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CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISH is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1946, and donations may or may not be tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

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BALTIMORE MD 21201-3422

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.

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...   Finance & Accountability

This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

Finance & Accountability Score

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology because, as a religious organization, it is not required to file the Form 990.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.

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Additional Information


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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

No Data Available

Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Salary of Key Persons

No Data Available

Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


4947(a)(2) trust (BMF activity code: 928)

Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Subordinate - the organization is a subordinate in a group ruling. (BMF affiliation code: 9)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.

  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Thanks to our committed supporters, CRS is in a strong financial position. With the COVID-19 crisis, as an organization we have been resourceful, nimble, and actively adjusting our programming needs to accommodate the change in funding and need. CRS actively engaged institutional partners to integrate COVID-19 prevention into our current programs. We are working with our key institutional partners to explore new opportunities for funding. But amidst all this uncertainty, one thing that that we know for sure is that our donors are deeply committed to caring for the most vulnerable around the world and to doing good even in the most challenging of times.

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

The pandemic has affected the operating environment in which our program teams and partners develop, implement and monitor programming activities. Changes included travel restrictions, reduced public transport options, temporary relocation of staff outside of their country of assignment, government-imposed office closures, reduced access, or ruptures in the supply of program inputs and supplies, reduced access to target populations and efforts to ensure physical distancing. The pandemic also impacts the populations we serve including, increased vulnerability due to loss of income, loss of access to basic services and/or the need for care and treatment due to infection. All these factors impact programming continuity and require a re-prioritization of activities, modifications to program modalities for implementation and monitoring, the initiation of new programming and extensive donor follow-up for approvals for critical adaptations, redirecting of funds and request for top-ups.

How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

CRS has worked to expand and adapt programming to prevent the spread and reduce the risk of COVID‑19. CRS addresses the needs of the highest‑risk populations—older people, people with disabilities, people with compromised immune systems, their caregivers and children. We are focusing on those living in poverty with no social safety nets. We are working to mitigate the risks facing refugee and migrant communities; who are often in high‑density areas, in transit or in precarious conditions, confined living spaces or multi‑generational households with limited access to water, health services and infrastructure. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been integrated into all aspects of our programming. In addition to supporting vulnerable communities, we are also help individuals and communities learn about COVID-19 and how to limit transmissions. By implementing safeguards, like masks and social distancing, we can complete our programming, while also increasing health education.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The virtual and remote working systems CRS has created have been successful. Because of that, we will continue to support staff and our work in remote/home offices. In addition, despite the challenges created by COVID to do our work in the field, it has forced us to be creative and develop innovative, digitally based ways to track communities, families and individuals needing assistance, how to distribute supplies and vouchers in more organized and effective ways, and other adaptations to our programs. Due to the increase in efficiency, CRS will keep these operational changes going forward.

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...   Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISH cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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...   Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.

Leadership & Adaptability Score


out of 100


Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.

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Leadership & Adaptability Report


of 100 points


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s 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 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.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.

Rooted in Catholic social teaching and informed by our lived experience, our faith calls us to give a weighted concern to the needs, capabilities and hopes for the future of people living in conditions of poverty, violence, vulnerability and marginalization. At CRS we have developed a conceptual framework for our work—our integral human development model—that places the dignity of the human person at the center of all that we do. Our aspirations are to save lives and alleviate suffering, accelerate the end of poverty, hunger and preventable disease, and cultivate just and peaceful societies. We work to catalyze truly transformational change by meeting immediate needs while addressing—in close collaboration with local and international Church, civil society, government and private sector partners—the complex, multidimensional, and systemic nature of poverty, vulnerability and injustice.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.

Goal One: All people Live in Just and Peaceful Societies

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Goal Two: All People Survive and Thrive in the Face of Disasters

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.

Goal Three: All People Achieve Dignified and Resilient Livelihoods in Flourishing Landscapes

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development

Describe an investment in leadership

CRS is committed to supporting staff and leadership in their development of leadership roles. We are dedicated to putting our faith into action to catalyze transformational change. How we deliver our mission matters as much as what we do. This includes ensuring that our systems and structures are congruent with our agency values, vision and mission. Likewise, when our colleagues embody our agency’s values, our workplace culture exemplifies Respect, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) for all. CRS has created a REDI department to implement these efforts and ensure we are transforming our organizational culture, and representation of staff. This commitment will allow staff to grow into leadership roles, and our leadership to continue to lead, empower and develop inclusivity.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.

This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Mobilizing the mission of CRS is a leadership priority. Key staff, across all sectors, engage in thought leadership activities like presenting at conferences and publishing works. CRS also works in collaboration with other partners and organizations to maximize our efforts on the ground. These strategic partnerships allow us to focus our relief efforts without duplicating efforts. Additionally, CRS contributes to divisional movement building strategy by developing and implementing bi-lingual issue-based campaigns that engage supporters in the United States in strategic advocacy and fundraising action that directly supports CRS’ vision and goals. The campaign oversees bilingual and bi-cultural messaging and content development to support the establishment, growth, and retention of chapter members and chapter networks, as well as mass media audiences within key audience segments such as youth, young adults, Hispanic constituencies and others.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.

This past year, our goal has been to help people survive the covid crisis with dignity and restore their lives and communities. This strategy prioritized several key areas to inform country‑specific programmatic actions to help families, communities and countries in the immediate response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Our foundation for coordinated and effective programming as the crisis evolved, and leveraged the unique strengths of CRS and our partner network. Our strategy depended on effective coordination among multiple actors, especially governments, civil society and faith‑based organizations, to reduce transmission, decrease morbidity and mortality, and mitigate economic and social impacts. Now more than ever, a coordinated system‑wide response has been necessary to reach extended numbers of people with limited resources, and in alignment with government recovery programs. We built on lessons learned from prior responses to disease outbreaks and other crises. And we are building on our existing health programming, where we operate from the highest levels of health systems—delivering health supplies at national levels and working with government partners to introduce new technologies for greater efficiency—to the most remote areas through our local partners and faith‑based networks.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.

Culture & Community Score


out of 100

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISH has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: Not Scored

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 90/100 (100% of beacon score)

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Culture & Community Report


of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

90/100 points

100% of beacon score

This organization's score of 90 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 7 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.

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We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored

This organization reported that it is not collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon methodology.) Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.

View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research

Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.

Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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