Frequently Asked Questions

How are donations spent?

At Ascend Institute, we work hard to ensure that every penny is spent in the most effective way possible because we are accountable to our donors, people in need worldwide, and most importantly, responsible to Allah (SWT).

Here at Ascend Institute, for every dollar you donate:

$0.93 goes to the program service you chose to donate to. This may be for general aid, school supplies, family assistance, and or Quran and Books. $0.95 out of every dollar donated will go directly to the intended cause.

$0.02 goes to general aid. This includes funding needed for the daily operations and administrative expenses of Ascend Institute.

$0.05 goes to Ascend Institute’s ongoing fundraising efforts.

Furthermore, a significant amount of our work is done by generous and hard-working volunteers who donate their time to stretch your dollars even further. Our volunteers define the power of partnership.

Is my donations secure?

Absolutely. We use industry-standard SSL technology to keep your information secure and safe. We partnered with PayPal, the industry’s established payment provider trusted by some of the world's largest companies. Your sensitive financial information never touches our servers. We send all data directly to PayPal’s PCI-compliant servers through SSL.

Is this donation tax deductible?

Yes. We are a tax-exempt organization, so your donation is tax deductible as per your local regulation. We will email you a donation receipt. Please keep this, as it is your official record to claim this donation as a tax deduction.

Can i cancel my recurring donation?

Of course. You can cancel it at any time by clicking the link in your donation receipt and follow the instructions provided.

What is the deffirence between a plublic charity and a private foundation?

All Section 501(c)(3) organizations have what is called a “foundation classification.” The terms “public charity” and “private foundation” are ways of referring to an organization’s foundation classification. Because of the way the law is written, any organization that qualifies for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) is presumed to be a private foundation, unless it can show that it qualifies for one of the exceptions to private foundation status. Any organization qualifying for such an exception is sometimes called a public charity. Some types of organizations, such as churches and schools, are defined as public charities by operation of law. But most organizations qualifying for public charity status do so because they can show that their financial support comes from a broad cross-section of the public. Organizations that receive their support from a very narrow base or that were set up by a wealthy individual or family will typically be classified as private foundations. Although both types of organizations are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3), private foundations are subject to certain excise taxes and reporting requirements that do not apply to public charities.

What do you do with my donor information?

We treat your donor information seriously. Your information will be stored in Ascend Institutes database and will not be shared with or sold to anyone.

You may also give anonymously so that your desire to avoid recognition will be fully respected by Ascend Institute.

Does Ascend Institute discriminate in its delivery of services against those of a particular race, color or sexual orientation?

No. Ascend Institute strives to provide assistance to all who come to us for help, based on the individual’s need and on our capacity to meet that need. We make no distinction regarding ethnicity or sexual orientation.