Ethical Fundraising: 4 Ways to Fix Khatm Night Fundraisers

Cross-posted from Iqra.ca (Facebook|Twitter) By Naeem Siddiqi (July 29, 2013) – As we move into the last 10 days of Ramadan, the intensity and length of fundraising activity in our mosques increase accordingly. While an absolute necessity, I find some of the tactics questionable. A few years ago, when the mosque in my neighbourhood was being built, I sat through a 1 … Read More

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An Alternative to Fundraising in the Last 10 Nights: Fundgiving

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Guest post by Abu Yusuf and Omar Usman My little brother yelled at me again on Friday: “Expansion… growth… your children!.. bublic schools!!.. Zina!!!”. Feeling guilty for not intervening sooner, I thumbed through my cash and did what families do when encountered by addiction. “Dude, calm down—here’s  a twenty.” He gave me an unctuous smile; we both knew I was holding out. Fundbegging … Read More

GuestsAn Alternative to Fundraising in the Last 10 Nights: Fundgiving

Nouman Ali Khan: A Different Masjid Vision in Action

Nouman Ali Khan addressing the congregation at a new masjid in Euless, TX [Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex area] with his vision for the community and masjid: This is not theory. This is not how things should be done. It’s an actual vision in action. A few key highlights: No aggressive fundraising. Masjids should be started with the purpose of having a … Read More

Omar UsmanNouman Ali Khan: A Different Masjid Vision in Action

Hostage Fundraising

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Taraweeh will not continue until $30,000 is raised. After the khutbah, salah for Jumu’ah will not be prayed until $10,000 is raised. At a convention, the headline speaker will not speak (even though you’re behind schedule, and you paid to hear him speak at a certain time) until $20,000 is raised. These are real examples of hostage fundraising. A strategy … Read More

Omar UsmanHostage Fundraising

High Level of Integrity Required for Donated Funds

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One day Ali(ra) was carefully recording all the money that came into the treasury and all that was spent from it, by the light of a candle. At that time, Talha(ra) and Jubair(ra) came to him for personal reasons. When they sat down, Ali lit another candle and put out the first candle. The guest exchanged a glance of surprise … Read More

Omar UsmanHigh Level of Integrity Required for Donated Funds

Stop Asking for Money

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Phil Cooke lays out the problem most non-profits face, …The problem is, they’re asking for money, not sharing a vision. Look at your media presentations, videos, live events, print materials, and in-person contacts. What do they say? What story are they telling? It’s not enough just to show the great work you’re doing and then ask for money. Perhaps more … Read More

Omar UsmanStop Asking for Money

Fundraising: Product Pitch or Vested Interest?

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There’s two primary types of fundraising in the Muslim community (generally speaking). The first is the fundraising that occurs for a community whether it be their building, operations, school, events, or something else of that nature. It’s already assumed that every single musalla in existence has a framed picture of a blueprint that they’re constantly fundraising for. The second is the hit … Read More

Omar UsmanFundraising: Product Pitch or Vested Interest?

Litmus Test for Posting Something on Social Media

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Social media is something that often gets abused. We strive to share worthwhile things with others. Sometimes though, especially when it comes to advocating a cause, we aren’t sure where to draw the line between inviting people to take part in something and inadvertently shoving something down their throats. The biggest mistake organizations make is divorcing themselves from their online presence. What … Read More

Omar UsmanLitmus Test for Posting Something on Social Media

Crosspost: How I Raised $20k for A Masjid in 6 Hours

Originally posted at Nonprofitmuslim.com A typical Muslim fundraiser goes like this: An eloquent and well respected speaker is invited to speak at a dinner event attended by the community. The speaker then presents the community’s needs and ties it to getting blessings from Allah either now or in the hereafter.  The speaker starts with a request for a large amount … Read More

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Guest Post: Why Don’t Our Mosques Pay for Themselves?

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Building Self-Sufficient Mosques, by Mohammed Ashour Year after year, the overwhelming majority of our mosques dedicate a full hour during the busiest night of Ramadan in order to collect donations from congregants. Oftentimes, it is the same Imam making the same plea to the same people, and surprisingly enough, for the same amount of money that was requested the previous year. … Read More

GuestsGuest Post: Why Don’t Our Mosques Pay for Themselves?