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November 11, 2011

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November 11, 2011

My daughter and I have had the wonderful opportunity of personally witnessing the outstanding charitable work performed by Catholic Relief Services and it partners in India.

In 2008 we traveled with CRS and visited 5 cities throughout India including Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi. In each
city we were deeply moved by the dedication of the CRS staff and its partners in positively changing lives. We were very fortunate to see first hand the life saving and life sustaining work that CRS is accomplishing in this country.

We witnessed CRS helping young children on the streets of Mumbai learn to read on a true "school" bus, we witnessed life saving programs helping young girls escape the streets of the city, we saw food and sanitation programs effectively delivered both in the city and in rural areas south of Calcutta. We also saw the work done by partners running schools, orphanages and homes for the poor and dying.

We came away from our 9 day trip highly impressed by the effectiveness and the impact that CRS and its programs are having on the poor and marginalized in India.







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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

traveling to witness in person the difference they are making in lives. In addition to India, I have traveled to Africa on two occasions viewing the outstanding work and great progress CRS is making in combatting poverty.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to see that they receive increased funding from government grants, corporations and individuals as they are an extremely effective deliverer of resources to the poor.

October 13, 2011
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October 13, 2011
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Now lets listen from a person who has been in close contact with the work of Catholic Relief Services in India. In India CRS mainly donates to diocesan organisations- in India these organisations are mainly known not to practice what they preach. I still think that the contributions by the church in India are overwhelming - in the field of health and education but these are mainly money spinning machines now. Ask this to any parent in India searching for a school to admit his child.

In terms of the work, I have read the reviews by some donors who seem to have the idea that CRS has its base on the ground. During an emergency (and I have been personally involved in many of these ), what they do is to rain down a lot of "expatriate" consultants who do not know the conditions on the ground before they come- at one time they brought in an intern who wanted to spend christmas out of the US. These consultants mainly have their work experience in African countries where human resources and infrastructure might not be of good quality- in India, we have the best human resources possible, trained, committed and willing to go that extra mile. What these consultants do is to just capture an office and go on typing on their laptops and work on some formats which have absolutely no use. And we believe that the huge salaries and the hardship allowance they get could go to provide succour to a few thousand families more.

Now let me relate the work of its so called partners. What these diocesan directors want is a project - so that the funding that CRS provides can be diverted towards their own selfish ends and the worst part of it is that CRS management know about it but save their jobs- they all want to be polictically correct. At the end of the year, implementation and reports are nowhere to be seen but what can be had is just tall promises in the name of God.

Staff do not say these things because this is inherent in their culture promoted by the management, I have seen CRS staff manipulating books of accounts at the partner locations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

India

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, it cannot be done, it is inherent in the management

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

As a member of the public

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 8, 2011
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July 8, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I’m a summer intern for Catholic Relief Services, and I have to say that my experience here has been nothing but positive. I’ve spent over a month working here, I can safely say that CRS does exactly what it promises to do. The money they receive goes to numerous projects throughout the world. They help people regardless of race or religion. The help goes to whoever truly needs it.

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working with them.

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May 17, 2011
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May 17, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

My analysis of Catholic Relief Services, Inc. calls into question where some of the funds are being allocated. Non-profits are notorious for funding other non-profits, and CRS is no exception. In 2008 they funded the National Religious Partnership for the Environment to the tune of $10,000? What does that have to do with their mission? In many ways NRPE is working counter to the Catholic mission. Non-profits need more transparency, they often operate with less efficiency than tax paying profit institutions.

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I have been misguided by this institution.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it profit oriented with better efficiency and transparency

March 24, 2011
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March 24, 2011
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I have suported CRS since 2000, and believed it to be an organization that spent its income wisely and one that respected the dignity of human life regardless of income, status, or circumstance.

My parents have donated to CRS every year for the past 7 years. This morning, I received my
first telemarketing call from CRS, and the caller's crassness made it clear to me that the organization does not respect human dignity.

