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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Religion, Roman Catholic

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.

Target demographics: The poorest of the poor in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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 more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Catholic Relief Services is a phenomenal nonprofit that really seeks the good of the other in all circumstances. We have worked with them as a parish in many different settings and have been blown away by all they do!

Theresa R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with programs in various counties and can testify to their impact in communities. My last trip to Rwanda showcased a stellar program on food security through farming practices, nutrition education, and clean water. They reversed over 90% of stunting within one community in less than two weeks! They are doing some of the most important work on the planet as a partner and in solidarity with community.

2 Shane Hill S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to be introduced to the great work done by Catholic Relief Services in 2010 by my boss and pastor at the time, Father Wayne LeBleu. He was very involved as Director of CRS in our Diocese of Lake Charles, and asked if I would consider introducing our parish to what was then called Fair Trade "Work of Human Hands" consignment sales. Every advent since 2010 we have held this Fair Trade/Ethical Trade sale at Christ the King Catholic Church and we draw people from all over our diocese to our little church by the airport. This type of sale was made possible by cooperation between CRS and SERRV, another non-profit organization that makes the products available to people to purchase outright or enables organizations to host a sale. I was blessed to be chosen to go through the Fair Trade Ambassador training in Seattle in the Spring of 2013 and came back ready to spread the word throughout our Diocese about the poorest of our brothers and sisters around the world and their efforts to earn a just and fair wage for their goods and crafts. I spoke about my experience on our local catholic show at the time, Glad Tidings; was allowed to have sales at various events and parishes in the Dioceses of Lake Charles as well as in the Diocese of Lafayette. I was saddened when I spoke with Stephanie Bosse recently and learned that this Christmas (2019) would be the last sale I would host in my parish, but happy at the same time. Through the hard work of so many wonderful ambassadors trained and supported by CRS and the work of CRS itself as well as SERRV; the need for promotion of fair trade items is waning because the word is out, people are listening and it is spreading to many locations and stores. You can purchase these same Ethical/Fair trade items at so many places now. This was the goal all along. I am looking forward now to exploring other opportunities that CRS will offer in the future to help our brothers and sisters around the world, thus continuing my opportunity to mission from my own little parish in Lake Charles, LA.

Cathy Gavigan S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with professionals from Catholic Relief Services for many years. Their programs, educational tools and personal assistance have been instrumental in my social justice education work with university students, faculty and staff. CRS staff are up to date on current events abroad because they are committed to long-term development and they employ local experts in each country they serve. I have found CRS' planning to be thoughtful, careful and responsive, and their implementation to be thorough and collaborative.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Catholic Relief Services I have seen firsthand the great work this organization does. Serving in over 112 countries, CRS not only assists people devastated by natural disasters but also works with them after things are under control to teach new skills and show the way to a better, improved life for the future. They do this while maximizing funding (96% of donations are used for the actual work CRS does) and employing people from the various countries to supervise and do the work rather than bringing outsiders in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced their engagement with communities both domestically and globally. They truly engage collaboratively with the communities they work with. Their commitment to educating students on global issues and advocacy is inspiring as well.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to observe on the ground work of this organization and their work is incredible and highly effective. I am a proud donor to CRS and the work they do around the globe in reducing poverty and building a resilient future. The university I work at also supports CRS as its official aid agency and has students who serve as CRS Ambassadors.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a faculty member at a private Catholic university, I greatly appreciate the resources available through the Faculty Commons. The videos, case studies, and activities are well-thought out, engaging, and extremely useful for college-level discussions.

1 Hosffman O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) excels at every level in its mission to help people throughout the world to live better lives. The fight against causes such as the elimination of hunger and poverty, lack of access to basic education, proper care and support of refugees, and providing basic conditions for everyone to live with dignity, among others, need champions at the individual and organizational level. CRS is at the forefront of these as a non-profit organization. It makes those who support its work proud. CRS makes our country proud embodying the best of American solidarity values. Hosffman Ospino, PhD.

Elizabeth N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned of this organization after Hurricane Matthew. Shockingly, churches and people around me spoke of bringing the displaced children of Haiti to the U.S.! But CRS worked with the organizations there to house, to start to clean water, then to crush the piles of cement so people can rebuild. Later I went to Haiti and saw how it really is a world of cement rubble (and discarded plastic). Now I have a chance to advocate for, educate, and fund-raise for national and international humanitarian aid for CRS . The wealth of resources and knowledge the organization provides me is endless. I'm very proud of CRS.

Jean Welch H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have given to CRS for many years, and had the incredible opportunity to see some of their programs at work in Malawi. There are many non-profits that provide charity to the vulnerable, but CRS isn't about just handing out food or stuff. CRS recognizes that people in poverty still have minds, voices and dignity. It's programs center on helping entire villages improve their lives for the long term. The programs I witnessed used locally available products and expertise to successfully respond to the ongoing impacts of climate change or malnutrition. CRS provided resources, yes, but it also provided far more important reminders that the people in the village had the skills and knowledge they needed to make their communities stronger. The women in one village, for example, learned how to make more nutrient rich meals out of crops they could grow in their area to end the crisis of malnutrition. Homeowners learned how to build their homes to withstand higher flood waters - building techniques their ancestors used but had been abandoned for faster methods. CRS lives up to its promises--going where others won't and always respecting the dignity and sanctity of life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a longtime CRS supporter and volunteer, and I am consistently blown away by the expert organizational strength of this global agency. Effective, empowering, and always moving its supporters to live a life of faith that is expressed by care and connection with every human being. You could not find a NGO doing more to build peace and justice everywhere!

Donor

Rating: 5

Service with Faith, Heart and Conscientiousness, low admin expenses. Direct Front line service to the most needy children refugees in Middle East. Serving our Jesus.

Margaret D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother has donated to CRS my entire life. I have donated to this nonprofit a couple times and absolutely love how easy it is to donate.

Donor

Rating: 5

Catholic Relief Services is a GREAT organization helping the needy throughout the world in so many ways. Rest assured, your donation will always be put to the best use!

Donor

Rating: 5

Their values and integrity make it more worth-while to donate. I know my humble contribution is in good hands.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate being able to donate to Catholic Relief Services online to help victims of the Mexican Earthquake - it is fast and easy and I did it through Pay Pal - How easy is that?!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I agree with Pope Francis, that know one should be hungry, and our government should be making sure of this!

Donor

Rating: 5

Simple message, simple mission: serving the poor. Committed to promoting social justice, and providing charitable solutions to problems.

Glenn V.1

Donor

Rating: 5

great organization that does amazing work, helps the poorest and makes a difference.