The Annual Fund (AF) is what sustains your organization/masjid. The AF is typically what you need to raise to cover your budget (scheduled/operating expenses, fees, bills, etc.). Most nonprofits break even at the end of the year, have a little bit of a surplus, or worse, end up in the red. This cycle prevents you from thinking bigger, envisioning better, and it also proves to be a hurdle for unexpected expenses.
What many organizations don’t understand at times is that the AF is a gamechanger. Raising the bar, and challenging your community to do better will result in envisioning bigger and better. Aiming higher for your AF pushes you to think long-term.
The Barakah Project will sit down with you to understand your needs and desires. We will use data to give you a very specific and detailed plan for your Annual Fund. This plan will help you grow and expand your operations, will allow you to hire or acquire resources you thought unimaginable. We will help you grow your Annual Fund manifold.
The majority of nonprofits plan for the coming fiscal year. Most fail to envision their organization beyond that one year. Becoming an effective community requires effective short and long term planning. The Barakah Project will help devise a custom 5 year strategic development plan that will take you to the next level. By the time we complete and put into play this plan, no dream will be too big.
We will provide a 5 year growth plan for your community and work with you on identifying annual benchmarks. Year by year, we will be able to assess the gradual productivity of the plan we put together. Year 1-3, each year will see a 10% increase than the previous year. Years 4-5 will see a 20% and 30% increase respectively.
By the end of the 5 years, you will have:
The Barakah Project aims to put together the best and most effective fundraising events. Whether it’s your annual banquet or gala, or your Ramadan fundraiser, we’ve got you covered. With 15 years of experience putting together small and large events, The Barakah Project will plan and execute your entire fundraising event from A to Z. From providing you highly motivational speakers, to keynote attractions, and entertainers that will keep the audience engaged, we will give you the comfort and ease of knowing that things will operate as smoothly as possible, God-willing.
The Barakah Project can provide you with:
Additionally we will:
Our religion teaches us about the concept of recurring sadaqah and the benefits of it even in our graves. The Barakah Project will equip you with a Planned Giving Program that will allow community members to leave you in their wills, include you in their estate planning, make annuities/stocks and other non-cash contributions to your organization.
Planned Gifts are the largest gifts organizations receive from donors. It shows the utmost level of trust a donor will have with the organization. Mosques in particular are left as beneficiaries of estate planning from many donors.
These gifts are great to go towards endowments, future planning, expansion and major financial decisions your organization will have to make. The Barakah Project CEO and COO both are certified in Planned Giving and will help devise an entire Planned Giving program for your organization.
One of the biggest challenges many communities face is the disconnect between religious clergy/leadership and the congregation. According to a recent survey by the ISPU, the biggest segment of the community that is missing from the Masjid is the 18-34 age range, despite making up the biggest population of Muslims in the US.
Most communities are one qualified resource away from taking things to the next level. Whether it’s a vibrant Imam who understands the needs of the American Muslim community, or a Youth Director that will help shape the next generation into leaders, The Barakah Project will help equip your community or organization with resources.
Additionally, The Barakah Project will organize workshops with experts in areas such as:
We work with Imams, Scholars, Seminaries, Institutions that will travel to your communities and provide your community with the relevant knowledge and beneficial information. We will be able to connect you with other major organizations that will continue to bring resources to your community.
The majority of Muslim organizations raise 60-70% of all their funds during the month of Ramadan. Muslims generally give more in Ramadan because of the added rewards and blessings. The Barakah Project will curate your Ramadan playbook which will help you:
The Barakah Project will provide you with: