Better Business Bureau Report for
Ihsan Worldwide

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2014

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: Ihsan Worldwide
Address: 6070 Branch Hill Guinea Pike
  Milford, OH 45150
Phone: 513-575-0413
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 2005, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To be aware of the community's needs, to be compassionate towards all people, to provide excellent and relevant services, and to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Ihsan Worldwide does not meet the following 2 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Standard 8: Program Service Expense Ratio - Spend at least 65% of its total expenses on program activities.

According to the charity's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2010, Ihsan Worldwide spent $29,757, or 17% of its total expenses ($177,037), on program service activities.

Standard 13: Accuracy of Expenses in Financial Statements - Accurately report the charity's expenses, including any joint cost allocations, in its financial statements. For example, audited or unaudited statements which inaccurately claim zero fund raising expenses or otherwise understate the amount a charity spends on fund raising, and/or overstate the amount it spends on programs will not meet this standard.

Despite evidence of fundraising activities for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2010, the charity reported zero ($0) fundraising expenses.

In addition, BBB requested, but did not receive, complete information on the organization’s finances and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following Standard for Charity Accountability: 9.
Ihsan Worldwide meets the remaining 17 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Ihsan Worldwide's programs include cultural, religious, and secular programming designed to meet the needs of individuals in the immediate community and in the Greater Cincinnati area. "Quran" is a non-proselytizing program designed to address the basic needs of individuals in the community. This program provides financial resources for basic needs such as heating bills and groceries and outreach to children in schools who may need assistance with school supplies, nutrition, or other basic needs. Ihsan Worldwide also has scouting programs for both boys and girls that teach children good citizenship and values, conversational Arabic, and how to read Arabic. The charity has community social events to bring diverse populations together and service projects that assist people who are economically disadvantaged. According to the charity, Ihsan Worldwide served approximately 300 individuals in 2011.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2010, Ihsan Worldwide's program expenses were:

Program Expenses 29,757
Total Program Expenses: $29,757
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Chief Executive : Ms. Michelle Novak, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Hazem Said
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Professor, Department of Information Technology, University of Cincinnati

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 7

*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, invitations to fundraising events, grant proposals, Internet
Because the charity did not provide sufficient financial information, BBB is unable to determine what percentage of related contributions was spent on fundraising. (Related contributions, which totaled $130,288, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity 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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The following information is based on Ihsan Worldwide's IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2010.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 85,208
Fundraising Events 45,080
Boys and Girls Scouts Troops 18,840
Quran Program 9,120
Total Income $158,248


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 17%    Administrative: 83% 

Total income $158,248
Program expenses $29,757
Fund raising expenses
Administrative expenses 147,280
Total expenses $177,037
Expenses in Excess of Income (18,789)
Beginning net assets 175,637
Ending net assets 156,848
Total liabilities 465,842
Total assets $622,690

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