Better Business Bureau Report for
Life for Relief and Development

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2015

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Life for Relief and Development
Address: 17300 W. Ten Mile Road
  Southfield , MI 48034
Phone: 248-424-7493
Web Address:
Also known as:Life for Relief and Development
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:International Relief Association

Year, State Incorporated: 1992, California
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Life for Relief and Development is a nonprofit organization deeply rooted in the belief that saving lives should be a priority of all mankind. For this reason, we are dedicated to alleviating human suffering regardless of race, color, religion, or cultural background. Life works to provide assistance to people across the globe by offering humanitarian services such as health care and education, as well as catering to casualties of social and economic turmoil, victims of hunger, natural disasters, war, and other catastrophes.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Life for Relief and Development meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Life is a non-profit charity founded in 1992 by concerned Arab American professionals in response to the humanitarian crises that developed in Iraq as a result of the 1991 Gulf War. Life has become the largest U.S.-founded Arab American humanitarian relief and development organization. Life is devoted to providing humanitarian aid to people regardless of race, color, religion and cultural background with an annual budget of over $60 million. Life is in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is also a member of InterAction, the largest alliance of US based NGO’s and is Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) certified and has a 4-star Charity Navigator rating which is the highest rating for a non-profit organization. Life is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Over the past 20 years, Life has been able to distribute over $300 million in humanitarian assistance throughout the world. Life works in a number of countries such as Afghanistan, Ghana, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, Sierra Leone, Syria, and the US as well as others. Life also implements a number of programs such as emergency relief, building and maintaining medical clinics, providing medicines and medical equipment to hospitals and clinics, providing wheelchairs and other equipment for the handicapped, digging water wells, building and repairing schools, providing educational books to schools, colleges, and universities. Our programs include running low cost medical clinics in poor neighborhoods in Iraq and providing educational books and materials to Native American schools and colleges.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Life for Relief and Development's program expenses were:

Health and Safety 34,466,758
Educational 10,871,565
Emergency Disaster Relief 6,373,968
Seasonal Programs 1,528,022
Social Programs 1,075,182
Indirect and General 903,219
Water Treatment and Sanitation 231,445
Zakat Program 38,500
Total Program Expenses: $55,488,659
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Chief Executive : Dr. Mujahid Al-Fayadh, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Dr. Abdulwahab Asamarai
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Physician

Co-Chair of the Board : Mohamed Idris

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO ARAHA

Board Size: 6

Paid Staff Size: 48

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $8,329,610, 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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The following information is based on Life for Relief and Development's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Direct Public Support - non-cash 50,766,897
Direct Public Support - cash 6,382,776
Funds generated through fundraising 1,946,834
Interest on investments 8,463
Total Income $59,104,970


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 97%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $59,104,970
Program expenses $55,488,659
Fund raising expenses 527,669
Administrative expenses 1,242,372
Total expenses $57,258,700
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,846,270
Beginning net assets 4,133,518
Ending net assets 5,979,788
Total liabilities 4,250
Total assets $5,984,038

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