(Alexandria, VA) — Islamic Relief USA CEO has been reappointed to the U.S. State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group. His next term will be for two years.

In his role, Ayoub will participate in dialogue and provide input on relevant topics, including the challenges of and opportunities for partnership among the various organizations represented in the group. He, along with other group members, also will identify model action programs and projects for collaboration between government agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

“We feel honored to be asked to join this group for another two years, working with diverse leaders to help bring reform,” Ayoub said. “As a humanitarian organization, we can bring a lot to the table.”

Ayoub will also serve on the Faith-based Groups and Development and Humanitarian Assistance subgroup, which examines faith-based organizations’ challenges, opportunities and resources in addressing societal needs for humanitarian assistance. In addition, this forum will work to ensure NGOs’ freedom to operate and and deliver humanitarian aid.

Other members of the subgroup represent World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, Bread for the World, and American Jewish World Service.

“The State Department wants to better engage faith-based organizations,” Ayoub said. “Hopefully, by participating in these groups, Islamic Relief USA can further its role in providing solutions to critical humanitarian issues and alleviating the suffering of people around the world.”

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Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization with nine consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator through 2012, and subsequent above-average ranking. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. In 2011, Islamic Relief USA programs benefited more than 5 million people in 34 countries, including the United States.

In addition to its high rating on Charity Navigator, Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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