LDS Charities donates Meet the Mormons net proceeds to American Red Cross
LDS Charities donates $1.8 million to the American Red Cross Red Cross

Since 1985, LDS Charities has provided assistance to millions of people in 185 countries.

How We Work

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Step 1

Receive Funds dedicated to humanitarian aid efforts


  • comes from normal, everyday people who are members of our Church and others, not from government grants or large corporate donations
  • is used only for humanitarian work with 100% going toward project expenses
  • is never spent on overhead costs, which are fully paid by our Church

Step 2

Develop projects that align with our mission


  • serve all races, nationalities, and religions
  • help others as God would have us do
  • promote volunteerism
  • relieve suffering
  • support programs that meet specific needs and encourage self-reliance and sustainability
  • encourage the participation of beneficiaries

Step 3

Identify local partners that align with our mission and implement successful projects

We partner with

  • organizations of all sizes, from global NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and government ministries to local nonprofits
  • local organizations that know the unique needs of the communities they serve and develop local solutions
  • organizations whose mission and values align with ours
  • organizations that have a proven history of completing successful projects

Step 4

Engage our volunteer network to support partners and beneficiaries when possible


  • come from a global network
  • mostly live in the communities we serve, allowing rapid response to local needs
  • have local leadership that provides direction and a coordinated response

Our Signature Programs

Benson Food

We help families and communities increase their food security through sustainable techniques in food production, nutrition, diet, and home food storage.
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Clean Water

We reach over a million people from all faiths, countries, and ethnicities each year as we help communities with three pillars of health: clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene training.
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Emergency Response

We strive to provide immediate emergency assistance to victims of natural disasters, civil unrest, or famine around the world in partnership with other relief organizations.
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We contribute to the efforts of key global immunization organizations and we support local immunization campaigns through social mobilization and local support in countries where disease claims the lives of many children.
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Maternal and Newborn Care

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 million newborns die each year of breathing difficulties, and LDS Charities provides training to medical personnel around the world to help prevent the deaths of an estimated 1 million newborns and their mothers each year.
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Vision Care

Over 300 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness. We work to improve the quality of eye care treatment delivered by local health care organizations so that blindness and visual impairment may be avoided.
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We work with partner organizations that directly serve people with mobility disabilities to provide appropriate manual wheelchairs to individuals according to WHO guidelines, so that each person is assessed, fit, provided instruction, and provided on-going support.
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Community Projects

We meet other locally identified needs by using available Church and community resources.
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Recent News

Destruction in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam

LDS Charities responds to Cyclone Pam

On March 13, 2015, Cyclone Pam reached the islands of Vanuatu and Tuvalu. The category 5 storm caused vast amounts of destruction. Eight people have been confirmed dead, thirty people were injured, and an estimated ten thousand were left homeless.

Vanuatu’s president, Baldwin Lonsdale, reported that the storm had destroyed 90 percent of the buildings in the capital city, Port Vila, alone. By Monday night, local officials had still been unable to make contact with outlying islands.

Immediate needs include establishing reliable communications and obtaining food, shelter, fresh water, and emergency supplies.

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