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

Mission: Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.

Target demographics: IRUSA serves vulnerable populations , regardless of race, color, religion, or creed.

Geographic areas served: about 40 countries around the world, including the United States.

Programs: IRUSA donors and volunteers support a wide variety of humanitarian work, from emergency relief, which can include food aid, water and sanitation, hygiene kits, temporary shelters, disaster assessments, rebuilding damaged homes, and more; to building sustainable programming, designed to help vulnerable people break their chains of poverty and move toward success. Some of these include vocational training, microfinance opportunities, education, livelihood programs, healthcare, orphan sponsorship or support, and much more.

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382 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering is an opportunity to grow as an individual and as a community. Recently my family and I volunteered at Islamic Relief for meal packing. My son has autism with a speech delay which affects his ability to follow multiple directions & socialize. However, the staff and other volunteers went out of their way to guide and assist him as needed. The mentorship he received was so motivational that he later told me, “mom, I’ve had a wonderful day, when can we go again?”IR, has always extended their arms out to help others in need. However, this was very different because, they extended kindness, understanding, inclusion and space for a person to be of service with dignity and respect.We always look forward to volunteer at this wonderful organization, where humanity is at its forefront.

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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.

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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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

5

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!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter and have been a volunteer with IRUSA for almost a year. I have participated in relief and aid efforts that are local (2,000 food box pack-out for local families), national (rebuilding homes for flood victims in North Carolina) , and international (packed 10,000 meals for Uganda and a 120 mile charity bike ride in Turkey to raise funds for water wells in Africa). Every experience I have had with them has been first rate. The staff, events, and efforts are extremely organized, focused, professional, polite and courteous. Their operations are world class and they work with other world class organizations, both faith based and non faith based, to make things happen. There are no political affiliations, it’s just pure charity. They are there wherever there is crisis, wherever long term recovery is needed, and wherever there is need. Donation money is not squandered and is used effectively and my understanding is that more than 90% of donations goes towards projects with the remaining less than 10% towards administrative costs. That’s pretty good! I have met many amazing people, both staff and volunteers, through working with them. I actually wish I could participate more because of how positive the experiences are. Regardless of your faith, Islamic Relief is great charitable organization on all fronts and I highly recommend them to everyone looking for a charity to donate their time and/or to.

3 Rizwan D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We joined IR USA for the cycling challenge in Turkey to raise funds for a borehole in Somalia. It was a really well organised tour. A detailed itinerary was provided before the tour and everything went really smoothly. There were police escorts, an ambulance and a support vehicle with the group at all times. We visited some historic sites in Turkey that otherwise I may never have visited. Finally we arrived in Istanbul and were also taken on a tour around the city. I found the volunteers and organisers from the different countries motivational and we all helped each other through the challenge. Even though we were all from different backgrounds and different pars of the world we were all there for the same reason hence had a common purpose. [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] fae Glasgow

6 Saqib S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in a fundraising event with IR USA in Turkey, biking 155 km and raising funds for water projects for Chad and Mali. This was an incredible trip and event! IR USA clearly is a world class non-profit, organising engaging and rewarding fundraising events. I will definitely be planning an annual fundraising trip with them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Islamic Relief website is easy to use. I can see exactly where my donations are going to!! I love the blogs and social media posts! they are always active in different communities

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Becoming a volunteer for IRUSA was the best decision I have ever made. It is a truly fun experience. The staff makes sure the events are organized which allow for the events to run smoothly and the guests always enjoy their time.
Special thanks to the IRUSA North East team and shout out to Sanat the most amazing Events coordinator!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA is a top tier non profit. All of their employees are incredibly motivated and dedicated to helping make the world a better place, and their events are so much fun both for attendees and volunteers alike! The level of professionalism and care with which they handle their events, be it a large gala or a small volunteer event is unparalleled. They are an honor to work with and their work is and will continue to benefit millions in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Trustworthy. Very organized . Highly recommended .

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Donor

Rating: 5

Trustworthy. Unbiased A+++++ service Always donate to help people in need

5 Nor R A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Alhamdulillah, I am glad I find this website, will always donate whenever I can. May Allah bless us all for helping each other in times of need

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing Orphanage For The Sake Of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Allah! May Peace Be With You Thank You And May God The Almighty Bless Protect And Guide Us All Forever To Gardens Of Paradise!!!!!!! ✌️❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic relief is the best way to help struggling muslims all over the map from Palestine to Syria, from Dubai to Europe. Globally this organization would provide the during times of need when the politics and governments oppress the populations of human life's. The world is in desperate need of brave people who go out on the limb who risk themselves to assist the needy. IRUSA is a family of people who's support extends their open arms of love to the children while never pressuring people to donate as other organizations do constantly.
People in need depend on such love and support. Keeping people in faith to remind them that no matter hard life gets good people are still out there.

