Why We Help

Why We Help

LDS Charities volunteer spreading awareness about an immunization project in the Philippines.

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 for people of all nationalities and religions.

Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to help others in need. Jesus Christ taught His followers to give meat to the hungry and drink to those who thirst. His gospel includes taking in the stranger, loving neighbors, and visiting those who are sick or imprisoned. He taught that we are to love and care for each other, visit the fatherless and widows in their afflictions, and lift up those whose hands hang down and whose knees are feeble.

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. We sponsor relief and development projects in 179 countries. We 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. More than one million workdays of labor are contributed each year by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.

We provide emergency relief assistance in times of natural disasters. In addition, our signature programs include clean water, neonatal resuscitation training, vision care, wheelchairs, immunizations, food production, and other community projects.

The assistance we provide is made possible by generous donations of cash and materials from members and friends of the LDS Church.