Catholic Relief Services

Rating: 4.42 stars   59 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Religion

Location: 228 West Lexington Street Baltimore MD 21201 USA

Mission:

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching as we act to:

  • Promote human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies; and,
  • Serve Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.

As part of the universal mission of the Catholic Church, we work with local, national and international Catholic institutions and structures, as well as other organizations, to assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.


Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 100 million people
Geographic areas served: International
Programs: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. With more than 70 years of experience, we alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in 91 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 13-5563422
888-277-7575
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have confidence that any money I donate to CRS goes to people who truly need it. I am a fan of the way the organization is set up with feet on the ground and established long-term relationships throughout the world so that money and time are not wasted when a crisis hits.

I also appreciate the way CRS communicates via Facebook, Twitter and E-mail. This communication keeps me up to date in a cost-effective and timely manner.

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

seeing others in need helped by those who know what to do.

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

Nothing

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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?

None - wanted to choose one charity where my money would be put to good use.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is trustworthy, efficient and effective.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

CRS is a hands on relief organization that is always one of the first,if not the first relief organization on the ground helping those who need critcal supplies like food,water and shelter.They also are an organization that stays in country long after the publicity fades to continue helping victims rebuild their lives.money donated to CRS isn't tied up in overhead but is used to truly help those in need.

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

being a contributor.i thoroughly checked how CRS used financial donations and was well satisfied how greater than 90 pennies per $ are used in aiding the needy.

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

i would not change this organisation,instead i would try to change other organizations to immitate CRS.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CRS serves more than 100 million people in more than 100 countries and five continents!! That alone says it all!!!

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

I witnessed the love and dedication with which they cared for Cambodian refugees in Thailand.

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

Give it greater publicity that the world might truly know how powerful and dedicated it is in reaching out to those in the greatest need in our world.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I can't think of another organizatin who does such great work consistently, professionally and creatively. I had the opportunity first hand to be with CRS on a trip for youth ministers to the HOly land. It was there I saw the way CRS works. People from the local areas run the agencies who serve the poor, hungry, marginalized and those affected by war and human greed. To quietly serve and empower the local people is a great gift. It is really how Jesus did things.
CRS continues to serve but also to educate in creative and effective and collaborative ways. No one does social justice better!!

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

The CTW trip and since then through resources used in catechesis and education, operations rice bowl.

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

Be more explicit about ways they are serving in Haiti and around the world. Let the world know!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

From the time I was a little girl I have known of the work of CRS. I have always been impressed with the efficiency of the organization and their responsiveness to donors. When I hear about a disaster somewhere in the world I think of CRS. I know that CRS stays for the long haul, that they don't just come for the "photo opportunity," but remain long after others are gone. Not only are they interested in disaster relief, but also in development and rebuilding.

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

Their responsivieness to donors.

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

Help them to spread the word far and wide about CRS

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the early fall a priest spoke at my church during Mass about Sudan. He asked all of us to pray the 101 Days of Prayer for that country. In speaking with him later that day he explained the situation to me because he had been there. It was quite an eye opener!

I said that prayer twice a day (just to make sure...) and tried to keep up on the information about the vote. It was disappointing to me that this important event was not in the news as much as I would have liked to have seen it.

My Goddaughter in Vermont sent me an article from her local newspaper about her boyfriend. While perusing other articles I found one entitled "Lost Boys of Sudan." I wrote a letter to the editor (which was printed) encouraging prayer for Sudan and the fact that these boys should be able to vote from America because we want them to enjoy the blessings of freedom that we have.

Because of email and Facebook I was able to pass that prayer on to others.

I know that the situation is still tenuous in Sudan so I continue to pray but it took just that one priest, who works for CRS, to plant a seed for prayer that is probably all over the USA now!

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

hearing from a member of CRS

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

I wouldn't make any - they serve the world perfectly!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very pleased with the way Catholic Relief Services reaches out all over the world to help the less fortunate regardless of the need and regardless of the person in need. They sponsor a lot of diverse programs that do more than just feed the hungry and care for the sick...they EMPOWER people and INSPIRE them. Since I am still a graduate student, I may not be able to donate as much as I would like to this organization, but it is a comfort to know that a good percentage of what I donate goes to those who need it most. I have recommended this organization to my friends and family and will certainly continue to do so. Keep up the good work and God bless you for all that you do!

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

Catholic Relief Services keeps me informed about how my donations are used as well as the successes in ongoing projects. I feel that my donations are put to good use and am very pleased with the manner in which this organization serves the less fortunate.

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

My only suggestion is that this organization take advantage of networking sites such as twitter and facebook. I would also send more emails as opposed to snail mail.

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Rating: 4 stars  

When disasters happen, or when our office staff are feeling generous, we always look to see what CRS is doing and where. Then we make our collection and send it, sometimes earmarked for a particular cause.
We can trust CRS to put the monies where asked, or where most needed, and we can trust them.
We are a multi-national and multi-racial staff, lucky to have what we do in a changing world, and willing to share it regularly with others.
We donated during hurricanes and tsunamis, earthquakes and floods. But it's regular donations "just because" that make our hears sing the loudest.

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

the reports on FaceBook and research done online.

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

have them keep on using social networking to get the word out about their efforts. Other needed changes are unknown

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Rating: 5 stars  

Whenever there is a large scale crisis, I know that my donation to CRS will povide the most bang for the buck for the victims. CRS usually has a team in the ground wherever the greatest need is and they get right to work.

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

About a month ago I heard a story on NPR about how CRS was distributing simple rock crushers in Haiti to facilitate the rubble cleanup and give people a way to help. I did a little cheer in my kitchen for CRS. That's how they operate. Just plain old common sense and a lot of hard work.

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

No changes.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Catholic Relief Service has been close to my heart my entire life. The organization has been through good an bad but yet come out on top. They truly are an organization that is "Giving Hope to a World of Need". They are always number one in times of crisis staying long after others have gone. The executive team, Board Members and employees are the most down to earth people I have ever met. They have a world of knowledge and use it to their benefit. We are lucky to have people in this world who want to help and not just "go to work".

Thank you Catholic Relief Services for everything you do.

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

I have lived overseas and my family travels with Catholic Relief Service and I see the direct impact the organization has with the world.

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

They have made wonderful changes I would only say to continue pursuing the ideas of employees and work hard to help those who need it most.

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