CCHD’s 50th Anniversary

Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s 50th Anniversary

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)—that’s 50 years supporting initiatives that empower families, immigrants, new mothers, the elderly, and those in need. Through our work across the U.S., we’ve also empowered individuals to become active participants in their communities by partnering with other local organizations.

Please join us on May 14th and 15th to celebrate the last 50 years of transformative work, look forward to the next 50 years of CCHD, and find ways you can get involved in the work to end poverty in the U.S. The two-day event will include keynotes, breakouts, interactive networking time, as well as an opportunity to learn what is happening in your region and how to get involved.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development


The message at the heart of Catholic social teaching has always been justice and hope for the poor. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is Catholic social teaching in action.

CCHD Mission

CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty campaign of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. It was established in 1969 to be an educational and action program to address the root causes of poverty in our country. The CCHD philosophy emphasizes empowerment and participation for the poor. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHD empowers them to move beyond poverty.

CCHD funds are raised by an annual collection each fall. The funds are disbursed in two ways. 75% of the money collected is sent to the national office of CCHD to be awarded to grant recipients whose work addresses conditions of poverty in areas such as community organizing and development. 25% of the annual collection remains in the Diocese of San Jose to be distributed through a local grant process. All grants are reviewed by a Diocesan committee of experienced community leaders who make recommendations to the Bishop for his approval.


Click here for more info about this Anti-Poverty Campaign.


Grant Application Procedure:

Local diocesan grants are available annually. The maximum award is $10,000. Contact the Social Ministry office for the Grant Application Deadline.

Please download the Grant Application file and Grant Report to your
computer and complete the fillable form.

Information and Resources

CCHD Review and Renewal