Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief

Catholic Relief Services, Inc.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • http://www.crs.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. HIV and AIDS
  2. Emergency
  3. Agriculture
  4. Health
  5. Education
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 101 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

ruling year

1946

CEO & President

Self-reported

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo

Keywords

Self-reported

disaster relief, Catholic, CRS, emergency, relief, humanitarian, international, development, HIV, AIDS

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Also Known As

Catholic Relief Services - USCCB

EIN

13-5563422

Physical Address

228 West Lexington St

Baltimore, 21201 3443

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Catholic Relief Services, crs.org, is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, Catholic Relief Services eases suffering and provides assistance to people in need in 101 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. Overseas, we work through CRS offices located in Central, East, South and West Africa-Sahel, East and South Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

CRS also works through regional offices within the United States to support Catholic individuals, parishes and dioceses as they strive to live their faith in solidarity with the poor, and make decisions as consumers, voters and advocates to promote more just and peaceful societies.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

HIV and AIDS

Catholic Relief Services' HIV and AIDS programming is a central and growing component of our efforts to relieve suffering in the world.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$166,818,000.00

Program 2

Emergency

Catholic Relief Services continues to provide lifesaving food and supplies to fortify countless survivors of natural disasters as they rebuild their lives.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$272,766,000.00

Program 3

Agriculture

Catholic Relief Services works through local partner agencies to implement agriculture and environment programs for the poorest families and rural communities worldwide.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$126,941,000.00

Program 4

Health

Catholic Relief Services take an integrated approach to health assistance.  To promote lifesaving interventions in each of the countries in which we serve, CRS engages a variety of partners, including the local Church and ministries of health.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$87,253,000.00

Program 5

Education

CRS and its partners promote and support access to quality basic education for all.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Budget

$56,979,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of clients served

Target Population
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
107 million people in 1010 countries around the world benefited from Catholic Relief Services programs in 2015.

2. Number of projects directly realted to Emergency Response and Recovery

Target Population
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Emergency
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In 2015 CRS spent $267 million on 168 disaster-related programs in 46 countries. We work with a network of partners to provide vital necessities in the aftermath and to help rebuild over the long term

3. Number of Agriculture-related projects

Target Population
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Agriculture
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In 2015, CRS spent $152.1 million on Ag projects in 38 countries that help small-scale farmers and their families recover after natural and man-made disasters, and adapt to a changing global climate.

4. Number of health outcomes improved

Target Population
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Health
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
In remote and underserved communities, we address social inequities and work with families to prevent disease, provide better maternal care, and improve health and well-being for vulnerable children.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops founded Catholic Relief Services (crs.org) in 1943 to carry out the Gospel call to love and serve poor and vulnerable people through acts of charity and the pursuit of justice. Since then, CRS has evolved into an international humanitarian organization of more than 5,000 people. In 2015, we served 107 million people worldwide.

    In collaboration with approximately 1, 550 partner organizations, we work across seven program sectors: emergency response and recovery, agriculture, health, education, justice and peacebuilding, water and sanitation, and microfinance. Our programs are need based, and reach poor and vulnerable women, men, girls and boys overseas without regard to race, sex, nationality or religion.

    Since the early 2000s, CRS has applied a theory of change grounded in the concept of integral human development, which promotes the good of the whole person and every person. Rooted in Catholic teaching, integral human development supports the ability of each individual to realize their full human potential in the context of just and peaceful relationships, a thriving environment and solidarity with others. This goal for individuals and society is a long-term, dynamic process. It occurs when civil society and the public and private sectors work collaboratively at individual, family, community, regional, national and international levels to:

    • Protect human life and dignity by caring for poor, vulnerable and marginalized people

    • Increase resilience by protecting, building and maximizing family and community human, social, political, physical, financial, natural and spiritual assets

    • Promote right relationships among all people, and within and across families, communities and nations

