After establishing a Masjid in a locality, many Muslim Communities in the West choose to start a full-time Islamic School to address the desire by many parents wanting their children to receive secondary education within an Islamic environment.
Establishing these schools usually involves acquiring a new property or renovating – or expanding – an existing one. Of course these are sizable projects, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, and tuition fees collected for registered students wouldn’t be sufficient to cover the costs. And since these schools are not publicly funded, they have to rely on donations to cover these costs.
Fortunately for Islamic schools, their target donors, primarily from the Muslim community, have a lot of incentives to donate.
We all know the rewards of instilling good manners – Akhlaq – in our children and teaching others the Quran. So, right from the get go, you can expect that when you ask Muslims to donate to your Islamic school, they will respond well to your call.
But, what if your ask is just too big and the donations you receive are just not enough to reach the large amounts your school needs to start or continue operation? What can you do?
As with Masjids, your Islamic school is privileged by being a member of the non-profit sector! In fact, there are many other private schools in the West 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 Islamic Schools.