Islamic Leadership Institute of America
Make a Contribution, Transform a Life, Develop a Leader, Build a Nation
Islamic Leadership Institute of America (ILIA) is committed to developing America's youth and young adults based on the teachings of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as revealed in the Holy Quran.
At ILIA we inspire and develop youth to become responsible leaders of the future taking accountability for the needs of their communities; through experiential learning programs, their own self-identified projects, and making meaningful impacts to society. We are here to inspire and develop the next generation of leaders.
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Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it. -- Frantz Fanon.
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ILIA is considered a zakat eligible organization. Read more to learn why giving to ILIA is important and unique.
Donate to Capacity not Patching
A balanced giving approach is crucial to ensure longer-term stability of our communities. Giving should be aligned to the building of Muslim capabilities needed to address longer term priorities of our local communities; and not just limited to only basic food and shelter support.
To the left are four main domains related to capabilities development of the Muslim community, all of which should be considered by donors when giving.
We all want our donations to have the most impact, only through investing into nonprofits that execute developmental projects like ILIA, and embrace the social investing mindset can that be achieved.
Gone are the days of donating to patch a problem or plug a leak. It's time to donate into capability building more than ever before.
Eligible Zakat Causes
According to the majority of scholars, and the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) the nature of work conducted in these four domains above are eligible for zakat. They fall under the categories of orphans, needy, destitute, and in the way of Allah. ILIA's main mission falls in the Education and Youth Development domain.
Our work serves the building of the Muslim Ummah under the category of "in the way of Allah", students also conduct projects as part of their educational experiences in the Social Services, Media, Public Policy and Human Rights domains as well. Many of our students are eligible zakat recipients due to poverty, being an orphan, homeless, and fall under the categories of zakat above. ILIA also supports low income families who are behind on rent, have lost income or going through calamities.
We invite you to support at least 25% of your giving this year to ILIA to continue our youth development programs.
ILIA is a 501c(3) tax exempt non-profit charitable and educational organization. All donations are tax deductible and donors shall receive annual letters of donation.
Download Organization Overview for Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)
Download Islamic Leadership Institute of America's IRS Tax Exemption Determination Letter
ILIA's Tax ID: 27-0447273
Previous Year Tax Form
Previous Year Annual Report
Receipts for your donation are sent automatically when you make a contribution online on one of our platforms. Receipts for checks as well as all online donations are sent at the end of the calendar year between Jan 1 and Jan 31st of the following year; as well as at the end of each calendar month after the 15th of the month following the month in which the donation was received.
Please make sure to always include your email address on any checks mailed to ILIA to receive your donation receipt. We do not mail out paper receipts except in January, and only to donors who have no email address on file.
Yes, ILIA is eligible to receive donations from employers who offering matching. Read below to learn more.
What Can I Donate?
ILIA receives more than cash. Read below to learn more.
Items Accepted at ILIA
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Every dollar counts. Never underestimate what a contribution can do. From empowering teens to saving lives.
The work of ILIA is essential in developing communities across America. Our services are listed in the image to the right. Donations primarily go towards the following causes:
Financial aid for young adults education, development, healthcare or housing.
Scholarships for young adults and teachers to receive appropriate training.
Support to community members in financial need with rent, healthcare, living expenses.
"It feels good to help others get the help I once needed"
-- 17 years old EmpowerOne student
"It helped me because when I came to the United States, the dorm helped me with a place to stay, and I made connections with responsible people"
-- 30 year old ILIA Dorm resident
"It saved me from being homeless; I have ADHD and ODD and unable to live with my parents"
-- 19 year old ILIA Dorm resident
"Your ideas for [Leadership Development] are excellent"
-- Community Leader on EmpowerOne panel review
"I learned its not easy to start a project and learned how to organize my work and manage it, and how project management relates to Islam"
-- 15 years old Youth Project Management student
"What you are doing is Tikkun Olam, repairing the World."
-- EmpowerOne Wazir attendee.
"Honestly, it has helped so much with life"
-- 17 year old Halal Yeah student
"Kori really enjoyed herself, especially the hiking. I asked her if she would have gone without a friend that she already knew. She said she would have. THAT is definitely a compliment coming from her!
-- Father of 12 year old Youth Leadership Certificate student
"And when it comes to Islam, I am out of my depth. They teach us the fundamentals of the Jewish religion, but not Islam. It should be part of American culture to at least know the basics... maybe we can change that"
-- M. Adams, Christian mother of 18 yr old Muslim I Can Lead Student
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