Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity (MC), a religious community that includes the MC Sisters (Sisters of Mother Teresa, active and contemplative), the MC Brothers (active and contemplative) and the MC Fathers. These branches share in her charism of service to the poorest of the poor.


Our associates are: Co-Workers of Mother Teresa, Sick and Suffering Co-Workers, Lay Missionaries of Charity, Corpus Christi movement for priests. None of these associations, neither any of their individual members, are authorised to act in our name.


Though there are numerous other associations that claim Mother Teresa as foundress or that claim some kind of affiliation with her or that claim the support or endorsement of the Missionaries of Charity, they are not in any way associated with Mother Teresa or the Missionaries of Charity.


Mother Teresa did not allow her name, words or image to be used for any fundraising or solicitation of donation for any charitable work however praiseworthy, not even for the works of her own religious community. For her own works of charity among the poorest of the poor she relied entirely on God’s Providence through the spontaneous free will offerings of generous donors. We, the Missionaries of Charity and the Mother Teresa Center (a non-profit organization established and directed by the Missionaries of Charity to oversee Mother Teresa’s intellectual property rights) continue to uphold her explicit wishes in this regard. Further, Mother Teresa reserved the right to use her name, words and image exclusively to the Missionaries of Charity (the religious order she founded), at the sole discretion of our Superior General.

However, it is frequently brought to our attention that various organizations use Mother Teresa’s name, words or image and/or claim their association or affiliation with us the Missionaries of Charity. While we appreciate your freedom and good intentions in donating, we do wish to inform you that the following organizations are not associated in any way with us or with Mother Teresa; they have continued to use Mother Teresa’s name in their title or in their fundraising endeavors in spite of the efforts of Mother Teresa’ (during her lifetime) and of the Missionaries of Charity (after her death) to make them discontinue using her name::


The Mother Teresa Children's Foundation

The Mother Teresa Charitable Trust (and its branches)

Nobel Laureate Mother Teresa Charitable Trust (MTCT)

The Mother Teresa Foundation

The Kosova Humanitarian and Charitable Society - Mother Teresa

Benedictine Secular Order of the Missionaries of Charity

Mother Teresa Children's Development Society


As this list is not complete or exhaustive, if you have a doubt whether an organization is connected with us, please contact mtc@motherteresa.org for further information.

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