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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

352 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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. RAMADAN MUBARAK. Hajjah Miniimah Bilal-Elahi

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 Yousef Abdallah and Brother Waleed Gabr 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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to educate and bring the community together! One of the best organizations in the community as well as world wide as this organization aids people both in its vicinity and around the world

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Essma and I have worked closely with Islamic Relief over the last few years. I have maintained a close relationship with Waleed and Yusuf Abdallah and ICPC is always happy to have them.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best most trust worthy organizations I've seen around. No matter what the crisis is whether it may be Syrian refugees in Europe or homeless Americans Islamic relief is there for everybody and that's what I love about them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization, very helpful in time of need. Love to donate to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing experience !! Great employees and volunteers to deal with.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great job and service to community. I wish the organization all the best.

Donor

Rating: 5

We had a great experience with Islamic relief. We feel honored to help not only Muslims but all humans around the world. Amazing humanitarian organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

Trustworthy charity that is geared toward positive humane goals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief continues to impress me with the services they provide and their effect on humanity. They are always FIRST in responding to the needs of the world and I'm comforted knowing my money is being used effectively.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I think of donating to any cause, the only organization that comes to mind is Islamic Relief USA. They have great projects here at home and globally.

Linda391

Donor

Rating: 5

High quality and timely relief work. Professional correspondences and follow up. One of the best non profits I have ever volunteered and donated to.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating and volunteering with Islamic Relief for ten years. Two years ago I was given the opportunity to really learn about the great work Islamic Relief does in countries across the world. How they respond to emergencies, how they support development work that benefits, orphans, women and the disadvantaged. It's an honor to be associated with such an effort. The organization also very transparent and showcases where it's money goes very clearly on their website. One great project that I was glad to support recently was the effort to assist refugees who were fleeing from conflict zones like Syria to Europe. Islamic Relief USA was the only Islamic charity or relief organization helping the refugees and that made me proud to support this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing people doing great things. Thank you for all that you do!!

Donor

Rating: 5

It's not the mission or the cause that makes an organization great. it's the people. And working with Islamic Relief USA you get the sense that the directors, volunteers and everyone else in the organization have an intimate understanding of the issues at hand, why it's important to pay attention to these issues, and what they need to do to help improve lives. They get humanity. And that's why they get my donations.

Kathem M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organazition they're always the first on the ground when a catastrophe happens and I always feel safe donating my money to them

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization takes care of the needy all over the world

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Islamic Relief is such an amazing and inspiring organization. When I became involved with them, I met such amazing and honest people MA. May Allah bless and reward them iA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a great organization that does simply amazing things! I was most moved when I participated in the emergency response team during Sandy to help those in Staten Island. The impact on those affected was tremendous! Proud to be a supporter of this wonderful organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

The only organization when I hear of highly trusted and professional charity the first thing I think of is Islamic Relief (IR). All the employees in IR that I know of are highly qualified individuals who has a passion to make a difference. I highly recommend supporting this charity organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Islamic Relief was an eye opening experience. With their aid, my community was able to reach out to those less fortunate around us. This organisation has strengthened the bonds of the communities it works with and inspires the youth to be proactive.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief does great work for community, providing aid and services to the needy. They are quick to respond to disasters. I fully trust Islamic Relief to utilize my donations for the right causes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such an amazing charity to work with on all levels. Never saw volunteering as so much fun until i started volunteering with Islamic Relief. A pleasure to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great experience all around! Islamic Relief does beneficial work for the community and has always gone out of their way to making volunteer opportunities possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to donate to andto volunteer with.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are orgaized, have a low overhead, amazing volunteers, and this organization does a great job informing Donors and potential Donors about their projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Islamic Relief since 2001. The work that they do here in America and Internationally has been spectacular. I am blessed to be a part of this organization for their great work, and partnerships. Working together for a better world.

1 Waleed G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mỹ family and community have been blessed to have such a profound organization advocating on behalf of the less unfortunate ppl across the globe.
Thanks for all your efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great work.True to their slogan where there is pain and grief there's Islamic Relief.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi Islamic Relief, my children really loved the food packing for Ramadan. It made them feel like they were making a difference. Please post any opportunities you have this winter, they would love to help over winter break. Keep up the great work

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to many charities in the past but I have not seen people who work as hard as the people do in Islamic Relief USA. Even at 18% overhead they still do great work in doubling their donations. When the crisis hit in Palestine they are the only organization I trust that is getting the work and necessities to the people.

They are very transparent and when I contact them they are very responsive.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I see people complain a lot about fraud, but they fail to see it's accusations. It takes 1 second to google the truth! And the salary of the ceo is less than most other charity ceo's!!!! One has given a Japanese CEO for example, yet doesn't know Japanese people pay in big bonusses... 90k salary + 300-500k bonusses ;)

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Donor

Rating: 1

I was a regular donor to IRUSA...not anymore.
After reading some of the comments on this website and Googled reviews and info about IRUSA, I have concluded they are not the organization for me.
Clearly, form their responses to negative reviews they have not been forthcoming to donor's concerns and questions and in my opinion they are hiding their shortcomings.