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ING News & Information, 7/2/09
*Ramadan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadan)
*ING Accredited by the Better Business Bureau
*ING Annual Supporters Dinner – Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
To our Muslim readers, wishing you and your families a blessed month of fasting, remembrance and giving.
Like similar observances in other religious traditions, Ramadan is a time for remembering the bounties that God has blessed us with, and sharing them with those in need. It is a time to focus on one’s inner self and exert efforts towards purification and improvement. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe the Qur’an was revealed, and is therefore the month to reconnect with the Qur’an both by reciting it, understanding it, and trying to follow its injunctions, particularly in doing good towards other people. Ramadan is a time for self renewal and rejuvenation.
ING is now accredited by the Better Business Bureau. BBB accreditation signifies that ING meets standards for charity accountability that go well beyond federal and state requirements.
“National charities that display the BBB Wise Giving Alliance seal can do so with pride,” says Art Taylor, President and CEO of the Alliance. “Not only are they attesting to their organizations’ adherence to sound standards, they are helping to increase donor confidence and strengthen public trust in giving.”
To receive accreditation, ING was required to meet twenty separate standards, including the following:
- Its governing board is active and independent as it ensures adequate oversight of the organization’s operation and staff
- It regularly assesses its effectiveness in achieving its mission through measurable goals and objectives as well as evaluations of its impact
- It spends its funds honestly, prudently, and in accordance with statements made in fund raising appeals
- It discloses basic information to the public
The accreditation process was part of a project initiated by Muslim Advocates. ING extends it appreciation both to Muslim Advocates and the Better Business Bureau for their support in receiving certification. Learn more about Better Business Bureau certification for non-profit organizations. Learn more about Muslim Advocates.
Save the Date – October 3, 2009, ING Annual Supporters Dinner
Please join us at our Annual Supporters Dinner as we celebrate 17 years of community service, providing education and engaging in interfaith dialogue, to increase mutual understanding, tolerance and harmony. This year’s theme, Finding Common Ground: Promoting Religious Literacy and Mutual Respect, reaffirms ING’s dedication to our founding vision, mission and goals.
It is a great honor to feature as our keynote speaker Dr. Charles Haynes, Senior Scholar at the First Amendment Center. The program will also feature comedian Aron Kader, founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. Join us as we salute ING’s accomplishments and future work, learn about the pivotal role of the First Amendment, and share a laugh with us at our annual celebration.