Catholic Campaign for Human Development

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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty and social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

CCHD was begun in 1969 as the "National Catholic Crusade Against Poverty" by the Catholic bishops in the United States, in part as a response to Pope Paul VI's encyclical Populorum progressio ("The Progress of Peoples"). CCHD's mission is "to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled self-help organizations and through transformative social justice, education, and solidarity between poor and non-poor".[1]

CCHD is supported by an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes, and individual donations. Allegations that some CCHD-funded organizations were promoting abortion, contraception and radical politics, and that the CCHD was a force of internal corruption within the USCCB[2] were answered in 2010 with the Review and Renewal of CCHD,[3] which affirmed the core mission of CCHD and instituted controls to ensure that all CCHD-funded initiatives are consistent with Catholic mission and identity.[citation needed]

CCHD had revenues of $18.1 million for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2017.[4]


  1. ^ "CCHD Annual Report 2007". CCHD. 2007.
  2. ^ Flores, Rey (9 November 2011). "The Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Reform or Bust". Crisis Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Review and Renewal of CCHD". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "CCHD Annual Collection". CCHD.

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