Implementing Organizations

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic church. The agency works to alleviate human suffering, promote the development of all people, and foster solidarity and justice throughout the world. Without regard to race, creed or nationality, CRS serves the poor in 99 countries through emergency relief and developmental programs in agriculture, health, HIV, education, microfinance and peace building. CRS is a member of the Foods Resource Bank.

The agency was established as “War Relief Services” in 1943 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to aid refugees displaced by war. In 1955, the agency became known as “Catholic Relief Services”. Today, CRS has 4,000 staff overseas and 400 at Baltimore headquarters.

CRS has an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy, and it is ranked 29th in Non-Profit Times Top 100. Its operating revenue in FY 2005 was over $690 million, with less than 6% spent on supporting services such as fundraising and marketing
Christian Church (DOC) WOC
Through Week of Compassion, North American Disciples of Christ reach out in the name of Christ to:

• provide emergency and long-term assistance to people in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, droughts, civil war and other natural and human catastrophes. In a typical year WOC responds to a disaster about once every two days.

• respond with help, hope and hospitality to people who have been uprooted and displaced from their homelands by war, environmental catastrophe, famine and natural disaster. Many of the world’s 25 million refugees are children.

• support self-help programs of development and rehabilitation that empower people and communities to stand against and rise above hunger, poverty, disease, illiteracy, and other forces of injustice that deny and destroy human dignity. WOC supports projects in more than 80 nations on every inhabitable continent of the earth.

• encourage and support volunteer groups in "hands-on" mission and service opportunities. Annually, WOC partners with more than 50 Disciples work groups in mission projects in North America and abroad.

Through partnerships with Church World Service, Action by Churches Together, Interchurch Medical Assistance, Food Resource Bank, Heifer Project International, the Disciples’ Overseas Ministries, Volunteers in Mission, Refugee and Immigration Ministries, Bread for the World, Souper Bowl of Caring, Habitat, the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ELCOF), and hundreds of local church partners around the world, Week of Compassion shares in a remarkable network of service and caring that is efficient, effective and faithful. WOC’s administrative costs are typically less than eight percent annually.

Disciples through WOC also participate with Christians in nine other Protestant denominations in One Great Hour of Sharing, thus multiplying the effectiveness and extent of our witness many times over.

Of course, the partnership we share with more than 3200 Christian Church congregations across North America is where this remarkable ministry of connecting Disciples to the world and sharing compassion with all God’s children truly begins. Disciples annually channel more than 2.5 million dollars through Week of Compassion for humanitarian needs in the world.


Church of the Brethren - GFI

The Global Food Initiative (GFI) is the primary way that the Church of the Brethren assists hungry people in developing food security. Since 1983, GFI (formerly Global Food Crisis Fund) has raised over $8,000,000 for community development projects in numerous countries around the globe.

GFI seeks to:

  • invest in small-scale economic development
  • join efforts to improve diet and health practices
  • champion soil conservation
  • promote awareness-raising and advocacy on hunger issues.

Your support of the Global Food Initiative upholds the biblical command to lift the burden of the oppressed. Moreover it honors God, for as stated in Proverbs 14:31, “Kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.”

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Church World Service (CWS)

Church World Service works to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice around the world. Founded in 1946, the U.S.-based not-for-profit focuses its efforts on sustainable solutions that reduce vulnerability and marginalization.

Whether our solutions involve providing a clean water source or resettling refugees, our actions are unique for each community and incorporate a local voice into decisions made.

We work in three primary areas: promoting food security & nutrition, ensuring access to clean water and protecting vulnerable communities, especially women and children.

Food Security & Nutrition
CWS promotes sustainable, nutritious food sources that are locally appropriate, nutritious and sustainable. Through emergency food assistance in times of disaster to helping communities identify and grow sustainable gardens, helping hungry people around the world is the cornerstone of our mission.

