I've volunteered and donated to their various programs. I am familiar with a number of their employees and they are great people, both personally and professionally. IR USA has a number of programs to address the various needs of people around the world. Knowing that their overhead is so low it's a good charity to donate to.
To the guy with the bad review - please read up on the great work they've done and please stop criticizing an entire organization based on a few honest mistakes.
Best Muslim charity by far. I just ready some stupid review of Financial fraud. How stupid can people be mistaking transparency with fraud. Tired of Muslims only criticizing good Muslims do. May Allah guide them
Obviously most of the reviews here are written by Islamic Relief themselves to boost their rating or status. I on the other hand am not a member anymore and regretted giving them so much in donation over a ten year period until I discovered their financial deception. I have made several requests to talk to someone at Islamic Relief to explain their deception but no one has ever returned my calls. Every time I call their office I get the same answer that no one was in the office and they are travelling.
I am not making up a story here. Please check out their tax forms, it is all in black and white and do your math. They are only giving out about 60% of donated money to the poor and the rest is admin fees, salaries, travel expenses and reserve as assets. I am outraged to learn that the money I was giving out to the poor ended up fattening IRUSA wallets and paid over $250K in CEO salaries and benefits. It is charity for God sake not a business.
IRUSA need to come clean and explain their position, otherwise they will be losing many donors.
Islamic Relief USA 08/05/2014
Thank you for your concern. We are happy to answer your questions. Islamic Relief USA has always maintained low overhead costs. Charity watchdogs recommend that nonprofits spend at least 60% to 65% of their revenues on programs. In 2013, fully 83% of donations given to Islamic Relief USA went to emergency relief and development programs, directly helping people in need. Prior to 2011, IRUSA utilized a standard method of valuing pharmaceuticals that was in line with current industry standards at the time, which was according to U.S. wholesale market prices. The industry trend began changing in 2011 with a push for more conservative methods of valuation. In 2011, IRUSA voluntarily decided to adjust our valuation method, and adopted the industry's most conservative standard of valuation --- in accordance with their market value in their destination countries. We understood when making this change that it would appear to be a drop in our organization's revenues, making our overhead costs appear higher in proportion. Our overhead expenses have not increased, and our donations have remained steady. Most importantly, we are sending more aid to beneficiaries in need around the world than ever before. In addition, the CEO salary for the year you referenced -- while on par with median CEO compensation for large nonprofits -- has not been standard at Islamic Relief USA. Our current CEO's salary for 2014 is much lower, and it's less than half of average for CEOs at nonprofits of comparable size. We remain committed to the beneficiaries we serve and grateful to our generous donors, and welcome the opportunity to answer questions at any time on our approach. Ultimately, we believe the measure of our impact is felt most by our beneficiaries, and take the utmost care to ensure each person is positively impacted and treated with dignity. We encourage donors to visit our website to learn more about the impact IRUSA has had in the places we serve. We apologize that you were unable to reach the staff members you attempted to contact. Please feel free to contact us with any questions and concerns, and we would be happy to speak with you. Our call center staff are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time to assist donors and answer questions. In addition, our 2013 IRS form 990 will soon be available on our website, and we think you will be pleased with it. Thank you for your interest in Islamic Relief USA.
I love the work you do and how you help countries around the world. I love you mission on helping anyone regardless of Religion or Color or ethnicity. You make me proud to be Muslim and I am honored to be associated with you guys. you are doing great work and great relations with the government.
I just had an event for the birth of my child. They have an amazing peer to peer on their site. I managed to tell people not to bring gifts but instead help the people of Gaza. Their staff where very helpful in getting it set up for me and I tracked all the donations for my event surprisingly I actually doubled what I thought I would receive. Keep up the great work IRUSA
I LOVE ISLAMIC RELIEF. I have been a volunteer for well over 5 years now, i have traveled for Islamic relief, been trained with IR , as well as worked with the CEO first hand and have to say he is the most humble, and down to earth humanitarian I have met in my life. After meeting him, I was confident that the money is going to the right place. I am always skeptical about sending money for causes, and the ONLY organization i trust, and request everyone to trust and donate to is Islamic relief. They are in so many parts of the world providing aid, and everyone knows who they are for their amazing efforts in emergency aid, medical aid/ supplies, shelter operations, psychological, and first aid, as well as funding, and sending supplies to those in need.
