To determine a donor profile and to provide estimates on total donated to Shari'ah organizations. Additional details surrounding motivations, interests, pains, and/or the tools used to donate would be preferable.
As there are not specifics surrounding donations to Shari'ah specific organizations, as a proxy these findings will focus on donations in general as a part of zakat, which calls for anyone practicing Muslim as a religion to donate 2.5% of their wealth once a year to help the poor and needy. Of note, most data in these findings will be estimates and predictions, as John Canady, of the National Philanthropic Trust U.K., states certain religious obligations within Islamic teachings stress the importance of being "private and not boastful about your philanthropy."
US DONATION INSIGHTS
- According to VOA, Islamic Relief USA received $19.3 million in zakat contributions in 2017.
- Belkacem Nahi, regional manager for Islamic Relief USA, states that zakat contributions range anywhere from "$25 to a $1 million, depending on the person’s wealth. People who give extra zakat will receive more of a reward from God, while helping those in need.”
- There are "Islamic regulations in place for determining how much zakat a person should give" and as such many Muslim organizations offer zakat calculators on their websites.
GLOBAL DONATION INSIGHTS
BEHAVIORS OF ISLAMIC DONORS
% of donors pay zakat because it purifies their wealth.
- Benevolence and concern for the poor and the needy motivates 63% of donors.
- Interestingly, though privacy in donations is touted in may other sources, this study found that "37% (of respondents) feel that zakat organizations must acknowledge his/her contribution through a letter or a
note or some other form of recognition."
- 40-41% of respondents feel that the
central government should collect and distribute zakat.
- While 67% of respondents state they have a fair knowledge of how to
estimate their zakat liability, 27% need professional advice and assistance.
- Individual zakat donors place a lot of value on audit with 58% opting for mandatory
and independent financial audit and 65% for Shari’ah audit.
- Conformist, frugal
- God’s servants
- Traditionalist — parsimonious,
- Traditionalist —
- Individualist — anarchist
- Recognition- seeker
- No data was uncovered that illuminated any details surrounding specific donations to Shari'ah organizations, as such donations (especially zakat) has been focused on.
- As there is limited information on these types of donations, it is not suggested that attempts be made to create either a demographic or psychographic profile.
- We were not provided a geographic focus for this project, so we assumed a broad approach and looked both at the US and globally to provide insights. If a more targeted approach is desired, for example, the United States, this would have to be clearly communicated to us in any reply.
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