Take care and All Praise is due to Allah.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am glad that there are people like us out there who have offered support to Syrians, Palestinians, Yemens, Afghans, Iranians, Turkish, people of the Ummah basically who show the world leaders who are the cause behind this evil actions. I will continue include in my dua that this harm to humanity must stop for the Love of Allah. (s.w.t.)

I hope to give more and that is why I strive hard in life to find success in order to contribute donations. I have always struggled to find work, love, friends, and getting up for fajr.... Well my problems are nothing incomparably to them innocent people.

I lost my brother 5 months ago and I know the pain it brings... He was healthy young and full of goodness yet his life was taken away by the same enemies, corrupt people and evil doers...

May we find peace in this life and the next. And protection from Allah (s.w.t) against the punishment of hellfire the home of the evil ones resting place...

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Donor

Rating: 5

IRUSA (Islamic Relief USA) is among the top leading non-profit organizations that I have known and have witnessed their work in different countries. Though the name might sound like helping only Muslims, but I have seen their projects helping whole community regardless of what their religious believes are. Seeing them working and supported by USAID, UKAID, European Commission and other large donor agencies, also a proof of their credibility which is helpful in knowing that this organization is all good to work with regardless of who you are.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a regular donor of Islamic Relief USA and I have worked with this world's renowned charity in South Asia, Africa and USA. I have first-hand experience of how the services are delivered to the people who are in need in some of the world's difficult to reach areas that are affected by disasters, wars and conflicts. Hats off for IRUSA! Keep up the good work. At Islamic Relief, staff not only fulfill their responsibilities but in such a responsible way that most of times they go out of the way. Some times they put their own lives at risk but that is to save many other lives. They work in a professional manner so all the due diligence is done before deploying staff on the ground particularly in war and conflict zones.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IRUSA is such a blessing and all the hard work that they do makes me want to donate even more. As a young a child and until now I have always dreamt of making such a difference in the world and I look forward to the day when I finish my university and I am able to make a direct impact in the children and family lives. A million thanks to this organization and good tidings to all of those who donate and help this wonderful organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m poor and I need house for my family because i got accepted in job it’s far away but I found house is 15000 dollars and I had bad credit I can’t get a loan because I made seurugry and I had no health insurance so I couldn’t pay the hospital until I got some assistant to pay it off but it was too late I got bad credit from late bills I know loans is very bad but I can’t even get it I need any ones help so pay me the house money and I’ll sign contract I’ll pay some money every month and I also will pay all my all income tax it’s gonna be higher because I have 3 kids please help as soon as possible

1 Jason H.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Muslim convert looking to ensure that I can lend some support to my fellow human beings. The website has a zakaht (charity) calculator which facilitates the process and Islamic Relief has a great variety of programmes and initiatives you can choose from. Our family decided to sponsor an orphan and then I began chatting with a really helpful person from the Islamic Relief who informed me of the places with the most need. This was extremely helpful and the process was easy. Our family looks forward to helping this young person the best we can throughout the year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I went to the website, found what I was looking for and I pretty much got done with it. It is always a good thing to give something when you have the chance to. May Allah bless every single person who dedicated their time, wealth, integrity and modesty towards those who are in the dire need of help. May Allah reward them and bless them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Bissmillahullrahmaarahim. I am a muslim brother that has seen his collection of struggle and disarray. Islamic Relief Fund visit my masjid during Ramadan—a year ago, I was not financially stable. I promised myself then, that when I am on my feet that I will not stop the charitable donation for the Umma Inshallah. Thanks be to the help of my entire community. IRU is a continuing benefactor as well as the Sunna that is bestowing me by giving for the afterlife. Ameen Inshallah.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

