Church World Service

Organization's name: Church World Service
Organization's acronym: CWS
Headquarters address  
Address: 475 Riverside Drive. Suite 700
New York
New York 10115-0050
United States of America
Phone: 1-212-870-2818
Fax: 1-212-870-3220
Web site:
Organization type: Non-governmental organization
  • English


Areas of expertise & Fields of activity:

Gender Issues and Advancement of Women:
  • Capacity building
  • Education and training of women
  • The girl child
  • Women and health
  • Women and poverty
  • Women and the economy
  • Women and the environment

Social Development:
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Technical cooperation
  • Youth

Sustainable Development:
  • Agriculture
  • Capacity-building
  • Climate change
  • Consumption and production patterns
  • Disaster management and vulnerability
  • Education
  • Freshwater
  • Gender equality
  • Health
  • Land management
  • Partnerships
  • Poverty
  • Protecting and managing the natural resources
  • Rural Development
  • Sanitation
  • Sustainable development for Africa
  • Sustainable development in a globalizing world
  • Sustainable development of SIDS
Geographic scope: International
Country of activity:
  • Uganda
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Myanmar
  • Nicaragua
  • State of Palestine
  • Sierra Leone
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mozambique
  • Senegal
  • United States of America
  • Viet Nam
  • Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Angola
  • Gambia
  • El Salvador
  • China
  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Malawi
  • South Africa
  • Uruguay
  • Kenya
  • Haiti
  • Philippines
  • Burkina Faso
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Serbia
  • Timor-Leste
  • Ethiopia
  • Brazil
  • Honduras
  • Paraguay
  • Thailand
  • Bangladesh
  • Niger
  • Dominican Republic
  • Rwanda
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Millennium Development Goals:
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop global partnership for development
Mission statement:
Year established (YYYY): 1946
Year of registration (YYYY): 1974
Organizational structure: 501 c(3) non-profit corporation. Board of directors appointed by member communions of the General Assembly of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Regional offices in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia are supervised from the main office in New York. Work is organized by four quadrants: Global Strategies and Programs; Office of Executive Director/Relationships and Witness; Funds Development and Marketing; Finance and Operations.
Number and type of members: N/A
Affiliation with NGO networks: CWS is a member/participant of numerous networks and coalitions, including ACT Alliance, Interaction, ICVA, Ecumenical Water Network, HAP, etc.
Funding structure:
  • Donations and grants from domestic sources
  • Foreign and international grants
Funding structure other: CWS receives funding from U.S. member churches; public appeals fundraising; foundations and corporations; and governments (US, EU)

Additional Information

Sustainable Development

Major group affiliation:
  • Non-governmental organization