Funding, Implementing & Organizational Partners

A student practices proper techniques for washing her hands at an awareness-raising event in Vietnam hosted by CWS and partners.

Without partners, the work of CWS would not be possible. Thank you to the following entities for supporting CWS programs worldwide.

CWS enjoys the benefit of a robust spectrum of funding, implementing and organizational partners. Our grassroots base, comprised of individuals and faith communities, continue to support our rights-based community development and humanitarian work through an array of programs, including CWS Blankets and Tools, CWS Best Gift, CWS Kits and the CROP Hunger Walk. Our most noteworthy government support is reflected in serving as one of nine agencies that resettle refugees for the U.S. government. This annual contract is the backbone of our work accompanying refugees on their arduous process of applying for resettlement and supports the public-private partnership that helps refugees find new homes in the U.S.

Organizations & Foundations

Act for Peace – Australia


Arcus Foundation

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection

BDH Foundation

Bread for the World – Germany

Carnegie Corporation of America

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

Clark Family Foundation

David & Carol Myers Foundation

David Tepper Charitable Foundation

Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency

Elton John AIDS Foundation


Florida Department of Children and Families, State of Florida

Foods Resource Bank

Ford Foundation

Foundation to Promote Open Society

Four Freedoms Fund

Henry E. Niles Foundation

Howard Gilman Foundation

Humanitarian Innovation Fund

International Orthodox Christian Charities

Japan Platform

Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Kaneko and Associates

Mercy Malaysia

Nathan Cummings Foundation

Niwano Foundation

Oak Foundation

Open Society Foundations

Osprey Foundation of Maryland

The Other Foundation

Pittsburgh Foundation

Refugee Assistance Program Targeted Assistance Grant – Formula, State of North Carolina

Refugee Assistance Program Targeted Assistance Grant – Formula, State of Pennsylvania

Refugee Social Services, State of Pennsylvania

Refugee Social Services, State of North Carolina

Refugee Assistance Program

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

St. Marys UMC Foundation

Susan Sarandon Charitable Foundation


Tetra Pak

U.S. Department of Defense HIV-AIDS Prevention Program

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U. S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration

Unbound Philanthropies

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

Virginia Office of Newcomer Services: Refugee Social Services and Services to Older Refugees

Wallace Genetic Foundation

Communions, Denominations & Denominational Entities

African Methodist Episcopal Churc

Alliance of Baptists

American Baptist Churches (USA)

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Church of the Brethren

Community of Christ

Episcopal Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission

Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ / Disciples of Christ

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Korean Presbyterian Church

Orthodox Church in America

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Hunger Program

United Church of Canada

United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries

United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Week of Compassion

CWS Member Communions

Founded in 1946, CWS is currently comprised of 37 member communions encompassing a diversity of denominations, theologies, traditions, histories and cultures. Over the last 71 years, much has changed in the way we work together. CWS and its member communions are in a time of discernment and exploration. Our membership continues to be involved in these conversations together.

CWS is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS serves not only to carry out this mission, but to do so as a collaborative, ecumenical and global force. CWS convenes its members around the CROP Advisory Group, addressing emergencies and sustainable development; the Immigration and Refugee Program Advisory Group; on Capitol Hill in joint advocacy efforts; and throughout the U.S. Thousands of our members put their faith into action by participating in CROP Hunger Walks, assembling CWS Hygiene Kits, School Kits or Emergency Cleanup Buckets or offering signature CWS Blankets to those who most need warmth, shelter and comfort.

This year, some of our membership signed onto the Ecumenical Declaration to Protect Welcome and Restore Hope, in response to the Trump Administration’s Executive Order blocking certain refugees from resettlement.

Our strength is in our capacity to do more together than we or any of our members could ever do alone. As an ecumenical agency, we work together because it is always a deeper expression of our unity in Christ.

CWS Members unite every year for an annual members meeting, which has overarching responsibilities for governance including confirmation of CWS Board members and the appointment of the CEO.

African Methodist Episcopal Church

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Alliance of Baptists

American Baptist Churches USA

Armenian Church of America

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Church of the Brethren

Community of Christ

The Coptic Orthodox Church in North America

Ecumenical Catholic Communion

The Episcopal Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Friends United Meeting

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Hungarian Reformed Church in America

International Council of Community Churches

Korean Presbyterian Church in America

Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

Mar Thoma Church

Moravian Church in America

National Baptist Convention of America

National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

National Missionary Baptist Convention of America

Orthodox Church in America

Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Polish National Catholic Church of America

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.

Reformed Church in America

Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada

The Swedenborgian Church

Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch

Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America

United Church of Christ

The United Methodist Church

CWS & ACT Alliance

ACT Alliance is a coalition of 144 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries. Church World Service is a founding member of the ACT Alliance.

ACT Alliance members work in long-term transformational and sustainable development around the world. For ACT, development is deeply rooted in the growth and protection of human dignity, community resilience and environmental sustainability.

Through advocacy, the ACT Alliance seeks to influence decision makers, policies, structures, and systems to bring about a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

Within the diversity of organizations that make up its membership, the ACT Alliance responds to emergencies around the world – local or global, large or small – with an ecumenical commitment to respond to the needs of communities at their most vulnerable.