Catholic Charities USA

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Catholic Charities USA is a membership organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. By providing leadership, technical assistance, training, and other resources, the national office enables local agencies to better devote their own resources to serving their communities. Catholic Charities USA promotes innovative strategies that address human needs and social injustices. The national office also advocates for social policies that aim to reduce poverty, improve the lives of children and families, and strengthen communities. The Disaster Response Office organizes the Catholic community's response to disasters in the United States.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Catholic Charities USA
2050 Ballenger Ave, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314-2314


Phone: (703)-549-1390


Organization details

EIN: 530196620

CEO/President: Sister Donna Markham OP, Ph.D.

Chairman: Janet Valente Pape

Board size: 25


Year founded: 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 rating502 of 94032 of 59
Fund acquisition rating521 of 94231 of 59
Resource allocation rating311 of 94224 of 59
Asset utilization rating638 of 94037 of 59

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,721,413$6,484,998$7,700,988$3,289,570$3,812,383
Short-term investments$47,695,928$56,879,245$54,331,627$25,907,706$20,100,846
Other current assets$854,993$1,066,578$1,324,425$1,549,202$1,714,143
Total current assets$56,960,801$67,284,320$67,561,186$35,555,436$28,978,445
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$25,179,335$25,924,441$26,582,195$26,682,352$27,540,888
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$25,179,335$25,924,441$26,582,195$26,682,352$27,540,888
Total assets$82,140,136$93,208,761$94,143,381$62,237,788$56,519,333
Payables and accrued expenses$2,280,077$7,408,303$5,872,228$1,996,914$3,181,658
Other current liabilities$88,244$105,996$1,952,113$467,464$382,996
Total current liabilities$2,368,321$7,514,299$7,824,341$2,464,378$3,564,654
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$881,450$811,325$741,916$1,003,297$205,883
Total long-term liabilities$2,185,950$811,325$2,796,916$6,197,936$5,712,075
Total liabilities$4,554,271$8,325,624$10,621,257$8,662,314$9,276,729
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$59,107,198$56,352,865$47,249,847$39,967,361$39,139,379
With donor restrictions$18,478,667$28,530,272$36,272,277$13,608,113$8,103,225
Net assets$77,585,865$84,883,137$83,522,124$53,575,474$47,242,604
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Total contributions$33,487,673$41,787,469$79,161,564$26,518,616$16,095,812
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$1,601,254$1,668,632$1,651,003$1,527,472$1,527,853
Investment income$1,723,696$3,362,887$1,149,503$1,874,069$263,215
Other revenue$405,493$455,090$471,067$382,586$459,802
Total other revenue$3,730,443$5,486,609$3,271,573$3,784,127$2,250,870
Total revenue$37,218,116$47,274,078$82,433,137$30,302,743$18,346,682
Program services$36,808,178$38,389,496$46,067,843$17,238,712$22,125,729
Management and general$4,640,672$4,910,315$4,332,884$4,865,008$4,704,447
Total expenses$44,515,388$45,944,344$52,602,234$24,182,050$29,494,924
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($7,297,272)$1,329,734$29,830,903$6,120,693($11,148,242)
Other changes in net assets$0$31,279$115,747$212,177($236,850)
Total change in net assets($7,297,272)$1,361,013$29,946,650$6,332,870($11,385,092)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/29/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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

Local Catholic Charities staff members and volunteers help people become self-sufficient. These are some typical services Catholic Charities offer:


Child care

Community development


Disaster relief

Elderly services

Emergency financial assistance

Emergency shelter

Family support

Help for at-risk children and families

Housing assistance

Job training

Out-of-home care

Parenting education

Parish Social Ministry

Pregnancy counseling

Prison Ministry

Refugee and immigration assistance

Services to persons with HIV/AIDS

Social policy advocacy

Soup kitchens and food pantries

Treatment for abuse of alcohol and other drugs

Youth Services