UNHCR is unique in its commitment to follow a 100% Zakat policy, and pledges that 100% of Zakat funds go directly to eligible refugees. Through the Refugee Zakat Fund, your support for refugees facing hardship is felt immediately by those most in need. The Refugee Zakat Fund does not deduct the standard 7% overhead costs of humanitarian operations from Zakat donations, and any other expenses associated with the distribution of Zakat funds are covered by other (non-Zakat) sources of funding.
UNHCR publishes quarterly reports about the received and distributed amounts of Zakat funds on this website.
UNHCR implements a wide range of humanitarian assistance programmes including provision of shelter, healthcare, education, and cash assistance; the latter has been identified as the best fit for Zakat funds. All Zakat funds received by UNHCR are strictly dedicated to compliant cash assistance programmes, which complements other aid provided by UNHCR.