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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

283 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.