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Zakat Foundaton of America

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission:

Zakat Foundation fosters charitable giving to alleviate the immediate needs of poor communities and to establish long-term developmentprojects that ensure individual and community growth.

Target demographics: ZF fosters charitable giving to alleviate the immediate needs of poor communities and to establish long-term development projects that ensure individual and community growth.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide Programs

Programs: Emergency Relief, Seasonal Programs including Ramadan and Udhiya/Qurbani, Aqeeqah, Perpetual Charity (Sadaqa Jariyah), Sustainable Development, and Orphan and Orphanage Sponsorship.

Community Stories

167 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

The strong stench smell of carcases carried by hot dry and dusty air chocked the already hungry and tired people of Northern Kenya. The scorching sun made them more dehydrated and hungry. The drought was exacerbated by the delay in onset of April-June rains. The drought was real and had affected more than 2.5 million people severely. Children and women were hard hit. Most of us could stay for days without having anything to eat. We could walk for long distances to get drinking water which was even unsafe. Government and humanitarian responses could not match the needs of the people. We were lucky to be visited by the Zakat Foundation of America in our manyatta (village comprising of shanty huts). They gave us food and clean drinking water in June when they were marking Ramadan. The food was given to everyone irrespective of our religion, tribe or political affiliations. A widow, who had walked for 13 days looking for food, lost 4 of her kids on the way. She and the remaining kids were saved by porridge and rice which was served by the Zakat Foundation of America. As a village elder, I still remember the hope and life restored to us by that foundation from far world. They gave our mothers and children a second chance to live. We owe it to them and God.

Happie

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This past winter I assisted Zakat Foundation employees and volunteers driving up and down the streets of Chicago looking for the homeless during a polar vortex. Temperatures reached -25F. They also went to several police departments and libraries and shelters looking for people to rescue or help. Those found were fed and housed in hotels. Many would have died if not for the interventions of zf. I will never forget one of them asking about the warm hotel room, shower and food “Is this a dream?”
I’ll never forget their joy..

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know the people at Zakat foundation are very dedicated and will help anyone in need I like that!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Zakat is tirelessly serving efforts to fulfill humanitarian aid across the globe. They are effective in focusing their efforts in areas that are in the most need based on ongoing crises. The charity is creative and purposeful in that it aims not only to relieve but to sustain through building schools, orphanages, water wells and other continues projects that reap fruits long after their establishment. Their orphan sponsorship program also spans across the world and allows for a true relationship to be established between donors and orphans which highlights the beauty of the donation and encourages continuous charity; to see the impact of your donation. Zakat is transparent and has minimizes overhead costs so all money collected has the highest impact. We cannot fail to mention the beautiful people that act as the pillars to hold up this organization. May God reward their efforts.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've volunteered, donated through, and worked with Zakat Foundation for many years now. I've seen how the organization operates through the perspective of several different roles and I have to say, the transparency, intentionality, and excellence with which they carry out their life-changing work is unmatched. All projects are carried out in ethical and sustainable ways, empowering local communities in the process of delivering aid and inspiring people of all generations to get involved in their own unique way. Zakat Foundation isn't just an organization, it's a CULTURE of GIVING.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I trust Zakat Foundation because it meets the standards of the Better Business Bureau and is transparent with its income and expenses. Its administrative costs for every donation is lower than the average national charity. I also know that my donations go towards causes that are close to my heart, not only at the global and national level, but also at the local level. ZF's North Carolina chapter is committed to the betterment of the local community and was there to serve the victims of Hurricane Florence and other natural disasters. I highly recommend ZF as a place to contribute your money and volunteer time.  

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation has numerous humanitarian projects and activities, serving both the local community and people around the world. As a volunteer, I have had an amazing and humbling experience there. It is an incredible organization and I wish and pray the best for them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group of volunteers and numerous diverse initiative of community support and service. A global view of humanity and service with a great local touch of care and help in the actual communities we live in. I love the way the youth is involved and leading various initiative which certainly is helping in creating not just great human being but also great future leaders ready to tackle the world problems with acquired skills and empathy. Iqbal family

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the opportunity to volunteer for over a year now and the experience has been just amazing. The dedication, the commitment and the caring, the team in Raleigh/Durham/ Cary provides is beyond words. My kids love and really enjoy all the activities!!!

