Broadly stated, our main goals include:
- Preserving the Russian spiritual and cultural heritage in the U.S.
- Protecting the rights of Russian-Americans and encouraging their active participation in public and cultural affairs of the U.S.
- Aiding persecuted Christians and human rights activists within the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.
- Fighting post-Cold War Russophobia and restoring friendly relations between the American and the Russian people.
- Helping the Russian people in their spiritual revival and the revival of their economy.
To achieve its objectives, the CRA
- Maintains a working relationship with local, state, and federal authorities and presents to them the views of its membership and the Russian-American community at large.
- Helps Russian-Americans to actively participate in the life of the U.S.
- Communicates the Russian-American views to the government and public of the Russian Federation, as appropriate.
- Supports an office in Washington, D.C. for maintaining a liaison with the Government and other organizations.
- Works with other Russian-American organizations in areas of interest.
- Honors outstanding Russian-Americans in the Russian-American Hall of Fame.
- Cooperates with other U.S. ethnic organizations in a variety of areas.
- Conducts humanitarian aid and technical assistance programs for Russia.
- Commemorates “The Memorial Day for Victims of Communism” each November 7 (the date of Communist takeover in 1917).
- Produces and disseminates periodic and special publications for communicating with its members, friends, general public, as well as Government officials.
Most of the CRA activities are performed by its members and friends on a voluntary basis without pay. Except for part-time clerical help at the CRA Headquarters in San Francisco, there are no paid workers. The bulk of the CRA’s funds come from membership dues, voluntary donations, and miscellaneous fund-raising activities.