I've been a member of this org as a donor for sometime now and I've witnessed first hand the difference they make on the ground. They've been quite instrumental in delivering timely support and assistance to those in need and I thank them immensely. HB, Australia
They are so great! They help so many people and are really professional and kind. They are so kind and have such giving hearts! Your donation will really go a long way and help those in need because this organization uses it wisely and your donation will be greatly appreciated!
Islamic Relief offers many beneficial services around the globe to help alleviate humanity's suffering. i feel comfortable donating through their secure website. I encourage anyone looking to donate funds to consider Islamic Relief.
thank you for being there when people need you. You have changed the world and have been bringing happiness to people's life
Knowing to whom and for what to donate for charity is always a struggle, but through a consistent service, quality performance, and, most importantly, a great deal of trust, Islamic Relief has always shown me that they are the most reliable and reputable charity to which I can entrust my funds, whether it's for Zakah, humanitarian relef, or any other charitable project.
I have worked many times with and seen many of the individuals that work with and for Islamic Relief, and they have all been outstanding people of great integrity. Every experience I've had with Islamic Relief since I've known about them has been a positive one, and I rarely choose to donate elsewhere.
I have volunteered for this organization and they have conducted excellent charity work on the ground. They have gone above and beyond expectations, I truly believe that this organization provides the utmost good and care for all whom they support.
I have been contributing to Islamic Relief USA for the past several years. This organization makes it very easy for us to fulfill the responsibility of paying zakah and I feel very confident that the donations are used for the maximum benefit for those in need. I recently had several questions and the staff were extremely responsive and helpful through email communications. I highly recommend this organization as the means through which the less fortunate can receive needed help.
I love IRUSA because they carry me along with the situation on ground in the areas I have contributed to. I know what happens to the people there and how in my little way I have contributed to it. As a result, it makes me want to contribute more!
They also make me aware of places around the world that needs help, I probably wouldn't be aware of them if not for iRUSA.
And finally, by making donations through IRUSA I am about to fulfill my Deen with Allah and learn more about Islam.
May Aallah continue to bless the people running the organization, May Allah bless those who contribute with their money and those who assist with their body and finally those people in desperate need of our assistance. Amin.
IRUSA.ORG HAS BEEN A MODEL ORGANIZATION FOR ESTABLISHING QUICK LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FOR PEOPLE IN NEED. WHETHER IT BE CHILDREN, REFUGEES, NATURAL OCCURRENCE RELIEF IRUSA IS ALWAYS THERE ON THE SCENE VERY FAST WITH NECESSITIES FOR THE NEEDY.
THEY ARE HONORABLE ORGANIZATION AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM TO EVERYONE.
They are absolutely fantastic. I sponsored an orphan and got immediate news on the very person I had sponsored. Now, I'm just a donor who attends their events, and all of them are well done. I'm really proud to be someone supporting the many wonderful projects they have.
"They ask thee (Muhammad) what they should spend (in charity). Say: Whatever you spend that is good is for parents and kindred and orphans and those in want and for wayfarers. And whatever you do that is good Allah knows it well." Q2:215.
Our beloved prophet (PBUH) said: "Every Muslim has to give in charity." The people asked, "O Allah's Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?" He said, "He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns)." The people further asked, "If he cannot find even that?" He replied, "He should help the needy who appeal for help." Then the people asked, "If he cannot do that?" He replied, "Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds." (Bukhari 2.524)
I am glad that I was able to find a website to donate money to orphans in different countries. Thank you for providing the wonderful service to make it easy for the people who are willing to help the most needy in this world.
