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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.

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 6, 2011

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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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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?

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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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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
1 person found this review helpful

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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 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

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Review from Guidestar
February 2, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I've seen the work Catholic Relief Services does firsthand in Ghana, Africa, and have heard presentations stateside about the work they've done in Pakistan, Haiti, and Southeast Asia. I have made a purposeful effort to get to know the staff in my region and some from the national office. They all show a dedication to humanity and emphasize sound principles in assisting those in need. They emphasize development rather than simply charity, and empowerment of local people. They hire local people primarily and have only a small number of domestic staff in the United States. I respect so much that they serve those in needs from their religious principals, but they do not require or recruit those they serve to join or participate any particular religion or religious activity. They build partnerships with local members of the community and educate American donors in an effort toward global solidarity. They are my primary charitable organization because I believe they use their money so wisely and I admire their principles, their work, and their staff.

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

In an immersion trip to Ghana, West Africa. I visited the free clinic they support and the saw the agriculture, health, and education headquarters in Tamale.

Ways to make it better...

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

make it better known!

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

Catholic Relief Services saves thousands of lives and brings fresh water to those without!

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

Personal messages from those who were helped by them.

Ways to make it better...

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

None

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

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.

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing

More feedback...

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

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

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.

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

February 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 1, 2011

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.

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

Their responsivieness to donors.

Ways to make it better...

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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