Most projects that aim to establish a Masjid or Islamic Centre cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions. They typically involve building a new property or acquiring an existing one, which is usually followed with extensive renovations.
Large payments are usually tied to a tight schedule, whether to meet a property closing date, or a contractor deadline, or a promised date for repaying a large loan, or something of that sort. Masjid administrations most likely depend on their local communities to raise funds to make these payments.
The Muslim community is in fact in a very favorable position when it comes to fundraising.
To begin with, Muslims are generally encouraged to give Sadaqah and believe that they will be rewarded for that manifold in the hereafter (and there is a specific reward for building a Masjid). So, right from the get go, you can expect that when you ask your local community to donate to a new Masjid project, they will respond well to your call. Whether or not you have a well thought-out fundraising plan, if you ask for donations after Jumuah prayer, or hold a fundraising dinner, you can expect some good donations.
But, what if your ask is just too big and the donations you receive are just not enough to reach the millions of dollars your organization needs to complete its project? What can you do?
Well, as a matter of fact, your organization is privileged by being a member of the non-profit sector!
While this may not come as a surprise to you, you may be encouraged to know that there are numerous other non-profit organizations that have successfully raised large amounts of funds and did that by following established fundraising techniques.
So, as a non-profit organization targeting the Muslim community, imagine complementing your existing fundraising initiatives with tried fundraising techniques from the non-profit sector? You are in for a ride!
In the articles below, we take a look at some of these established fundraising principles in the non-profit sector and explore how we can use them in raising funds for our Masjid projects.