Catholic Relief Services stands in solidarity with all people around the global, honoring the dignity of all humans made in the image and likeness of Christ. They respond to natural disasters, they teach farmers how to increase their harvest so they can earn more and more people can be fed, and they promote good nutrition and hygiene as a way to eliminate illness. CRS believes in integral human development, a holistic approach that provides not only direct aid but also education to help people develop their gifts so they can break the cycle of poverty. They are focused, efficient and effective with the funds I have donated. They are a wonderful partner
CRS team members are the boots on the ground responding to poverty worldwide, providing dignity to all persons, providing basic needs and safe environments with much love. CRS does this by utilizing all donated funds and resources with 92% of funding used for actual programming and help and 8 % for administrative costs. CRS teams immediately respond to natural disasters helping to empower community leadership creating communities that work together helping resolve economic and basic needs for their respective communities. I feel confident advocating on behalf of CRS that has earned my trust and continues to lead the way in humanitarian diplomacy.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the most effective and the most credible relief agency in the world. It is the official relief agency of the United States Bishops' Conference and serves more than 105 countries and hundreds of thousands daily, not only with emergency services, combatting hunger and migration, but also long-term and short-term education and assistance with sustainable development services.
I am an ambassador for Catholic Relief Services and have had the privilege of traveling with them and observing their service to the poorest of the poor in our world - especially refugees. Catholic Relief Services represents the United States well in bringing compassionate care to the hungry, the thirsty and those without shelter. I invite you to check their website - crs.org - and spend some time viewing their relief and development work in the world including their response to COVID19 in the world, their relief work in Lebanon after the horrific explosion in Beirut and their development assistance in countless areas.
Helps the poorest of the poor regardless of religion, nationality, ethnicity wherever there is a crisis.
We lived in Ghana 40 years ago and saw CRS in action, working alongside villagers to create better, sustainable farming communities. We were impressed, and since then, we’ve seen their work in other parts of the world, always in cooperation with local groups. We are proud of having donated through payroll deduction from our first year working until our retirement. Now we give our time to advocacy work with CRS guidance.
We've been giving to CRS since the first year of our marriage 40 years ago. My husband is a retired Foreign Service Officer and we were posted to Africa and Southeast Asia where we witnessed first hand the humanitarian and development efforts of CRS personnel. They give wisely and ceaselessly of their time and talents and have empowered many poor people around the world. We are so proud to be part of this work.
Mary Helene and Nick Mele
Great nonprofit! I've had the opportunity to collaborate with some of their staff and I am nothing but impress of their commitment to making a positive change in the world, individually and as an organization.
They reach everywhere - from refugee camps to Osama Bin Laden's backyard to the edges of conflicts - demonstrating that Catholics can truly love neighbors wherever they are found
When I think of those suffering from famine, malnutrition, drought and poor economic situations around the world, I think of CRS. The mission of CRS is not only to bring immediate relief efforts to the poorest of the poor of our international community, but to stay and help rebuild the community to sustain itself! That means contributing direct resources so folks purchase goods from local farmers, applied science is used to update agricultural techniques, and water wells with filtration systems are engineered for the people to thrive.
When we contribute to Catholic Relief Services, we become part of the mission to help those who are suffering abroad so they can be able to thrive and contribute to their own community and abroad themselves. This is how the gospel of Jesus Christ turns into action.
Sometimes you hear the terrible news that other relief agencies provide immediate relief and then disappear, or the resources they provide puts local businesses out of business thus leaving the community they were assisting worse off. Not with CRS. That is why I advocate and support Catholic Relief Services. I know my contributions will make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting.
I am a donor and a volunteer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). I am also a former employee. CRS is a wonderful organization. Most of its revenue is devoted to programing that directly reaches and touches the lives of its beneficiaries. One little story best illustrates what CRS is about. I first went to work for CRS immediately following the devastating tsunami in Indonesia. I remember seeing photos of the basic needs kits CRS was handing out to victims. It contained basic toiletries but also something else caught my eye. It was a little rug and when I inquired I was told that most of those affected were Muslims and this was a prayer rug to serve their spiritual needs. This seemed so loving and caring to me. And it was from an organization that at its heart did not even ascribe to the same religion. CRS was at its heart, however, I would come to learn guided above all else by the principles of social justice embodied in Catholic Social Tradition. CRS is all about 100% service to all members of the human family who are in need. CRS is Top Notch and deserves Top Rating.
They are always ready to help no matter what the needs are or what your background is.
CRS helps in the most remote areas in the world where only few organizations are able to reach those most in need.
I have seen first hand how CRS is first on the seen after a catastrophe providing food,water, blankets, medicine, etc. They can do that because they’re there 365 days a year. They have the confidence of the local church and government. When other Caritas organizations are looking for partners to guide and assist them they choose CRS because we are the world’s best international humanitarian organization.
CRS provides emergency assistance, education, heath care and development to impoverished people beyond US borders. CRS also educates those within US Borders about the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world. Finally, CRS is fiscally very sound - 92% of every contribution goes to help people directly. I saw first-hand some of the peace-building and educational work CRS supports in Zimbabwe. CRS is my favorite non-profit.
CRS is one of the few non-profits for which over 93% of donations go directly to meet the needs of the poor around the world. They have over 75 yrs of experience and dedication to serving the most vulnerable people in over 100 countries. They are committed, trustworthy, faithful, and dedicated to the social teachings of the Catholic Church.
Awesome organization that does the work of our Lord. Provides so many essential goods and services to the world's neediest populations!
I have visited CRS programs in Rwanda and Nicaragua and seen first hand the amazing life changing work CRS does.
Sooooo deceitful & duplicitous.
If you've never read the Lepanto Institute's years of dressing down this organization as a Population-control arm of the U.S. gov't (specifically working with Pepfar, USAid, & the Global Fund), then you are in for a big surprise. They produce tons of contraceptive materials, surruptitiously fund others' contraceptive-distribution, and even funnel some women to abortion organizations. But what else would you expect from an org that gets 78% of its 1 BILLION-dollar-budget from the US gov't, and whose career-bureaucrats often support Planned Parenthood? NO Catholic principle, here.
I believe that the Catholic Relief Services in Egypt does not reflect the Catholic identity as you claim.
In Egypt, Catholic Relief Services is far from its partnerships with the local church, except in a few programs to avoid embarrassment
It is trying to distance itself from the church and even deliberately excluding the church so that it is not accused of being a Catholic!!!
CRS serves the poorest of the poor worldwide and serves on the basis of need - not creed. Nobody does it better, nobody. Fiscally responsible and operationally efficient, not only is CRS first on-the-ground with emergency relief and life-saving care, but they also go where few people dare to go in pursuit of peace-building and the sustainable development of communities. From clean drinking water, to micro-finance, to HIV, to refugees, I have witnessed first-hand how lives are saved and then transformed. CRS helps people see the face of Christ in the suffering of others, providing renewed hope and restoring their God-given dignity: “BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF CRS, NONE OF MY CHILDREN DIED THIS YEAR” Ponder that – it says a lot. We are one human family for which we are all responsible. Thank you CRS! Miguel Santos
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Their values and integrity make it more worth-while to donate. I know my humble contribution is in good hands.
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?!!
I agree with Pope Francis, that know one should be hungry, and our government should be making sure of this!
Simple message, simple mission: serving the poor. Committed to promoting social justice, and providing charitable solutions to problems.
great organization that does amazing work, helps the poorest and makes a difference.
We have always felt that CRS makes good use of our donations with low overhead expenses. CRS help goes to all groups, regardless of religion, and is a living testimony to Christian caring for others. We are so blessed in this country, and the situation is so desperate in so many countries, it is important that organizations like CRS continue to receive our strong support.
Over the past several years, in my role as a a campus minister, I've accompanied college students on short term immersions in the developing world. Whenever possible we arrange to spend some time with Catholic Relief Services (CRS ). Having seen first hand projects ranging from peace-building to agriculture, from economic justice to HIV/AIDS care and from health care to education reform, I believe that CRS is a great non-profit. They are mission-driven and fiscally responsible. They adhere to an integral human development model that respects the dignity of the people and communities where they work. Thus, outside the US, most of their employees are local folks from in-country.
At the most personal level, I admire and respect CRS because of the mission as I understand it: to spread the good news. This does not mean proselytizing or converting, not in the least. It means clean water and sanitation, Fair Trade, basic health care, education, women's empowerment, disaster relief. It means respecting the human dignity of each and all and it means striving to live in solidarity with all of God's creation.
If I had one more career in me - CRS would have my resume in a minute. ; )
My family became involved with Catholic Relief Services when I was 14 years old in 1979. The charity brought a family from Laos to the United States that consisted of five children from ages 8 months to 7 years. 35 years later, these "kids" have grown into great human beings that are forever grateful to Catholic Relief Services for saving them almost certain death in a war torn country. The charity does unbelievable work and more than 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to their mission.
In the late 90's I was working in Tanzania desperately trying to address a rapidly emerging situation with a growing HIV pandemic. Overwhelmed with demand for services, I was at the point of almost giving up. CRS became a true partner. They provided not only technical expertise, but administrative and management expertise to help a local clinic grow and expand. Quite honestly, they also did a lot of hand holding as well. Without any question, Catholic Relief Services is the finest international development partner I've ever worked with. Within all of the solid supportive guidance and technical expertise to grow and expand resulting in quality services for people affected by HIV, there was always the presence of faith and true holistic care.