I told the telemarketer that my father was deceased, after which the caller again demanded that I tell her whether my father would send a check. I then told her that my father was dead, at which point the caller requested permission to retain him on her list.

I contacted Donor Relations and was told my mother and father's names would be removed from correspondence, but that CRS hired paid telemarketers on a regular basis.

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I had heard for over 10 years about the good work this organization did. This morning, a paid telemarketer called my while I was still asleep, demanded to speak with my father (who died less than 2 weeks ago), and then started demanding money from my late father.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Eliminate paid third-party telemarketers and be honest about what it spends on fund-raising. Show respect toward your donors - if you don't, you probably done responct your "clients" either.

February 7, 2011

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February 7, 2011

In 2003, I was selected by Catholic Relief Services to participate in their Frontiers of Justice program. Each year CRS takes 6 educators to a country where CRS serves in order to better educate them on the work of CRS. I traveled to India, where I met with the people who are served by CRS. There were so many wonderful experiences that I cannot share them all, but I was particularly moved by the work CRS and its partners were doing to prevent child labor and provide education to children who would otherwise be working in the fields. I visited a preschool that was built by previously warring tribes, so that their children would be safe. This project brought opportunity for the children and peace between the communities.
CRS depends on the kind of relationship building that Frontiers of Justice represents to spread the word of their work.
Each year CRS consistently provides relief and development in countries all over the world and insures that 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly into their services, not into their advertising!
Catholic Relief Services serves communities regardless of race, creed, gender or nationality. Their development work helps people out of the grinding poverty of their daily lives and opens up real opportunity for a life lived with dignity. I urge you to learn as much as possible about this wonderful organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The work they are doing to promote justice on the Mexico-US border. I participated in an Encuentro or Encounter set up between US and Mexico Youth in Nogales, MX Also, their peace campaign for the Sudan referendum has been a big part of the successful vote and will continue to be part of the peaceful reorganization of the Sudan into two separate entities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think that the name Catholic Relief Services is too narrow in light of all the human development work they do all over the world.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

This is a wonderful organization, with dedicated, qualified staff, who make every effort to serve their local clients and to spend every dollar very wisely. It has a very low overhead, considering the breadth and depth of the programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Benin, West Africa, 1973-75, when I lived next door to the Director of Catholic Relief Services

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it grow !

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Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Past experience with relieving hunger in Africa in mid-1970s

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Catholic Relief Services makes me proud to be Catholic. The organization fulfills the Gospel call to serve the least of our brothers and sisters--while teaching us how great the least really are. CRS embodies the principles of Catholic social teaching, providing a hand up, not a hand out. I love this organization! It inspires me to say yes to my own baptismal call as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways--emergency relief, education, microfinancing, food safety, etc.........

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the word out about all the great things CRS does. It's not known enough--even within the Church.

February 4, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

CRS uses donations efficiently, and works with people "based on need, not creed". You don't have to be Catholic to support them or to receive helpf from them. Aid is non-sectarian and based on their belief that every human being deserves to live with dignity.

It is well known that they
respond to emergency situations with short term emergency relief when needed ( the tsunami, Haitian earthquake), but just as importantly also on long term solutions - micro financing, education, peace-building, securing clean water supplies, HIV education and medication, helping farmers be more productive and self-sufficient. Their goal is not a culture of dependence on aid, but a planting the seeds for a live changing, culture changing improvements.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with the Patches of Hope program in Cambodia that provided work sewing quilts to women with HIV, and also hospice care when they became to sick to work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to be more visible - get there name out there so people think of them first when they wish to donate to a crisis or an ongoing development issue

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

What a wonderful organization! I particularly appreciate their work with fair trade, the world's poorest people, and climate change. I encourage everyone to get on board with these causes - they are critical and there are so many people in the world currently suffering greatly.

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They are in contact with me and we are working together to promote fairly traded goods in the Philadelphia area.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just with they were more widespread!

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