Mission: Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.

Incorporated in 1993 in California, Islamic Relief USA has provided humanitarian support in the United States and internationally for nearly 30 years.

Islamic Relief USA is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1994, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://irusa.org

 3655 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria VA 22304 

  P.O. Box 22250
Alexandria VA 22304

  855-447-1001


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Good

This charity's score is 85.51, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

83.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

4.0%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

12.5%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

16.0%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.11


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.67 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

-21.87%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Anwar Ahmad Khan, President

$182,231 (0.26% of Total Expenses)


Sharif Aly, Chief Executive Officer

$158,225 (0.23% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Emergency or disaster aid fund (BMF activity code: 902)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Islamic Relief USA reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

There were multiple ways that Islamic Relief USA was affected by COVID-19 for our organization's operations financially. Here are just some examples: --Inability to hold in person fundraising events --Apply for SBA loan to sustain management, admin expense --Hiring freeze --Suspend travel-related expenses --Suspend field office financial audits --Asked donors to take advantage of 2020 tax credit up to $300 for sustainability of a charity of choice --Didn’t renew office leases where less than five member staff were present in the office pre-pandemic --Divisions were asked to review budgets and offer cost savings in nonsalary areas.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

There were multiple ways that Islamic Relief USA was affected by COVID-19 for the delivery of our programs. Here are just some examples: --Increase in multiyear vs single year impact-driven projects, causing additional need for funding --Increase in development/emergency driven projects, causing additional need for funding --Gifts in Kind programming halted due to disruption in the supply chain, difficulty to perform needs assessment, causing loss in programmatic expenses. --Suspend all monitor and evaluation field visits --Suspend the approval of any new grants, projects. --Delayed the disbursement of existing projects until needed financial visibility was confirmed --Switch programming to focus on food security


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

There were multiple ways that Islamic Relief USA had to adapt to the changing conditions caused by COVID-19. Here are just some examples: --Deployed business continuity plan and switched to all remote operations. --Surveyed all employees and changed operations in light of their feedback here. --Repurpose existing staff if their position is linked to a newly-created campaign or a project --Increased investment (of time and finances) in digital advertising and digital work overall, including virtual programming for our audiences. --Monitored all service tickets coming to our help desk to ensure that staff is able to work from home --Suspended travel --Provided counseling options and financial assistance to staff affected by COVID


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We developed a newfound appreciation for a hybrid work environment because of the savings in travel time and in office expenses, and are working on how to integrate this permanently into our structure.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212019 85.51
2/1/20212018 85.85
4/1/20192017 91.16
5/1/20182016 91.16
6/1/20172015 92.92
3/1/20172014 92.92
6/1/20162014 92.38

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

Rating Version: 2.0
2/1/20162014 95.04
4/1/20152013 87.78
4/1/20142012 80.90
5/1/20132011 80.54
4/1/20122010 95.09
9/20/20112009 93.08
Rating Version: 1.0
4/1/20112009 94.38
5/1/20102008 94.28
12/17/20082007 94.66
5/1/20082006 94.61
2/1/20072005 94.69
4/1/20062004 96.63
1/5/20052003 93.96
5/1/20042002 94.24
2/5/20032001 88.03
10/15/20022000 93.76

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Islamic Relief USA cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Islamic Relief USA reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$24,513,235

Spent in most recent FY

47%

Percent of program expenses


HEALTH AND NUTRITION:INCLUDES ACTIVITIES RELATED TO COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, HEALTH EDUCATION/BEHAVIOR CHANGE, HEALTH SYSTEMS AND GENERAL HEALTH, MEDICAL COMMODITIES AND PHARMACEUTICALS, NON-COMMUNICABL ... (More)


$12,941,357

Spent in most recent FY

24%

Percent of program expenses


ORPHAN SUPPORT:IRUSA'S WORK IN THIS SECTOR FOCUSES PRIMARILY ON MONTHLY SUPPORT TO ORPHANS TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR BASIC NEEDS, SUCH AS FOOD, EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, AND CLOTHING. IRUSA SUPPORTED 21,725 O ... (More)


$8,225,648

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD:INCLUDES ACTIVITIES RELATED TO FISHERIES, LIVESTOCK, PESTS AND PESTICIDES, SEED SYSTEMS AND AGRICULTURAL INPUTS, VETERINARY MEDICINES AND VACCINES. ALSO INCLUDES ACTIVITIE ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Islamic Relief USA is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Working together for a world free of poverty.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Scale-up evidence and results-based humanitarian programming in the United States and abroad to allow IRUSA to effectively leverage our Islamic social finance, strategic partnerships, and alliances.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Operationalize our Donor Relationship Management Model of Fundraising, creating new products, and building relevant digital content and advertising to raise our annual target.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Optimize the engagement of volunteers by implementing programming that improves IRUSA's ability to deliver more-efficient interventions & build a people-centric & performance-driven work culture

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The organization has made an internal goal of training for managerial and executive staff with regard to best practices in leadership. These include programs that take into account our new remote work system, crucial communication skills, managing multiple priorities, conflict resolution, leading with empathy and leading during times of crisis, agile management, and more. The goal is set to at least one training per quarter. In addition, and a 1:1 executive mentorship program has been initiated.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

In the past couple years alone, we've worked with 210 community partners to deliver food aid, hot meals, hygiene kits, and essential PPE to our neighbors and frontline healthcare workers who needed them most. In addition, IRUSA has dedicated its efforts to working with Black and Brown communities right here at home--actively reaching out to community leaders to learn how IRUSA can best support critical work. IRUSA partnered with 68 Black Muslim-led organizations to deliver critical support to communities struggling due to the economic and health consequences of the pandemic. Additionally, we've worked with local, community-based organizations to support building their capacity so they are able to contribute to the needs of their communities more effectively. We also have strong advocacy efforts regarding climate change, gender justice, helping refugees, & ending hunger by 2030. And members of our leadership are regularly sought as thought-leaders on topics concerning humanitarian work.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Our organization had to make major adjustments in order to keep operations and programming going amidst a global pandemic. In order to do so, we had to deploy a business continuity plan and switched to all remote operations. That included our fundraising events -- we moved to a completely virtual event space so that we could continue to engage with our audiences in meaningful ways, raise funds for important humanitarian programming, and to ensure that we did so in a safe environment. We also created a dedicated committee to COVID-19 that kept the organization abreast of developments from the CDC and others, helped outline health and safety measures for our employees, and set us up to successfully continue operating with all precautions accounted for in a very new, unprecedented environment. These are just some of the ways our organization adjusted so that we could continue pushing our mission forward at a time when the world needed humanitarian service more than ever.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Sharif Aly

Chief Executive Officer

Hamadi Bengabsia

Chairman of the Board

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Islamic Relief USA is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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