Catholic Relief Services does God's work wherever there is great need across the globe. I have given generously to this organization because of its stellar good works and because of the nonprofit's very low administrative costs. CRS uses all contributions efficiently.
A little over six months after the terrible earthquake struck Port- au -Prince in the Island of Haiti I had the opportunity to visit that country and city with Catholic Relief Services. We saw first hand the devastation that that poor country experienced. But we also saw the resilient efforts made by Catholic Relief Services and some of its partners to bring some degree of assistance by way of shelter, medicine, and food to the victims, not just of the earthquake but also of the ensuing cholera epidemic that came on the heels of the earthquake. CRS imported a number of rubble crushing machines from Africa to help alleviate the conditions in Port-au-Prince. Although it was not enough to solve the total problem of the toxic rubble that lay everywhere in the city, it provided employment to local people to crush the rubble and make sand for the concrete floors of the temporary shelters that were being constructed by CRS
It was a win-win situation. The rubble was being cleared and local people were given employment, thanks to the imaginative efforts of CRS
CRS is the organization I am most grateful to support. Their work around the globe is stellar and they are wonderful stewards of their resources. They are truly responding to the call to serve all of God's people.
Catholic Relief is one of the very few charities I give to on a regular basis. The work they do is invaluable and the dedication to do the work as efficiently as possible is a great credit to them. Whenever I speak with any of their staff, they ar pleasant and a joy to encounter.
service and accompaniment with those living at the margins and in emergency situations, regardless of nationality or creed. Employs local people to lead and partner on local problems to find sustainable solutions. Upholds the dignity of each human being and is a great representative of any U.S. Catholic or other engaged citizen of the world.
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.
Review from Guidestar
I worked for CRS for over ten years. While I worked at the headquarters in Baltimore, my work occasionally gave me the opportunity to travel overseas for meetings and training sessions. Before and after those meetings, I had the opportunity to visit programs in the field and learn how CRS does its work. Coming out of the corporate sector, I didn't have much knowledge of international relief and development work, so I learned a lot. And the more I learned, the more I came to appreciate how thoughtful CRS is about the way it helps people and communities living in poverty or recovering from natural disasters.
CRS doesn't just swoop in and fix problems. They start by listening to the local communities, to find out what's important to them. And they work hard to involve those communities in developing solutions to the problems they're facing, because CRS recognizes that if the people affected by a program don't believe in it, it will never work. In addition, CRS works with local partners to build their capacity to design, implement and manage programs, so that the communities become more resilient over time, and less reliant on outside resources to overcome challenges. CRS is one of the best organizations helping people in need overseas.
One of the best charities in the world. Usually, always at the top of most "Charity Watch Lists" for the work they do and how almost all of the donations are used as promoted.
When I was a Peace Corps Vounteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, I was very impressed by the quality work this organiztion did on the ground there. Because it was illegal to proseltyze, there were no missionary groups in this extremely poor country; but CRS was certainly there, helping those in need.
Catholic Relief Services must take a hard look at what it does with its partners in developing countries. While we must appreciate the systems and the work that goes into it, they have no meaning. Ask if any partner has been terminated due to non-performance!
CRS values its partnerships (at least on paper and by the designations of its top-management) but goes on funding partners who 1) have no interest in the development and poverty alleviation work and 2) who have a history of non-performance.
Its systems are top class but when there is a rot in its core values with partners who anyway know that they can manipulate according to their selfish needs, these systems are not worth the time that is required to keep them moving.
Fiscally responsible, ethically and morally sound group! I love this group because I feel like it helps me live my faith. Christ said "What you do for the least of your brothers, you do for me." This is a way to help people living in abject poverty. I can't possibly travel to these places on my own and yet I know they need help and CRS is there. They help not only in emergencies and disasters but are also engaged in trying to create long term change. Their best programs are the ones that help build infrastructure like digging wells and help people become economically independent. Whether they are digging wells, building schools or medical clinics, empowering women, or fostering economic development, CRS does a great job!
L. Durington 07/22/2013
Hi Misty62704, My name is Laura Durington and I work for Catholic Relief Services. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I found your words very inspiring, and I think they would inspire other donors as well. Could I have your permission to use this quote in an upcoming fundraising campaign? If so, please e-mail me laura.durington (at) crs.org. Thanks again and God bless!
Have given up to $10,000 yr. in the past. Could never consider any further donations. Catholic Relief gave $13.8 million to CARE who converted much of it into birth control and abortion services through Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes, Int'l.
