I am a regular donor of Islamic Relief USA and I have worked with this world's renowned charity in South Asia, Africa and USA. I have first-hand experience of how the services are delivered to the people who are in need in some of the world's difficult to reach areas that are affected by disasters, wars and conflicts. Hats off for IRUSA! Keep up the good work. At Islamic Relief, staff not only fulfill their responsibilities but in such a responsible way that most of times they go out of the way. Some times they put their own lives at risk but that is to save many other lives. They work in a professional manner so all the due diligence is done before deploying staff on the ground particularly in war and conflict zones.
I am impressed with the work done by this organization! both on the local, national and global scale. I work for a non for profit agency dealing with domestic violence by providing prevention, intervention and social services for the entire family affected by domestic violence. With the financial support from IRUSA we were able to assist families by providing emergency food vouchers, rental assistance, utilities assistance and free counseling services!! Thank you IRUSA for giving back to the community, special thanks to brother Yousef Abdallah and Brother Waleed Gabr for recognizing and supporting local agencies.
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.
Mỹ 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.
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!!!