Cru is an interdenominational Christian organization founded in 1951 with the purpose of helping to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20. When Bill and Vonette Bright first launched Campus Crusade for Christ, the underlying concept was to “win the campus today and change the world tomorrow.” More than 50 years later, the mission remains the same. In 2012, Campus Crusade formally changed its name to Cru.
Today more than 26,000 staff members and 225,000 volunteers work in more than 191 countries worldwide. We see ourselves as an extension of the local church with expertise in particular areas, working closely with pastors and churches throughout the United States and the world.
In 1967, we started our very first summer mission project to help a church in Ocean City, New Jersey reach the young people who flocked to the beach there each summer. This past summer we sent approximately 3,500 students and staff members to over 51 countries around the world. Every year our summer mission projects involve American students, recent graduates, lay people, and full-time Cru staff members.