I like IRUSA because they are not pushy and demanding. They don't send me a lot of emails or postal mail. They do, however, send me beautiful return address labels periodically, which I appreciate greatly! These people do wonderful work and know just where money is needed. I always donate on the website because it is fast, easy, and convenient. I will continue to give to them as much as I can.
Helpful customer service. Convenient donation methods. Reach places that other relief agencies do not reach.
I donate to IRUSA because I see the direct impact that my donations have on the needy. I am really grateful for the You Tube videos that the IRUSA posts about the humanitarian aid it provides to various countries--it really shows that my money is being put to good use!
For the past couple of years I almost exclusively donate to IRUSA, I trust that my donation will be delivered to the needy, they work across the globe so I can pick and chose the causes that are closest to my heart. I have also volunteered with them during Sandy in NYC. The volunteering chapter of IR is not the most organized but the synergy of all people involved make up for this shortcoming. I highly recommend Islam Relief USA.
Very professional and trustworthy. Whenever I contact customer service, they always respond promptly.
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuhu...by the grace and blessings of Allaah Azza Wa Jaal i personally want to extend my deepest appreciation after Allaah and to those who are working with this organization. Since i became active on this organization i really feel blessed, happy and content for what Allaah has blessed me with. Since joining this organization i am now a very happy person Alhamdulillaah knowing that in my own little ways i reach out to those who are in need knowing that i am only investing for my akhira in sha Allaah. And i honestly became more conscious about my fellow brothers and sisters in faith and as well as my fellow brothers and sisters in humanity. Again thank you IRUSA and May Allaah Azza Wa Jaal accepts all our dua's and good deeds for His sake...aameen
To all my IRUSA families and volunteers around the globe I love you all for the sake of Allaah..
Professional, heard about them from an article on Yahoo about charitable organizations in US. I asked my friends about them, they recommended them highly.
After doing much research for my friends and I to set out and collect donations to help the helpless, Islamic relief was the only one I felt comfortable with trusting that the funds reached the needy. Been donating through their organization for 2 years and have attended events. In thee end, Allahu Alim.
This is an amazing non profit organization, it has helped a lot of people around the world, mainly on wars and natural disasters. I pray to God that whoever manages this organization, will get blessing in Dunya and Akhirah. Good job!
Very humble, professional and helpful organization. They are on top of all the events around the world and have staff members in many different global sites. This organization really cares about helping those in need.
Very professional and organized charity that has its ducks in a row and its intentions in the correct place. I trust this charity to make the most out of my donations. Islamic relief seems to be getting better every year, and I think it will continue to be successful in the years to come.
I have used this multiple times for emergency relief this year. And each time, they have done it right and they also send mails asking for more donation.
Thoroughly professional and trustworthy organization. I greatly appreciate all that the volunteers do
If there is any charity I trust with my donations, it is Islamic Relief USA.
Islamic Relief is always updated on the most urgent and needy cases around the world. It is a great tool for Zakat.
Islamic Relief is truly a wonderful organization! Absolutely trustworthy and honorable - it makes me feel comfortable and satisfied that my donations are fully going to those in need. Thank you for your continued generous efforts around the world, and for making it easy for people like us to donate as we strive to make as much of a difference as we can!
Islamic Relief is one charitable organization that I can trust in a heartbeat. I have never felt any sense of insecurity or ever doubted their services. they go far beyond the call of duty in serving the less fortunate in the United States as well as across the globe! May Allah bless IRUSA with success and fulfill all their pure goals! Ameen!
I am out of country in the USA this Eid ul Adha and wanted to make an online donation for Qurbani. Islamic Relief was known to me before through its various relief efforts in Pakistan and someone at the local mosque here also recommended Islamic Relief when I inquired about local Qurbani options.
The website was simple and straightforward. I got to my desired section with a few clicks. I liked the professionalism - different rates are listed per country, there is an upfront disclaimer about some part of the donation going (understandably) toward administrative costs. Payment options were also simple and inclusive.
