The primary purpose of LDS Charities is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service for families of all nationalities and religions. Eubank said the organization is self-funded from donations, with most of those contributions less than $50 each. She said the “unique approach” relies mostly on volunteers. There are 36 paid employees, including 16 staff members in Salt Lake City and 20 others in 16 area offices in major cities of Argentina, South Africa, Germany, Russia, Jordan (administered in Salt Lake City), Philippines, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Guatemala, China, Mexico, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
“We work with lots and lots of partners,” said Eubank. She mentioned organizations such as Rotary International, Islamic Relief, Catholic Relief Services, World Health Organization, U.N. High Commission for Refugees and others.
Eubank reported that in 2013 LDS Charities provided $84 million in total assistance to individuals in 130 countries. “Faiths and religions are central to achieving common goals and transformational change,” said Eubank.