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.
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
[Info removed for confidentiality purposes] and I have worked closely with Islamic Relief over the last few years. I have maintained a close relationship with [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] and [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] and ICPC is always happy to have them.
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.
Great organization, very helpful in time of need. Love to donate to them.
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!
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.
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.
High quality and timely relief work. Professional correspondences and follow up. One of the best non profits I have ever volunteered and donated to.
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.
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.
Amazing organazition they're always the first on the ground when a catastrophe happens and I always feel safe donating my money to them
Islamic Relief is such an amazing and inspiring organization. When I became involved with them, I met such amazing and honest people [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]. May Allah bless and reward them iA.
Islamic Relief is a great organization that does simply amazing things! I was most moved when I participated in the emergency response team during [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] to help those in Staten Island. The impact on those affected was tremendous! Proud to be a supporter of this wonderful organization!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They are orgaized, have a low overhead, amazing volunteers, and this organization does a great job informing Donors and potential Donors about their projects.
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.
[Info removed for confidentiality purposes] 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.
Great organization doing great work.True to their slogan where there is pain and grief there's Islamic Relief.
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
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.
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 ;)
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.
Edit: To reviewer [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]: Actually, I am writing this as a personal review just as you are supposedly, although you claim to have written before, but you are writing under multiple different member names? Sounds like fraud to me. And also, none of this is fluff, it's the truth. Look up the topic for yourself unless you would like for me to create you a source list? Several sources I mention include this very site and others in the field of philanthropy. Also, the point is that you're mistaking transparency for "fraud" at a time when the industry itself is changing. You say: "I find the editorial, In my opinion, full of fluff and lacks substance," but can you tell me who these other successful and notable charities with no overhead are? Are you quite certain that you know all the details of how these supposedly no overhead organizations fund their operations? I can give you an example: Famously, Smile Train, an organization that treats children born with cleft lip and palate conditions, has claimed that “100 percent of your donation will go toward programs … zero percent goes to overhead.” Nevertheless, the fine print goes on to say that this is not because the organization has no overhead; rather, it is because Smile Train uses contributions from “founding supporters” to cover its nonprogram costs. Interesting right? The point I was making is that donors hurt charities ability to grow and have greater reach and impact in the work they do, with this argument about overhead and salaries alleged "financial fraud". This is a real trend in the industry and humanitarian work is suffering because of it. And as far as your questions go, much of that information is public knowledge, like the salary of a CEO, which isn't what you or any other negative reviewer reported. And also, that IRUSA was somehow exposed by the media, which isn't true, they were one of few organizations to blow the whistle on and move away from practices of drug company intermediaries and their valuing system when providing/selling medicines to charities. ... The U.S. department of agriculture is one of many who continued this even in recent years. Now that should be upsetting to you. These are my answers that I found out on my own READING. You can too. This is in response to any negative reviews about administrative costs, financial audits, and whatever other issues you may have about the "logic" of financing a charity that actually reaches millions of people in need every single year and growing. If you are negatively reviewing a for all intents and purposes stellar Islamic organization that is reputable in the United States and globally on the basis of bogus theories about how much it costs to finance any charitable operation and deliver reporting on those operations, you have personal agendas and issues that extend way beyond the scope of this response. I will say that every donor should change their mentality about what it means to give charity, and serious think, with your brain, about how many people Islamic Relief USA is able to benefit with every single donation it collects. And then consider, very carefully, with your educated brain, how effective your say, $100 donation would be in terms of a dollar/reach ratio. Rather than focus on a very traditional, and illogical logic, of the weight of administrative costs to deliver quality services to ENTIRE COMMUNITIES of people in need (a logic that actually hurts non-profit organizations and charitable groups from growing), you should consider a much more sound and positive logic that considers effectiveness per donor dollar. In other words, for every dollar you give to a charity, how much work does that dollar do in your name? How many people does it help and touch? And, would you be able to have the same reach with your dollar if you chose to deliver that dollar on your own? The answer is