Answers to your most frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do you pronounce “Baitulmaal” and what does it mean?
Baitulmaal is pronounced “BAY-tul-mal” with the “mal” like Mallory. Baitulmaal literally translates from Arabic into English as “House of Wealth” but its meaning is that of an “Institution of Charity.” Essentially, Baitulmaal is your home for charity.
What does Baitulmaal do?
Baitulmaal serves as a conduit between the compassion of our donors and the needs of our beneficiaries. Baitulmaal provides life-saving, life-sustaining, and life-enriching humanitarian aid to under-served populations around the world regardless of faith or nationality. Our vision is a world free of want.
Where is Baitulmaal located?
Baitulmaal is headquartered in Dallas, Texas (meet the national team here). We also have offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
Where does Baitulmaal work and what are some of its programs?
Our compassionate donors enable Baitulmaal to RESPOND to emergencies, SUSTAIN families, and empower communities to THRIVE in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, the Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, South America and the U.S.
In addition to responding to emergencies with immediate aid such as food, water, medicine, hygiene kits, and assistance with evacuations or debris removal, Baitulmaal also provides long-term solutions to long-standing problems such as access to clean drinking water, resources to combat disease and malnutrition, and programs to strengthen and support communities.
- Distributing nutritious food packages
- Repairing damaged homes, hospitals, and schools
- Supplying hospitals with antibiotics and medical supplies
- Sending winter aid packages to displaced communities
- Installing solar panels in schools for renewable energy
- Promoting sanitation and hygiene by digging deep water wells, installing desalination plants, and filling water tanks
- Assisting with COVID-19 efforts in the U.S. and abroad
- Conducting vocational training in communities
- Providing food for seasonal programs such as Ramadan iftars and Udhiya meat distribution.
- And much more
What percentage of my donation goes to those in need?
Baitulmaal is 501 (c)(3), tax-deductible, zakat-eligible charity with a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator and Platinum Seal of Transparency on Guidestar.
A portion of your donation (9% in 2020) goes toward reasonable administrative costs (3%) and other support expenses (6%) to ensure the delivery of charitable services. The percentage of donations that go toward programs is 91%.
How do you get aid to countries that have blockades in place?
Charitable organizations are working together under the umbrella of large humanitarian forums. This enables us to take advantage of help through the United Nations. The UN relies on these forums to facilitate humanitarian aid distributions. This is not to say that getting aid to certain countries is without difficulties. But we work hard to get aid to where it is needed and have been blessed with being able to do so.
What type of orphan programs do you have?
Baitulmaal facilitates one-to-one orphan sponsorships of Syrian, Palestinian, Yemeni, Kenyan, Somali, Lebanese, and Jordanian orphans. Sponsorships span a minimum of one (1) year (through either a monthly or one-time, one-year donation) and cover an orphan’s nutritional, health, educational, psychological, and social wellbeing. Donors are assigned an orphan and receive updates on their support.
Baitulmaal also offers a general orphan support program for donors who want to support other efforts to help orphans grow and thrive around the world outside of the sponsorship program.
Can I dedicate my gift in honor or in memory of someone?
Yes, we have a dedication option on our online donation form. Simply check the box and select “in honor” or “in memory” and enter the name or names of who you want to dedicate your gift to.
I want to donate to PayPal, but how do I make sure my donation goes to a specific country or program?
Our donation form is fully integrated with PayPal. You can donate with the confidence that your gift intent will be recorded and honored.
Do you accept Crypto currency donations?
Yes! You can learn more here.
I have questions about my donation. Where can I get help?
Please reach out to [email protected] (you’ll be assigned a donor care specialist soon).
I want to raise funds for Baitulmaal. How can I do that?
You can start a fundraiser on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/fund/baitulmaal/ or like, share, and add our link in your bio.
You can also ask your supervisor or human resources department if your employer has a gift matching program. Many employer gift matching programs will match your donation, essentially doubling your impact.
What other ways can I be involved?
Here are a few more ways to keep the compassion going:
- Pray for those in need around the world
- Send a donation on behalf of someone who is unable to donate due to economic hardships or to honor a loved one
- Share baitulmaal.org with your friends and help grow the Baitulmaal family
- Follow Baitulmaal on social media and invite your friends to also follow
- Turn your compassion into volunteerism! Sign up to volunteer with Baitulmaal here.
Have any more questions? We’ll get you answers! Feel free to send us an email at [email protected].