The 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. 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. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by supporting low-income people as they participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.
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 are lead by the people who are most affected by these issues. These organizations enable low-income individuals to join together to identify problems, make decisions, and improve their communities.
CCHD acts directly from the principles of our Catholic faith, particularly our tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, and embodies the link between institutional change and the Catholic faith.