The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was founded in 1970 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) as their domestic anti-poverty program. They realized that charity alone could not create the change needed to help people rise out of poverty.
With a goal of creating sustainable systems, CCHD funds community and economic development programs across the United States that help poor and marginalized people join together to make decisions, seek solutions to local problems, and find ways to improve their lives and neighborhoods. Central to CCHD is the belief that those who are directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into knowing how to change them.
In addition, CCHD brings Catholic social teaching to life by providing educational opportunities for Catholics to learn about poverty, stand in solidarity with those affected by it, and reflect on their own responsibility before the great needs of others.
Annual CCHD contributions to support community organizations are made possible by Catholics throughout the United States who contribute to CCHD each year. The CCHD collection is typically held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving. A portion of the collection is specifically designated for local distribution. (See Christian Sharing Fund, below.)
In Your Parish
The Office for Social Justice of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis can answer your questions about CCHD or assist you in promoting the collection in your parish. Interested in being your parish’s contact for CCHD?
Applying for a Grant
Applicants participate in two rounds of applications. The pre-applications are screened by a Selections Committee (made up of local and national staff) and an Advisory Board of community members. Recommendations are made by the Selections Committee to the Archbishop. If approved, these recommendations are then approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Christian Sharing Fund (CSF)
Funds for Christian Sharing Fund (CSF) grants come from two sources: the one-fourth local share of the annual parish collection for CCHD (see above) and money contributed by Catholic parishes and individuals. The goals and objectives of CSF grants are similar to those of CCHD.
Applications for CSF grants are due on December 15. If interested in applying, please contact Van Ngwa at Catholic Charities’ Office for Social Justice (651) 647-2584.