    • Increase equitable and inclusive access to—and influence—structures and systems at all levels
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    CRS contributes our unique expertise and relationships to the realization of IHD through the following actions:

    • Building capacity of our partners and CRS potential by supporting families and communities in moving from vulnerability to resilience through equitable and inclusive livelihood strategies

    • Prove and scale up evidence-based approaches that respond to local needs and foster local leadership

    • Cultivate strong relationships that support effective collaboration, mutual learning, joint leadership and local innovation across the global network of Catholic organizations and individuals that share our vision of IHD

    • Build connections across the public and private sectors and civil society to create lasting solutions to poverty and injustice

    • Influence policies and practices that promote integral human development

    The goals of our 5-year strategic plan for 2014‒18, at crs.org/agency-strategy/, are to:

    • Increase to 150 million the number of poor and vulnerable people we serve overseas by continuously improving programs that respond to emergencies, strengthening the health, well-being and livelihoods of families and communities, and nurturing peaceful and just societies

    • Inspire and engage more than 10 million Catholics in the United States to take action in solidarity with poor and vulnerable people overseas as an integral part of our faith

    The following four strategic priorities will help us achieve these goals:

    • Attain leadership in signature program areas for greater impact and influence

    • Deepen expertise in five targeted core competencies across CRS

    •Strengthen engagement in the United States and overseas with other Catholic Church organizations and individuals to promote integral human development

    •Reinforce an organizational culture of high performance and accountability

    We continue to align and mobilize our resources toward these priorities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since 1943, Catholic Relief Services has been a force for lasting, positive change in the world. Built on the faith, compassion and reach of the global Church and the generosity of our donors, we are uniquely qualified to serve the poor and vulnerable. With a global workforce of 5,000, and a deep and broad network of local and international partners, we are recognized for our holistic approach, expertise and results across seven program sectors that respond to humanitarian needs and advance human development.

    CRS considers the following core competencies critical organizational capabilities:

    • Collaborating with and supporting partners: Only through strong collaborative relationships across civil society and the public and private sectors can lasting, positive solutions to poverty and injustice be achieved. CRS has worked for many years to “connect the dots" among myriad stakeholders—from local partners and governments to small-scale farmers and international businesses—to promote collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships. As a faith-based, private organization, CRS is committed to supporting local civil society actors, including Catholic Church and community-based organizations, to strengthen their capacity to contribute to lasting and meaningful social change. CRS has particularly strong expertise in capacity building and institutional strengthening.

    • Integrating justice and peacebuilding: At the heart of the social mission of the Catholic Church is a call to work for justice and peace. Cultivating just and peaceful societies is part of our mission statement and an essential component of integral human development. We are committed to strengthening our efforts to integrate justice and peacebuilding into our work—by promoting equity and inclusion regardless of sex, age, ethnicity, race and religion.

    • Monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning: Our commitment to operational and programmatic excellence demands continuous improvement in our ability to document, analyze and apply learning at the project, sector and agency levels, and to share that learning with stakeholders, practitioners and policymakers.

    • Information and communications technology for development: ICT4D harnesses the potential of technology to improve both programs and operation. CRS is an emerging leader in this area. Our capabilities developed—and continue to develop—rapidly, as needs and ideas emerge in the field, and through thought leadership and technical support sourced internally and from a broad base of partners.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The expected outcome of our overseas work is to reach more poor and vulnerable people with evidence-based, participatory, equitable, efficient and holistic interventions that leverage improvements in systems and policies for lasting, positive change. CRS uses standardized beneficiary and service delivery indicators to improve project performance, compare actual results against targets, track beneficiaries by sex and age, and accurately report progress to donors. The expected results of our work are not just about counting people and projects. They are about self-sufficiency, resilience, sustainability and the ability to replicate success.

    CRS measures overseas program performance primarily through monitoring and evaluation, or M&E, at the project level. We have decades of experience doing so. Because the conditions in the field can change rapidly, we strive to continuously improve and evolve our approach. In addition to project-level M&E, CRS also conducts periodic case studies, operations research and impact evaluations. Data and results from these sources have been utilized successfully to influence practices and policies over the years, and have contributed to organizational learning.

