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Cru (known as Campus Crusade for Christ until 2011) is an interdenominational evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1951 at the University of California, Los Angeles by Bill Bright as a ministry for university students. Since then Cru has since expanded its focus to include adult professionals, athletes and high school students.<ref name ="NYT Obituary">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}.</ref> In 2011 Cru had 25,000 missionaries in 191 countries.<ref name = "NYT name change">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}.</ref>

Cru relocated its world headquarters from Arrowhead Springs, Calif., to Orlando, Florida in 1991.<ref name="LeaveSouthland">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The current president of the organization is Steve Douglass.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

In 2011, Campus Crusade for Christ in the United States changed its name to Cru, a shortening of "Crusade", since many members already refer to it as Cru for short, and also due partially to avoiding the negative connotation of crusade from the historical, bloody Crusades (particularly to Muslim communities) and that much of the organization's work was no longer limited to college campuses.<ref name = "NYT name change"/>

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