The national date for the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is approaching (Nov. 21). This collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s anti-poverty grants and education programs.
Before the last election there was criticism of CCHD and programs it funded. Five of the 270 groups funded by CCHD violated the CCHD requirements and, therefore, have been de-funded. CCHD has taken a serious review of its policies and strengthened them in many areas. CCHD will carry out its essential mission in full conformity with Catholic social and moral teachings.
For 40 years CCHD has provided funding to groups that make lasting change, fight poverty and defend the dignity of the poor in the United States.
Twenty-five percent of the CCHD collection will stay in the Diocese of Davenport, to be distributed by the CCHD Diocesan Board which consists of six priests, three Sisters and five lay leaders.
This past year one organization, Quad Cities Interfaith, received national funding of $35,000 from CCHD. More money was returned to our diocese than was collected.
If you have any questions regarding CCHD please call me at the Diocese of Davenport, (563) 324-1911. or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about CCHD, visit its page on the U.S. bishops’ website: www.usccb.org/cchd.
Diocese Director, CCHD