Catholic Relief Services

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Catholic Relief Services

Mission Statement

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. 

Why Donate to Catholic Relief Services?

Through careful stewardship of resources, Catholic Relief Services makes sure the funds you have so generously entrusted go where they are most needed. Accountability is a top priority for CRS. We want you to feel confident that your decision to give to CRS is a sound one, and that your donations will be used effectively and efficiently to make a lifesaving difference.
CRS is one of the most efficient organizations in the world. Did you know that 92% of the money we spend goes directly to programs that benefit the poor overseas? We work hard to keep our overhead down and consistently work smarter, and to find better ways of doing things.

Our programs are carefully executed, monitored and evaluated by our talented staff—some of the best and brightest—who have chosen to dedicate their lives to serving the poor overseas. It is the caliber of CRS’ staff around the world that has earned CRS respect in the humanitarian community. Thanks to their expertise, CRS is regarded as a leader in many of the diverse fields that we work.

Additionally, we meet all 20 of the strict Charity Standards set by the Better Business Bureau’s charity rating arm, the Wise Giving Alliance, and have an “A+” rating from CharityWatch. Both of these charity watchdog groups use criteria that confirm fiscal efficiency, such as percentage of funds going directly to programs, cost to raise a dollar, transparency and honoring of donor intent. CRS is most thankful for your help we would be unable to carry out our lifesaving work without it. 

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