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Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, International, Philanthropy

Mission: Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.

Target demographics: IRUSA serves vulnerable populations , regardless of race, color, religion, or creed.

Geographic areas served: about 40 countries around the world, including the United States.

Programs: IRUSA donors and volunteers support a wide variety of humanitarian work, from emergency relief, which can include food aid, water and sanitation, hygiene kits, temporary shelters, disaster assessments, rebuilding damaged homes, and more; to building sustainable programming, designed to help vulnerable people break their chains of poverty and move toward success. Some of these include vocational training, microfinance opportunities, education, livelihood programs, healthcare, orphan sponsorship or support, and much more.

Community Stories

379 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

For the eight consecutive year, Islamic Relief USA has been awarded with a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, the largest charity evaluator in the United States. Also, Islamic Relief USA has been accredited as a valued partner in the Partners in Trust program by Guidestar Exchange and is a signatory to the code of conduct for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC). The code was developed and agreed upon by eight of the world’s largest disaster response agencies in the summer of 1994. As a signatory, IRUSA commits itself publicly to the code and pledges to abide by its principles.

Shish M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Extremely beneficial work done by them around the world to improve communities and they are very dependent. No doubt this is one of the premier humanitarian services of the U.S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very happy with the projects they are doing and I feel safe giving my money to them no doubt.

Donor

Rating: 5

I trust them,and I appreciate what they are doing.
We are lucky that some people are still working hard for others in the world..

Donor

Rating: 5

Iam sure Islamic Relief is doing a great job in helping the poor and the needed all around the world. We can all do our part by either donating or becoming a part of Islamic Relief to help others. Iam glad to be a [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] with the little that i can afford in my heart i feel at ease knowing that Islamic Relief will get my donation to the people and place where it be needed the most keep up the nobile work with the grace of ALLAH. Regards, [Info removed for confidentiality purposes].

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Donor

Rating: 5

I decided to donate to IRUSA after reviewing all the information they present. It is very thorough and allows you the option of where exactly you want to donate to. The money is truly used to help those in need and Time magazine actually talked about their work. I really appreciate the work IRUSA is doing and am glad to be able to help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is one of the best I have seen out there working in the field to truly help the needy. From all the research I have done, I am comfortable knowing my donation will be put to good use. For example, I regards to the recent famine in Somalia/East Africa, in an August 25, 2011 TIME Magazine article, [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] writes: "The only aid agencies we saw working in the camps were a group from Islamic Relief and small food and shelter distribution operations put together by Somali businessmen as well as clan and religious leaders." http://lightbox.time.com/2011/08/25/collateral-crisis-the-catastrophic-famine-in-somalia/#1 That says it all... an objective reputable journalist attesting to my donation being put to use in the right way. Islamic Relief, I trust you, and I know you are helping those in need with my help... and that makes me feel good!

Saqib A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hands up
The best relief effort in pakistan and
Many other countries.

Donor

Rating: 5

[Info removed for confidentiality purposes] I have the opportunity to help our Muslim brothers and sisters in remote places through Islamic relief USA. This organization is trust worthy and operates under US and UN laws. I encourage every one who reads this review to donate or contribute to their efforts. I also ask Allah to bless them and reward them for their good deeds.

Donor

Rating: 5

I saw Islamic relief ad and it motivated me towards learning more about the organization. I went to the website and read their projects, the Islamic relief answers to the most needy where ever they are in the world. They are responding to the disasters happening right here in USA. I feel very satisfied and will always be proud to donate to donate my money to the Islamic Relief.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent charity, you don't have to think twice donating because you know they will do a great job with the money they raise.
Keep it up iA!

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief does wonderful charity work in East Africa. It is a reliable charity I trust.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief does amazing work all over the world, with transparency and a genuine wish to help those in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief has a great reputation for getting the donations to the people who need them. Only a very small portion is necessary for administrative expenses, which is one of the reasons why I've trusted them for all my charitable contributions. They also aid a wide variety of populations in need around the world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic relief is getting to the heart of projects I care about and it provides me an easy opportunity to contribute in a hastle free way to a variety of causes all over the world. It makes me feel a little bit better while I enjoy God's blessings in United States and there is a whole world arround me, including projects in USA that IRUSA makes me aware of and helps me try a little bit to help . If we just look over our shoulder, we will find those who are in dire need not too far from us!
Keep up the good work!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is doing excellent work around the world. I do not hesitate at all to donate to them and highly encourage everyone to get involved with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are helping people in so many regions and in so many different ways. This is the charity of choice for me.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great charity. I feel very comfortable donating for it......the best part is they serve all humanity without any discrimination for race, religion or area. They have very appealing programms running and I intend to volunteer time for relief efforts in case of disasters close to my address. [Info removed for confidentiality purposes]

Fareen A.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that reaches out to Muslims and Non-muslims combined. Islamic Relief offers support to anyone in dire need. I love that they break down areas of donation so if you want a specific area of interest/region you want to donate to, you can do so. I love to donate to areas that are most needed so I know my help made a difference somewhere. IRUSA also gives informative emails, mails and pamphlets sharing the most up to date news in the world.
As a donor, I will receive an email with full information also.

kennethgodoy

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated through Islamic Relief several times before and I feel comfort knowing that the money will reach those in need. Their website is superb and easy to use when making my donations. Last night's benefit dinner for the people of Somalia in Orange County, California showed me that they really are passionate about helping those that truly need it.

