Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) was founded in 1969 as a programmatic strategy by the U.S. Bishops Conference to help address the root causes of poverty.
A yearly collection is taken up at Catholic parishes for CCHD and most of that is given to the national office to disburse in the form of grants to community organizations around the country that have a direct impact on improving the life of the poor. Some of those funds are kept here in the Archdiocese of Omaha and are shared with local organizations that help families and the marginalized. For instance, in the last year, grant funds were given to organizations that provide pre-natal care and support as well as run food banks.
In 2010, the U.S. Bishops reformed the application process for CCHD funds and narrowed the criteria by which an organization could receive funds. Those who contribute to CCHD ought to know that their support goes to organizations that support the entirety of the Catholic Social Teaching including care for the poor and the protection of life from conception to natural death.
If your organization would like to apply for local or national CCHD funds, please contact the Office of Missions and Justice for more information.