FAQs

Accountability

Where can I view current and past financial audits?

You can view current and past financial audits in the ZF Annual Reports.

Does Zakat Foundation receive a financial audit?

At the end of every fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, ZF receives a financial audit from an independent third party that reflects the amount of donations collected and the manner by which those funds were allocated to different programs, fundraising and management.

How does Zakat Foundation send funds overseas?

ZF establishes organizational partnerships and employs regional representatives in the countries where we work. Through these relationships, ZF performs fund transfers and monitors expenditures to ensure that collected funds are securely received and used for their intended purposes.


Administration

How trustworthy is ZF?

At ZF, we believe that every resource entrusted to us is a sacred trust with the Creator and our donors. Therefore, stewardship is a very important part of our work. ZF is committed to financial transparency. We are careful to use donated funds and resources as they are intended and we carefully monitor and assess programs.

ZF has earned the trust of our local community, as well as the international community. In 2008, ZF was awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “Four Star” rating, stating: “The Zakat Foundation has demonstrated exceptional financial health, outperforming most of its peers in its efforts to manage and grow its finances in the most fiscally responsible way possible.”

Please view ZF Annual Reports to become familiar with how our funds have been allocated over the last several years.

How does ZF keeps its overhead so low?

ZF ensures low overhead costs by maintaining a small staff at our Chicago-area headquarters while working with partner organizations, representatives and volunteers at regional offices abroad.

How much of my donation goes toward administration costs and overhead?

For the 2013 fiscal year, 5.29 cents on each dollar donated went toward overhead. View past ZF Annual Reports.

No administrative costs are paid for out of donations to Emergency Relief, Orphan Sponsorship or Seasonal Programs. Administrative costs are taken out of zakat funds according to the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah. Donors can, however, give zakat and designate its use in its entirety to a certain program. For more information, visit Zakat and Beyond.


Donating

Where can I find frequently asked questions about donating?

Frequently asked questions about donating can be found on our Donations FAQ page.


Getting Involved

How else can I contribute if I cannot donate money?

Join hundreds of ZF volunteers of all ages doing service in their communities, fundraising for important causes and raising awareness about important issues! Please contact Service Learning and Community Engagement for more information.

What volunteer opportunities are available at ZF?

ZF values the selfless work performed by volunteers. To get started, please visit the Volunteer Page.

Can I send used clothing to ZF?

ZF does not accept used clothing donations. Please donate or recycle your used clothing to benefit those in your local area.

How do I apply for a position at ZF?

For available job opportunities, please visit Job Openings.


Programs

In which countries does ZF work?

ZF currently works in more than 35 countries around the world. For more information, please see the site map at the bottom of this page.


Stewardship

What is the ZF privacy policy?

ZF does not sell, share, or trade donor names nor contact information with any third party advertisers/commercial interests.

All donations are treated as confidential except for Aqeeqah and Sadaqa Jariyah; donors to these programs can request dedications by name on behalf of a newborn child or loved one.

ZF does not keep copies of personal information in excess of what is required. Access to donor information is restricted and must be approved by the executive director.

Transactions are processed by Authorize.net, a secure credit card processor. The processor handles the approval of transactions with the credit card companies while guarding against fraud. For more information on the policies and protections offered by the processor, click here or on the Authorize.net link on the bottom of the home page.


The Udhiya/Qurbani Process through ZF

To which countries does ZF distribute the fresh meat?

ZF distributes to over 40 countries, stretching far and wide within them and allocating to hundreds of communities. ZF serves countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and other areas of need. These are the same populations that ZF also serves through other initiatives, such as Ramadan food aid, orphan sponsorships, and emergency relief.

Who receives the Udhiya/Qurbani fresh meat?

ZF identifies people living in poor and needy communities, such as refugee camps, displaced people, and poverty stricken neighborhoods to name a few.

Can donors select the country to which they wish to donate?

Absolutely. Donors have around 40 choices of countries. The countries are listed on ZF’s website; however, ZF encourages giving to the most needy. People can donate through the website, a donation envelope received in the mail or picked up at one of the masajid to which ZF disseminates, or via phone call to ZF headquarters (1.888.925.2887).

How much meat do the beneficiaries receive?

This varies from community to community, and the number of shares ordered to be sacrificed in that country. Each person receives around two to four pounds of meat.

Is the meat distributed as fresh or canned meat?

Although canned food comes at a lower price, ZF holds onto the traditions and the spirit of Eid-ul-Adha to serve fresh meat. ZF neither conducts nor encourages the distribution of canned meat.

How does ZF manage to serve 40 countries simultaneously?

Most of the countries ZF serves are reached either through ZF offices overseas or through local partners with whom ZF has been working for a long time. We select partners who offer solid experience with Udhiya/Qurbani to ensure everything is in line with Islamic practices and reaches the people in greatest need.

Are there communities to which we may want to donate, but are unable to due to restrictions?

Yes, there are a few restrictions. For example, India does not allow the slaughter of cows due to Hindu beliefs and traditions.

When is the optimal time for people to donate for Udhiya/Qurbani?

ZF recommends people donate as soon as possible to ensure the lowest possible prices when ordering the animals.

How does ZF manage good prices for Udhiya/Qurbani?

ZF orders the animals far in advance to avoid rises in prices that happen during Udhiya/Qurbani season in Muslim countries. ZF also purchases its animals from a wholesale distributor and in bulk to ensure the best and lowest prices for donors.

10. When does the slaughtering occur?

ZF requests for the slaughtering to take place in accordance with the local times of the countries after Eid prayer. ZF encourages most of the slaughtering to be done the first day of Eid, but allows it to be done until the third day to make the job easier.