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Life For Relief and Development, Inc.

Where there is LIFE there is hope

aka Life   |   Southfield, MI   |  www.lifeusa.org

Mission

Life for Relief and Development's mission is deeply rooted in the belief that saving lives should be a priority of all mankind. For this reason, Life is dedicated to alleviating human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background. In response to poverty, famine, social and economic turmoil, natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes, Life works to provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as food, water, and temporary shelter as well as healthcare and education.

Notes from the nonprofit

LIFE sets an ambitious goal to multiply its impact and scale by 2028. Our strategy is rooted in our profound mission that places saving lives at the forefront of humanity's priorities. Our vision aspires to create a world transformed by compassion and empowerment, where every individual, regardless of their background, enjoys a life of dignity, equality, and fulfillment. Our core goals and objectives are backed by tangible actions and current results. Each goal corresponds to one of LIFE's twelve main projects, ranging from providing immediate relief through effective collaboration and information sharing to promoting sustainable development through community engagement, education, and sanitation initiatives. LIFE will continue to assess, plan, and act in order to expand our operations and reach our goals in the next five years.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Dr. Hany Saqr

Main address

17300 W 10 Mile Rd

Southfield, MI 48075 USA

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Formerly known as

International Relief Association

EIN

95-4402149

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Life works to alleviate human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background and to aid in the eradication of poverty, famine, social and economic turmoil. To assist the survivors of natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes and provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as food, water, shelter as well as healthcare and education.

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?

Food Security

Life provides food resources to families including widows, refugees and the displaced struggling to survive in over 25 countries on an ongoing basis and during times of emergency, disaster and conflict.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

The establishment of educational institutions in developing countries such as Iraq and Africa gives hope for a future that otherwise may not have been possible. The numbers of children who benefit from safe, child-friendly spaces to learn, play and grow are many. Life works to rebuild and establish schools while also distributing books, educational materials and equipment, and uniforms to for students and teachers in many countries. Life constructs schools in Iraq and in several African countries and provides books and educational materials to teachers and students in Native American and non-profit schools and colleges in several states in the US and other countries.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Emergencies come in many forms, mostly from natural disasters and war. The emergency fund allows Life a unique advantage. Response time is a major factor in the overall impact of any particular emergency. It is very difficult on the victims of an emergency. Many face a difficult road ahead, lost everything including the sense of security, family, job, food, and basic living essentials. This is the reality for many people in places like Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, The Horn of Africa, Haiti, and even in the USA.
When emergencies strike, Life works quickly and efficiently to respond by providing food, water, medicine, and shelter. Life’s emergency response team works vigorously to improve the lives of the people who are suffering. As a non-profit humanitarian organization, we work to prepare before hand, so those who end up suffering during any emergency receives aid immediately

Population(s) Served
Families
Unemployed people

. Life is aware of the present and looming threats to human health and safety. We work around the clock to actively distribute medicine, medical supplies, and medical equipment, as well as build and renovate clinics and hospitals. Life constructed, three new medical clinics to provide affordable health services to the communities of Ramadi, Ishaki and Diyalah in Iraq. Two state-of-the-art medical facilities were also built in the Palestinian cities of Jaba and Jabalia. Life continues to deliver several containers of medical supplies to local hospitals, medical centers, and clinics in Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

During Ramadan Life distributes food baskets and hosts iftar meals for poor, refugee and displaced families to help break their daily fast and provides freshly sacrificed meat during Eid al Adha.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Provides poor, refugee and displaced families with food, clothing, and school expenses for children, depending on the individual family needs on a monthly basis in many countries.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Children and youth

Life constructs water wells in Ghana, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Pakistan. Life also installs water holding tanks in homes and small businesses in Palestine and water cooler/filtration units in Iraqi schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Disaster/Emergency Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 due to COVID we did not send but one press release we were in emergency mode working on COVID relief efforts in several countries.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, our unique visitors to our website increased exponentially due to everyone sheltering in place at home due to COVID.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Security

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of participants are related to food distribution programs in the countries where LIFE is working.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Life's goals are to alleviate human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background and to aid in the eradication of poverty, famine, social and economic turmoil. To assist the survivors of natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes and provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as food, water, shelter as well as healthcare and education.

Life has field offices in13 countries and works with trusted and vetted partner agencies in various countries around the world to implement its humanitarian programs. Life sends containers filled with wheelchairs, assistive devices for the disabled, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies to individual hospitals, clinics, and hospital distribution systems in many countries. These donated items are supplied by generous US based organizations. In an effort to expand its outreach Life hosts teams of audiologists to fit hearing aids into poor hearing impaired displaced and refugee children living in camps in Jordan and the West Bank. Life also rebuilds and newly constructs clinics and hospitals in many countries. Life promotes literacy through the distribution of books to colleges, universities, primary and secondary schools, donates classroom furniture to schools in need, gives orphans and poor school children uniforms, shoes, and school bags filled with stationary, pens, and other educational items through its back-to-school program to faith-based and charter schools and Native American schools and libraries throughout the US. Life's emergency response team provides emergency food, clean water, bedding and blankets, hygiene kits, first aid kits, medicines, medical supplies and equipment, wheelchairs and psychological treatment for children and parents affected by war and natural disasters. Life builds community centers where community members can gather for social events as well as funds small human development projects in Africa for poor families to enable them to start their own businesses and support their families and provides vegetable seeds to poor farmers. Life's orphan sponsorship program provides food, shelter, education and healthcare to over 11,500 orphans in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Yemen. Life constructs water wells in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda. Life also installs water holding tanks in homes and small businesses in the Gaza Strip and water cooler/filtration units in Iraqi schools.

Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Life for Relief and Development is among the largest and oldest U.S.-founded Arab American humanitarian relief and development organization in the United States. Life is dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to people regardless of race, gender, religion and cultural background. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Life is in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is also a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of US based NGO's. Over the past 30 years, Life has been able to distribute aid and relief to over 55 countries. Life works diligently to help the poor and needy in a number of countries such as Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Palestinian Territories, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen as well as others. When natural disasters strike, Life rushes to answer the call of help, and provides basic humanitarian assistance. Life has knowledgeable program administrators averaging more than twenty years of experience with Life. Board members have backgrounds in a variety of fields including medicine, education, engineering, business and finance. Life's excellent reputation for low expense ratio and its compliance program inspires confidence in donors, assuring them that their resources, both in-kind and financial, are being used wisely. The Better Business Bureau continues to give Life its seal of approval.

Life's progress is shown by its growth in establishing and sustaining its operations in 13 countries for over 30 years. Also, by forming long term partnerships with international organizations working in countries where the needs of the people are great, and Life is a viable funding partner in sustainable development projects for communities in need. Life continues to identify new domestic and international partners, to work toward increased levels of efficiency, consistency and quality in the donation process. Life receives numerous acknowledgement letters from grateful recipients attesting to the improvement in their lives, the lives of their patients served in hospitals and clinics where Life distributes aid and education made possible by Life's donations and work in the schools in their regions.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Life For Relief and Development, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Abdulwahab Asamarai

Life for Relief and Development

Michael J Salloum

Hany Saqr

Life for Relief and Development

Yahia Abdul Rahim

Life for Relief and Development

Mohammed ElSayed

Life for Relief and Development

Siyad Abdullahi

Life for Relief and Development

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
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/27/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.