The necessity to effectively harness resources in order to make a greater impact is compelling. The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) has long shared the concern that strengthening practices in the Muslim philanthropic sector must be a priority, with a new view to enhancing social justice. Consequently, it is committed to a process of planning and action to achieve lasting change in the field. In pursuit of this agenda, WCMP envisions working in collaboration with the vast array of individuals and institutions that seek to improve the Muslim world and the broader global community. WCMP, therefore, resolves to work towards building and promoting these strategies in the field, accepting its share of responsibility for completion of this work, as well as encouraging and supporting others that can contribute to this endeavor.

Today, there are an estimated 1.8 billion Muslims constituting 24% of the world’s population. They live across the continents and contribute substantially to the world economy. They are also significant players in the social sector, whereby, developing nonprofits that address human services and social needs or creating charitable foundations that are distributing financial resources at an unprecedented level. Within this group there is a potentially enormous resource base on which philanthropies can build new initiatives to advance social justice.

Muslim philanthropy is at a crossroad, challenged to build new models of giving while simultaneously refining old methods embedded in vibrant Islamic tradition. The foremost challenge in the field is to promote strategic and accountable philanthropy that complements and enhances the generations-old conventional charity, which is often personal and spontaneous. Muslim giving needs to be reexamined and allied with the newly developing era of prosperity and hard-earned stability found in some parts of today’s Muslim world. Externally, Muslim Philanthropy is challenged by prejudice, suspicion and negative publicity, thus limiting its ability to fund programs addressing poverty, illiteracy, environmental degradation and disease.


The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists envisions a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world, generously endowed by ethical, inclusive, and effective philanthropy.

People | Planet | Prosperity


The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is committed to advance strategic giving by leveraging the more effective use of knowledge, wealth, and influence among Muslim philanthropists. It aims to build a culture of enduring engagement where Muslim donors collaborate with each other, and emerge as a significant and vital component of the global philanthropic community.

Strategic Focus

  • Smart Giving & Investing
  • Zakat & WAQF Revitalization
  • Thought Leadership
  • Equitable Development
  • Human Dignity Diplomacy


Driven by the compassion that is intrinsic in Islamic values, Muslims should reach out to the destitute and oppressed, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, or religious belief.

Muslims around the globe contribute billions of dollars to humanitarian causes a year, but their efforts are often poorly organized and not well-known to the world. The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists is formed to help Muslim donors and nonprofit groups to overcome these obstacles. [2008]

The World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists (WCMP) has long argued that strengthening best practices in the Muslim philanthropic sector must be a priority, with a new view to enhancing social justice. [2018]

Trendsetters & Torchbearers

We highlight philanthropists, visionaries, and changemakers of Muslim heritage who have made remarkable contributions to society through their generosity, altruism, and influence in contemporary times.

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