Apparently Catholic Relief has more money than brains ($918 million in the last public accounting period!). The American Bishops will figure this out soon. New leadership??
L. Durington 07/12/2013
I hope you’ll take some time to read CRS’ response to the allegations, found here: http://newswire.crs.org/crs-refutes-inaccurate-accusations-part-2/
Remember when the earthquake hit Pakistan just before the winter set in and thousands were left homeless? There was no follow-on story about people freezing to death because CRS was able to work with partners in the area to get temporary housing in place for the victims of that disaster before it became a catastrophe. CRS is the organzation that is already there when needed. They don't wait for airlifts of supplies because they warehouse on developing countries in advance of need. We were privileged to meet with their staff in Chenei, India a few years ago while traveling. What they can accomplish using local folks is amazing. I know my support of them is being maximized.
Why is it this charity and most others like Doctors without borders, when they get a donation hit you up for another one by return mail??. How foolish of them as I and I am sure many others than put them at the back of the line for the next one.
Review from CharityNavigator
I no longer donate to Catholic Relief Services because of their support for pro-Abortion groups such as: the CORE group and MEDiCAM. Suggest you Google pro-abortion and Catholic Relief Services for yourself.
L. Durington 08/19/2013
Dear Mr. Campbell, my name is Laura Durington and I work for Catholic Relief Services. I hope you will take a minute and read our response to these false accusations: http://newswire.crs.org/crs-upholds-catholic-teaching-and-values-3/
Review from CharityNavigator
Worldwide, this organization is always at the forefront of assisting in any disaster. Great organization- I've been a donor for 25+ years and will continue to make this my priority organization to support.
I'm having extraoardinary difficulties in discontinuing my monthly donation with them (needed due to own issues). They won't help at the main donation number (but they will of course take money), and they send you to another number (toll) that no one answers and doesn't have voice mail. I had to address it with my credit card company, ultimately. If you sign up with them for recurring conations, be aware that they will not help you stop them.
L. Durington 11/12/2012
I work for CRS and I am very sorry to hear that this donor had difficulty in canceling his recurring donation. It is not our intention to make this process arduous and we strike to always give the very best customer service and honor our donor's intent. I have alerted our Director of Donor Services and contacted this donor to apologize and to request more information from him so we can adequately discover what went wrong in his case, and make adjustments as needed. We revere all of our donors - it is their generosity that allows us to serve the poorest among us in nearly 100 countries.
CRS is the U.S. Catholic foreign relief and development agency. I have been a very appreciative and proud supporter of CRS for several decades. CRS does a very professional and efficient job of helping and empowering people in about 100 countries throughout the world. Working mostly through local churches, we take advantage of our existing infrastructure to efficiently help in times of disaster (like the Haiti earthquake) and empower under-developed communities to be healthier physically and economically. We also have successful peacekeeping programs. For the last four years I have been a CRS Fair Trade Ambassador promoting Fair Trade (a great development and justice tool) in my parish and diocese and pretty much everywhere I go. The staff in Baltimore is very supportive and appreciative of the work that we ambassadors do within our communities. It is an honor and a pleasure to do this volunteer work for CRS.
I have been giving to CRS for over 40 years now. I was initially drawn by their international outlook and especially their programs to provide a safe water supply in developing nations. As I learned more about the organization, my interest expanded to include AIDS, micro-finance and emergency assistance. I have personally not been out in the field but my son, who is an economist, lived in various countries in Africa for over 10 years and has been unstinting in his praise of their work.
Considering the expense involved in sending staff overseas, it is amazing how low their overhead is.
I have met a number of staff and found each person to be dedicated, open and warm. Thank you for enabling me, as a member of the Body of Christ, to be present to those in need across the globe.
CRS makes a special effort to involve college students and young adults in its international development work. It does not do this in a traditional manner of providing service trips but rather educates young adults about the lives of people in developing countries and about the systemic causes of issues indigenous people face. CRS helps young Americans gain in-depth knowledge about developing countries and respect for what people on the ground are doing to improve their lives. CRS involves young Americans through webinars, media-assisted dialogue, social media, and other advanced means. They have made a real commitment to young Americans, not for fund-raising purposes, but as an investment in long-term understanding.
Catholic Relief Services continues to be critical to providing support to those in need around the world. Efficiently administrated and motivated by their deep desire to fulfill the Gospel values, CRS makes our world a better place.
Catholic Relief Services is the best agency I have been involved with. Their dedicated work to develop countries overseas is unparalleled and their education in the US is phenomenal. They also have an incredible "CRS Fair Trade Ambassador Program" - one of the most informative, electric and life-changing experiences I have had. I have shared my knowledge from this program for years now and been empowered to make simple small changes every day of my life.