Catholic Charities USA

Working to Reduce Poverty in America

aka CCUSA   |   Alexandria, VA   |  http://www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org

Mission

The mission of Catholic Charities is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

Ruling year info

2014

President and CEO

Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD

Main address

2050 Ballenger Ave Suite 400

Alexandria, VA 22314 USA

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Formerly known as

National Conference of Catholic Charities

EIN

53-0196620

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Roman Catholic (X22)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (M05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over 40 million children and adults in America have been relegated to the margins of society without the skills, support systems or opportunities to break out of the cycle of poverty. In their efforts to survive and become resilient, these members of our human family routinely encounter harsh social structures that relentlessly de-humanize them and place obstacles in their paths. Faced with the twin evils of prejudice toward the poor and disregard for their inherent dignity, members of vulnerable populations seek compassion and love in structures that care for and sustain individuals and families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Advocacy & Social Policy Initiatives

CCUSA integrates and leverages the expertise and experience of the Catholic Charities network by connecting practitioners with policy makers. Informed by practitioner experiences of working with millions of people living in poverty, Catholic Charities educates the Administration, members of Congress and state legislators on issues that directly impact the lives of vulnerable populations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CCUSA provides training and promotes best practices for both development and facility management. We assist with intermediary funding to member agencies as they assist in creating long-term stability for very low-income households. Affordable housing units offered range from homeless shelters and transitional housing to senior housing and long-term housing. Catholic Charities provides housing services to over 250,000 people of all ages and is one of the largest providers of affordable housing units in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

CCUSA provides expertise in disaster preparation, response, recovery and resiliency through training in best practices. Along with funding and oversight of response deployment, we work to support member agencies as they assist disaster survivors. Catholic Charities provides immediate disaster response services, helps stabilize impacted communities and provides long-term case management services to individuals and families to enable their full recovery. Catholic Charities is the third largest non-governmental organization in disaster response.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CCUSA provides training and promotes best practices to support member agencies that assist immigrants and refugees resettle in the United States. Catholic Charities offers interpretation services, employment training, job placement and counseling services as well as legal services. For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities served nearly half a million refugees and immigrants through case management across the United States. CCUSA serves as Catholic Charities’ primary interface with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Migration and Refugee Services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CCUSA enhances the integrated health services our member agencies offer by forming strategic partnerships with health providers to institute holistic health models. Emphasis on improving individual population health outcomes is measured through the improvement in social determinants of health. We provide workshops and training in best practices and procure funding to enable Catholic Charities to address food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CCUSA provides training, promotes best practices and provides funding to support member agencies that employ people living in poverty. These start-up enterprises are small businesses that also provide needed goods and services to the communities in which they are started. When appropriate, the employees may own the business. Catholic Charities agencies offer individuals who have barriers to employment the opportunity to develop the sense of self-worth that comes with being productive citizens as they seek to secure sustainable wages.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CCUSA provides training, promotes best practices and provides resources for agencies across the country. Additionally, we work to obtain funding for member agencies as they assist children, adults, families and communities most in need. These programs include adoption and foster care, family and marriage enrichment and support, feeding children during the summer, Head Start programs, daycare, prison ministry and re-entry programs, services for veterans, parenting classes, financial literacy classes to build assets and basic daily needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Catholic Charities agencies provided services to approximately 15,000,000 people, which makes Catholic Charities one of the largest private providers of social services in the United States.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

Foundational Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Catholic Charities fed 12 Million people. The majority of people walking through our doors are looking for food to feed their families, and last year, our network prepared 44 million meals.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Seniors

Related Program

Affordable Housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Catholic Charities served close to a million people with access to emergency shelter/beds.

Number of clients served in recovery from natural and man-made disasters.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Disaster Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Catholic Charities provided disaster relief services to 1.5 million survivors and over $13 million in mission-critical in-kind donations distributed to affected areas.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CCUSA's goal is to offer assistance to those who have been consigned to life on the margins so that all our neighbors can survive and thrive and to build social structures that recognize the inherent dignity in all persons. Knowing that all persons are created in the image of God, CCUSA seeks to stabilize individuals, families and communities living with poverty by addressing their immediate needs, then provide them the skills, opportunities and social structures they need to become dignified agents of their own destinies and reach their full potential.

As a member-driven organization, CCUSA provides support to local Catholic Charities agencies in all 50 states and the U.S. territories to fulfill our mission of service, advocacy and convening in order to prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty. CCUSA provides subject matter expertise, training, best practices and necessary funding to our member agencies throughout the United States and its territories. We collectively respond to the immediate needs of individuals and families who are living in poverty or are members of vulnerable populations. We work strategically for the long-term support and recovery of persons, families and communities as they grow in strength and resiliency. With our member agencies, we have identified seven strategic priorities that address the needs of individuals and families. Focusing on the areas of advocacy and social policy initiatives, affordable housing, disaster services, immigration and refugee services, integrated health and nutrition, social enterprise initiatives and leadership development, Catholic Charities addresses the immediate and long-term needs of clients through dedicated, talented professionals and volunteers.

CCUSA is the national office for 167 Catholic Charities agencies operating more than 2,600 facilities throughout the United States and its territories with 57,000 employees and 287,000 volunteers that annually provide services to approximately 10 million people. As the institution charged with caring for persons who are living in poverty and members of vulnerable populations, Catholic Charities is uniquely positioned to achieve our goal of bringing mercy and justice to those living on the margins so that all our neighbors can thrive while building social structures that allow all persons to reach their full potential. Our nation-wide network efficiently develops and implements pilot programs and replicate sustainable models.

In order to better foster collaboration and communication across social services, we have created Communities of Practice centered on key areas such as Affordable Housing, Social Enterprises, and Integrated Health. These Communities of Practice comprise experts and advocates from across the country who are brought together to create new and innovative strategies to combat different symptoms of poverty. We also evaluate our programs through a results-based accountability method where success for both clients and member agencies is measured by CCUSA's Data Analysis Research Team. We also use an annual survey to compile and report on the work of our member agencies. In addition, we have developed scorecards for each of our Strategic Priorities to measure our progress. These scorecards are provided to our Board of Trustees.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Catholic Charities USA

Board of directors
as of 6/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Connelly

Retired President & CEO, Mercy Health, Cincinnati

Term: 2020 - 2023

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/11/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data