WHAT IS Human Aid UK’S DONATION POLICY?
We understand the importance of Amanah (trust). We also know that to fulfil Amanah, we must be responsible, accountable, and transparent. That’s why Human Aid UK is committed to an ethical donation policy, ensuring that as much of your donation as possible is spent on direct aid.
With your Zakat and Sadaqah, we strive to deliver aid in the most efficient way. However, all of our projects come with unavoidable administrative costs. This includes activities such as fundraising, governance, and support, which are essential to the completion of our Projects.
Therefore, Human Aid UK plans to spend 10% of your donation to meet the administrative costs. In other words, for every £1 you donate, we plan to spend up to 10 pence on administration. We recommend donor’s to make necessary adjustments to their zakat calculation in order to get the full zakat donated to the beneficiary.
This allows us to use your donation more effectively to transform the lives of communities, families, and individuals around the world.
COLLECTING AND DISTRIBUTING ZAKAT
Allah has ordained that one of the categories of people eligible to receive Zakat is the administrator of Zakat (al ‘amilina alayha). They are the ones who are responsible for collecting, storing, guarding, registering and distributing Zakat. In fact, this category of people comes third only after the poor (al fuqara) and needy (al masaqin). It is not only understood that there will be costs incurred when collecting and distributing Zakat, but a whole category was dedicated for this purpose, and therefore at Human Aid UK want to be open and transparent where funds are spent.
We endeavour to spend your Zakat within the financial year, however should any unforeseen circumstances occur, due to working in conflict zones, this may delay spending zakat within the time frame. The donor’s obligation of Zakat is fulfilled when they donate and will not be accountable for delay of delivery.
ORPHAN DONATION FUNDS
Surah an-Nisa contains a strict warning about the misuse of the wealth of the Orphan:
“Indeed, Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those to whom they are due.”(Surah an-Nisa, Verse 58).
Therefore, Human Aid UK does not allocate any administrative costs for donations made to the Orphan Fund.
This ensures that the Orphan will receive 100% of their sponsorship money in the form of education, health, shelter, food, security, or nutrition. In cases where the orphan sponsor is no longer engaged with our project, we will allocate your Orphan Fund donation to the next Orphan on our waiting list.
HOW DO WE MANAGE OUR DELIVERY COSTS?
At Human Aid UK, we constantly seek to reduce the delivery cost of our projects. To achieve this, we are actively developing new income sources, which includes:
- Encouraging direct donations to our administration fund.
- Generating income through trading activities. For example, items donated to our clothing bank may be sold, and any income generated will be allocated to our administration fund.
- Applying for grants from various organisations, trusts, and corporate sponsors.
Reclaiming tax under the UK government’s Gift Aid scheme. Gift Aid allows eligible taxpayers to increase the value of their donation by 25%, and Human Aid UK will allocate this additional money to our administration fund.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH EXCESS FUNDS?
After a project has been completed, any residual or future funds will be allocated to a general emergency fund of a similar project.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A PROJECT CANNOT BE COMPLETED?
Due to working in conflict zones where the situation on the ground changes constantly, safety is of paramount importance when delivering your aid. Therefore if a project cannot be completed, any residual or future funds will be allocated to a general emergency fund of a similar project.
HOW DO WE MEASURE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATIONS?
We base our project delivery to meet the expectations set by SPHERE standards. Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene Promotion (WASH), Food Security & Nutrition, Shelter & Settlement and Health. In practice, we should measure impact based on effective humanitarian responses and address needs holistically, and the Humanitarian Sector should work towards this. We work to identify immediate needs and prioritise activities that will address these.
Human Aid UK regularly sits with the Islamic Council of Europe to ensure that we regularly check that all our projects meet the correct application of your Sadaqah and Zakat.