Catholic Campaign for Human Development / Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its 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.

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.

CCHD is committed to accountability and transparency. We allocate funds to community projects that promote the mission and vision of CCHD and the Catholic Church while adhering to the moral and social teachings of the Church.

CCHD's primary source of support is a once-a-year collection held in parishes across the United States. The annual collection is split evenly between the national office and the Diocese of Phoenix; 25% of the proceeds collected in a diocese remains to support anti-poverty projects in that diocese.

View funding criteria and a list of recent grants:

Local Outreach

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has approved grant applications for local organizations involved in the empowerment and development of people living in poverty. These organizations are working to bring about national immigration reform, develop economic opportunity, improve access to education and secure workers' rights to be paid fairly by their employers.

Those receiving national grants include:

Locally, we are supporting two economic development initiatives with $5,000 seed grants. These two organizations are

Both of these organizations will make it possible for men and women in our community, who are economically disadvantaged, to have access to employment that will help support them and their families in keeping with the dignity of the human person.