First American Muslim Charities Accredited through Groundbreaking National Program

Muslim Advocates Charities Accreditation Program Provides Donors and Public a Valuable Tool in Time for Ramadan Giving Season

(SAN FRANCISCO) August 25, 2009–With growing demand for assurance about the integrity of American Muslim charities, Muslim Advocates — a national legal educational and advocacy organization — unveiled the first three American Muslim charities to receive accreditation through a recently-launched program. Islamic Networks Group (ING),UMMA Community Clinic, and Inner-City Muslim Action Network are the first three non-profit organizations to successfully complete the Muslim Charities Accreditation Program (MCAP), just in time for Ramadan, a holy month when Muslims focus on charitable giving.

Click here to learn about the accredited charities.

The Muslim Charities Accreditation Program was recently profiled in the Associated Press and on, as well as on blogs in the Washington Post and Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera also discusses the charities program in this profile from Religion News Service.

Launched in August 2008, Muslim Advocates’ charities accreditation program is the first and only program to provide Muslim charities with legal guidance and one-on-one technical assistance to promote best practices in charity management and compliance with federal laws. Charities have completed a rigorous review by lawyers at Muslim Advocates and received accreditation by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

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