We are launching our annual safer giving campaign to help you continue giving generously to registered charities this Ramadan.
We highlight some simple steps, such as checking a charity is registered before you give, to ensure that your Zakat gets to the right people.
The Muslim Charities Forum have estimated that Muslims across Britain donate around £100 million during Ramadan. A huge variety of charitable work is delivered off the back of this generosity, saving lives and providing services to people all around the world.
We’ve produced a short video to help you check that you are giving to genuine registered charities.
Nick Donaldson, Head of Faith Charities Engagement at the Charity Commission said:
All year round, and especially at Ramadan, the generosity of British Muslims is amazing – your money has a massive impact in your communities and for causes around the world.
We want to help you to continue giving safely – you deserve to be confident that your donation is going to those who need it most. Check that you are giving to a genuine registered charity by going to gov.uk/checkcharity
Fadi Itani, Chief Executive Officer at the Muslim Charities Forum said:
We know that Muslims in Britain are enormously generous in their charitable giving. Around £100 million is donated each year across Britain during the holy month of Ramadan alone.
We at the Muslim Charities Forum see first-hand the difference those donations make. That’s why we are supporting the Commission’s campaign and are encouraging Muslims to check before you give to ensure you are giving to a genuine registered charity and that your Zakat is going where it is intended.
Advice for safer giving at Ramadan:
- before giving, check for a charity registration number – you can verify by looking at the charity register gov.uk/checkcharity
- be more cautious about people collecting for general charitable causes, such as ‘for sick children’ – make sure you’re giving to a genuine registered charity
- when approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed and undamaged
- if in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity
- never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediately
- if you want to donate online, type in the charity’s website address from your internet browser
- be careful when responding to emails or clicking links within them – don’t click-through from suspicious looking emails