Review from CharityNavigator

Javed C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Islamic Relief for being the bridge to the help provide relief to the most needy amongst us. The dedication of your staff, professionalism and just pure energy is infectious. Transparency of your processes is priceless.

IR is the charity of my choice and I make a point to spread the word to my circle of friends to become givers as well.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am continuously impressed by all the amazing work Islamic relief does in all areas of the world, it is the one organization I feel most comfortable making donations through, there are never any surprises and their customer service is always amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

IRW has been a safe and convenient avenue for me to make donations.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a transparent humanitarian relief charity organization that does incredible work all around the world. As a donor, I feel very assured that the money I'm contributing is being utilized to the fullest for helping those who need it the most.

Sami N.

Donor

Rating: 5

trust worthy charity organization helping the poor and suffering. you can depend on them bringing your donation to the people that needed it the most.

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose to donate with Islamic Relief because of their well-respected reputation. I know that I can trust them with my charitable donation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like the organization. They're really professional and after meeting a few people who work there I'm really confident my money is going to the right people I am donating for. They exist everywhere around the world wherever there is need. Viva for helping the poor and needy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on and off volunteering for Islamic Relief for the past decade and have continually been impressed with what I have seen and who I have worked with. They consistently demonstrate a level of professionalism and plurality genuine of an aid organization with the accessibly and openness found in grass root organizations. I have been happy with the diverse projects and efforts to bring attention to many unfortunate situations that often go forgotten. Most impressive is their low overhead cost associated with their operations, maximizing the amount donated for relief.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief is a convenient means of making charitable gifts to those in need. They are extremely efficient and I feel assured that whatever cause I wish to contribute to, my donation will reach the intended recipients. In most, if not all, cases they already have staff on the ground and therefore one does not have to hope that third party groups carry out the task they’ve been entrusted with. Their ranking by outside organizations and their cooperation with other international relief groups testifies further to their integrity. Truly, Islamic Relief is a model of what action based good intention can achieve, a model that other organizations within the Islamic community can and should learn from.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA is simply amazing. They are extremely professional and trust worthy. I have been a donor for more than 3 years, and I am seeing them grow everyday to offer help in a new place or for a new crisis. They always have people on the ground whenever possible to offer assistance directly. I just feel comfortable knowing that Islamic Relief is taking care of my donations, and I am sure it is reaching the right people when they need it the most

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for Islamic Relief ever since I was 13, and I can honestly say it has only become more and more rewarding for me throughout the years. IR exceeds the censorship of the media and shows citizens the reality of the tragedies around the world. More importantly, the humble nonprofit organization informs communities of how they can help these causes through their charity work. The hands-on help they deliver through food distribution and orphan sponsorship is remarkable. Islamic Relief gives us the opportunity to be generous in aiding the victims of disasters through donation and sponsorship. They are organized, professional, and outstanding in their work. While volunteering for IR, I worked directly under [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] of Volunteer Management and had only the best experience. She is exceptional in her dedication to the causes Islamic Relief supports. It is a blessing to volunteer for this charity organization, and I truly appreciate it.

Khalid P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief go places where we couldnt imagine there is a need nor were aware of the issues in that region.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been an incredible journey working with Islamic Relief, whether it be through donor efforts or utilizing their resources to advocate for great causes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

It's my first day voluntereing for IR USA and my first week in the united states. I am from Ethiopia and have moved to the United states only five days before, today has given me a sparkling glimpse of what proffesional life can be in the USA. I am helping in the front desk area, where every one passes by showing of a beautiful and confident smile, which shows their satisfaction in their jobs and respect to each other. One of the reasons that drew my interest to volunteer to IR was my interest in developing a carrer that will not only earn me a living but one that will build my ethical and moral values. So far, Islamic Releif has assured me the possibility and realisticness of my dream work enviroment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started volunteering for Islamic Relief two years ago. I remember how excited I was for the chance at volunteering for such a good cause. I have spent countless hours volunteering at the IR USA office and at their special events and I am proud to say that I am a better person because of it. Volunteering for IR USA has not only provided me with the necessary skills I need for working in the real world, but it has also opened my eyes to all the hardships and sufferings going on around the world and realizing that not everyone is as privileged as I am. Knowing that because of my effort, whether it was simply entering data into a computer or ushering people to their seats at a fundraising dinner, somewhere in the world, I helped to put a smile on a person's face. And to me that is what really matters. Islamic Relief operates not as a business, but as a caring family, reaching out to those in need, not holding back on help because of a person's religion, background or culture. In the eyes of IRUSA, a person in need is a person in need, no matter who they are. I am so blessed to have been able to volunteer with such a wonderful organization and better yet, to have become part of the IRUSA family.

