Instead of the classical calls for donations and rather than just counting on the donations boxes at the door of the mosque, brothers and sisters are getting more and more creative to bring their islamic projects to life. This article aims to summarize some of the effective and creative ideas for raising the necessary funds for a mosque project.
Idea 1 : Associate your project to a successful muslim blog for online donations
Better than just a banner is the actual endorsement of the blogger that will help even more. By writing a good article, with the will of Allah he could motivate his followers and transform your online campain into a success. French blog al-kanz.org is a good example of associating his image with the masjid project of Vigneux.
Idea 2 : Sell the masjid one square meter at a time!
One example is from Granville Youth Association (Australia), with the will of Allah they succeeded in collecting a considerable amount of donations this way for their mosque (machaAllah).
Idea 3 : Build a dedicated website for donations and give a large choice of payment means to muslim visitors
Idea 4 : Communicate on the legal taxation advantages on donations, including to muslim associations
In fact not everyone is aware of how things are working in legal terms, and luckily in many countries, donations to NGO’s and associations are deductible from your yearly taxes (France for instance 66% of your donations to NGOs and up to 20% of yearly income taxes).
So communicate on this well enough, so that everybody knows he could claim back significant amounts of money. Only prerequisite is that your non-profit ngo or association should already exist. It should also sends back receipts to the donor with which he could claim the money.
Idea 5 : Seek endorsements from famous islamic figures and scholars
Idea 6 : Get the local clubs or groups of perhaps other masjids to help
Al hamdulillah, many groups and clubs are now more and more active within masjids. The idea here is to get clubs from various islamic centers, involved and contributing in the project.
For example, the sisters group could regularly bake and sell their tasteful cakes for the cause, the youngster to organize basketball or football contest in favor of mosque, others to organize a fundraising diner…etc. Adding up all these efforts, not only you will get an important contribution but you will also make the mosque project known to different surrounding audiences.