Questions about CARE, our work, and research information for students
What is CARE? What does CARE do?
CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice.
We seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.
We put women and girls in the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.
Learn more about CARE and about our work or view our recent annual reports online.
Does the name CARE stand for anything?
CARE was founded in the United States in 1945 when it sent food parcels to Europe. The name stood for ‘Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe.’ As CARE’s activities broadened, this was changed to the ‘Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere.’ Today the name is used in its own right rather than as an acronym.
Where does CARE work?
CARE works in more than 100 countries, implementing long-term programs to fight poverty, responding to humanitarian emergencies, and advocating for policy change to improve the lives of people facing poverty.
What is CARE's Tax ID number?
CARE is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our EIN (Tax ID) number is 13-1685039. CARE can be found on the IRS Exempt Organizations list or by filling in the following information:
- EIN: 13-1685039
- Legal Name: Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc.
- State of Incorporation: Washington, DC
- Country: US
How do I get permission to reprint a CARE story or video?
Can I use the CARE name and/or logo to raise awareness of your work?
Does CARE offer financial assistance or grants?
CARE is not a funding agency and therefore does not provide financial support directly to individuals or organizations. Instead, CARE works in partnership with governments, organizations, and communities in developing countries to create lasting solutions to poverty.
Does CARE provide scholarships?
No, CARE does not provide scholarships or student loans. CARE is not a funding agency and, therefore, does not provide financial support directly to individuals or organizations.
Why doesn't CARE provide assistance within the United States?
CARE does work in the U.S.
For the last 30 years, CARE has been a voice on Capitol Hill advocating for legislation in support much-needed poverty-fighting programs and services around the world, including the foreign assistance budget.
CARE began domestic programming at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, when there was a sharp increase in the number of Americans out of work and unable to feed their families. As in many other parts of the world, women and people of color were disproportionately affected by this.
In response to this need, and for the first time in our history, we set up a version of our savings groups in the U.S. to work with low-income women of color and re-introduced the CARE package in the U.S. to provide food assistance and employment opportunities. Currently, CARE is working to expand this program to other hard-hit and disaster-prone areas.
Are you a religious-based organization?
CARE is a nonsectarian organization, meaning we are not affiliated with any religion or belief system.
Research information for students
To learn more about CARE’s poverty-fighting work for your research paper, please refer to the links below.