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Nonprofit Overview

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


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.

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Rating: 5

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!

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L. Durington 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!



Rating: 5

When I donate to CRS, I know that my money is going where it needs to go. CRS has a 6% overhead and that impresses me. I also know that when they send relief, the people will be trained to do what they need to do and not just go to feel good about helping and end up getting into trouble or in the way of real relief.



Rating: 5

How do I know if CRS charity donations are helping Haitians on the ground? My answer from an article I read is as follows:



Rating: 5

I am so proud to be able to recommend this great Not for Profit Corporation to any one interested in donating to the efforts taking place in Haiti. Catholic relief services has been on the ground in most 3rd world countries long before a major event takes place such as the recent earthquake. The reason is because they see that not only natural disasters are a reason to assist the poor, but daily living experiences of the poor demand daily assistance, not just once a month, or once a year, or once in a lifetime. How about over 50 years of service in Haiti. Good and faithful servant of God!