All in all a good experience. With Islamic Relief, I am confident that my donation will be put to good use.
Islamic Relief USA is an outstanding and Trustworthy charity organization that delivers immediate assistance to those who are in need regardless of their origins, ethnicity or religion. As Muslims we should be proud of this great charity organization which practices the true meaning of Islam in helping any needy humane being and stepping up to every humanitarian crisis or challenge.
Abdel Ghani. Z
Great organization. Very professional. Used them for years now. Will continue to use them for charity. May they be rewarded for all the work they are doing and all the people they are helping.
Even though I work in a corporate world and mostly think about career advancements it makes it easy for me with a great peace of mind - that I can send donations to any place I feel needs it - with clicks of few buttons and selections in cozy environment. Its more easy than buying a product online - because I know it will benefit the needy - thanks to Islamic Relief. I sometimes justify to myself about running behind career advancements because atleast a minute portion of what I get out of it would benefit the real needy through Islamic Relief.
I had a great experience using Islamic Relief's site for donating. It gave me their tax ID #. To make things easier for doing my taxes, at the end of the year IR will also be sending me a receipt in the mail with a list of the donations I made that year. I feel that IR is very passionate about helping the people that need aid most around the world. So far I have nothing negative to say about this organization, and I would love to see our donations make a difference InshAllah.
My first experience working with this organization was refreshing. However as each year passed by, I came in contact with a large variety of people and organizations who had been dealing with Islamic Relief much longer. I had been warned, but dismissed the warnings. Then gradually the employees of IR, at the time multi-cultural, multi-faith, multi-race group, had been replaced by 90% Arab/Arab American.
Although they retained a handful of "American" employees, the majority are Arab and many are family members. My last few encounters with them were not pleasant. The "New" Board started replacing employees who were productive and brought "American" organizations in the loop. We had several programs being funded by IR on a yearly basis, which required occasional audits by IR retained CPA.
Problems came about when the young inexperienced, newly graduated CPA felt his "Opinion" was the "Rule" rather than a suggestion. During the audit, he made several "suggestions", in which our Director took notes. He also gave his opinion on what he "thought" "might be considered inappropriate" practice and advised us to discontinue. On which the Director thanked him for his observation. Over all he stated that the audit went well and he did not foresee any problems.
However one month later he sent the report to our organization indicating that he could not complete it until we complied with his "suggestions". Another words he insisted that ALL of his suggestions be corrected immediately. These were internal situations that had nothing to do with applying for grants with IR. This continued for over 5 months; five months of wasting our valuable time. In which we continually thanked him for his advise and "Suggestions", however we would not comply at the time he requested.
During this five month period, our organization applied for our usual 3 grants and heard nothing back from IR. They did not even update the online application process. We were told several times to re-apply, because they lost the information. So to the point, after being audited, in which we did not comply in a timely manner to the CPA's "suggestions". After applying and re-applying for our yearly grants; one year later we were informed that we would no longer receive grants from Islamic Relief because they felt we were "Cheating".
But they still wanted us to host their "National Event". My suggestion to all the American non-profit organizations that don't deal with International affairs; stay away from organizations that fund outside the USA.... it will bite you in the end. Our government makes them "comply" to very strict rules, which local organizations are NOT required to comply with. That grant money is not worth the headache IR will give you anlong with the slander they spread about your organization when you refuse to comply!!!
They helped to orphans, refugees, disabled people, elders, poor people, all kind of women, and many more.
Superb organization that provides an easy-to-use and relevant means to donate to important causes. Islamic relief is professional and allows me to donate in a manner consistent with my religious values. Thanks for providing a first rate service to help those in need.
