Identity based giving  a case study

Publication date

8th July 2015


Sadia Kidwai



Identity Based Giving: A Case Study of Islamic Relief


Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is an independent humanitarian and development organisation present in over 40 countries around the globe. Inspired by the Islamic faith, IRW has helped millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people since receiving our first donation from a young Muslim boy in 1984. Our projects include responding to emergencies, most recently in Syria, Yemen and Nepal, and providing sustainable solutions to long-term development challenges, through our disaster preparedness, education, livelihoods, water and sanitation and healthcare projects.

We also run a number of seasonal projects centred on key elements of the Islamic calendar, such as Ramadan and Eid. Despite the financial pressures placed on civil society organisations (CSOs) in recent years, in a context of increasing need and squeezed resources, as fundraisers are met with donor fatigue and economic recession, IRW’s income has continued to grow. In 2012, IRW was the fifth largest private humanitarian fundraising organisation in the world, following only Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), UNICEF (the UN Children’s Fund) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).



Sadia Kidwai,(2015), ‘Identity based giving: a case study of Islamic Relief’ in state of Civil Society Report 2015, [Online], available at:


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