DUBAI- The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, IACAD, in Dubai has announced that it registered 38 fundraising violations in the emirate in the first half of this year. The total amount collected from these donation boxes amounted to AED32,189.
The Office of Zakat and Charity Affairs in IACAD issued the report on the violations as part of its measures to monitor donation boxes to ensure the mechanism of collection adheres to directives approved by the department. This is achieved by regular inspections by the management to ensure charitable activities in the emirate adhere to the provisions of Decree No. 09 of 2015.
This includes reports on unofficial fundraising practices, unauthorised donation boxes or unofficial fundraising campaigns. Ahmed Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Charity Sector, reiterated IACAD’s keenness to ensure compliance with the law on fundraising, noting that the department has documented all violations detected thus far. "IACAD encourages all strata of society to contribute to charity, however, it has to be in adherence with the mechanisms and regulations established by law. This is to ensure that donations reach their intended beneficiaries and enhance trust between donor institutions, individuals, charities and beneficiaries," Al Muhairi said.
As part of Decree No. 09 of 2015, issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai was entrusted with the task of organising and licensing fundraising initiatives in the emirate. It is also IACAD’s remit to monitor the funds collected through donations, receive them and determine their best use to aid the underprivileged.
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