Great organization. They are vetted by the U.S. government, and for SURE they do not support terrorist activities. The donations all go to truly needy people all over the world. One nice thing about their website (other than it is so easy to use) is that you can choose exactly which country or cause you want your money to go to, or you can just choose to allocate your donation to their general donation funds. They are so highly respected, that the U.S. federal government has designated Islamic Relief as one of the organizations that they will match donations for. Nothing shady about this organization. I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of your religion, if you are looking for a great cause to donate your money to, whether it be Zakah money, Udhiya (Qurbani) money, or general Sadaqah money. They also have an online Zakah calculator, so you can easily calculate how much Zakah you owe annually. I have recommended their website to many friends and family members, and all of them have also had glowing reviews.
I absolutely love Islamic Relief USA. The best non profit organization I have ever came across with. There are there wherever needed regardless of what part of the world and or any religion. They are completely non biased. May God give them rewards of all the exceptional work that they have done and will continue doing.
I will love to do volunteer work for Islamic Relief USA.
Islamic Relief brings aid to where it's most needed, be it refugee camps or natural disaster zones. They also serve the hungry and thirsty all over the world, and encourage volunteering and unity in communities. Whenever I donate to IR, I am confident that my donation is going somewhere worthwhile.
This is by far the most well-respected, honest and efficient global nonprofit organization. Their goodness has touched the lives of millions and millions of people around the world, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Thank you so much for making a difference in this world. You deserve the highest ratings possible. Keep up the good work!
There's nothing more important than being part of the mission God has put us to.
This organization is blessed in a way that participants can get involved with fundraisers, dinners, programs and all forms of charity to help make a difference. I'd say donate, donate, donate! Let's make a difference
This is a fantastic organization with programs all over the world. They make it easy to donate and there is a veritable buffet of programs and options to choose from.
Islamic Relief makes it so easy to donate to people in need. You can always feel assured that your money is really making a difference in people's lives, from the poor to the orphans to anyone else who needs it.
Islamic Relief makes it very easy to donate to different countries, causes, and programs. The website is very easy to use, and you get an email verification quickly after. You will also receive a paper receipt if you choose to file it with your taxes. I trust this particular organization more than other charities that are out there. Any new disaster that might occur, I'm immediately notified on whether I would like to donate to help out. As long as I can, I will use Islamic Relief for my charitable donations.
May Allah reward everyone at Islamic Relief for all of the work they are doing to help alleviate suffering across the globe. They are a trusted and reliable charity and I highly recommend to others.
I trust Islamic Relief USA more than any other charity because of their dedication they have shown towards helping humanity for the past few decades, and their responsibility in doing so. I feel good knowing that the money I'm giving is being put to good use.
iRUSA has shown commitment to help the needy without regard to race or religion. A big portion of the donations goes to humanitarian aid compare to other shark table organizations.
I knew IRUSA though a good friend that mentioned he knows one of the board members ... knowing someone inside gave me confidence.
IRUSA gives a v. good description of cases/people we are donating to. Every time I read a case, I immidiately donate.
I have been using this website for most of my donations since 2008 & no issues so far.
I have been donating through this website and will continue to do so as long as I have the ability to donate. Islamic Relief is a company that I can trust with my donations and know that more money is going to the actual designated recipient here than with any other organization that I'm aware of. IR does great work both domestic and abroad. I really can't say enough great things about this organization and regularly encourage others to also send their donations through IR.
Carry on the good work, may you be blessed for your efforts in this life and the hereafter.
i was looking for a site that was quick and user friendly to donate monthly in sponsoring an orphan in a country that needs it badly. i looked at many sites before deciding to finally go with this one. it was very easy, accessible, and to the point. i quickly found the section i was looking for, and the transaction took no time at all! i highly recommend this website for anyone who would like to donate to a great cause.
I have definitely encouraged many of my friends to donate and participate in donating with Islamic Relief Foundation because I feel that anything I donate is in good use and I have the option of choosing where I want to donate and many other great programs like sponsering an orphan. I just registered to sponser an orphan every month and I feel great that I'm given this opportunity to help the less fortunate alhamdulilah.