The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an instrument of the Catholic Church working to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ,
“… to bring good news to the poor… release to captives… sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18)
Established in 1970 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, CCHD has a two-fold mandate:
- To help low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, their families and communities.
- To provide education and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes.
This dual strategy of “helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves” and “education for economic justice” reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.
CCHD invests in the dignity of people living in poverty. Programs funded by CCHD support self-sufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent and positive change to their communities.
Our philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation. By assisting the poor in participating in the decisions and actions that affect their lives and communities, CCHD “helps people help themselves” to move beyond poverty.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection. CCHD’s grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses. CCHD grants to groups in a local community require the explicit approval of the bishop of that diocese.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). For more information on how USCCB is working to fight against global poverty, read more about Catholics Confront Global Poverty, a joint initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).