I had a very questionable experience with a priest that works for this NGO. He made contact by email and not only did he NOT disclose he was a fund raiser, he made inappropriate requests to speak to the congregation. I also asked other Venezuelan priests their opinion about him and they warned us to be cautious. Finally, if you do a deeper investigation, it appears that Cross Catholic Outreach is a branch of a Protestant group that seeks monies from Catholics. Please do your research well.
Review from Guidestar
I have been a supporter of Cross Catholic for about ten years. They have been 100% accountable for every donation I have made and the projects they are involved in are truly benefiting the poorest of the poor.
I have also worked directly with Cross Catholic on their Youth v Hunger program. We have conducted 5 packing events, involving over 700 teens and packed approximately 500,000 meals.
CCO is one of the best nonprofits I’ve had the pleasure of participating in learning about. The why and how is steeped in their dedication of doing Gods work as well as attention to the donor. The donor has many unique opportunities to learn more, get more involved through mission trip opportunities, or hear personal stories of the impact of their donations. No one else does that!
A truly mission driven group- to serve the poorest of the poor. A palpable sincerity, love and passion that everyone I have encountered at Cross Catholic exudes. From Donor to Missionary to each individual in need, I pray that every non profit be modeled by and after their example - as they are visibly guided by His Grace.
I have worked alongside this nonprofit for many years. We are a sister ministry. CCO is outstanding.
The Cross Catholic Outreach model is exceptionally responsive and they are dedicated to helping other Catholic organizations succeed. I represent US 501(c)(3) that works with Cross Catholic Outreach to set up and sustain schools feeding programs throughout Haiti. Last year, we were made aware of a need at St. Joseph in Gonaives and Immaculate Conception in St. Marc. We made a request that these 2 Catholic schools get needed food for their lunch program. Within weeks, the school in Gonaives had all they needed for the year and 4 weeks later the school in St. Marc received all they needed. Because of their relationships, I am able to feed a starving kid In a school for only $.04. We love the fact that Rodney is there as boots on the ground and he does an exceptional job making sure everything is done efficiently.
We feel great about our partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach because they are responsive. I also feel like they listen and handle the details very well. I personally believe that there director, Jim Cavnar is the prototypical Nobel Peace Prize winner. He has taken this organization to a higher level of spirituality and mission.
We are going to increase our investment with Cross Catholic Outreach again this year because we love what they do and because it allows us to be very effective.
The picture attached is of St. Joseph school. Last year when I visited, their food supply was insecure. When I return this year, the kids looked much better and were more attentive and fun-loving. Cross Catholic Outreach is accomplishing their goals and helping me accomplish my goals.
One last thing… I like these people! They are fun hard-working and honest and I enjoy being around them.
We have been working with CCO for a few years now providing metal panels for roofing for shelter repair and new homes for the poor. Making roofing panels is what we do everyday, getting them to third would countries that need them is not. When I wanted to start donating to places that need this type of materials, CCO gave us the infrastructure to get these materials from our door to the people in those countries who most need them. It started with sending material to Haiti after the hurricane and has continued to material going to El Salvador and then Guatemala after the volcano there.
The auditing that CCO provides us has been nothing short of critical for us to see the results of what we are doing and makes us want to continue to do more. Most people who donate to charity want to know that what they give goes to it's intended purpose, and that is especially import for us because of the volume of materials being sent. Having the follow up documentation showing us where our materials go and the people that they help is the biggest reason we choose to work with CCO on an ongoing basis. Then, follow that up with working with people who truly care about the people they serve makes CCO our first choice for this work we do in Jesus name.
We have been the recipient of several partnership grant requests from Cross Catholic Outreach. With each request, we receive a thorough application with a well organized financing and project implementation plan. Once a request has been approved and the funds sent to Cross Catholic Outreach, they perform an excellent job of due diligence. A detailed final report is sent to us in a very timely fashion. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Cross Catholic Outreach.
The Loyola Foundation
If you are Catholic and tired of reading about the slow secluraization of other "Catholic" charities, you will find a breath of fresh air with CICOI. 100% Catholic in their Mission.
Review from Guidestar
This organization has been the most simple and straightforward in their mission; to help the poorest of the poor. There are prayer requests available as one makes out a contribution that shows their work is grounded in prayer. The stories of children living in poverty and starvation are moving and keep the focus on helping those truly in need while the reports on how they use the donations directly for food and not paperwork have made donating to them for the past few years a good cause.
I have been a small donor over the years and receive regular documenation of my donations for tax records. In addition I receive feedback on what my money has done, specifically. It is wonderful to know that one of my donations directly resulted in making the difference whether a child would be able to walk, or not. The detailed and timely information provided me reflects the integrity and focused mission of this charity. I am more confident sending funds to Cross Outreach than any other charity I have supported. I will continue to recommend this charity as number one, and continue to help in my small way. Thanks.
Review from Guidestar