Established as a nonprofit organization in 1976 in London to serve the Khoja Shii communities around the world. Operating under a constitution, it is run by elected officeholders and the executive council. It derives its policies from a conference held every three years. The secretariat is at the Islamic Centre in Stanmore, England. With twenty-four member communities, four regional federations in Africa, Europe, North America, and India, and a total memberhsip of over a hundred thousand, it is regarded as one of the key organizations in the wider Shii world. The organization has served as an important catalyst for capital projects and a venue for channeling humanitarian and other welfare services around the world.