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Islamic Relief USA

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Nonprofit Overview

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

295 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen first-hand how the IRUSA community truly is Working Together for a Better World -- from disaster relief during the South Carolina floods and Hurricane Sandy, to emergency aid and translation services for refugees, escaping violence and fleeing to Europe; to the long-term development projects in places like Niger that provide people with the tools they need to break the chains of poverty. It's amazing to see what a community can accomplish when it comes together, and IRUSA has been a facilitator for all of this to happen! I have served as staff, as a volunteer and as a donor, and I've been in the field to meet with beneficiaries and field staff, and have gotten to see it from all sides -- and all of it has reinforced my belief in what awesome things can be achieved when we work together for one another.

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.