Better Business Bureau Report for
Zakat Foundation of America

Better Business Bureau Report issued April 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires April 2016


Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...


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Charity Contact Information

Name: Zakat Foundation of America
Address: P.O. Box 639, Worth, IL 60482
 
Phone:
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated:
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Their Commitment—As a US-based, Muslim-run charity organization, ZF shows the inclusive beauty of Islam through programs that reach the destitute, of all faiths, both at home and abroad. Since its establishment in 2001, ZF has progressed from mostly offering immediate emergency aid and seasonal programs to a focus on severing the roots of poverty, utilizing Zakat and Sadaqa donations to develop long-term, sustainable solutions.

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Evaluation Conclusions

              

Zakat Foundation of America does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 3: Frequency and Attendance of Board Meetings - An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Zakat Foundation of America does not meet this Standard because:

  • The board of directors did not hold a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings in the past fiscal year.

Standard 14: Budget - Have a board-approved annual budget for its current fiscal year, outlining projected expenses for major program activities, fund raising, and administration.

Zakat Foundation of America does not meet this Standard because, when the organization provided budget information, it indicated that the budget:

  • Did not identify total projected administrative expenses.
Zakat Foundation of America meets the remaining 18 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Programs

              

Zakat Foundation of America (ZF) is an international charity organization that helps generous and caring people reach out to those in need. Their goal is to address immediate needs and ensure the self-reliance of the poorest people around the world with Zakat and Sadaqa dollars of privileged Muslims and the support of other generous donors. They believe that those whom God has granted wealth need to cleanse that wealth through charity, and those whom God has tried with loss are accorded a rightful share from the resources of the affluent.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Zakat Foundation of America's program expenses were:

  
EMERGENCY AID 4,472,270
SEASONAL PROGRAMS 1,240,293
ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP 591,291
EDUCATION 471,914
DEVELOPMENT 249,144
OTHER PROGRAM SUPPORT 227,182
Total Program Expenses: $7,252,094
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Governance

              

Chief Executive : Halil Demir, Executive Director
Compensation*: 

Highest Paid Executive: Safaa Zarzour,Chief Operations Officer
Compensation*: $90,000

Chair of the Board: Board of Directors
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Board Member

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 14

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising

              

Method(s) Used:

direct mail, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, cause-related marketing, Outdoor ads
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,704,273, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status

              

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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Financial

              


Source of Funds  
PUBLIC SUPPORT, CONTRIBUTIONS AND PROGRAM SERVICE REVENUE 7,627,507
IN KIND DONATIONS 2,076,766
GAIN ON SALE OF FIXED ASSET 119,488
MISC 503
Total Income $9,824,264


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Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 92%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 5% 

Total income $9,824,264
Program expenses $7,252,094
Fund raising expenses 223,127
Administrative expenses 417,929
Total expenses $7,893,150
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,931,114
Beginning net assets 3,108,998
Ending net assets 5,040,112
Total liabilities 174,588
Total assets $5,214,700


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