Would I recommend to join : absolutely!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Zakat Foundation intern and it has been the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. Knowing that the events that we do in our city impact not only people that are in need locally but also globally is amazing. Zakat Foundation is a great place to volunteer because of the family atmosphere. Everyone is very welcoming and they have something for people of all ages to do. Zakat Foundation has made an immense impact on my life and has gotten me to be more involved in my community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Zakat Foundation for almost a year and it provides an opportunity for me to help out in the community in an easy way. I've enjoyed my time at Zakat Foundation and recommend it to any age to donate or volunteer.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am thankful to have found about Zakat foundation of America. Its one of those non profit organizations which give you confidence in your donation that its reaching the deserving. It gives everyone in the community an opportunity to join hands and volunteer for good cause. Be it disaster relief, clean water drive, supporting orphans, community enrichment etc, this organization has always stepped forward. It inculcates the feeling of empathy, support and care in our youngsters through various volunteer opportunities.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donator to ZFNC, a non-profit organization that is transparent about where their donations are sent to, I am glad to be able to focus our donations on issues around the world that I find important, such as funding for orphans, the construction of water wells worldwide, and emergency relief for those affected by natural disasters.

Donor

Rating: 5

Alhamdulillah ZF is true to it’s mission. It’s been a place where I can donate for a cause, but also get involved personally to make a difference. It’s an amazing organization that allows the whole family to participate in all kinds of programs, activities, and events. May Allah(swt) continue to put barakah & accept the effort from us all. Ameen

Volunteer

Rating: 5



My name is Sabina. It's been 3 years I am volunteering with ZFNC. I have learned so much through this organization and witnessed so many great programs. I didn't even realize how much they do for the local community, for the society and all over the world! And how beautifully they brings the community together,it's really amazing! I have experienced the unity that comes from this type of work. Alhamdulillah I'm grateful for the opportunity and experience. I'm proud and honored to have ZF in NC in the community. I've learned an incredible amount to help others. People donate their time, efforts, and intellect, and being a part of this cycle that yields so much benefit to others. I had no idea that working together with just volunteers could result in such great work. It's fun, enjoyable, engages the Muslim community from kids to elders, celebrates our identities, increases us in faith, keeps us motivated and educated too. I love being a part of it.

Safa A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation's volunteers feel like a family, and they're some of the most dedicated and passionate people I've ever met. People of all ages are working together to bring joy to other communities, whether it's delivering hot meals to hurricane-affected families or raising money to build wells oversees.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization that has many opportunities to volunteer together with your family! What better way to teach your kids about helping others than having them right by your side. They will never forget that experience!
Kadira H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organisation! Helping our community here in USA and all around the world! May it continue the great work!

Donor

Rating: 5

ZF has been laudable in it's ability to engage kids, teens and adults to actively help the local community and the global community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation NC is an extended family to the community at large. They are always readily available to provide service with a smile. For the past 4 years, they have partnered with our school, Al Huda Academy (Durham, NC) to provide free tutoring, basketball, arts and craft camps as well as book bag and food donations to the underprivileged. They are the epitome of the quote of “see a need, fill a need.” May they have continued success!

Donor

Rating: 5

ZF is an organization that truly impact poor people's lives and always responded to numerous disasters and provided relief worldwide and everywhere around the world.
Thank you and keep up the good work May

Towsif A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation has been an amazing place for people of all ages to volunteer. While many volunteer organizations exist, Zakat Foundation has been the only one I have seen where the entire family is able to come together and help out. With impacts both local and global, Zakat Foundation has shown time and time again that we are truly a global community.

Nayma K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the way this organization lets me serve and donate in numerous ways. It was awesome and heartwarming to have Zakat Foundation support our local community during Hurricane Florence not just once but for the long term recovery efforts. ZF was there long after NC was hit and the help was very much appreciated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The thing I love about Zakat Foundation is its transparency. I get to see where my dollars go and see the change in others' lives.
I see orphans' lives change not only in terms of food security, but in education. ZF goes out of its way to see that our donations are distributed in the most efficient way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of ZF for over 10 years. As a volunteer and donor I can only speak highly of their work quality and efforts. It is a pleasure to witness their monumental impact in the world around me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Another fantastic year for ZF and their selfless efforts assisting those in need! I appreciate their work from right here in the USA in Texas to Nepal in Southeast Asia.

I will remain a loyal contributor and volunteer for years to come.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ZF is an organization that truly embodies selfless service and genuine acts of kindness. It gets the job done in places & for people who need it the most. Being able to be a part of this is a blessing.