Access to Clean Water
Rainwater catchment systems. Filtering. Sand dams and more. CWS uses these and other tools because it recognizes the role access to clean, safe water plays in fighting hunger and promoting safety in vulnerable communities.

Protecting Vulnerable Women & Children
In many communities, impoverished women and children are especially vulnerable to poverty, particularly in times of disaster. CWS works to ensure its programs address the underlying causes that keep women and children susceptible to risk.

Resettling refugees from war-torn Europe and Asia was one of our first areas of work. Today, we are one of the few agencies the U.S. Department of State turns to in resettling refugees by federal contract, through our extensive network of local affiliates.

CWS enjoys robust relationships with a network of local organizations around the world. These local partners know how best to serve their communities. Together, we’re working toward a world where there is Enough for All.

Dorcas Aid International Foundation

Dorcas Aid International Foundation (Dorcas)

We desire justice, both for people and their communities, so that they flourish. We strive for lasting change for those who live in poverty, are excluded, or are caught in a crisis. This is how we follow Jesus Christ.

Our Story
We are Dorcas. We stand for justice and peace. We are inspired by the potential that lies within every human being. When we look at the world we see unique people everywhere, in all kinds of circumstances. Vulnerable, yet strong. We know that every man and woman has not had the same opportunities in life.

That is why we go where the going is tough. Striving for deliverance where lives are threatened. Creating opportunities where hope seems lost. Offering new visions of the future where there is only the ever-suffocating present. Lifting up those who have stumbled. Giving hope to the poorest of the poor. We see those who have not been seen.

Our work extends far beyond the borders of our base in the Netherlands. We are present wherever we are needed. Wherever there is need. Never fleetingly, always with an aim towards lasting change. As a powerful force to touch the lives that touch us. Our work is as simple and profound as a hand on a shoulder, as eye-to-eye contact.

We are Dorcas. A powerful and effective combination of staff and volunteers in the Netherlands and abroad. Employing our talents with passion, in a spirit of equality. From the volunteers in our shops to our bookkeepers and from our workers in Eastern Europe to those in Africa and the Middle East. Together we make Dorcas work.

Together is a key word for us. Our many colleagues and international, national, and local partners are vital to our work. The same goes for everyone who supports us. Dorcas simply would not exist without their prayers, donations and efforts. The work could not be done.

Evangelical Covenant Church - CWR


Covenant World Relief has been the Evangelical Covenant Church’s response to human suffering and injustice in the world for more than 60 years.  Through disaster relief and community development, we partner in the transformation of individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is to join God in loving, serving, and working together with the poor, the powerless, and the marginalized.
Relief is immediate assistance in times of natural or human-made disaster by providing water, shelter, and food.
Transformational Development is working with communities and families as they help themselves through micro-enterprise, micro-finance, sustainable water development, community health initiatives, agriculture, and sustainable food programs.


Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

Every day in 35 countries, Lutheran World Relief works to combat the causes of poverty and the dignity it robs from people’s lives. We advocate for Fair Trade that helps farming families and artisans earn a better income. We teach people to better care for themselves, their communities and the environment. We teach people how to be less vulnerable to natural disasters. We advocate with and for them for policy change that more fairly represents them. We counsel them after manmade and natural disasters, and help them recover with material aid. We do all of this exclusively with partners from the communities we serve. Our partners help us remain incredibly efficient and effective. Our partners let us help people help themselves…for a day when they won’t need us at all. Empowered by God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, we envision a world in which each person and every generation lives in justice, dignity, and peace.

LWR is planning to extend programming in Nicaragua, India and Uganda that will include a special focus in developing tools for promoting gender equity.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.

MCC’s priorities in carrying out its purpose are disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peace-building.

MCC approaches its mission by addressing poverty, oppression and injustice – and their systemic causes; accompanying partners and the church in a process of mutual transformation, accountability and capacity building; building bridges to connect people and ideas across cultural, political and economic divides; and caring for creation.

