Islamic Relief’s financial rating tumblesJuly 1, 2013
The financial health of the largest Islamic charity in the U.S. has been downgraded by Charity Navigator from four to two stars. The financial rating lowered Islamic Relief USA’s overall rating down to three stars—IR-USA’s lowest rating since fiscal year 2001. The following chart is a portion of Charity Navigator’s ratings from the present going back to 2008:
The rating was published in May and reflects data from 2011. Charity Navigator is widely regarded as the nation’s top evaluator of nonprofits.
A decline in IR-USA’s stated revenues and soaring administrative costs contributed to the downgrade. IR-USA reported $160 million in donations in 2010 but only $63 million in 2011. At face value, the plummeting revenues suggest fewer donations, but a more accurate valuation and decrease of in-kind donations of medicine has more to do with the apparent financial nosedive.
In 2011, Forbes reported that Diana Sufian, an independent contractor, was terminated by IR-USA after hyper-inflating the charity’s assets over a five year period. Sufian used grossly inaccurate valuations of deworming drugs. The overstatement was no minor bookkeeping technicality—IR-USA’s drug stockpiles represented 75 percent of their stated assets.
Sufian was paid $510,000 for the year in which she was fired for services she performed. One wonders why Ms. Sufian has never been charged with financial statement fraud.
Rather than being fired by the board of IR-USA over the Sufian drug value catastrophe, the charity’s CEO Adeb Ayoub is paid $168K a year, and has been reappointed by the Obama administration as an adviser to the State Department for the next two years.
IR-USA donates millions of dollars each year to Islamic Relief Worldwide, a UK-based organization that has aided Hamas and whose leadership is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. A Department of Justice official has implicated IR-USA for being a conduit for the flow of money from America to terrorist groups abroad. Russian intelligence indicates that IR-USA funds militants in the North Caucasus—the region where the family of the Boston marathon bombers originate.