Muslim Charities Forum urges donors to ‘Be Smart’ during Ramadan 

07 Apr 2022 News

The Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) has launched a campaign aimed at helping donors who may be vulnerable to scams during a period when many donate to charity.

During Ramadan the UK Muslim community donates around £150m to domestic and international causes as part of worship during the sacred month, either as Zakat, the 2.5% obligatory contribution for eligible individuals, or as additional voluntary giving. 

MCF says some donors are seeking more information about how money is spent, but despite this many still donate without conducting basic checks. This leaves them vulnerable to scams or their donation not being used effectively. 

To address this MCF has created the Be Smart campaign, which comprises of a series of videos and a guide

The campaign also includes a self-assessment tool which helps donors to scrutinise their donation habits and discover their donor personality type.

Campaign partners include Muslim Communities Project, Muslim Council of Britain and Islam Channel and MCF is encouraging Muslim-led charities to support the initiative. 

Fadi Itani, CEO of MCF, said: “British Muslims have developed a third sector that serves important causes, close to the heart. Muslims now need to think carefully about their role as donors to strategically enhance the sector and the beneficiaries we all seek to help.”

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