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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Agricultural Programs, Food, International, International Migration & Refugee Issues, International Relief

Mission: Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice among the world's most vulnerable people.

Programs: Services to displaced persons - the cws commitment to refugees and other displaced persons is a prophetic expression of our calling in faith to welcome strangers, to give voice to the uprooted, to provide durable solutions, and to challenge those responsible for suffering and displacement. Cws works with a network of churches, organizations, and individuals that assist uprooted persons that have had to flee their countries due to persecution, armed conflict, etc. Together, we seek to provide forcibly displaced populations support to address critical unmet needs as durable solutions are sought. Activities include: sheltering people temporarily displaced by civil strife and other factors beyond their control, providing shelter, food, medical assistance, legal aid, etc. To refugees, refugee resettlement in the us through congregations, protecting the uprooted persons in the most vulnerable situations, responding to new and emerging refugee situations, advocating initiatives that influence us government and other policies and laws affecting the protection of uprooted persons, and providing immigration services and support.

emergency response - cws joins together with others to support people and communities in humanitarian crises around the world. Cws helps the faith community play its special role in disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response. In responding to emergencies and working during prolonged periods of need, cws works to ensure the world's most vulnerable people become self-sufficient. The goal is to assist communities experiencing crisis to achieve durable solutions that build or restore peace and justice. Activities include: emergency assistance to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable survivors of natural and human caused disasters, material assistance related to natural and human caused disasters, mitigation, preparedness, planning, and sustainable assistance to minimize the impact of disasters, disaster preparedness and immediate and long-term response activities of people and communities preparing for and affected by natural and human caused disasters, and provision of pastoral, spiritual, and psychological care that helps disaster survivors cope with the crisis situation and recover their capacity to move forward positively.

global relief and development - cws works in partnership with local organizations, churches, individuals, organizations, and others around the world to bring about sustainable change. By working together to support development and food security, cws seeks to work with marginalized communities experiencing chronic hunger and poverty and to achieve durable solutions that build peace and justice. The focus of the work is on the most vulnerable persons and communities to develop socially, economically and environmentally sustainable communities and achieve a higher quality of life. The following programs are part of this functional category: hunger and malnutrition, climate change and sustainability, education, water, livelihoods, food security and rights, indigenous peoples, protection of vulnerable youth and children, and health.

advocacy - grounded in faith, cws seeks to build and strengthen relationships, build partnerships and coalitions, and advocate for a more just and peaceful world. At the core of cws' work is to help people of faith put faith into action. Cws lives out our core values through witness and cooperation with communities of faith, ecumenical networks, civil society groups, and other partners. The emphasis on relationships enables partnerships to be built around the world that informs and inspires our work and lead to advocacy for issues that build or restore peace and justice. Activities include: joining with governments, international and national organizations, churches, and others to take action on public policy issues, advocacy on issues related to hunger and malnutrition, climate change; international development policy; refugee and immigration policy; etc. , development of clear and focused policy analyses that support the advocacy work of cws, promoting global ecumenical ministry and witness with regional and national councils of churches, participating in the local, national and international dialogue between christians and persons of other faiths, cooperating with other faith traditions and bodies in addressing issues of common concern, supporting missions to the usa from other parts of the world, and increasing understanding and effectiveness of member communions, churches, and other organizations in their mission and witness.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 2

Our walk waited almost an entire year for our local hunger money raised at our crop walk. We were told it would take max 3 months. This happens every year. There is definitely some financial accountability issues with this non profit. They do amazing work if only they could get it together.



Rating: 5

Church World Service has been resettling refugees and serving the refugee and immigrant community in Greensboro, NC for over three years. Their staff is hard working, professional, creative and dedicated. What a difference they have made in the community.


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former Treasurer of this organization, I have been consistently impressed with the thoroughness of Church World Service's processes around financial accountability. External observers, including our auditing teams, have always held up the quality of CWS' internal staff in the financial realm. There is an intentionality about using funds efficiently and always in a manner that reflects the goals of donors.

I often have occasion to speak to grassroots donors as well as to institutional stakeholders, and I can honestly say that I have never had any reservations about presenting CWS as a preferred choice among organizations working to end hunger and poverty in the global arena.

Review from CharityNavigator



Rating: 5

This organization responds rapidly when disasters strike because they have ongoing relationships around the world through their work to relieve poverty and hunger. It is my goto organization when I want to donate to help out after a disaster strikes. The donation doesn't go to that specific disaster but previous donations will already have been mobilized to get relief to the disaster area. I trust this organization because it is a cooperative ministry of 37 Christian communions including the major protestant and orthodox denominations so I can be sure that it has been well vetted. Although a Christian ministry it does not proselytize and helps people of all faiths.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Church World Service (CWS)mission is: to work with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice around the world. It has done its work with humility and effectiveness for 64 years. This work includes feeding the hungry through helping them become self sufficient, resettling refugees, disaster relief, and advocacy. CWS is a Christian-based organization that does not proselytize and is well respected in all cultures and corners of the world. CWS uses the CROP Hunger Walks to engage communities in the USA to be able to reach out to those in need around the world.

Review from Guidestar