Sinthia S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A true changemaker in the community ! What I love about this organization is that they’re committed to lasting change and community development internally and externally, bettering the lives of all without discrimination of any kind !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation is a charity organization that helps with local and international causes. One of the many things I love about Zakat Foundation is that it involves the youth in helping others. The youth benefits from this by learning about what other people have to go through and how we should be very grateful. In all my time being a volunteer with Zakat Foundation, I have enjoyed every moment in volunteering and helping others. I have been with Zakat Foundation for a couple of years now and I can not wait for more opportunities to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son (high school senior) and I joined the Zakat Foundation as volunteers couple of months ago. I have been part of non-profit, charitable organizations before and I have to say I am very impressed by the dedication, the collaboration and the professionalism of the volunteers. I am excited to see the enthusiasm and dedication of people from all walks of life, from students (primary, middle & high school, college) to professionals and others in between. The global and local projects undertaken by the Zakat Foundation are a constant source of inspiration. These projects range from building water wells in developing countries to assisting individuals and local communities affected by natural disasters. The range of community service activities provided are far and wide with positive short-term as well as long-term impacts. Some examples include: providing warm meals, canned food, water and cleaning supplies to communities affected by hurricanes; cleaning up debris from an elderly lady’s yard and driveway post Florence; preparing and serving hot meals at RMH; offering Maths and SAT group tutoring classes; assisting refugees and those less fortunate in the broader community. I am proud to be part of this fantastic organization with an amazing group of volunteers. I would strongly encourage people to donate with their time and/or funds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Zakat Foundation for more than 8 years of my life. I wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am today without the various opportunities volunteering with ZF has given me. I've met many of my friends through this organization and always look forward to working on new projects.

- HK

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an outreach intern for Zakat Foundation of North Carolina. It’s been an incredible experience working and volunteering with Zakat Foundation. Zakat foundation had a huge impact on my life. Projects like the 99 orphans or the well project have given me many ways to give back to the community. When it comes to the community who stands behind Zakat foundation works together through a donation and helping the orphans-the impact is too large because we are throughly bringing and working a difference. Zakat Foundation has its own center in North Carolina where they have many programs such as the SAT prep class, Math enrichment, Defence class and much more. Zakat foundation looks for ways to help others in need and I am blessed to be part of this wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation of America is one of the most financially efficient charities I have donated to.
Apart from the pleasure of giving back to the community, I feel that it is critical for donors to understand the non profit organization's charitable commitment and fundraising efficiency. This is where Zakat Foundation stands out. It supports causes dear to my heart and helps promote generosity in our community.
- B. Fatima

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ZF is a great nonprofit organization making a huge positive impact on the communities locally and internationally in different walks of life. People here are very committed, hard working, warm and caring. They are constantly looking for ways to serve the community. Thanks ZF for mentoring and coaching the children for academic success.

Atika A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation has provided me with an opportunity to give back to my community and beyond . I have been a member since 2016 and it has been two very fulfilling years. Knowing the fact that I have made a difference in someone's life is very rewarding . Taking part in various outreach projects initiated by Zakat Foundation has enabled me to contribute beyond myself and in ways that fits my lifestyle.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation is such a great nonprofit organization! Their members are so very kind to work with and they’re always ready to help—-no matter the cause! I’ve seen them for a few years now immediately organize food/clothes/hygiene drives for those affected by the hurricanes. Even when places were blocked off they were still trying their hardest to get supplies to those who need it. Everyone in the organization is dedicated, hardworking, and compassionate! Truly amazing people and, honestly, just the best organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Zakat Foundation has had an immense impact on my life. Before I got involved with the organization, I used to take advantage all the privileges I have. With projects such as the 99 orphans initiative, or the well project, I have found ways to give back to the community and help in any way I can. I used to look at volunteering as a burden, now I look as it as a blessing because I get to help people who do not have the same privileges I do Zakat foundation has also established a sense of community around our area. Now with a community center, various different programs can take place. One that I am extremely thankful for is the SAT prep. If it weren’t for that, I may have not gotten a decent score. Zakat foundation is constantly looking for ways to help the community, and I am happy to be a small part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been interning with Zakat Foundation of North Carolina for a few months and it's been an amazing experience. I've worked for nonprofits before but none have had the focus and the drive, as well as the sense of community, that ZF does. I'm truly impressed by the dedication to global, local, and youth initiatives and by just how much every member of the team is willing to step up.