FAQs

Accountability

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

At the end of every fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, Zakat Foundation 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.

Zakat Foundation establishes organizational partnerships and employs 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.

Administration

At Zakat Foundation, 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. We are committed to financial transparency. We are careful to use donated funds and resources as they are intended and we carefully monitor and assess programs.

Zakat Foundation has earned the trust of our local community, as well as the international community. In 2008, Zakat Foundation 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 Zakat Foundation Annual Reports to become familiar with how our funds have been allocated over the last several years.

Zakat Foundation 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.

For the 2013 fiscal year, 5.29 cents on each dollar donated went toward overhead. View past Zakat Foundation 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 Resource Center.

Donating

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

Getting Involved

Join hundreds of Zakat Foundation volunteers of all ages doing service in their communities, fundraising for important causes and raising awareness about important issues! Please visit the Get Involved section for more information.

We value the selfless work performed by volunteers. To get started, please visit the Get Involved section.

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

Programs

Zakat Foundation currently works in more than 35 countries around the world. For more information, please visit the Where We Work section of our website.

Stewardship

Zakat Foundation 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.

Zakat Foundation 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 Zakat Foundation

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

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

Absolutely. Donors have around 40 choices of countries. The countries are listed on our website; however, we encourage 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 Zakat Foundation disseminates, or via phone call to Zakat Foundation headquarters (1.888.925.2887).

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.

Although canned food comes at a lower price, Zakat Foundation holds onto the traditions and the spirit of Eid-ul-Adha to serve fresh meat. We neither conduct nor encourage the distribution of canned meat.

Most of the countries we serve are reached either through our offices overseas or through local partners with whom Zakat Foundation 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.

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

We recommend people donate as soon as possible to ensure the lowest possible prices when ordering the animals.

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

Zakat Foundation requests for the slaughtering to take place in accordance with the local times of the countries after Eid prayer. We encourage 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.

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