[Info removed for confidentiality purposes] aleikum I am your Muslim sister al baghdadi natalya. I from Ukraine city Lugansk because of the war we lost our apartment. because of the war began the economic collapse. there is not jobs in our city but the work is there in city Kiev there are small salaries. we do not have a way out and hope in life. I know as a Muslim sister how prophet [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] said ((that we are one people even if we are of different nations and different colors if one of us feels pain and needs help, then the Muslim people have to support him in a difficult minute)) . Allah said in the Koran is a Muslim who holds a prayer and gives help (Sadaka) who does not do so and he has money Allah will not accept his prayer. we have so many Muslims in the world if every Muslim will sacrifice only one dolor , in the world will not be poor Muslims. please help your Muslim sister to buy a house in Kiev where there is jobs. my heart full of hope that you will not reject help for me. if you do not have the opportunity to help tell the other brothers that they help me if the brothers do not help then let them sit at home unnecessary to go to the mosque. Allah is not an accept prayer from stingy people. For Allah they are not Muslims. I believe that there are real Muslims. we need (70 000) $ - send me money please in this Address: Beneficiary: [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] Account: 5168-7573-1923-5414 Bank of beneficiary: PRIVATBANK DNEPROPETROVSK, UKRAINE SWIFT CODE: PBANUA2X Intermediary: JP MORGAN CHASE BANK 7TH FLOOR BROOKLYN NY 11245 USA SWIFT CODE: CHASUS33 Correspondent Account: 0011000080 My Tel: +380662042955 If you doubt that the money we need is for a house, then you in yourself buy a house for us please,so that you know exactly what the purpose of this money

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Donor

Rating: 5

[Info removed for confidentiality purposes] .we make a [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] And old home.Our work in proses but Money is over.anbody if want we visit the place in Madresa anybody help me for Good seek.03034766755

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Flint + Hurricane Harvey + Hurrican Irma + Refugees in Greece + Syria + Palestine + All of Africa + + + = A+ Charity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته انا عراقي من الموصل وانا وحدي في تركيا مقيم واهلي في الموصل واتمنى منكم ان تساعدوني او ان اكون احد الفريق وانا طالب في
الثانويه وانا اريد اكمل دراستي وانا عمري 19 سنه وضاع مستقبلي واتمنى من احدكم ان يأويني الى اي
دولة كانت ولان انسى له معروفه الى نفس في حياتي وانا اول شبابي ضاع شبابي وضاع مستقبلي والحمدلله على كل حال وشكراااا

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a dedicated donor and volunteer with Islamic Relief since 1999.

I trust them and their professionalism and am thankful that a trustworthy organization like theirs exists so that I, as an unconnected individual, can reach out and help those in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for not forgetting about Yemen. Yemen is facing the world's worst cholera outbreak more than 2,000 people have died from the highly contagious bacterial infection, which can kill within hours if left untreated. There are more than half a million suspected cases of cholera in the country and on average 5,000 new cases are recorded a day.

Which add to the conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people, wounded tens of thousands and displaced millions.

No one knows about this but you guys are still helping. I saw you guys are putting a big effort for the cholera outbreak. Thank you our people need it.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following the tragedy of rohingya people who are fleeing their homes for safety. So many people are being killed and I saw how our donations helped build a refugee camp back in 2012 while this issue was not in the spot light.

5 years later you guys are still helping while other organizations just woke up to the issue. I love how you guys help even without the camera and media being there. It shows that you guys are an org truly trying to help people and not chase cameras. May you be rewarded for the great work you are doing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping all those refugees coming into Europe. I love the work you do around the world, while helping the refugees an Earthquake hit Afghanistan and you managed to respond to that while also helping in Africa. I feel Islamic Relief is everywhere all the time. May Allah reward you all for the hard work, may Allah also reward your families as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an incredible, outstanding organization that truly seeks to better the world for the right reasons. In a time when so much suffering is going on around the world (including our brothers and sisters in Burma, Syria, Yemen, and across the world), IRUSA is doing very very important work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This Islamic relief charity is amazing! They are in places that are hard to reach to give aid to. I'm really glad they exist so I can help my brothers and sisters in Myanmar.. may god be with you and help your staff deliver aid for these oppressed people! Amen

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just donated to this great charity and I feel that I can certainly trust them that the donations will all go to where they were assigned to go just as I chose; they were transparent and clear about where the money will go. I hope they always keep that transparency and only go up from there about transparency.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I used to give zakat to IRUSA but discontinued several years ago because of their very high admin. expenses and much lower expenditure on relief programs compared to some other Islamic charities. Their CEO and other employees are too highly paid (including benefits) for an Islamic charity organization. Just look at their IRS forms 990 available on Charity Navigator. They should fear Allah swt and cease making this a money-making organization for their employees.

Do not forget to check out their IRS forms 990 for the past several years.

