Catholic Relief Services, Inc.

faith. action. results.

aka Catholic Relief Services - USCCB   |   Baltimore, MD   |  http://www.crs.org

Mission

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 respond to major emergencies, fight disease and poverty, and nurture peaceful and just societies. We assist people on the basis of need, not creed, race or nationality.

Ruling year info

1946

CEO & President

Mr. Sean L. Callahan

Main address

228 West Lexington Street

Baltimore, MD 21201 USA

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EIN

13-5563422

NTEE code info

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.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in the United States, we help Catholics in parishes, diocese and schools live their faith by participating in programs that work to end poverty and injustice around the world. Focusing on innovative programs in agriculture, health and emergency response, our partnerships with communities and Church institutions continue to grow. Our over 75 years of experience have enabled us to address urgent needs and develop sustainable solutions that help end poverty now - and for future generations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2013

American Institute of Philanthropy 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2013

Philanthropy 400 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2013

Charity Navigator 2013

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2013

InterAction - Member 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

140 million people in 115 countries around the world benefited from Catholic Relief Services programs in 2020.

Number of projects directly realted to Emergency Response and Recovery

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 CRS spent $390 million on 270 disaster-related programs in 60 countries. These Emergency Response and Recovery projects benefited 15.8 million program participants this year.

Number of Agriculture-related projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Agriculture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, CRS spent $72 million on Ag projects in 49 countries that help $7 million participants, including small-scale farmers and their families, recover after natural and man-made disasters, and ada

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In remote and underserved communities in 44 countries, CRS spent $230 million on 158 heath projects to address social inequities and work with families to prevent disease, provide better maternal care

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 2017, we served 136.4 million people worldwide.

In collaboration with approximately 1,951 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 structures and systems at all levels

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.

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 7,000, 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.

• Emergency Response and Recovery: In 2017 CRS assisted more than 12.4 million people through 201 projects in 55 countries, including humanitarian services to people displaced by both natural and man-made disasters—including war.

In collaboration with eight local partners, the SAFERR project - which stands for Shelter and Access for Empowerment and Risk Reduction- provides comprehensive support to refugee women and children in Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. In Athens, the CRS shelter team identifies buildings to rent and upgrade for some 60,000 refugees stranded in Greece.

• Agriculture: Our projects served more than 6.2 million people in 2017 through 124 projects in 53 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.

In Malawi, CRS led a nine-member consortium recognized in a recent study for increasing food security and resilience. The 5-year WALA program - Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement - featured community-led watershed restoration as the foundation for success. During the 2016-17 growing season, when severe drought affected the area requiring a major emergency food aid response. Despite the severity of the drought, 19 out of 24 communities implementing WALA did not require food assistance during the crisis.

• Health: We served more than 93 million beneficiaries in 2017 through 119 projects in 42 countries.

CRS has distributed more than 22 million insecticide-treated bed nets in The Gambia, Guinea and Niger. We've trained more than 5,500 people to share prevention messages, and we're working with our partners to deliver preventive malaria medication to more than 2.8 million children under age 5 in the Sahel. Our efforts have helped reduce The Gambia's malaria cases by 50 percent - putting us on track to eliminate malaria in The Gambia by 2020.

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

Financials

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Catholic Relief Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Most Rev. Frank Caggiano

Bishop of Bridgeport (CT)

Term: 2019 -

Helen Alvaré

Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School

Most Rev. Timothy Broglio

Archbishop of the Military Services, USA (DC)

Most Rev. Brendan Cahill

Bishop of Victoria in Texas

Geraldine Carolan

Peachtree City (GA)

Most Rev. Octavio Cisneros

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Brooklyn (NY)

Mary Jane Creamer

Barrington (RI)

Most Rev. Shelton Fabre

Bishop of Houma–Thibodaux (LA)

Rev. Michael Fuller

Interim General Secretary, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Most Rev. Daniel Garcia

Bishop of Monterey in California

Most Rev. Bernard Hebda

Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (MN)

Most Rev. James Johnston, Jr.

Bishop of Kansas City–St. Joseph (MO)

Christina Lamas

Executive Director, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Honorable Risë Jones Pichon

Retired, Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Mark Rauenhorst

President, Marren Properties, LLC

John Scheid

CEO, Scheid Investment Group, LLC

Most Rev. Mark Seitz

Bishop of El Paso (TX)

Most Rev. Oscar Solis

Bishop of Salt Lake City (UT)

Most Rev. Anthony Taylor

Bishop of Little Rock (AR)

Ann Thivierge

New York (NY)

His Eminence Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R.

Archbishop of Newark (NJ)

Stephen Walsh

Boulder (CO)

Brian Wenger

CEO & Founder, Radius Living

Dr. Richard Win Tun Kyi

Executive Coordinator Socio-Pastoral Strategic Plan, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar

Most Rev. Luis Zarama

Bishop of Raleigh (NC)

Stephen Walsh

Boulder, CO

Stephen Walsh

Boulder, CO

Jermoe Listecki

Archbishop of Milwaukee (WI)

Gregory Parkes

Bishop of St. Petersburg (FL)

Stephen Walsh

Boulder, CO

Stephen Walsh

Boulder, CO

Stephen Walsh

Boulder, CO

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.