MCC values peace and justice. MCC seeks to live and serve nonviolently in response to the biblical call to peace and justice. MCC values just relationships. MCC seeks to live and serve justly and peacefully in each relationship, incorporating listening and learning, accountability and mutuality, transparency and integrity.

MCC would like to expand FRB funded activities into Nicaragua, Chad, Cambodia and Egypt pending sufficient funds in their member account

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM)

Following the example of Jesus, NCM (established in 1984) partners with local Nazarene congregations around the world to clothe, shelter, feed, heal, educate, and live in solidarity with those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. NCM exists in and through the Church of the Nazarene to proclaim the whole Gospel to all people.

The vision of NCM is simply that God's compassion would weave into the fabric of the church. God is showing compassion through the lives and ministries of the Church of the Nazarene in over 150 world areas. In keeping with the spirit of our Nazarene founders, NCM exists to minister to the whole person. We bring the hope of Jesus to a needy world through providing for people’s physical needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Additionally we offer long term relief and development assistance in an effort to combat the root causes of poverty. NCM seeks to implement this vision through managing resources, empowering people, enabling compassion, and extending the hope of Jesus to the world.

We do not want Nazarene Compassionate Ministries to be just an organization within the Nazarene structure, but rather that NCM would exist only because there are things that we, as the church, can do collectively that we can't do individually. NCM would then become the collective response of the church. Our prayer is that social holiness would erupt in every local church and that we could come alongside faithful members and resource them to serve.

“The Church of the Nazarene believes that Jesus commanded His disciples to have a special relationship to the poor of this world. Holiness, far from distancing believers from the desperate economic needs of people in our world, motivates us to place our means in the service of alleviating such need and to adjust our wants in accordance with the needs of others” (Nazarene Manual 903.4).

NCM’s four-fold approach:
• Child development
• Disaster response
• Development education
• Social transformation

Presbyterian Church (USA)

The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) and Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) enable congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by poverty and catastrophic events.

PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) PHP seeks to address hunger and eliminate its causes through sustainable development and public policy advocacy. These programs are funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing and additional gifts specifically designated for the work of these programs. Both PDA and PHP always work collaboratively through church or other long-term partners because the work is then rooted in relationships with communities, is culturally inspired and technologically replicable, and builds long-term capacity in partners.

Through partners PHP works with small farmers and their organizations to develop thriving local economies based on the production and processing of healthy food to feed their communities and regions. It is amazing how well organized, small farmers can produce food utilizing traditional knowledge and testing new methods. They not only feed healthy food to their families, communities and cities but also sustain and care for the earth. PHP works predominantly in Africa, Latin America and the USA. PDA focuses on the long-term recovery of disaster-impacted communities. Even in times of disaster it is best to buy locally produced and processed food so that the local economy can revive instead of displacing local food and goods with free imports. Often long-term recovery includes sustainable agricultural projects with small farmers so that a region can become food secure which is a basic building block for long-term development and security. Both PHP and PDA work with volunteer teams.


United Church of Christ - OGHS

The United Church of Christ (UCC) was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions. We are a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. From the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto—"that they may all be one"—is Jesus' prayer for the unity of the church.

The United Church of Christ is composed of Local Churches, Associations, Conferences and the General Synod. The structure within the national setting of the UCC is composed of four covenantal ministries, Office of General Ministries, Local Church Ministries, Justice and Witness Ministries, and Wider Church Ministries.

Within the United Church of Christ, the various expressions of the church relate to each other in a covenantal manner. Each having responsibilities and rights in relation to the others, to the end that the whole church will seek God’s will and be faithful to God’s mission.

While the Office of General Ministries, Local Church Ministries and for the most part, Justice and Witness Ministries work within the United States, Wider Church Ministries works both in the United States and internationally, and is supported in part by one of the four special mission offerings, One Great Hour of Sharing® as well as the basic support that is given for the operations of the church, Our Churches Wider Mission, basic. The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering provides support in the areas of health, education, agriculture, and advocacy that are needed in response to disaster, refugee and immigration concerns, or to improve the quality of life.