NO. Long-term stability of development and humanitarian work SHOULD be part of what you consider when you choose to donate to an organization. You really need to get beyond this notion of "overhead" as an indicator of charity performance because ACTUALLY it's been proven to NOT be a valid indicator, on its own, of the quality of organization you are donating to. This very website, which you are so callously using as your platform to bash charities is one of many that have denounced this practice in ranking charities, in addition to Charity Navigator, the BBB, Guidestar and more. This practice actually starves nonprofits from investing in themselves to build decent infrastructures that ARE NOT CORRUPT and actually provide QUALITY SERVICES to the people who need them in addition to creating jobs, advocating for change on major issues, and more. Organizations that are trying to build a sturdy and robust infrastructure that includes information technology systems, financial systems, skills training, fundraising processes, and other essential overhead, succeed in delivering charitable services MORE EFFECTIVELY and EFFICIENTLY than those that do not, not mention help provide millions of jobs that are lacking in a broken worldwide economy. Yet, you should know, it is also a fact that MANY GOOD NONPROFITS are actually NOT SPENDING ENOUGH on building this infrastructure according to many experts in the field. Did you know, that the Charities Review Council has maintained a Use of Funds standard that calls for nearly 30% of expenses on admin and fundraising combined for nonprofit organizations and that this percentage has been expanded to include up to 40% recommended? Here's just one example, and there are many more studies like it: "Underfunding overhead can have disastrous effects, finds the Nonprofit Overhead Cost Study, a five year research project conducted by the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The researchers examined more than 220,000 IRS Form 990s and conducted 1,500 in-depth surveys of organizations with revenues of more than $100,000. Among their many dismaying findings: nonfunctioning computers, staff members who lacked the training needed for their positions, and, in one instance, furniture so old and beaten down that the movers refused to move it. The effects of such limited overhead investment are felt far beyond the office: nonfunctioning computers cannot track program outcomes and show what is working and what is not; poorly trained staff cannot deliver quality services to beneficiaries." In short, YOU, negative reviewers and your concerns about overhead are actually really ignorant and hurtful to people working really hard everyday to dedicate their lives to making the world a better place. You are contributing to a vicious cycle that corrupts organizations more than you may be aware of. It's a cycle that goes something like this: 1. You have unrealistic expectations about how much it costs to run a nonprofit and what it means to have your money do work to deliver aid. 2. You pressure nonprofits to conform to your unrealistic expectations. 3. Nonprofits respond to this pressure in two ways: They spend too little on overhead, and they underreport their expenditures on tax forms and in fundraising materials. 4. This underspending and underreporting in turn perpetuates funders’ unrealistic expectations. 5. Over time, funders expect grantees to do more and more with less and less—a cycle that slowly starves nonprofits. Research concludes that the first of these steps is the most detrimental and you really need to realize the impact your negative reviews have without sound basis for argument. For example, it's often seen that in an effort to appease donors like you, nonprofits won't offer competitive salaries for qualified specialists, and so instead make do with hires who lack the necessary experience or expertise. Similarly, many organizations that limit their investment in staff training find it difficult to develop a strong pipeline of senior leaders. This is just one point among many. GOOD CHARITIES SPEND MORE ON "ADMIN" BUT IT'S NOT MONEY WASTED AND IS NOT DETACHED FROM DELIVERING QUALITY AID TO PEOPLE IN NEED. That's not to say Islamic Relief USA is perfect or that there aren't areas where it can't improve in the industry, but ultimately, IRUSA is a growing organization, growing in the face of adversity I should remind you, and yet maintains a good reputation in the industry for the work its doing and how it's doing it. And they continue to keep working to improve because they are faith-based, and are aware of the moral and ethical concerns that must be grappled with when it comes to how to best reach people in need with the money of good people. That being said, IRUSA's CEO is actually UNDERPAID by industry standards. The $250K number that you all pulled up without checking for yourselves is WRONG. This is public information that you can find yourselves if you choose to be educated. And honestly, maybe IRUSA should have a CEO paid $250K, and maybe underpaid staff who risk their lives every day to deliver services or who work long hours to reach people in need and develop programs should be compensated for their skills and time. Then you would have the best of the best working for your charity rather than APPLE or FACEBOOK. Anyway, some considerations ... Choose to listen to the neighing and gossip of the masses or educate yourselves on how to really support GOOD organizations who you can help to benefit humanity in the long-term.
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. [Info removed for confidentiality purposes].
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 ([Info removed for confidentiality purposes]) 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 [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] 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 [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] 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, [Info removed for confidentiality purposes].
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 [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] and [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]. 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.