You can plan a campaign in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a special occasion. You can plan an event at work, in school or your community. You’ll find a few ways to get started in the Event Ideas document in your Fundraise for CRS dashboard. But don’t stop there—get creative! Your only limit is your imagination. Make sure your event doesn’t conflict with Catholic Relief Services’ mission or Catholic social teaching
As much or as little as you want! All of the money you raise supports CRS’ mission to serve the poor and vulnerable overseas, so even a small amount is valuable. But don’t be afraid to be ambitious when setting your fundraising goal.
Your contribution goes toward feeding hungry families, protecting vulnerable children, helping farmers grow better crops, and providing health care and clean water to remote communities. And to helping CRS respond immediately to emergencies. We reach 85 million people without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS maintains strict standards of efficiency, accountability and transparency: 92% of expenditures go directly to these lifesaving programs.
Unless designated for a specific emergency, donations will be contributed to our general fund, allowing us to respond immediately to the next crisis or emergency.
Fundraise for CRS is an online platform that helps you raise funds for Catholic Relief Services. You can use Fundraise for CRS to set up a personal fundraising page to celebrate a special occasion, honor a loved one, host an event, or raise awareness and funds to support an emergency. Fundraise for CRS lets you share your page via social media, invite your friends and family to support you via email, set a donation goal, track your progress and more.
The Fundraise for CRS dashboard is your one-stop shop for setting up and managing your personal fundraising page. Your dashboard is the first page you see each time you log in. From the dashboard, you can customize your personal page, see who has donated to your campaign, browse photos and videos to use on social media, and find other resources to make your campaign a success.
When you first set up your fundraising page, it will be filled with generic text. You may want to customize your page so potential donors know why you’re passionate about CRS. You can edit the text and photos on your page from your Fundraise for CRS dashboard. From the dashboard, click on the Edit Your Page link on the left. From there, you will be able to create a custom URL for your page, add a photo of your own or one from our Photo and Video Resources, change your fundraising goal, and edit page content and settings.
CRS provides a number of resources to support your fundraiser.
No, CRS does not fund expenses incurred in connection with your fundraising campaign or event. If you anticipate any expenses, we suggest that you seek out local sponsors.
No. Donations made to your fundraiser should not be used to cover expenses. Local sponsorships are a great way to offset costs associated with your fundraiser.
Yes. You may use the CRS logo in connection with your fundraiser, subject to the following terms and conditions:
Yes. You may use the CRS name in connection with your fundraiser, subject to the following terms and conditions:
Yes. Please be sure to review and adhere to CRS’ Guidelines for Fundraising.
Yes, but only for monetary donations given directly to CRS. This includes credit card donations made through Fundraise for CRS, checks made payable to CRS and cash donations linked to an individual. If you are sending multiple checks to CRS at one time, tax receipts will be sent to the name and address listed on each check. Cash donations should be converted to a check or money order and include the name and address to which a tax receipt should be sent. CRS cannot provide tax receipts for goods, like items for auction, or services, like advertisements and printing, donated to your event.
A matching gift is when a secondary donor agrees to contribute a gift that “matches,” or doubles, the contribution made by another donor.
Yes. When you’re logged into your Fundraise for CRS account, click on Donations in the top navigation bar. Go to the Add Offline Donation tab to enter check and cash donations. You can include the donor’s name so they are credited on your page. You will still need to send the check and cash to CRS at the address provided.
Check should be written directly to Catholic Relief Services. Please write Community Giving in the memo line.
We advise you to convert all cash donations to either a check or money order before mailing to CRS. Tax receipts will only be sent to the names and addresses on the check or money order.
No. CRS cannot accept nonmonetary contributions.
Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303
Please mail any check or cash donations to CRS as soon as you can. The sooner we receive them, the faster we can process them and send acknowledgements and tax receipts to donors.
Yes! There are many ways to get involved with Catholic Relief Services beyond giving.
Yes. We would love to see photos from your event. Email them to our Community Giving Advisor, Grace Finn, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please let us know if we may feature them on our website or in publications.
Yes. You can contact our Community Giving Advisor, Grace Finn, at [email protected] or 800-235-2772, ext. 7242.