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Islamic Relief USA

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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

334 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief has helped save over 134,000,000 million people around the globe, providing food, clean water, medical supplies, education, shelter and much more to over 70 countries since their inception. They’re ambitious, they take risks. They share their successes and their failures. They’re transparent.

Their website and their use of social media are great. They are simple and beautiful and lovable. And it’s funny seeing other charities adopt their color schemes and style.

One of the reasons I donate to them is they don’t claim they are a ‘100% model’ charity where they guarantee that 100% of my donation will go directly to the field. Because of that I support Islamic Relief.

It’s unnecessary and irresponsible, and it’s not sustainable to claim that.

Organization that do even in the simplest of terms a donation from me would almost certainly incur ‘credit card’ fees. But how can you operate like that. How about if the volunteer who does it for free has a life changing status or the donor who covers it can not.

Staff deserve wages and that’s why I give to Islamic Relief because of their values they have Rahma to their staff by paying them fair wages.

For the charities that claim 100% who pays the wages? Their rent? Their electricity bill? Supplies? Credit card fees. What if they can’t find enough ‘private donors, foundations and sponsors’ to pay these? Does my donation just sit in account, unable to be used because of their own restrictions?

And really, shouldn’t some of my donation be spent on auditing the finances behind my donation? Shouldn’t some be spent on measuring the impact of my donation? Shouldn’t some be spent on assessing how next year’s donation can be used better than this year’s?

As much as I respect The effort of 100% donation from these charities, I get the sense that perhaps they don’t respect me, the donor.

Most of all, the 100% Model is damaging to nearly every other charity because it gives the public unrealistic expectations. It implies that ‘100% to the field’ is desirable, truthful and even possible. It’s not.

This is why I give to Islamic Relief. They have great staff, a great vision and being faith based governed by their great values I trust they will not be wasteful with my donation and have a reasonable overhead like they do.

Thank you Islamic Relief for your professionalism.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Recently I have been searching for top charities to donate to for the Tsunami and Earthquakes that hit Indonesia and to my surprise one of my favorite charities is one of the preferred charities to give to because of their boots on the ground.
Its great to see them distributing much needed aid whiten days of the disaster. Keep up the great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing charity, I love the work you do and the transparency. Keep up the great work and thank you for the options and the easy usability on your site. I feel like you guys really do help around the globe

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Donor

Rating: 5

Recently I traveled on a team challenge with Islamic Relief and had the time of my life while raising money for needed projects to provide wells across countries in Africa.

Not only did I have an amazing time but knowing that we got to make a difference for people by providing clean water is rewarding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been blessed to volunteer and donate to Islamic Relief USA. I’ve seen their work first hand. They take great pride in fulfilling the donors intent and work tirelessly to maximize the impact of their programs for those whom they serve. The organizations values are inspiring. Additionally, the organizationally continuously, year after year is amazingly transparent. This organization is near to my heart and I hope more people can support it so it can continue doing the great work it does.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've continuously volunteered for Islamic Relief throughout the years, and it's always a great experience! I always look forward to Islamic Relief's fundraising events - it's a great way to meet new people in the community while doing good for local or international causes. Highly recommend volunteering and donating to IR in any way that you can.

Donor

Rating: 4

Time and again, I entrust my donations with Islamic Relief USA -- they serve millions of people each year, and many of their programs tackle basic but untreated needs to help people living in poverty get the resources they need to break a ridiculous, vicious cycle that keeps them bound. I like that it's basic stuff, like building proper bathrooms in Tunisian schools or providing community grants in cities in the US or responding to emergencies in Africa or Asia -- it proves that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to provide solutions for poverty -- it just takes some compassion and work. Where there is a need, IR seems to be right there ready to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am very very disappointed in the Islamic organization in Florida the person in charge in St. Petersburg
I was in need for money I am busness owner who was about to be in the street losing my business and house I requested loan I truly was plan to return the loan money and donate monthly to that organization but he was ignorant did not want to help I was going to give him the imam number if he does not believe me but he did not help what so ever I told him God is mercy he will not put me down and Blessing of God and his mercy helped me not through him I promised myself I will never donate to any organization what so ever cause I am a giver before that any organization comes collect money I used to give all what I can even if it is the last hundred in my pocket
I am still a giver Alhamdo lelah but I know who to give my donation to I give it to orphans direct not through organization