Wider Church Ministries and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) work together internationally as Global Ministries whereby jointly the churches create and maintain partnerships with churches and other non-government organizations to be a critical presence to those in need, especially as a result of disaster, civil unrest, food insecurity, and health hazards. The United Church of Christ, Wider Church Ministries is committed to working ecumenically. We are members of Church World Service and Action by Churches Together (ACT) International as well as supporters of other organizations including Foods Resource Bank.

United Methodist Comm on Relief

Formed in 1940 in response to the suffering of people during World War II,
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) continues to provide a channel through which people may express their Christian compassion for people around the globe, often the poorest in society, who are undergoing hardship and suffering as a result of natural catastrophes, conflicts, or wars. As a humanitarian relief and development agency, UMCOR is called on to provide immediate relief and long-term recovery wherever and whenever needed.

Our mission is to alleviate human suffering — whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster — with open minds and hearts to all people.

UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters that are of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. UMCOR partners with local organizations and survivors to rebuild their livelihoods, health, and homes. UMCOR workers are known all over the world for their compassion, leadership, expertise and guidance in recovery efforts.

UMCOR is working in 81 countries worldwide, including the United States. Wherever and whenever we are needed, we will Be There. And we will Be Hope.

UMCOR utilizes thousands of volunteers every year. In fact, in 2006 at our Sager Brown depot and mission center in Louisiana alone, 3,031 volunteers prepared more than 300 tons of disaster relief supplies for shipping all over the globe.

UMCOR is a good steward of your gifts and grants. Private donors can designate their gifts to our programs with the assurance that 100% will be spent on the programs.

UMCOR would like to extend its work in Sudan and Zimbabwe pending sufficient funds in its member account.

World Hope International (WHI)

World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian-relief and development organization that works with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and worldwide injustices.

Founded in 1996, WHI currently works with 15 of the poorest countries in the world focusing on eight key areas: anti-trafficking and gender-based violence, clean water wells and sanitation, rural and economic development, agriculture, education, emergency response, health and nutrition, and child sponsorship.

Programs in these key areas bring tangible and positive change to the individuals that WHI works with, who then go on to transform their communities and their countries. WHI focuses on long-term results by providing resources and knowledge to the poor so they can break the cycle of poverty and ultimately become agents of change within their communities. WHI’s vision is to provide those in need with opportunity, dignity and hope so they can possess the tools for change in themselves, their family and their community.

Over the last two decades, WHI has operated on the belief that lifelong change is only possible when those in need are empowered with the necessary tools to succeed and given the opportunity to invest their talent, money, time and wisdom – which is at the core of WHI programs. This is what has led WHI to become a leading-edge Christian relief and development organization, recognized by partners and governments alike as a successful service model for those in need.

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World Renew

World Renew, is a relief, development, and educational ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. World Renew partners with local agencies that understand local needs. Together CRWRC/World Renew and its partners find ways to provide lasting change for people in more than 30 countries around the world. World Renew believes that by helping people help themselves the chains of poverty can be stripped away. World Renew is driven by the call of Micah 6:8b: "And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

World Renew responds to the Micah Call by:
1. Listening to those in need and collaborating with local partners to ensure community development is relevant for those World Renew seeks to help
2. Making the most of our resources- including staff, donations, partners and programs
3. Building long-term relationships with communities during disaster response
4. Assisting local church leaders become resources for the poor in their community
5. Promoting justice, advocacy and civil society through Biblical justice education

World Renew has bi-national offices in Burlington, Ontario and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Transformational Development: In poor communities around the world and in North America, World Renew works with local churches and organizations to bring about change. Our goal is complete community transformation to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.

View this video about creating ownership of development in Bamba and Ganze, Kenya. This work will be coming to an end in 2014 and World Renew is looking towards to expanding its work with another partner in the Nakuru area of Kenya.