Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), founded in 1969, is the U.S. bishops’ social justice, anti-poverty campaign. Learn more about National CCHD’s work around the country to break the cycle of poverty.

Locally, CCHD operates out of the Catholic Social Action office, and it is supported by an Archdiocesan CCHD Committee that consists of parishioners from across the archdiocese. The purpose of CCHD efforts in the Archdiocese is two-fold. We seek to:

  • Fund groups in the archdiocese who are working to end poverty. We fund groups through the donations you make to the CCHD collection which takes place at your parish the weekend before Thanksgiving; and
  • Educate Catholics in the Archdiocese about poverty and equip them to work for change.

When you support CCHD, you give hope to poor and low-income Americans struggling to build a better life.

To donate to the Archdiocesan CCHD campaign, please click here.

See what your CCHD Dollars are accomplishing in the Archdiocese! Check out our report “YOUR dollars are making CHANGE!” (They make great bulletin inserts for CCHD Collection Weekend – Nov. 21-22.)

Please help make even more good news possible!  Give generously to CCHD on Collection Weekend, Nov. 20-21. 2021.  Your contribution supports self-help programs that give community members the chance they need to become self-sufficient. On the weekend of November 20-21, the universal Church will hold its annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the national, anti-poverty campaign of the U.S. bishops. CCHD has been an immeasurable blessing for thousands in our Archdiocese over the years.  Just this past year, the agencies funded by CCHD have empowered 4,660 low-income people to break the cycle of poverty through such feats as teaching construction skills to under-privileged men, life plans were developed and implemented for self-sufficient futures, educating youth, securing decent housing and training for citizens to become grassroots leaders in their communities.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr appeals to the faithful this year:  “Through the grants we make to well-vetted organizations, CCHD uniquely empowers those in poverty to identify their own needs and to become their own agents of positive change.”

Please prayerfully and generously consider how you will give on Collection Weekend, Nov. 20-21.  Your dollars are making real change!

Local CCHD

Local Grants Funded through Archdiocesan CCHD Committee

Groups within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati can apply for grants up to $20,000 through the Catholic Social Action Office and Archdiocesan CCHD Committee. Applications for this stream of funding are generally due in March of each year. The grant cycle runs from July 1 to June 30. It is recommended that new groups applying for funding discuss their proposal with the CCHD Director before applying. Please contact Catholic Social Action with any questions. Click here to see our currently funded local groups.

Sudden Opportunity Funding

In addiction to our traditional annual grants, we also make available small grants (typically $2000 and below) for nonprofit organizations for opportunities that arise that require smaller but more immediate support.  Like the traditional grants, this funding is intended to support projects that address the root cause of poverty (as opposed to direct service, charitable needs).  An application is forthcoming, but – in the meantime – if you are interested, please contact our office.

National CCHD

We currently have three local organizations – the HELP Program, Community Matters, and Cincinnati Interfaith Worker Center (CIWC) – who receive national funding. 

To learn more about the national program, please visit the USCCB CCHD website.

CCHD Resources

Action Center

Catholic Social Teaching calls us to not only understand and deepen our faith but also to live our faith. Whether through advocacy, education, faith sharing, or public action, we all must practice our faith in our every word and deed. As James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.” Please check back often to our Action Center for various ways that you and your community can speak out with compassion and solidarity for justice and peace.