Author: Khalil Jassemm
Publisher: Authorhouse (October 2006)
Pages: 524 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
The tragedy and resulting tempest of September 11, 2001 forever changed the global scope and mechanics of nonprofit organizations in the US and around the world.
In the aftermath of this tragedy, the nonprofit world changed forever and all nonprofits found themselves the focus of attention from the government, the media and the public at large. Muslim nonprofits found themselves under intense scrutiny with their operations being under a cloud of suspicion. Unfortunately, a number of large Muslim charities were closed administratively on the basis of what many in the Muslim and Arab community consider weak evidence or no evidence of wrongdoing and without due process. There is a need to educate the public on the concept of Muslim charity, on how Muslim charities operate and to offer a guide on how to operate a successful charity that is professional, open and transparent.
Visualizing this need, Dr. Khalil Jassemm, one of the leading figures in the Muslim and Arab NGO sector with more than 15 years of experience, offers the reader a comprehensive guide for understanding Islamic charity and for running a successful nonprofit in the US.
By taking the reader through an overview of the concept and significance of charity in Islam in a comparative context and the primary phases of founding, organization, management and practice, this book addresses important issues facing nonprofit organizations operating in the post-9/11 world.
Charity work is not simple work. To many in the lay public, charity work is perceived as simply accepting donations and giving that money away. To professionals, it is about properly acquiring the donation, managing it, spending it, and publicizing the work.
This book will be an invaluable nonprofit organizational and management reference tool, while also providing a comparative perspective on the act of Islamic charity. Regardless of mission type, this text will provide guidance for all nonprofits to becoming more professional and effective.
Thought-provoking and groundbreaking, Islamic Perspective on Charity: A Comprehensive Guide for Running a Muslim Nonprofit in the US is essential reading for anyone interested in learning about the Islamic perspective on charity, how Muslim organizations operate in the US, and how to run a successful nonprofit. We hope for two outcomes from reading this book. We hope this book would make the general reader an informed donor that is aware of Muslim charities and their work, and we pray that this book would be a refresher course to professionals in this field to improve their knowledge and skills.
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Dr. Khalil Jassemm was born in 1954 in Al-Wajihiya, Iraq, a small village northeast of Baghdad. In 1976, he earned his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology, Baghdad.
Dr. Jassemm moved to the United States in 1979. He received his Masters degree in Aerial Surveying Engineering in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing Engineering in 1985 from the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the leading institution in the field of Photogrammetric Remote Sensing at the time.
Dr. Jassemm taught in several colleges and universities in the US and abroad. He is the founder of LIFE for Relief and Development, an international nonprofit organization based in Southfield, Michigan, and is currently its CEO and President. With over 15 years of experience in the field of international relief, Dr. Jassemm is renowned as a leading figure in the domain of Muslim and Arab NGOs in the US.
Dr. Jassemm is recognized as one of the top leaders of the Muslim and Arab community in North America. In this capacity, he has been interviewed by a number of print and electronic media outlets in the United States and abroad, and has served on many panels in the US as an authority on Muslim and Arab NGO issues.
LIFE for Relief and Development is the largest Arab-American and Muslim NGO holding a consultative status with
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All charities found themselves in a new political and enforcement environment in the post-9/11 era. The whole nonprofit sector had a new set of challenges to deal with, including new demands for accountability and transparency. More internal controls were required. Governmental and community outreach became not an option, but a must.
Muslim charities face the same set of challenges as those of any nonprofit sector, but with additional challenges relating to donors, recipients, and general operational issues. If the American Muslim charities are able to upgrade and increase capacity, they will serve as a model for Muslim and Arab charities worldwide.
This book is a comprehensive guide for nonprofits to grow and prosper. The first three chapters deal with the concepts and principles of Muslim philanthropy, while the others serve as practical guidelines for nonprofits to function professionally.
Chapters 1, 2 and 3: Chapter 1 discusses the concepts of philanthropy in Islam with references to other religious charitable practices to put into comparative context. It examines the size and behaviors of American Muslim philanthropy—how much they give, and to what causes and organizations. Chapter 2 discusses how Islam deals with the issue of poverty, and considers at length the concepts of Zakat and endowment (waqf) in Islam. Chapter 3 is an overview of the laws of compliance for American nonprofits post-9/11. It also discusses the backlash from September 11, 2001, and the targeting of Muslim charities. Within this chapter, my research demonstrates that it is in the strategic interest of the US to empower these charities as vital assets to improve America’s image abroad, primarily in the Muslim world.
Chapters 4, 5 and 6: These chapters outline how to think strategically, helping the nonprofit to base its entire operation on a focused mission, and working within a clear strategic plan to achieve the desired goal. Chapter 4, ‘Defining Your Vision and Mission Statement’, discusses the role of the mission statement in nonprofit organizations: how to conceptualize it, and how to implement it in decision-making. Chapter 5 deals with strategic planning, from its role in nonprofit management, its formulation, and then its use within the nonprofit’s organizational operations. Chapter 6 addresses goals: how to set objectives and goals in light of a strategic plan, and how to achieve these goals.
Chapters 7 and 8: These two chapters deal with the people behind the organization. Chapter 7 approaches the subject of the nonprofit board of directors: their role and responsibilities, and the function of the governance system behind the organization. Chapter 8 addresses the issue of management of staff and volunteers: how to effectively develop and manage your human resources.
Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13: Fundraising, marketing and building effective relationships are addressed in these chapters. Chapter 9 is an overview of sources of funding. Chapter 10 presents ‘The Missing-Link Cycle’ as a proven model developed by us for the nonprofit to effectively connect to their donors or potential donors. In Chapter 11, the focus is on successful direct mail solicitation, which is a prominent method of fundraising used by Muslim nonprofits in the US. Chapter 12 outlines how the Internet can be an effective fundraising tool. In Chapter 13, I discuss the vital issues related to donor, community, and government relations.