Our Pledge to Donors

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Catholic Relief Services is committed to adhering to the intent of each donor's gift. Without the compassion and generosity of so many, we could not do our work for the poor and vulnerable overseas.

In the spirit of your faithful compassion and the trust you place in us, the following is our pledge to you.

Catholic Relief Services pledges to:

  • Provide accurate and current information on the use of donated resources and dollars.
  • Use all donations for the purposes for which they were given.
  • Acknowledge all donations and support.
  • Be honorable, professional and forthright in dealings with every organization and individual.
  • Respect each and every donation.                                                                                                     
  • Keep all donor information confidential.
  • Give every donor the opportunity to have their names deleted from internal, external and shared mailing lists.
  • Welcome questions from donors and answer all questions in a prompt and truthful manner.
  • Remain vigilant and informed of the identity and backgrounds of all those who serve on our executive and governing boards and hold those in decision-making positions to the highest standard.
  • Be open and transparent in reporting of donations and resources.
  • Make every financial report available to donors, media and the public.


Additional Commitments

Catholic Relief Services commits annually to these organizations to meet their standards that address stewardship, ethics and organizational effectiveness.

National Catholic Development Conference

Code of Stewardship and Ethics 

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Donor Bill of Rights

Interaction-American Council for Voluntary International Action

InterAction's Private Voluntary Organization Standards


Better Business Bureau/Wise Giving Alliance

Standards for Charity Accountability


For more information about our finances or your donation, please call 1-877-435-7277 (1-877-HELP-CRS).