Islamic Relief USA

Working Together for a Better World

aka Islamic Relief / IRUSA   |   Alexandria, VA   |  https://irusa.org

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.

Ruling year info

1994

Chief Executive Officer

Sharif Aly

Main address

3655 Wheeler Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22304 USA

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Formerly known as

Islamic Relief

EIN

95-4453134

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Islamic Relief USA is working towards a world free of poverty. We provide relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and work to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.

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?

Humanitarian Aid, International and Domestic

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. IRUSA helps millions of people each year, and, in 2021, has active programs in some 40 countries around the world.

We prioritize aid for vulnerable communities, whether in times of emergency or for sustainable, long-term development, whether here in the United States or across the globe: From food aid to water and sanitation, from programs for orphans and widows to opening access to education, health care, and economic independence, from vocational training to helping refugees get the vital resources they need as they cope from trauma and pain.

Our goal is a world free from poverty, and we are working with more than 100,000 donors to achieve that end.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people
Internally displaced people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of disaster

Homelessness, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water access, sanitation, and health care aren’t just international problems. They exist right here at home in our neighborhoods. The end of 2020 brought the sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s, according to a study by the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, placing the poverty rate now at 11.8%.

Islamic Relief USA has partnered with more than 100 local community groups to support efforts for vulnerable families across the United States. From disaster response to hot meal distributions; from packing boxes with nutrient-dense food, flood buckets, or hygiene kits to helping local health centers so that they can provide healthcare to low-income families for free; from helping those affected by COVID-19 to providing aid for newly-arrived refugees to building new homes for survivors of natural disasters, IRUSA donors and volunteers support efforts for our neighbors in need all across the United States.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims of disaster

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total Beneficiaries

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Orphans Sponsored

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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.

Islamic Relief USA is a community of diverse people sharing a set of common values: excellence, sincerity, social justice, compassion, and custodianship. Our goal is simple: we are working together for a better world.

Islamic Relief USA donors support emergency and development projects in more than 30 countries around the world.

Islamic Relief USA is a community of humanitarians—staff, volunteers, affiliates, supporters, partners, donors—who have been working together for a better world for 25 years.

Islamic Relief USA has worked with many organizations over the years, formed strong alliances, and achieved great milestones, including partnering with the American Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, ANERA, and more. IRUSA has grown to provide service in over 30 countries around the world, and intends to continue not only widening its reach, but always looking for ways of improving the quality of relief and development.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Islamic Relief USA serves people who are living in poverty or who have become survivors of disasters (both man-made or natural) or who fit in both categories. IRUSA currently provides programming for people in about 40 countries around the world, including the United States.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    One example is a change to the meals we were distributing to vulnerable communities in the U.S., namely Afghan refugee families and refugees from Middle Eastern countries. The meals that we had been packing and distributing were standardized, nutrient-dense meals. However, a key staff member realized that the meals did not consist of the types of foods that people from Afghanistan or the Middle East traditionally eat. So, after tapping into his own awareness, polling colleagues originally from those areas, and listening to the feedback of people who were recipients of these meals, the effort was made to change the ingredients in the meal packs to be culturally-competent and more palatable to the families who would be using them. The new meals have been a hit!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has helped us as an organization become more efficient and effective with the type of programming we develop and with the aid distributions we conduct. It also emphasizes for the people we serve that their dignity is of utmost importance to us, and that has helped further secure the trust they have in us and has strengthened our relationship with them. In many cases, we implement programs that include training for community members so that they can take over management and maintenance of the resources - for instance, in villages where we install clean water systems, members of the village will often be trained on how to maintain the system. They, effectively, become in-charge of the sustainability of the water system, with the appropriate support from experts in the field.

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Islamic Relief USA

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hamadi Bengabsia

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Khalid Lamada

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Hamadi Bengabsia

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Hamdy Radwan

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Ahmed Azem

Hussein Ata

Ihab Saad

Gregory Mitchell

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2022

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

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2022

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Data
  • 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 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 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.