The Islah Reparations Project Organizing Document

Mission Statement: Mobilizing resources for reparations to displaced, occupied, and recovering communities.

Vision: An enduring, restorative relationship between the citizens of occupying countries and the communities suffering as a result of military occupation. Voluntary reparations in the form of infrastructural contributions to medical, educational and social systems, as well as advocacy support.

Our Values: Islah is Arabic for reparation, reform, restoration. This organization is supported by donors who wish to offer reparations to the subjects of US funded military occupation. Establishing reliable channels through which citizens of occupying countries can collaborate with victims of military occupation is critical to the process of reconciliation.  Islah does not believe that offering monetary reparations is the most effective way to restore human dignity, but that replacing destroyed material and social infrastructure, as well as offering personal advocacy work, is the most impactful method.

Budgeting and fundraising is based on solicited requests for specific non-monetary resources: direct dialogue with people on the ground helps us coordinate flexible responses to dynamic situations.

Ensuring Accountability: Islah does not make direct monetary contributions to any organizations or individuals in order to avoid misappropriation or misuse of resources.  Instead, the organization offers services and materials to achieve its mission and vision.

The organization works to ensure that the charitable contributions of donors will be utilized for the purposes they intend. Islah also has a clear financial accounting system, as well as a system for documenting the proper receipt and use of its non-monetary assistance in accordance with Islah’s mission statement.

Form 1023, Part III, Line 1: Purpose Clause

Islah is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Form 1023, Part III, Line 2b: Dissolution Clause

Upon dissolution of Islah, assets will be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding section of any future federal tax code.  Assets will be distributed to public charities within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including one of the following organizations, if applicable at the time of dissolution: American Friends Service Committee, Rebuilding Alliance, International Rescue Committee, or the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.  If none of the aforementioned organizations exists as a public charity within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code at the time of dissolution, assets will be distributed to the federal, state, or local government for a public purpose.  Dissolution will follow the state requirements under California Corporations Code, section 6615.

Form 1023, Part IV: Narrative Description of Activities

Islah’s planned projects seek to provide medical infrastructure to facilities in communities of people adversely affected by the externalities of US-funded military occupation.

Planned Project, 2012-2014: Medical Envoy to Fallujah General Hospital, Fallujah, Iraq

Islah has been fundraising publicly to donate medical equipment to the Fallujah Children and Maternity Hospital in Fallujah, Iraq. The hospital has requested a list of equipment needed by their clinics and laboratories in order to meet the needs of the population. Upon delivery, Islah volunteers will further evaluate the operating conditions on the ground at the Fallujah Children and Maternity Hospital and other nearby medical centers to develop further goals and projects based on our findings. We will also investigate any other pressing medical, advocacy and educational needs in alignment with our organizing principles, and may choose to support other institutions, including schools, community centers, or public organizations by providing goods or services.

Fundraising for this project is directed by the two founding members, Cameron Zachreson and Kali, and undertaken on a volunteer basis from Berkeley and Santa Cruz, California. 100 percent of funds donated will go to purchase and delivery of the equipment by volunteers. Fundraising activities include mail, email, phone, and online solicitations, as well as solicitation or foundation and government grants.  Islah may receive donations through its own website, the websites of other organizations, via mail, or in person.

Planned Project, 2014-2016:

Based on investigation of pressing medical, advocacy and educational needs in Fallujah, Islah will prepare a second project in alignment with our organizing principles after return from the delivery to the Fallujah Children and Maternity Hospital.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Line 4d:

Islah will conduct fundraising activities in the state of California. Islah will fundraise for itself, and will not fundraise for other organizations. Other organizations may fundraise on Islah’s behalf in the state of California.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Line 10: Intellectual Property Clause

Islah retains sole rights to use and distribute any method, written content, images, and/or media content developed under the organization’s name unless said rights are explicitly released upon consent of the board. Islah retains the right to distribute intellectual property for charitable activities as defined in Section 501(C)(3) of the Code, and will not be exploiting intellectual property for the commercial gain of any private entity. Any fees charged will be used for exempt purposes as defined in Section 501(C)(3) of the Code.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Line 11: Non-monetary Donations

Islah may accept donations of real property, intellectual property, works of music or art, licenses, royalties, automobiles, other vehicles, or medical equipment under the condition that donors apply no terms contradicting Islah’s charitable purposes as defined in Section 501(C)(3) of the Code.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Line 12a: Operations in Foreign Countries

