CharityWatch REPORT
Issued September 2015

Contact & General Information

Catholic Relief Services
228 West Lexington Street
Baltimore , MD 21201
www.crs.org
Tax Status: 501(c)3
 

Other Names

CRS
Charities often solicit donors under multiple names. CharityWatch is aware of this charity soliciting donors using the above names.
 
RATING:   A+

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Stated Mission

The official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S.; provides assistance to the poor overseas without regard to race, religion or nationality by responding to emergencies and fighting poverty.
Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/14

Program Percentage :  90 %

Calculated Total Expenses (rounded) :  $533,000,000 

A charity's Program % is the percentage of its cash budget it spends on Programs relative to Overhead (Fundraising and Management & General Expenses)

Cost to Raise $100 :  $ 9

Calculated Total Contributions (rounded) :  $304,000,000 

Cost to Raise $100 signifies how many dollars a charity spends on Fundraising to raise each $100 of Contributions.

Joint Costs

Catholic Relief Services's rating was adjusted for Joint Costs. If you are a donor who considers direct mail, telemarketing, and other Joint Cost solicitations to be true charitable programs, the below efficiency ratios, which were not adjusted for joint costs, may better reflect your goals.

        Program %         Cost to Raise $100
91% $9
Accounting rules allow charities to report some telemarketing, direct mail, and other solicitation costs as Program expenses. CharityWatch believes that most donors do not consider a charity's solicitation activities to be the Programs they are intending to support with their donations. We therefore adjust such expenses out of a charity's reported Program expense and add it to Fundraising expense prior to calculating its rating. See the CRITERIA to learn more about Joint Costs.

Government Funding

CharityWatch calculates the percentage of a charity's cash revenue received from government sources for informational purposes for those donors who would like to factor a charity's range of government funding into their giving decisions. Donors should keep in mind that funding from the government does not automatically signal that a charity is well-governed and/or more efficient than other charities.

For the reporting year rated by CharityWatch, this charity received cash grants/contributions from government sources within a range of:

25% to 49%

Financial Documents

Catholic Relief Services's rating is based on CharityWatch's in-depth analysis of the following documents for the fiscal year represented:

Entity Document Type Tax Id #
Catholic Relief Services--USCCB IRS Form 990 13-5563422
Catholic Relief Services--U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Audited Financial Statements 13-5563422

See the CRITERIA to learn why CharityWatch analyzes multiple documents before computing a charity's rating.

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