Posted by: Dawud Israel | October 16, 2008

Fundraising Ideas

Bismillah

These are some ideas I had regarding fund raising–something we can never get enough of. Some of these are real ideas and some of them are just for fun. 😀

Now obviously this is intended for actual charities and not just making a quick buck or any nefarious activities!

1) This is by far the smartest, most clever strategy I have seen. When I was studying chemistry I had an Ismaili Shia teaching assistant. He offered all the students a tutorial to prepare for the final exam. Everyone wanted to do good and this TA had a lot of energy so they figured it would be great. The catch was you had to pay 20 dollars which would go to some charity. But after I went in, they handed out this little booklet and as I read it a few names popped up: Aga Khan Charity or something or another.

I initially thought the TA was Hindu but then I realized this was his little way of raising money. It was very sly because all these individuals were non-Muslims (except me and a few others) and just for a little 2 hour tutorial session, which would’ve been normally free (if it was any other TA), he raised somewhere around 2,000 dollars out of around 100 students. Not only that, but this was done so professionally that somehow they got my address and mailed me all sorts of pamphlets regarding their charity.

That strategy is one that utilizes finding little gaps in daily life and making the most for it. And obviously the charity you are working for should be something presentable, not fund raising and appeal to people’s humanity- not something that Muslims should be handling like building a mosque but things like money for orphans. People spend their money very callously in the West and if you can make sure you scratch their back, even a little–they will give. It just depends on finding that itch that they really want scratched. 🙂

2) Pass a bucket around at a rally–any rally. Even though it isn’t your rally, people assume it’s related to the event and they give some money to contribute even thought it’s not monitored! HAHA! Yeah, this is the whacky idea! 😛

3) Shaving your hair for charity…people wonder if this is bad because people donate to see you bald (great for shaykhs!) but it’s safe (I have a fatwa on this) because it’s not complicit with intention so alhamdulillah, it’s all good. You never know what sort of intention people have, even when they pray.

4) I mentioned this to a friend and kind of needs some tinkering because it could cause damage. Investing the donated money into stocks that you are sure will only go up will help the money grow. The downside is, of course, that stocks can go down at times and you lose all that money. This is risky and I think there might be some laws against this…but if you did something like this on your own, not related to charity and then donated whatever came out of it to charity–there should be no issues with that. That is if you are comfortable with the stock market.

5) Web Applications like ChipIn or even Kiva. The latest brand of Islamic fundraising is HalfDate.

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


Responses

  1. a bit off topic but- i’ve always dreamed of an ideal masjid that would not just be a prayer hall – but one with a community centre component for both muslims/non-muslims that would have things like shelters for homeless, drug rehab programs, free fitness programs, cooking classes, after school programs to reduce the amounts of juvenile delinquens, libraries of informational books as well as islamic books, computer labs that would teach people how to use, and fix their computers, debate clubs, city clean-ups, environmental efforts – it sounds like a lot of money but most of these ideas can start without much money at all – all we need is some militant, active, and passionate muslims who are good at keeping their qualities contagious.

    You see if we made the masjid a service to all of humanity, then humanity would serve the masjid.

    And if we welcomed and pushed non-muslims to join us in the masjid, than we would get MASSIVE DAWAH!!!!

    We’re a long way from it, but I hope to live to see the day that this would be the average joe’s description of what a mosque really is.

    Of course we have a few desi-uncles in our way, but with Allah on your side, you can always get good work done!

  2. JazakAllahu Khayrun for this post [and the many others, we are in for a treat 🙂 ]

    I think, another good idea is, marathon running, bungee jumping… Some have considered this, but it should be more promoted.

    More projects that involve people, who are not that ‘practising’ should be encouraged too.

    Like, sponsoring an orphan… 15 dollors might be small, but also a big amount to some people, why not join 5 people to make that amount.. and do it as a group thing….

    More group things!

    Request of your duas…

  3. So, was that donation for the tuitorial session optional or a must?

    I wonder if he got the permission from the school, cause generally, one can’t solicitate on campus.

  4. It was a must.

    And if you are one of those relaxed guys that jokes around with everyone and is friendly with people- they shouldn’t care since it’s a charity.

    It’s like charging people for tutoring…only a charity instead.


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