Financial

At the conclusion of the online donation page, there is a box to check if you choose not to receive a paper receipt. You can also call our office to stop your paper receipts.

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.

If you have made a donation and found that you have not been billed, please call our office at toll-free 1-888-925-2887 and we will personally check on the status of your donation as well as answer any questions that you may have.

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. Refunds are issued using the original method of payment. If you made your donation by credit card, your refund will be credited to that same credit card. If you made your donation through direct debit of your checking or savings account, check, or cash, your refund will be issued by check and sent to you via standard postal mail.

For questions regarding our donation refund policy, please send a message to info@zakat.org.

General

At this time, Zakat Foundation also accepts some in-kind donations as well as car donations. Please contact us 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

Getting Involved

Join hundreds of ZF 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.

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

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

Online Donations

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.

Programs

One hundred percent (100%) of your donation toward Emergency Relief goes toward the designated campaign. Should ZF raise funds that exceed the needed amount for the specified crisis, then the funds will be redirected toward where the need is greatest.

Orphan and Widow Assistance Fund – Through our Orphan and Widow Assistance Fund, donors can support the education and skill training endeavors of orphans and widows in the needy communities where we work. Donations can also go towards emergency food package relief if called for by the situation.

Family Assistance Fund – Though Zakat Foundation’s Family Assistance program, poor and needy families in the United States and abroad may receive food packages, clothing, education support for children, medicine and/or microcredit loans to promote self-sufficiency.

Scholarship Assistance Fund – Zakat Foundation believes that education is the hope for the future. Through our Scholarship assistance program, impoverished school children and needy university students around the world are given the means to excel in their studies so that they may change their social condition and contribute back to their communities.

The General Sadaqa Fund 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 General Sadaqa Fund also serves as an emergency fund for all campaigns, including Emergency Relief, Development/Sadaqa Jariyah and Orphan/Orphange.

The Udhiya/Qurbani Process through ZF

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.

ZF 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 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).

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, 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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