More than 38 million Americans live below the poverty line. Many are working poor, struggling to better their lives and meet their needs and those of their families. For over 50 years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has been there to support poor and low-income people. CCHD helps create permanent solutions to poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence and lasting change. Catholics across our country have partnered in the effort to help break the cycle of poverty through the annual CCHD collection. 

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners (EnglishEspañol)

This year’s collection will be held in parishes of the diocese the weekend of Nov. 23-24, on the celebration of the third annual World Day of the Poor instituted by Pope Francis. Please prayerfully consider how you can help this year.

Keeping it local

Twenty-five percent of the funds collected in our parishes through the annual CCHD collection is retained by our diocese for local grants to organizations within our community. Learn about how these funds are being used in our diocese.

About the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and its mission

Throughout its history, the CCHD collection and CCHD grantees have at times been subject to criticism originating from a misperception of CCHD’s mission. As a means of setting the record straight, we offer the following information and resources from the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development:

As the official anti-poverty agency of the Catholic bishops in the United States, the CCHD is accountable to them and operates at the highest levels of fidelity to Church teaching, integrity, and transparency in its mission to provide critical support to poor persons. In 2010-11, the bishops and CCHD officials conducted an in-depth investigation of how and to whom monies collected through the CCHD were being distributed. Their review led to the release of a 15-page document entitled “The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development,” which affirmed the CCHD mission statement, but also added new layers of screening to ensure grant recipients’ adherence to Catholic teaching. Read more here.

Each grantee is required to uphold the highest standards of accountability and conformity with the moral teaching of the Catholic Church. If a group commits offenses against Catholic moral teaching, the grant qualification is rescinded. CCHD monitors grant recipients through a reporting process in cooperation with grantees’ local dioceses. Only groups that have received formal approval from the local bishop may receive a CCHD grant. For more information, please click here.

Additional Resources

Frequently asked questions about CCHD
CCHD Annual Report (2017)
Facts about poverty and stories of success
CCHD Newsletter

Maggie Walsh, Associate Director of Mission Advancement, Social Justice and Project Rachel – or 616-340-1824