations that don't deal with International affairs; stay away from organizations that fund outside the USA.... it will bite you in the end. Our government makes them "comply" to very strict rules, which local organizations are NOT required to comply with. That grant money is not worth the headache IR will give you anlong with the slander they spread about your organization when you refuse to comply!!!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

EVEYTHING! You live in the USA, support the Americans! Don't make it harder! America, love it or leave it!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field

The Cultural Cup Food Bank
August 12, 2013

This organization and the people in it make the best effort to treat everyone, volunteers and clients, to feel welcomed, and respected. I've seen families we've helped, actually cry because they came in feeling down and left feeling happy and uplifted

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

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