italianmisto

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Islamic Relief USA - My thoughts? Extremely professional, well organized, and does what it sets out to do...helping those in need. I personally appreciate the transparency that exists at all levels of the organization. It comforts me to know that every dollar is accounted for and goes directly towards the cause. It is heavily invested in its volunteers and that speaks volumes, but what's amazing is that the volunteers are just as invested in IRUSA. All the staff members I have met are sincerely passionate about what they do and it shows in their work. It has received the awards for many years on its excellent standards. It is a pillar and an excellent example of what a nonprofit truly should be. Other nonprofits should take note and strive to be like IRUSA.

1 Amy A.

Donor

Rating: 5

When searching charities I wanted to find a charity that would be safe and secure and serviced people from around the world. I liked the global reach that Islamic Relief has. From emergencies like the recent ones in Alabama and Haiti and as far East as Japan. Islamic Relief was quick to put and appeal to raise funds and work with other charities to raise awareness. I like the collaboration with other organizations that create an interfaith type partnership in the work they do. Keep up the great work, I know it’s not easy.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had great experience with this organization and trust their work, their reports, and their aid workers. Their honesty is over the top.

Samir B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organizational techniques in distributing goods to the needy.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for Islamic Relief since 2002. I have not found a non-profit more passionate and more transparent in the work they do. I also appreciate the hard work this charity does and how responsive they are if I need assistance.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

I was looking at the numbers posted in this site. 147 milliion dollars raised. sounds like they know how to raise money. I have donated for many years to this charity. The only thing that I didn't like seeing in the numbers was the compenstion to CEO and [Info removed for confidentiality purposes] (former CEO) the numbers are for 2009. CEO got about $130K per year and the consultant got more than $217,000 dollars. That seems a bit steep to me. I wonder what were the numbers for 2010.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 2

I normally would never take time to write a review about a charity but, in this case, I feel compelled to do so.

I've been donating to this organization, on and off, for several years. I've done so based on their four star charity navigator but have come to realize that that has nothing to do with the quality of a charity's business. It only has to deal with how it spends the money it raises. Therefore, since this organization employs numerous volunteers it has earned a four star rating.

I wanted to warn anyone thinking about joining this group's orphan sponsorship program. It is a hoax, a fraud, a scam. I know that sounds harsh but that's the impression the organization has given me.

I signed up for their program after attending a conference where they were exhibiting a booth. Their volunteers unfortunately are not told the truth about the program so I don't doubt that they were telling me what they honestly believe. They told me I would receive a letter with my orphan's profile shortly after subscribing to the program. They told me I could visit the orphan anytime to check up on him or her. They told me that the organization devotes 100% of the money to the child's welfare. I was, needless to say, excited and signed onto the program.

After several months of constantly calling the organization and practically begging to receive something, I finally got my orphan's profile by email and then by mail. I was relieved. However, a part of me was confused. If they were already deducting my credit card, who were they making the payments to? I suspect it was going into a general bank account used to pay for their services. If that's the case (and I can't confirm it) then why bother telling people they are sponsoring 1 particular child? Is it more of a marketing ploy? I can understand that--- it's more effective to connect to someone's emotions by showing them a specific child than to tell them they will be benefiting orphans in general.

Anyway, I was ready to put the entire matter behind me and actually went to a dinner sponsored by them and donated more money. Then, I received another orphan profile. I was excited thinking that it was an update on my orphan! The letter thanked me for being a sponsor. My excited quickly evaporated as I realized that my orphan had drastically changed! It was an entirely new child! I was shocked! Could this be an error? Maybe they sent it to the wrong sponsor? Nope, my name was on there.

I am left confused, angry and greatly disappointed. Oh, and remember how the naive volunteer assured me that I could visit the orphan if I wanted? Not true. The letter clearly states that that would be against the rules (which makes sense to me but it does reflect poorly on the organization. It clearly needs to do a better job at educating its own volunteers so they don't "innocently" give false statements).

I can appreciate the hard work it goes into making a charity successful. However, the sloppy service I experienced leaves me with this question--- if they weren't able to properly send me a welcome letter with my orphan's profile promptly, how can I trust that they are able to deliver relief services to the needy globally?

Since first signing onto the program, I've shared my experience with friends and family. I've come to discover that many of them also never received any information about their orphan. I've also come to discover that what this organization seems to do best is raise money.

Review from CharityNavigator