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Donor

Rating: 2

I didn't know that the zakat amount includes 12.5% admin fee and other types of donation has 10.68% admin fee.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We as Believers have an Obligation to give, and with our Holy Month Of Ramadan, our giving should be so easy. When we take time to reflect on our daily Blessings, Allah has given us 86,400 seconds, per day, Our Hearts started beating , while we were still in our Mother's Womb, and If we never go into Cardiac Arrest, and we are blessed to live for 90 years, that means our hearts have been beating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, plus Womb Time, for 90 years . How could we ever feel, we don't owe Allah, and feel the need to RUSH AND GIVE, TODAY. [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]. [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]

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Donor

Rating: 5

Inspiring to see people helping one another. In times of dire need we need organizations like IRUSA to step forward and help the umma. May ALLAH accept the donations of people and bless those who are in any way helping to bring about any difference in this world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Blessed to find an organization that is making a difference in the lives of those who are in such dire need. I have volunteered with IRUSA in the past as well. Anything we can do to make the lives of others better is something we must do for "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop.
So please, give in whatever capacity you can!

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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.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization doing charitable work around the world by a group of totally dedicated workers.

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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!

9 Lubna K.

Donor

Rating: 5

I research the causes I donate to in order to make sure my money goes where I intend it, and trust Islamic Relief for this. Will continue to support them.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at numerous events with Islamic Relief and I truly love the work they do. I also trust Islamic Relief with my donations and know many people who feel the same.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I trust IRUSA with my donations..hands down! I trust that my money will be going to the exact fund I donate to. I also like how there is such a wide variety of funds I am always able to support. I have never had an issue donating and the website makes it easier too.. overall great organization!

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor an orphan in Africa through Islamic Relief. They provided me an opportunity to really make a difference in a child's life and I am forever grateful.

I also volunteered for them many times on many different projects. They are extremely reliable and they really do this work for the sake of humanity. May God reward them for their efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been using Islamic Relief USA for all my donations for the last five years. They are professional, dedicated and very organized.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at IRUSA professional stays connected to their donors with updates

2

Donor

Rating: 5

The most trusted charity with reach Throughout the world. I'm confident that my donations to Islamic Relief will reach those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRUSA is my go to place whenever I need to support the victims of the latest disaster. Love the integrity and consistency of their work. Amazing people, consistent and quality work, and I could not trust anyone better. God bless them for doing this noble work on all our behalf. Thank you IRUSA staff & volunteers.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated with IRUSA over the past 7 years as well as other similar not for profits and charitable organizations but my experience with IRUSA far surpasses that of others. I have always been given updates as to the orphan I've sponsored and know exactly where and to what my money is being used for. They are also great at continuing communication with me as far as new projects or needs and events taking place in my area without being over bearing or too pushy. I have attended some events such as the walk for water in May 2012 and the event was very well organized and appeared to be quite successful and enjoyable all while supporting a great cause. IRUSA is an excellent non profit, they are accessible yet professional and very responsive to the needs of the Muslim world abroad as well as in need communities here in the US.

Donor

Rating: 5

They provide service where it's needed the most. Love how hard they work

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't think of a better organization to support! Islamic Relief is there on the ground, in action, in times of need for a variety of humanitarian crises. They are continuously there with first responders. We always attend and support Islamic Relief events and fundraisers. We hope to volunteer more of our time with IR in the near future! Islamic Relief has proven time and time again that they are here to stay as they serve the needs of the less fortunate all around the world, as without their support they would be in worse situations.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization and thing about the org is they are always looking to cut back on expenses so that majority of donations go to the cause.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the work done by this organization! both on the local, national and global scale. I work for a non for profit agency dealing with domestic violence by providing prevention, intervention and social services for the entire family affected by domestic violence. With the financial support from IRUSA we were able to assist families by providing emergency food vouchers, rental assistance, utilities assistance and free counseling services!! Thank you IRUSA for giving back to the community, special thanks to brother [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] and Brother [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] for recognizing and supporting local agencies.

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a phenomenal non-profit organization. It does the work we should all be doing- helping humanity and taking care of the needy. It transforms ordinary volunteers into emergency responders through its excellent trainings. Even its senior leadership is always out on the ground helping the people, risking their lives, and making a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRUSA does great work to help those in need both nationally and internationally!

Donor

Rating: 5

There are many charities to choose from when wanting to help people in need. For me the best experience has been with Islamic Relief. These amazing men and women work tirelessly to help those in need not only in this country but overseas as well. They aren't afraid to go into conflict zones to deliver support and rush to the next one without hesitation. Truly an amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always has great events and opportunities to give back to the community. Events and charity opportunities are always great for the entire family