The Catholic Campaign for Human Development's (CCHD) mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.
The CCHD philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation for the poor. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Catholic Church's domestic anti-poverty program, in 1969 with two purposes. The first purpose was to raise funds to support "organized groups of white and minority poor to develop economic strength and political power." The second purpose was to "educate the People of God to a new knowledge of today's problems . . . that can lead to some new approaches that promote a greater sense of solidarity."
The CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops designed to be an educational/action program to address poverty in the U.S.
Founded in 1969, CCHD's pastoral strategy is empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, leading toward solidarity between poor and non-poor as impelled by the Church's biblical tradition, modern Catholic social teaching, and the pervasive presence of poverty in the United States. This ministry for justice is rooted in our baptism and faith commitment.
The grants, economic development and education for justice programs of the Campaign, implemented in collaboration with local dioceses, are supported from an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes.
CCHD funds are raised through an annual collection each fall throughout the nation. The national funds are disbursed in two ways. 75% of the money collected each fall is sent directly to the national office of CCHD to be awarded to grant recipients whose work addresses conditions of poverty in specific critical areas such as community organizing and development, economic development, education and economic justice. 25% of this annual collection remains in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to be distributed through this local grant process.
CCHD is supported solely by private donations. The program owes its success to Catholic parishioners whose contributions to the annual parish appeal have made meeting CCHD's objectives possible over the years. Most funds come from the once-a-year CCHD collection, scheduled in most dioceses for the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Of every dollar received by CCHDE, 89 cents goes directly to community empowerment, economic development and education programs that work to break the cycle of poverty.
Diocesan bishops, whom collaborate regularly with the national CCHD staff, appoint directors to manage the full range of CCHD's activities at the local level. These responsibilities include reviewing and evaluating national and local funding applications, monitoring funded programs, supporting seedling organizations, providing educational resources and promoting the diocesan fund-raising campaign to support the annual collection. CCHD continues a tradition of strong local-national collaboration.
Local CCHD Office:
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Director
National CCHD Office:
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
3211 Fourth St. NE
Washington DC 20017
Tel: (202) 541-3210
Fax: (202) 541-3329
For more information about CCHD or poverty in the U.S., please visit:
National CCHD Program