Where do the funds go?
MAA's financial statements are both internally and externally audited on a yearly basis ensuring full transparency for our donors and other stakeholders. As an accredited NGO by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), we are also rigorously assessed by them for our governance, programme management capacity, policies, risk, and partner management.
Every year, we publish an Annual Report in both document and video format to ensure that you, our valuable donor, has access to all the important information about how your funds have been utilized.
The break up
Community Education 0.78%
Marketing & Fundraising 0.99%
administration/running costs 6.3%
distributed project pipeline 10%
distributed funds 80%
How do we keep our admin fees so low?
At MAA International we are always looking for innovative ways to keep our costs as low as possible. Developing systems which allow us to forego conventional methods of working in an office environment as well as promoting various campaigns give us the opportunity to remove these associated costs. Some of these initiatives are:
Fundraising for Administration Fees
In an effort to continuously bring down our admin fees we took the initiative to allow donors to specifically donate towards them through our state-of-the-art, Sharia compliant, online donation system. This is used to offset any expense of the office and related running costs.
using digital over print
MAA International generally prefers using digital media to reach out to our donors over more expensive advertising mediums such as Billboards, Shopping Centre Ads & Newspaper Ads. We focus our marketing efforts on establishing networks and via social media sites.
paperless office environment
Another great initiative we have started to implement is to move all our work online and eliminate the need to use of paper in the office.
At MAA International we hire efficient and talented staff who are subject matter experts within their fields. All staff are hand picked to ensure we maximise on productivity and complement one another. Through this, we are able to develop state of the art systems to manage donations both on and offline, accounting processes, marketing, reporting and project management. These systems not only make our work more efficient, but also eliminates the need to unnecessarily hire additional staff, helping us to distribute more to those in need.
MAA will make every effort to allocate your donation as per your preference. In some cases, for reasons outside our control (e.g. to meet Shariah requirements, Government restrictions, etc.), we may not be able to implement a project for your preferred cause within a reasonable time. Once all options have been exhausted (or after a specified time), MAA may reallocate your donation to a similar cause or project (without affecting the donation type, i.e. Zakah will only be used as Zakah, Emergency Aid as Emergency Aid, etc.).