Islamic Relief USA

Registered Name
Islamic Relief Usa
Tax ID


Islamic Relief USA strives to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy, and diseases worldwide regardless of color, race, religion, or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Incorporated in California in 1993, Islamic Relief operates a wide variety of projects, including education and training, water and sanitation, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and emergency relief. Islamic Relief also sponsors many domestic projects, including homeless feedings, financial assistance, healthcare in underserved areas, the annual Day of Dignity program, providing food, medical care, hygiene kits, clothes, blankets, and more to homeless and underserved communities across the United States. Islamic Relief's largest domestic project was the response to Hurricane Katrina.


Annual Budget
December 2018
44% Loss
Program Spending
Fundraising Spending
Management Spending


Health and Nutrition


Includes activities related to communicable diseases, health education/behavior change, health systems and general health, medical commodities and pharmaceuticals, non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, infant and young child feeding, management of moderate acute malnutrition, management of severe acute malnutrition, nutrition education and behavior change, and nutrition systems. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:- healthcare aid for syrian refugees (phase 2- mobile clinic project) which was intended to assist syrian refugees and vulnerable jordanian host population with primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare, as well as spreading awareness of common diseases in the community. - emergency response for cholera affected populations in sana'a governorate which is providing response to awd/cholera outbreak in yemen through case management of confirmed cases, as well as efforts to prevent further outbreak.- integrated support program for dadaab refugee and host community which ensures improved access to basic needs through the provision of primary health care, clean water and improved hygiene and sanitation standards through providing water storage facilities, the provision of sanitary towels, the rehabilitation of boreholes and water pipelines, providing consultations and more. In 2017 irusa also contributed with over 70 million dollars in in-kind donations. Irusa contributed or delivered pharmaceuticals, disposables, medical supplies, medical beds, mattresses medical equipment and rice to 12 counties, chad, turkey, tunisia, mozambique, madagascar, malawi, zimbabwe, libya, somalia, kyrgyzstan, nigeria and sri lanka - irusa supported syrian refugees and vulnerable idp's with primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare - in 2017, irusa worked with adra international to support a school feeding programs in four countries in southern africa by donating 40 containers of rice to ensure food security and reduce the vulnerability of the people affected by the drought.estimated beneficiaries 5,169,663


Emergency response & preparednessthis category includes activities focused on the immediate lifesaving needs of a population at the onset of a disaster, such as providing clean water, sanitation, food, temporary shelter, household items and emergency medical assistance. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:- mexico earthquake response: emergency shelter and nfi support which proposed to cover the immediate gaps in shelter and nfis through the distribution of tarpaulin and rope, kitchen kits, hygiene and promotion. - bihar flood response in india which addressed the immediate humanitarian needs of severely affected households in the worst flood affected regions through shelter kits, nfis, hygiene kits and the disinfection of water points.- emergency cash transfers to refugees in serbia which provides monthly cash transfers to 3500 vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.- tunisia winterization which supports vulnerable communities to withstand the harsh winter conditions with non-food items through winter kits including blankets, coats, woolen hats, socks etc. - food and water for drought affected communities in somalia through the distribution of food packs and water reservoir rehabilitation.estimated beneficiaries: 203,837



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 21,500 orphans in the following 21 countries locations through the orphans 1-2-1 sponsorship program: afghanistan, albania, bangladesh, bosnia, chechnya, ethiopia, india, indonesia, iraq, jordan, kenya, kosovo, lebanon, mali, niger, pakistan, palestine (west bank), somalia, south africa, sri lanka and yemen. In addition to the 1-2-1 program, irusa also implements additional orphan support programs. Examples of orphan support programs include, but are not limited to, the following:- alternative orphan sponsorship program through sustainable livelihoods in lalmonirhat, bangladesh which seeks to pilot an alternative approach to the one-to-one sponsorship program to ensure children and their guardians, including widows, are able to graduate from the sponsorship program within 4 years through integrated sustainable livelihood approaches whilst ensuring access to education and protection. Project will target 700 orphans' families who will meet the criteria.- assisting orphans education in jalalabad and bamyan, afghanistan seeks to provide quality education to 658 orphans, through provision of school uniforms, bags, and other learning materials. The project also provides food for children residing at the school dormitories, repairs classrooms, provides recreational events and activities for students, and provides child rights awareness sessions to families and local governmentestimated beneficiaries: 25,074