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Islamic Relief since high school and have always felt like a part of a giant family that's always working towards goodness! Whether it's a fundraiser at a "small" community or a big one, they never devalue any effort or any person who wants to help. There's always room in the IR family for anyone who wants to do good, in any way you want to do it- I've been a volunteer and attendee at fundraiser dinners, conference booths, and have always been interested in the meal packing for the homeless and fundraising runs! I look forward to being a lifelong volunteer with Islamic Relief, God willing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Produces incredibly thoughtful, life-changing programs to those most in need. An organization that is not afraid of a challenge and doesn't show any sign of slowing down.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that serves all backgrounds in a dignified manner. IRUSA is on the ground helping rebuild homes in Texas, feeding folks nationally and internationally through their feeding programs, aiding when emergencies strike worldwide, caring for orphans, providing sustainable initiatives for folks to care for themselves, and educating generations on WASH, job training and so much more. This is my favorite nonprofit as it cares for all and is there when needed.

IRUSA is definitely working towards a better world!

3 Amina M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Some of the most rewarding experiences I've had in my life were with volunteering for Islamic Relief. I've been able to package food that went straight from my hands to those in need. I've been a volunteer for 12 years and have made a lot of my best friends from this organization. I love that they not only give back to those in need overseas, but locally and even to their own volunteers. They never treated you like worker dogs, but valued your interests, your time, your efforts. The only place I've ever received shirts, food, special invitations as honored volunteers. Volunteering there you feel like every minute you spend counts and unlike a lot of other struggling charity groups everything has been organized and and given top value down to publications, events, merchandise, and facilities. IRUSA is an amazing organization and one of the best things I have in my life to look back on that I feel proud to have been a part of.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known and donated to this charity for about 20 years. One thing they have built is reputation and established themselves in the field of charity work, and for a long time were leading in terms of operational efficiency. Given their size, they are still doing pretty well with expenses unlike most of the highly advertised and known secular US charities (look them up on Charity Navigator).

Their established network of operation means you can be more assured they will get to places of need throughout the world. It is heart warming to see positive reviews by the volunteers because they help in reducing overhead of expenses by donating their time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Beautifully executed. Trusted. Many Causes. Always aware of all causes not just one! Which keeps you motivated to help since its becoming so easy! and IR USA Makes it even Easier.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

hello dear sir,
I am kawsar Ahmad from Bangladesh, I am teacher and committee member of quran school.in attachment you will found some pictures of my school.quran school name is Darul Qirat Majidiah fultaly trust Daud pur centre, our mosque already damaged and the roop is so weak,it will be Collapse anytime,the blockboard broken, and the quran school establish just for Ramadan month, we have more then three hundred students but we have enough space but we haven't class rooms, the students standing and reading under the sky, but this is the Season of rains, at the time we need a new building, we request from our students and committee for help us.I hope your charity will be help us.

Riham M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating online is very easy and they offer many support programs to choose from. Thank you for all that you are doing to help people in need around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

May Allah bless you guys for your efforts. Thanks for helping and reaching out to people that're in need. I'm glad I got a chance to help those people a little as well. I hope Allah accepts our deeds. Amen!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Islamic Relief during the months of October and November 2018 for their fundraising Event to Benefit the Children in Conflict Zones of Yemen, Syria, Palestine and Myanmar. I also volunteered for their 10k Meal Pack Out. Both experiences were the absolute best I have ever had with volunteering. As a Muslim it is my duty to help others in need and it was fun and well worth every minute I spent doing it and I would do it again if asked. I met some truly amazing people and made quite a few new friends along the way. Alhamdullilah.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I used to be a big donor to IR USA until I found out they were fudging (inflating) their numbers to promote themselves as a big organization. I found out from an article ran by a reputable business journal and I started my own investigation. I have even contacted IR USA on several occasions to get a feedback from them but my calls went unanswered. I then decided to stop supporting them and not trusting them. Its too bad, they have managed to mislead a lot of people, but as the saying goes, fool me once shame on you; fool me twice shame on me.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm on the mailing list for Islamic Relief USA and they always seem to be responding the quickest to disasters or emergencies around the world and they tell me what's happening if I can't check the news. As a humanitarian Muslim it's where I choose to donate, because it seems like they respond to needs almost everywhere. I also love the transparency of the organization and their overall values which I feel match my own. I'm definitely will be a long time supporter for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work with sincere and kind people! Working together for a better world is always your aim

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Donor

Rating: 5

It's awesome how they're working so hard to help the needy people around the world. May Allah (SWT) give u ajar for this!