The MCC is a regional masjid with a vibrant congregation focused daily on finding faith through the community. Each day, we aim to open our doors wider and become a welcoming space for everyone who enters our facility, allowing them to experience what a community should feel like.
The MCC has specific guidelines on how our organization supports a nonprofit organization:
- We positively do not allow appeals from the mimbar. No Khutbah at MCC will advertise or promote an organization’s work, causes, or programs during the sermon. We dedicate this beautiful spiritual time for our congregation each Friday for the worshiper to access a comforting, spiritual, and practical message from the pulpit without promoting an organization or cause. While we regularly co-host events on pertinent community issues, we do not host programming that directly promotes a nonprofit or a business. The Jumu’ah at MCC is a sacred time for the hundreds of our congregants to find faith through the community. MCC does not have an open-door policy for Khateebs. Our community event suggestion form explains our approach in a little more detail and the vetting process for any new Khateeb.
- Our support is restricted to Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Each Friday, hundreds of worshipers visit for our Jumu’ah prayer services. Up to two nonprofits (headquartered or actively operating in the Bay Area) may table in the foyer. An MCC representative announces the presence of this organization, and the organization engages in passive marketing of their organization. We do not allow flyering at facility doors or on cars in our parking lot while an organization tables. Our tabling request form explains our policy in greater detail.
- During Ramadan, the community center focuses on spirituality and MCC facility projects. Each Ramadan, the MCC focuses on replenishing its Zakat Fund and raising funds for facility improvements for our congregation. Therefore, the MCC institutes an annual Ramadan moratorium. This moratorium includes no Taraweeh, Jumu’ah, Iftar, or Eid appeals and no Jumu’ah tabling during the holy month. Bay Area nonprofits: Please plan on tabling before or following each Ramadan.
- Sponsorship requests. We appreciate the many causes, banquets, and invitations to sponsor events. Except for our community strategic partners, MCC does not support events or fundraisers or crowdfunding campaigns. Please have the individuals apply directly with us for financial assistance, food, burial assistance, or an in-house scholarship.
- Zakat/Sadaqa: Our Zakat and Sadaqa funds are reserved only for families in the East Bay (generally Alameda and Contra Costa counties), and the MCC Zakat/Sadaqa Committee stewards each fund. We do not reallocate or transfer our congregation’s donations to other organizations.
- The MCC facility is available for rental. Nonprofit organizations receive a 20 percent discount on facility rentals for approved programming – generally hosting a speaker without a fundraising element. The nonprofit may also ask for MCC to cosponsor their event, and if approved, MCC would not charge a facility fee. Please use our suggestion form to make this request. A nonprofit may not rent any portion of the MCC for a fundraiser or to perform fundraising during a private event. Approval of a nonprofit event is subject to the Board of Directors’ approval.
- The MCC newsletter & social media channels are reserved for MCC programming. Brimming with activities for our subscribers, our weekly events newsletter (subscribe at https://www.mcceastbay.org/newsletter) is sent out at 5 p.m. each Thursday. We hold back internal events at MCC each week to prevent overwhelming our subscribers or clipping in their inboxes. We do not have a Community Events section for our Bay Area nonprofits to promote other events. We currently are not accepting posts for our Community Board in the MCC foyer.