Food Security and Livelihood


Includes activities related to fisheries, livestock, pests and pesticides, seed systems and agricultural inputs, veterinary medicines and vaccines. Also includes activities related to long-term and short-term economic asset development, asset restoration, market infrastructure rehabilitation, micro-credit, microfinance, and temporary employment such as cash for work.examples include, but are not limited to, the following:- food security enhancement in district ouallam, niger through improved water systems via the construction of boreholes and solar powered panels, training water management committees and improved food security practices through trainings in harvesting and production, compost control and garden activities.- livestock distribution for sustainable livelihoods in albania which is improving the economic status, food nutrition and empowerment of 78 women headed households through house-based livestock rearing through trainings and the distribution of livestock.- drought response lifesaving food and water distribution in somalia which addressed the acute needs to help vulnerable pastoralists survive drought through food distributions, water treatment sachets and water trucking- rebuilding livelihoods and reducing food insecurity in northern mali which is enhancing livelihoods of vulnerable drought and conflict affected rural poor households through agricultural production of 240 smallholder farmers, vegetable production for sale to increase household income, sensitization campaigns and an increased access to improved safe water sources.- drought resistant agricultural modeling in pakistan which established market-oriented livelihood models through influencing and advocating agriculture departments for drought management planning and improved food security through the practice of drought resistant crops and by linking farmers to markets.estimated beneficiaries: 1,174,643

Us Programs


Irusa u.s. Programs' main interventions consist of:1. Grants irusa offers 501(c) (3) organizations opportunities to apply for grant funds. This funding helps facilitate projects such as food programs, health and wellness initiatives and livelihood assistance in addition to other domestic initiatives. 2. Seasonal programs a. Ramadan food boxesb. Qurbani (meat distribution)c. Summer food service program d. Thanksgiving turkey distributione. Martin luther king jr. (mlk) day of service 3. Day of dignity provision of food, clothes, medical screenings, and referral services for underprivileged populations (homeless, refugee, poor working communities). 4. Disaster response team (drt) trains and deploys volunteers around the country to respond to domestic disasters in the united states. Drt also distributes food and household items as well as provides financial assistance to disaster affected people. Estimated beneficiaries: 190,398



Includes activities related to facilitating access to quality education, whether formal education or informal education.examples include, but are not limited to, the following:- integrated support program for dadaab refugee host community which ensured an increase access and enrollment in early child development education and primary education for children in ifo refugee camp and vulnerable children in the host community through enrollment campaigns, the provision of age appropriate teaching and reading materials and promotion of safe and friendly learning environment for children. Estimated beneficiaries: 2,297

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene


Includes activities related to environmental health, hygiene promotion, sanitation, and water supply.examples include, but are not limited to, the following:- humanitarian aid and recovery in wau and juba, south sudan which provided individuals with functional and safe pit latrines, clean and safe water to decrease water borne diseases, provided nfi/shelter kits, increased access to safe water through water trucking activities, hygiene promotion sessions and the provision of soap and sanitary towels.- drought emergency relief in wajir, kenya which provided short term water trucking to social amenities such as schools, hospitals and health facilities as well as the community, provided hygiene and sanitation promotion through water management committees, the rehabilitation of boreholes and distributed nfis such as containers and water treatment chemicals.- drought response and lifesaving food and water distribution in ethiopia which provided water trucking and water treatment sachets for two months.- food and water for drought affected communities in somalia which rehabilitated 8 boreholes and 7 water reservoirs and provided water trucking for 60 days. - support to peace and resilience in communities in mindanao, philippines which provides the construction of 8 handwashing facilities, 8 hygiene promotion sessions for beneficiaries, support for water facilities constructed and the organization of community disaster response teams. - hope for clean water and clean environment to internally displaced families inside of syria through the provision of water tanks, maintenance and existence of water wells, the distribution of jerry cans and hygiene kits paralleled with hygiene awareness activities as well as securing a clean living environment through solid waste removal and community involvement.estimated beneficiaries: 4,102


Khaled Lamada Chairman
Hamdy Radwan Vice Chair
Hamadi Bengabsia Treasurer
Nancy Khalil Corporate Secretary
Sharif Aly Chief Executive Officer
Anwar Ahmad Khan President
Tareq Osman Controller
Mohamed Amr Attawia Director
Ihab M. Hamdi Saad Director
Khaled Hamade Director of Operations
Azhar Azeez Dir. of Fund Division
David Hawa Director of Communications
Dawn Sikorski Corporate Attorney
Ahmed Shahata Community Outreach Manager
Source: IRS 990