Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)



The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. It was founded in 1969 with two purposes.  The first purpose was to raise funds to support "organized groups of white and minority poor to develop economic strength and political power." The second purpose was to "educate the People of God to a new knowledge of today's problems . . . that can lead to some new approaches that promote a greater sense of solidarity."

The CCHD philosophy is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and emphasizes empowerment and participation of the poor. By helping people who are poor participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.

During its history, CCHD has funded more than 4,000 self-help projects developed by grassroots groups of people living in poverty. Each year CCHD distributes national grants to more than 300 projects based in local communities.  Additional projects are funded by a share of the CCHD money collected that is retained by the diocese through the Christian Sharing Fund or CSF



The collection is held at most parishes the third weekend in November. Contact our office with any questions.

Catholic parishioners are the principal source of CCHD’s funds. The CCHD collection is typically held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

To ensure the successful collection of funds in the Archdiocese, you can help by doing the following:
  • Sign-up to be a CCHD Parish Ambassador, contact our office if interested
  • Explain CCHD to members of your parish and urge them to give generously
  • Make sure the promotion materials and envelopes are distributed
  • Invite a member of the CCHD local advisory board or a representative of a funded group to speak for 2-3 minutes at the Sunday masses in order to tell the story of CCHD
The local CCHD office can assist you in promoting the collection in your parish or answer any questions about CCHD. Call 651-647-2588 for more information.

Materials for the collection are available from the national CCHD site 

CCHD Printable Brochure 

If you missed your parish collection, and would still like to donate make checks payable to CCHD and send to the Office for Social Justice or to your parish office.


Catholic Campaign for Human Development empowers low-income individuals through community and economic development by financially supporting low-income controlled organizations. Grants are provided to organizations that demonstrate leadership and economic development, fulfillment of criteria and guidelines, and a commitment to catholic moral and social teaching.

Applicants participate in two rounds of applications, which are screened by the selections committee which includes local and national staff along with Catholic clergy and parishioners. Recommendations are made by the selections committee to the Archbishop, if approved these recommendations are finally approved by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

National CCHD Grants:

Application materials for CCHD are available on the national CCHD site and include:

Local CCHD (Christian Sharing Fund) Grants: To apply for Christian Sharing Fund grants, you may complete a grant pre-application between November 1 and December 15.  Learn more 

National Grants:

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) organizes low-wage workers from across the Twin Cities to develop leadership and educate one another to build power. CTUL workers lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in the workplace. CTUL is an organization of and for workers, committed to securing fair working conditions for present and future generations. CTUL is currently working on organizing workers primarily in the retail cleaning and fast food industries, as well as training workers as Rights Defenders to speak out against workplace rights abuses wherever they may happen.

Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was created in 2011 to serve, support and advocate for Hmong American farmers and their families. The organization’s mission is to advance the prosperity of Hmong American farmers and their families through economic development, capacity building, advocacy and research. More specifically, HAFA uses an organizing approach to work with its farmers and others in the small, minority farming community to access resources so that they can expand and improve their farming operations, and thereby provide the Twin Cities’ metropolitan community with fresh, locally grown, healthy fruits and vegetables.

East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC)* For 32 years, ESNDC has created hundreds of units of healthy, affordable housing; helped scores of small businesses succeed; and continuously organized residents to be a strong voice for the East Side. They have begun a new economic development project, the East Side Pride Maintenance Company, which will provide just-wage jobs, train individuals in skilled labor and business management, and provide building and property maintenance services to the community.

*ESNDC is a technical assistance grant recipient for 2015-2016

Office for Social Justice -CCHD


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Office for Social Justice

60 Plato Boulevard East #230
(Drake Bank Bldg)
Saint Paul, MN 55107

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