Headquartered in the United States, Islah operates internationally.  Currently the organization operates in displaced, occupied, and recovering communities in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Jordan, where war-torn Iraqi communities most in need infrastructural contributions to medical, educational and social systems, as well as advocacy support. In accordance with the organization’s mission statement, Islah’s operational activities are not limited to Iraqi populations within the Middle East, nor are they limited to the Middle East as the sole region for operations. The organization’s operational activities may take place in other foreign countries in the future.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Lines 13 b-g:

b. Distributions of non-monetary aid will provide infrastructural, educational, and advocacy support for displaced, occupied, and recovering communities in accordance with the organization’s charitable purposes as defined in Section 501(C)(3) of the Code.

d. Recipient Organization: Fallujah Children’s and Maternity Hospital. Islah’s relationship with the recipient organization entails coordinated operations with respect to installation, training, and oversight of donated medical equipment. This is the recipient organization for Islah’s current project.  In the future there will be other projects with other recipient organizations that require non-monetary aid in the form of infrastructural, educational, and advocacy support for displaced, occupied, and recovering communities in accordance with the organization’s charitable purposes as defined in Section 501(C)(3) of the Code.

e. In order document and record distributions from Islah to other organizations, Islah will maintain a written record of receipts for all transactions.  Recipient organizations will be required to sign receipt documents, as well as offer photographic and signed written evidence of continued proper use of all distributions at periodic six-month intervals.

f. Islah does not take applications. Instead, the organization evaluates potential cases, and solicits requests for project assistance. Islah evaluates solicited requests on a first-come first-serve, case-by-case basis.  Eligibility of project requests is based on the degree to which a project request matches Islah’s organizing principles.

All following criteria must be met in full for a project request to be granted:

1) The project request is directly linked to externalities of US-funded military occupation.

2) The project is feasible based on a reasonable cost-benefit analysis balancing the degree of positive impact with financial cost of the project.

“Degree of positive impact” is based on the number of affected people who benefit from the project.

  • “Affected people” is defined as civilians who suffer from externalities of US-funded military occupation.
  • “Externalities of US-funded military occupation” includes displacement, bodily injury, lack of access to basic and previously existing infrastructure including schools, hospitals, roads, etc., and lack of access to social infrastructure including education, cultural resources, etc.

 

3) The requesting entity is able to provide services to the community of affected people in accordance with Islah’s mission statement and organizing principles.

4) Direct ethical and operational oversight is possible to ensure project success, ensuring that resources are never appropriated for violent purposes or any purpose not specific to the project goals.

g. In order to avoid misappropriation or misuse of resources, Islah does not make direct monetary contributions to any organizations or individuals. Instead, the organization offers services and materials to achieve its mission and vision. The organization works to ensure that the charitable contributions of donors will be utilized for the charitable purposes outlined in the Islah mission statement and organizing principles.  Islah’s system for proper receipt and use of its non-monetary assistance requires that local Islah volunteers at project sites oversee the installment and continued proper use of donated resources, including medical equipment installed in hospitals or rural clinics. In order document and record distributions from Islah to other organizations, Islah will maintain a written record of receipts for all transactions. Recipient organizations will be required to sign receipt documents, as well as offer photographic and signed written evidence of continued proper use of all distributions at periodic six-month intervals.  Islah volunteers will routinely inspect the use of resources allocated to various projects, and will report relevant information to Islah on a routine six-month basis.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Lines 14 b-f:

b. Recipient Organization: Fallujah Children’s and Maternity Hospital, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Islah’s relationship with the recipient organization entails coordinated operations with respect to installation, training, and oversight of donated medical equipment. This is the recipient organization for Islah’s current project.  In the future there will be other projects with other recipient organizations in accordance with the organization’s charitable purposes as defined in Section 501(C)(3) of the Code.

d. Upon soliciting contributions from donors, Islah provides written documentation stating: “Islah has ultimate authority to use contributions made at its discretion for purposes consistent with its charitable purposes, as described in Islah’s organizing principles.”

e. Before granting any resources to requesting entities, Islah will inquire about the recipient’s financial status, its tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code (if applicable) or similar status as granted by the country in which the organization reside, its ability to accomplish the purposes for which the resources are provided, and other relevant information.

f. In addition to procedures described in section 13g, Islah’s founding members and/or board members will make site visits when volunteer reports or recipient documentation indicates the need for more extensive oversight.

Ensuring Accountability:

Islah does not make direct monetary contributions to any organizations or individuals in order to avoid misappropriation or misuse of resources.  Instead, the organization offers services and materials to achieve its mission and vision.

The organization works to ensure that the charitable contributions of donors will be utilized for the charitable purposes outlined in Islah’s mission statement and organizing principles. Islah also has a clear financial accounting system, as well as a system for documenting the proper receipt and use of its non-monetary assistance in accordance with Islah’s mission statement.

Form 1023, Part VIII, Line 15:

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