Common Questions

Over the last two decades Zakat Foundation has earned the trust of our local and international community. We have been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “Four Star” rating for multiple years.

Please view our financial statements here to become familiar with how our funds have been allocated over the last several years.

We hold ourselves accountable to every last penny. Which is why at the end of every fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, we receive 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. You can see our audited financial reports here.

Yes, Zakat Foundation’s donation site is secured by Authorize.net. The seal found below ensures that we are using secure credit card processing. Click on the Authorize.net seal for more information.

Every dollar given is zakat-eligible. One hundred percent (100%) of your donation toward Emergency Relief and Orphan Care goes toward the designated campaign. Should Zakat Foundation raise funds that exceed the needed amount for the specified crisis, then the funds will be redirected toward where the need is greatest.

No administrative costs are paid for out of donations to emergency relief, orphan sponsorship, or seasonal Islamic giving 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 Resource Center.

Yes, Zakat Foundation is recognized and registered under 501 (c) (3) as a non-profit charity organization; therefore, all donations donated to Zakat Foundation are tax exempt. We are registered in Illinois as Zakat Foundation of America. Our Tax ID is 36-44 76244.

The Sadaqah option is similar to the “Where Needed Most” donation option. This allows Zakat Foundation to have a fund reserve to establish new programs and to support and maintain some of our older projects. The Sadaqah Fund also serves as an emergency fund for all campaigns, including Emergency Relief, Development/Sadaqah Jariyah and Orphan/Orphanage.

By making a tax-deductible gift to Zakat Foundation of America, a 501(c)(3) organization, the donor understands and agrees that charitable donations are generally not refundable. However, if you made an error in making your donation, we will honor your request for a refund made within 10 days of your donation.

To request a refund, please call 1.888.925.2887 or send an email to [email protected].

At this time, Zakat Foundation also accepts some in-kind donations as well as car donations. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.

Yes, if you would like to donate anonymously, you can send a cashier’s check or money order to:

Zakat Foundation of America
P.O. Box 639
Worth, IL 60482

We establish organizational partnerships and employ regional representatives in the countries where we work. Through these relationships, we perform fund transfers and monitor expenditures to ensure that collected funds are securely received and used for their intended purposes.

Zakat Foundation currently works in more than 40 countries in 5 continents around the world. For more information, please visit the Where We Work section of our website.