About Us

About Us

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LDS Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted.

Unique in its support structure, LDS Charities has access to the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include funding and local volunteer support. More than one million workdays of labor are contributed each year by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.

We sponsor relief and development projects in 189 countries and give assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. Aid is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. Largely run with volunteer labor, we operate both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments

How We Work

Our Funding: Funds come from both members and friends of the LDS Church who generously give of their means. None of our funding comes from government grants or large corporate donations. One hundred percent of donations go towards projects dedicated to humanitarian aid efforts, and all overhead costs are paid fully by the Church.

Our Mission: We strive to serve all races, nationalities, and religions and to encourage beneficiaries to participate in giving back to their own communities. Our organization promotes volunteerism, provides emergency assistance, and relieves suffering. We also support programs that meet specific needs, encourage self-reliance, promote service, and improve sustainability.

Our Partners: We identify local partners who align with our mission and have proven successful in their humanitarian efforts. We work with organizations of all sizes, from global non-government organizations (NGO’s) and government ministries to local nonprofits.  By partnering with organizations that have sustainable local solutions to local needs, we can ensure that our resources are being used appropriately. By working with us, our partners can increase their impact through our funding and volunteer resources.
Our Volunteers: Our global volunteer network is willing to support partners and beneficiaries when possible. Many volunteers live in the communities where they serve, reducing the time and costs required to meet changing needs. The volunteers fit within an established framework of local leadership that provides direction and a coordinated response.

Our Signature Programs

Our humanitarian signature programs are built on the principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. We employ these principles even during times of critical aid and emergency response. Our efforts are designed to give individuals and communities the tools they need to improve their own circumstances in permanent and meaningful ways. Our signature programs include:

Our Key Partners

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Red Cross

CARE International

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Centro de Intergración Libre y Solidario de Argentina (CILSA)

Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT)

Convoy of Hope

Fundación Solidaridad

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI)

Himalayan Cataract Project

Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación “Dra. Adriana Rebaza Flores”

International Medical Corps

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Islamic Relief USA

Jhpiego

L.V. Prasad Eye Institute

Laerdal Global Health

Lions Clubs International Foundation: SightFirst

Mercy Corps

Motivation Australia

Motivation Charitable Trust (U.K.)

Motivation Romania Foundation

Muslim Aid

One Acre Fund

Orbis International

Rahma Relief Foundation

Real Medicine Foundation (RMF)

Right To Play

Save the Children

Sirindhorn National Medical Rehabilitation Centre (SNMRC)

Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC)

Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance

Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)

UCP Wheels for Humanity Indonesia (UCPRUK)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations Foundation (Measles and Rubella Initiative)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Water For People

WaterAid

World Food Programme (WFP)