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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

321 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is doing excellent work around the world. I do not hesitate at all to donate to them and highly encourage everyone to get involved with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are helping people in so many regions and in so many different ways. This is the charity of choice for me.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great charity. I feel very comfortable donating for it......the best part is they serve all humanity without any discrimination for race, religion or area. They have very appealing programms running and I intend to volunteer time for relief efforts in case of disasters close to my address.

Syed Shahzad

Fareen A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that reaches out to Muslims and Non-muslims combined. Islamic Relief offers support to anyone in dire need. I love that they break down areas of donation so if you want a specific area of interest/region you want to donate to, you can do so. I love to donate to areas that are most needed so I know my help made a difference somewhere. IRUSA also gives informative emails, mails and pamphlets sharing the most up to date news in the world.
As a donor, I will receive an email with full information also.

kennethgodoy

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated through Islamic Relief several times before and I feel comfort knowing that the money will reach those in need. Their website is superb and easy to use when making my donations. Last night's benefit dinner for the people of Somalia in Orange County, California showed me that they really are passionate about helping those that truly need it.

Review from CharityNavigator

Javed C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Islamic Relief for being the bridge to the help provide relief to the most needy amongst us. The dedication of your staff, professionalism and just pure energy is infectious. Transparency of your processes is priceless.

IR is the charity of my choice and I make a point to spread the word to my circle of friends to become givers as well.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am continuously impressed by all the amazing work Islamic relief does in all areas of the world, it is the one organization I feel most comfortable making donations through, there are never any surprises and their customer service is always amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRW has been a safe and convenient avenue for me to make donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a transparent humanitarian relief charity organization that does incredible work all around the world. As a donor, I feel very assured that the money I'm contributing is being utilized to the fullest for helping those who need it the most.

Sami N.

Donor

Rating: 5

trust worthy charity organization helping the poor and suffering. you can depend on them bringing your donation to the people that needed it the most.

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose to donate with Islamic Relief because of their well-respected reputation. I know that I can trust them with my charitable donation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like the organization. They're really professional and after meeting a few people who work there I'm really confident my money is going to the right people I am donating for. They exist everywhere around the world wherever there is need. Viva for helping the poor and needy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on and off volunteering for Islamic Relief for the past decade and have continually been impressed with what I have seen and who I have worked with. They consistently demonstrate a level of professionalism and plurality genuine of an aid organization with the accessibly and openness found in grass root organizations. I have been happy with the diverse projects and efforts to bring attention to many unfortunate situations that often go forgotten. Most impressive is their low overhead cost associated with their operations, maximizing the amount donated for relief.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a convenient means of making charitable gifts to those in need. They are extremely efficient and I feel assured that whatever cause I wish to contribute to, my donation will reach the intended recipients. In most, if not all, cases they already have staff on the ground and therefore one does not have to hope that third party groups carry out the task they’ve been entrusted with. Their ranking by outside organizations and their cooperation with other international relief groups testifies further to their integrity. Truly, Islamic Relief is a model of what action based good intention can achieve, a model that other organizations within the Islamic community can and should learn from.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA is simply amazing. They are extremely professional and trust worthy. I have been a donor for more than 3 years, and I am seeing them grow everyday to offer help in a new place or for a new crisis. They always have people on the ground whenever possible to offer assistance directly. I just feel comfortable knowing that Islamic Relief is taking care of my donations, and I am sure it is reaching the right people when they need it the most

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Islamic Relief ever since I was 13, and I can honestly say it has only become more and more rewarding for me throughout the years. IR exceeds the censorship of the media and shows citizens the reality of the tragedies around the world. More importantly, the humble nonprofit organization informs communities of how they can help these causes through their charity work. The hands-on help they deliver through food distribution and orphan sponsorship is remarkable. Islamic Relief gives us the opportunity to be generous in aiding the victims of disasters through donation and sponsorship. They are organized, professional, and outstanding in their work. While volunteering for IR, I worked directly under Nazia Hossain of Volunteer Management and had only the best experience. She is exceptional in her dedication to the causes Islamic Relief supports. It is a blessing to volunteer for this charity organization, and I truly appreciate it.

Khalid P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief go places where we couldnt imagine there is a need nor were aware of the issues in that region.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been an incredible journey working with Islamic Relief, whether it be through donor efforts or utilizing their resources to advocate for great causes.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's my first day voluntereing for IR USA and my first week in the united states. I am from Ethiopia and have moved to the United states only five days before, today has given me a sparkling glimpse of what proffesional life can be in the USA. I am helping in the front desk area, where every one passes by showing of a beautiful and confident smile, which shows their satisfaction in their jobs and respect to each other. One of the reasons that drew my interest to volunteer to IR was my interest in developing a carrer that will not only earn me a living but one that will build my ethical and moral values. So far, Islamic Releif has assured me the possibility and realisticness of my dream work enviroment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering for Islamic Relief two years ago. I remember how excited I was for the chance at volunteering for such a good cause. I have spent countless hours volunteering at the IR USA office and at their special events and I am proud to say that I am a better person because of it. Volunteering for IR USA has not only provided me with the necessary skills I need for working in the real world, but it has also opened my eyes to all the hardships and sufferings going on around the world and realizing that not everyone is as privileged as I am. Knowing that because of my effort, whether it was simply entering data into a computer or ushering people to their seats at a fundraising dinner, somewhere in the world, I helped to put a smile on a person's face. And to me that is what really matters. Islamic Relief operates not as a business, but as a caring family, reaching out to those in need, not holding back on help because of a person's religion, background or culture. In the eyes of IRUSA, a person in need is a person in need, no matter who they are. I am so blessed to have been able to volunteer with such a wonderful organization and better yet, to have become part of the IRUSA family.