The holy month of Ramadan is the most blessed month in our religion. It is a time of reflection and contemplation, where we work to reconnect with our faith, and improve ourselves and the world we live in.
In this blessed month of reflection, we look not only to how we can improve ourselves on an individual level, but also, as charitable organisations. There are always ways we can improve the sector and our organisations, and it is important we take the time needed to reflect, discuss and grow, so that we can do what we do best: support and empower communities across the globe.
COVID-19 has meant that our traditional Ramadan customs and celebrations in 2020 have had to be suspended, with masjids closed, and taraweeh prayers and communal iftars cancelled. Now, as we enter Ramadan for 2021, similar restrictions still apply.
But, the giving spirit of Ramadan lives on, with charities stepping up their digital campaigns and fundraising to compensate for the loss of in-person fundraising. It is important that, during this time, we remember the true spirit of Ramadan and do not become overly competitive or practice unethical behaviour in our fundraising.
This guide offers suggests areas that we believe the sector should consider reflecting on, as well as advice on how to implement changes within your charity and the culture of the sector.