Our work would not be possible without the contribution of many incredible people. Partners and donors around the world step forward with one-time donations, recurring monthly donations, legacy donations, and annual funding of our various projects. All the contributions we receive are completely voluntary. That is why the collaboration of people like you is so important for us to continue doing our job in making the works of Idries Shah as widely available as possible, in all modern book formats.


  • Individual donors 15%
  • Larger donors 60%
  • Income from charitable activities 11%
  • Other income 10%
  • Investment income 4%


  • The English Language Project 17%
  • The Spanish Language Project 17%
  • The Middle East Languages Project 14%
  • Children’s Books for Afghan Children Project 9%
  • Fundraising 14%
  • Support and Governance costs 29%

All of our special edition hardcovers, limited edition hardcovers and children’s books have been made possible through very generous donations for which we are extremely grateful. All proceeds from the sales of these books are ring-fenced for the Books for Afghan Children Project.

ISF has been working to provide illustrated books to children in Afghanistan on a mass scale. The tales, written by Idries Shah, are being illustrated by a range of talented artists in both East and West. The first six illustrated books are ready, with a further six currently in production. Plans are afoot to produce many other stories by Shah in coming months and years.

The project aims at inspiring Afghan children with teaching stories that will help develop thought processes, a love for literature, and a sense of imagination. At a time when few Afghan children own illustrated books, we believe providing stories of this kind will inspire the new generation, just as it does in the West.

More details of this ambitious project will follow over the coming months. For now, we would like to thank everyone who has donated for the project, and everyone who has purchased illustrated editions of the books.