Catholic Charities USA

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Catholic Charities USA was founded over a century ago by men and women who believed that the collective efforts of the church to faithfully serve people in need could change the course of poverty in our nation.

At Catholic Charities we help people, regardless of their faith, who are struggling with poverty and other complex issues. At CCUSA, our advocacy and disaster relief programs - and our support of member agencies in our network - is making tangible progress toward providing help and hope to our neighbors across the country.

Our collective efforts focus on a set of strategic priorities that make a difference in the lives of people in need.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Catholic Charities USA
2050 Ballenger Ave
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314


Phone: (703) 549-1390

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 530196620

CEO/President: Kerry Alys Robinson

Chairman: Neal Black

Board size: 21


Ruling year: 2014

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


As Catholic Charities, we labor in the streets inviting and serving those who have been left out to know and experience the tremendous and abundant love of God through Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves to break down walls of division that keep sisters and brothers separated from one another, excluded, or rendered disposable by our society. With joy, we resolve to build bridges of hope, mercy and justice toward the creation of a culture of communal care responsive to the cries of those who are poor.

Mission statement

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating953 of 111299 of 121
Fund acquisition rating939 of 111390 of 121
Resource allocation rating665 of 111384 of 121
Asset utilization rating808 of 111282 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,442,665$5,721,413$6,484,998$7,700,988$3,289,570
Short-term investments$53,928,094$47,695,928$56,879,245$54,331,627$25,907,706
Other current assets$744,609$854,993$1,066,578$1,324,425$1,549,202
Total current assets$61,345,268$56,960,801$67,284,320$67,561,186$35,555,436
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$24,696,249$25,179,335$25,924,441$26,582,195$26,682,352
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$24,696,249$25,179,335$25,924,441$26,582,195$26,682,352
Total assets$86,041,517$82,140,136$93,208,761$94,143,381$62,237,788
Payables and accrued expenses$2,884,455$2,280,077$7,408,303$5,872,228$1,996,914
Other current liabilities$585,973$88,244$105,996$1,952,113$467,464
Total current liabilities$3,470,428$2,368,321$7,514,299$7,824,341$2,464,378
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$913,909$881,450$811,325$741,916$1,003,297
Total long-term liabilities$913,909$2,185,950$811,325$2,796,916$6,197,936
Total liabilities$4,384,337$4,554,271$8,325,624$10,621,257$8,662,314
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$69,300,074$59,107,198$56,352,865$47,249,847$39,967,361
With donor restrictions$12,357,106$18,478,667$28,530,272$36,272,277$13,608,113
Net assets$81,657,180$77,585,865$84,883,137$83,522,124$53,575,474
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Total contributions$32,357,511$33,487,673$41,787,469$79,161,564$26,518,616
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$838,947$1,601,254$1,668,632$1,651,003$1,527,472
Investment income$8,548,843$1,723,696$3,362,887$1,149,503$1,874,069
Other revenue$1,381,532$405,493$455,090$471,067$382,586
Total other revenue$10,769,322$3,730,443$5,486,609$3,271,573$3,784,127
Total revenue$43,126,833$37,218,116$47,274,078$82,433,137$30,302,743
Program services$29,063,597$36,808,178$38,389,496$46,067,843$17,238,712
Management and general$4,098,179$4,640,672$4,910,315$4,332,884$4,865,008
Total expenses$36,997,092$44,515,388$45,944,344$52,602,234$24,182,050
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$6,129,741($7,297,272)$1,329,734$29,830,903$6,120,693
Other changes in net assets($2,058,426)$0$31,279$115,747$212,177
Total change in net assets$4,071,315($7,297,272)$1,361,013$29,946,650$6,332,870


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We were founded over a century ago by men and women who believed that the collective efforts of the church to faithfully serve people in need could change the course of poverty in our nation.

1910 - The National Conference is founded. Nearly 400 people gathered at the Catholic University of America to found the National Conference of Catholic Charities (NCCC), "to bring about a sense of solidarity" among those working in charitable ministries, and "to be an attorney for the poor."

1920 - Msgr. John O'Grady named executive secretary. NCCC founder Msgr. John O'Grady fostered a period of growth during his 40-year tenure. He focused on professionalizing the institutional staff, establishing diocesan Catholic Charities agencies, and advocating for workers, families, and the poor.

1929 - Taking on a vigorous advocacy role. The Great Depression prompted the NCCC to call on the government to provide relief and pass social legislation based on Catholic principles. Msgr. O'Grady helped influence the passage of key economic security, labor, and public housing legislation.

1972 - Embracing an expanded mission. In response to a Vatican II mandate, the NCCC adopted a new mission to pursue greater involvement in the world, to help transform society through advocacy, and to convene the Catholic community and other concerned people in that effort.

1986 - NCCC becomes Catholic Charities USA. As NCCC leadership recognized the need to be seen as a national organization with a strong advocacy voice, and to better position the national office to fund its initiatives, the NCCC took on the name Catholic Charities USA.

1990 - Taking on disaster response. An agreement in 1990 between Catholic Charities USA and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops formally tasked CCUSA with coordinating domestic disaster response efforts on behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States.

2007 - The Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America. In response to the widespread chronic poverty exposed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Catholic Charities USA launched the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America, with the audacious goal of cutting the poverty rate in half by 2020.

2010 - Catholic Charities USA's centennial year. To celebrate its centennial year CCUSA led several Centennial Leadership Summits which convened civic leaders, service providers, and interested citizens to address poverty in their communities, and hosted a commemorative Centennial Gathering.

2015 - Welcoming the first female president. In 2015 CCUSA welcomed Sr. Donna Markham OP, PhD as its new president. Religious orders of women established many of our first schools, hospitals, and social service organizations, many of which developed into today's Catholic Charities agencies.

Program accomplishments

Last year, Catholic Charities agencies nationwide served more than 15 million of our at-risk neighbors - people without homes, those who are unemployed or underemployed, children who are hungry or malnourished, elderly persons who are isolated, vulnerable migrants and refugees on the move, families recovering from natural disasters, pregnant women and new mothers in need, and persons with disabilities who have inadequate care.