United Mission For Relief And Development (UMR)

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aka UMR   |   Washington, DC, DC   |  https://umrelief.org/

Mission

To help underserved and marginalized communities build their capacity toward resilience.

Ruling year info

2011

President & CEO

Dr. Abed Ayoub

Chief Operating Officer

Mohamed Hussein

Main address

1990 K St NW Suite #425

Washington, DC, DC 20006 USA

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Formerly known as

United Muslim Relief

EIN

27-3175543

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

UMR seeks to help underserved and marginalized communities build their capacity toward resilience. We are focused on providing disaster relief and recovery services to the underserved both domestically in the U.S. and internationally across the globe. We focus on refugees, conflict zones, underdeveloped communities, the elderly, women, children, orphans, and the economically disadvantaged. These populations are in critical need of basic necessities such as food, clean water, access to healthcare, education, and more. UMR is addressing these shortcomings through relief and development projects that aim to alleviate poverty and malnourishment, and overcome barriers to access and social inclusion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Jasmine

Jasmine project is a way to empower women economically through skills development and entrepreneurship training. This project aims to teach women how to turn their abilities into marketable skills that will allow them not just to survive, but to prosper.

Population(s) Served

The Adopt-a-Village Project (AVP) implements a holistic approach toward the overall livelihood improvement in Wajir County through synchronous development efforts in health, water & sanitation, education, housing, energy and environmental management, and community participation. AVP is an effort to develop village-level capacity toward meeting the SDGs, as part of an integrated community-level development strategy to end extreme rural poverty. This strategy is in line with the recommendations of various U.N. sectoral monitoring commissions to eliminate inequalities (especially the urban-rural gaps) in service delivery, and to “leave no one behind”. As such, we aim to bring together the best parts of development thinking in terms of local knowledge and commitment to sustainability in order to apply a new approach to poverty alleviation.

Population(s) Served

UMR provides food aid and packages to families in need to help curb hunger and achieve food security. By using our agile resources and staffing we aim to address hunger and malnutrition and target our efforts in the regions where there has been least progress to end world hunger. We provide food packages including rice, flour, oil, beans, pasta, canned food, meats and more.

Population(s) Served

Our medical missions are an ongoing projects that bring volunteer doctors to provide low-cost primary and acute care to refugees of all nationalities and poor communities. Treatment of preventable blindness, like cataract and low vision, and deafness is one of the most effective ways our medical missions lift people out of poverty, especially for vulnerable communities like refugees living in makeshift environments.

Population(s) Served

Our Psycho-Social Support (PSS) and Child-Friendly Space initiatives give refugee women and children coping mechanisms to mitigate trauma while increasing critical thinking skills among children, especially younger ones, violence reduction among peers, and greater connectivity and comfort with their host community at large. Our PSS project also emphasizes the importance of strengthening social environments, which has a great effect on the beneficiaries’ psychological health and development on various levels; with the family, community, and the beneficiaries themselves.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Top-Rated Great Nonprofit 2019

Affiliations & memberships

CFC 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

UMR's mission is to provide relief and development aid to underserved communications around the world. We aim to do this by empowering local communities to create more self-sustainable environment. UMR believes that with the right tools and proper support, marginalized people become economically independent of humanitarian aid.

UMR is consistently improving and enhancing program performance and infrastructure to ensure that projects are successful. In order to meet these needs we will increase our development capacity, analyze powerful patterns in strategic thinking, and develop skills to lead the organization during a time of change by creating a learning culture and healthy communication channels.

Building a strong field capacity, developing in-house expertise, creating new partnerships, and investing and building the necessary infrastructure to achieve the strategy.

UMR has expanded its operations exponentially. We have an established regional office in Kenya, which has grown its portfolio to include Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya. The work being done in those countries can be seen through both our relief and development projects. Similarly, in the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region, we have increased the volume of projects and thus, the number of beneficiaries. Our brand recognition has increased overall, as has our database of partners and associations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We had been receiving requests for more accessible payment options, including ACH payments. After realizing that we were leaving a number of donors by not having this option, we are in the process of adding an ACH payment option to our website and fundraising platforms.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Mission For Relief And Development (UMR)

Board of directors
as of 3/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Muhieldin Salih

Dr. Abed Ayoub

UMR

Dr. Muhieldin Salih

Mohammad Ahmad

Dr. Ismail Mehr

Samer Darwish

Wedian Eltom

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/15/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.