Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the official anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Founded in 1969, the U.S. Catholic Bishops wanted to create an intentional response that would help lift communities out of poverty through community-controlled self-help organizations and educate Catholics on the conditions and causes of poverty.
Through an annual collection in November, Catholics across the Archdiocese of Chicago have the opportunity to invest in groups that animate the Social Teachings of the Church in the public arena.
CCHD funds organizations that are dedicated to addressing the root causes of poverty, invest in powerful leadership development, and lead by people who are affected by these issues the most. These organizations enable low-income individuals to join together to identify problems, make decisions, and improve their communities.