    Our strategy emphasizes taking our ability to conduct high-quality M&E for accountability and learning, or MEAL, to the next level by continuously improving our ability to provide effective feedback mechanisms for program participants; measure results and document learning; facilitate informed decision making based on learning; and share what is learned with stakeholders, practitioners and policy makers.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    • Emergency Response and Recovery: In 2015 CRS assisted more than 13.2 million people through 168 projects in 46 countries, including humanitarian services to people displaced by both natural and man-made disasters—including war.

    CRS assisted more than 1 million uprooted Syrians and Iraqis across the Middle East and Europe in 2015 with critical relief, including supplies, shelter, vouchers, cash grants and education.

    In Nepal, we provided 26,000 families—130,000 people—with living supplies, water treatment and other critical relief following two powerful earthquakes that killed 8,000 people.

    We continue our work helping West Africa recover after the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and supporting families left homeless and without food because of conflict in South Sudan. We also remain with communities in the Philippines, helping them rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

    • Agriculture: Our projects served more than 4.9 million people in 2015 through 116 projects in 38 countries.

    Small-scale farmers in Africa are learning climate-smart techniques to cope with problems like drought and erratic rainfall, as well as innovative ways to store and protect their crops. In Latin America, our Borderlands project is connecting coffee farmers with international markets, ensuring they receive prices that recognize the value of their superior beans.

    • Health: We served more than 73 million beneficiaries in 2015 through 104 projects in 41 countries.

    In May 2015 we distributed more than 5 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Niger, helping to protect 10 million people from malaria-carrying mosquitos. We also delivered preventive medicine to 1.4 million children under 5—the age group most at risk for severe illness and death from the disease.

    Our AIDS prevention and treatment work also focuses on children—a high-risk group. In Mufulira, Zambia, we're reaching out to families through multiple channels with the goal of enabling 300,000 more children living with HIV to receive antiretroviral therapy.

    For more information about CRS, visit crs.org, crsespanol.org, or view our 2015 annual report, annualreport.crs.org/.
Service Areas

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International

We alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more than 101 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

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Leadership

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CEO & President

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo

BIO

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo attended college at Purdue University, where she received her B.S., M.S.I.A. and Ph.D.
degrees. Woo served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame since 1997. She served on the CRS board of directors as one of the first lay members from 2004 until 2010. On January 1, 2012, she became the seventh chief executive of CRS since the agency was founded in 1943.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO & President

"Each morning in my prayer, I ask for wisdom, strength, patience and the grace I will need that day. But most of all, I give thanks to God for being so generous, so bountiful, and for granting me the privilege of serving the poor through my work at Catholic Relief Services.

What you will see in the pages of this report is that God's bounty is evident throughout the world. It appears even at the worst of times, in the most difficult of circumstances, through the generosity and solidarity of people like you; through the skill and dedication of the employees of CRS; and, most of all, through the commitment of the Church in the United States to carry out the Gospel mission of serving the poor, wherever they may live.

At CRS, Christ's call to remain and keep watch with Him constitutes the foundation for all that we do, for our very existence. Our care for life, from conception to natural death, drives us to work wherever we find poverty, hunger, oppression or hopelessness. We want people around the world to see the face of God in the crops from a successful harvest, in the clear water of a new well, in the cry of a healthy baby, in a child's education, in peace replacing strife.

This day, like every day, offers us the opportunity to participate in God's work and His miracles, to find Him in every part of His human family. This is what we sought to do at CRS in fiscal year 2013, serving nearly 100 million people in 93 countries. And this is what we will seek to do every day, every year, as long as we are blessed with this wonderful opportunity.

May blessings overflow,


Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo
President & CEO"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Most Rev. Paul S Coakley

Archbishop of Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?