Mr. Khalil Demir during the early founding years of Zakat Foundation of America

In 60 countries, on 5 continents

Uplifting Humanity for 20 Years

Empowering Lives With Zakat

The 20th anniversary of Zakat Foundation of America marks an opportunity for our community to reflect on the profound impact we have made in over 60 countries on five continents. What started as a humble charity out of a Chicago suburb has transformed into a global charity that has made the world a better place for two decades. We couldn’t have done it without the support and generosity of people like you.

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Bringing Dignity To the Downtrodden

Our organization seeks to enrich the lives of our beneficiaries, not merely aid. Going beyond feeding the hungry, we seek to give our beneficiaries the tools they need to provide for themselves and their families. When the displaced seek refuge, we work to provide essentials like shelter and clothing, but go further and help with resettlement and mental health care so that they can heal from the traumas of catastrophe and conflict. We understand that the desperate and vulnerable in the world need to heal with love, support, and most of all, understanding that we are all a collective part of humanity.

“The believers in their mutual kindness, compassion, and sympathy are just like one body. When one of the limbs suffers, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever.”

CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab speaking to ARISE about the work of Zakat Foundation of America.

A Humanitarian Organization That You Can Trust

Zakat Foundation of America is a trusted humanitarian organization with a proven track record. For almost 10 straight years, we have been ranked as a top charity by Charity Navigator and recognized by the Better Business Bureau as a top-rated nonprofit organization.

Are You Ready to Celebrate? 

Join us in learning more about humanity through our stories. Explore how 20 years of Zakat Foundation of America has enabled so many to live a life of peace and security. Learn more about humanitarian efforts and how we have been able to bring dignity to our beneficiaries.

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Sumaila’s Life Story: A Dedication to Education

Zakat Foundation of America’s beneficiaries come from dozens of different countries on five continents. We talked with Sumaila Awudu and he told us his story.

Stories, Anniversary

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Zakat Foundation Marks 20 Years

Since 2001, the organization has empowered millions of people to recover from disasters and escape poverty by taking control of their own lives. It has addressed the immediate needs of poor communities worldwide.

Press Releases, Anniversary

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Building New Hope with A Reconstructed Health Clinic In Mali

Due to lack of resources, increases in medicine prices, and economic decline, it's genuinely heartbreaking to see children, women, and men suffering from the lack of essential health resources.

Stories, Anniversary

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Ramadan 2021 Photos That Will Melt Your Heart

As we get further into this blessed, holy month of Ramadan, we strive to improve our religiosity. In a world wrought with food insecurity, we humble ourselves by giving to those who are used to going to bed hungry.

Stories, Anniversary



How Will You Warm Hearts This Winter

Zakat Foundation of America is ready to deliver 1 million tons of fire fuel to help keep the camps warm. Your donation can keep up to 10 families. Please, help today!

Stories, Anniversary

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Zakat Foundation Brings Joy to Kids in Need

Zakat has pledged to close the gap in underserved communities. We are committed to serving communities that are overlooked through our social justice initiatives and our COVID-19 distributions.

Stories, Anniversary