CCUSA announces Social Innovation Challenge award winners

September 22, 2020

Agencies receive a combined $1 million to invest in innovative programs

Alexandria, Va. — Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) President and CEO Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, announced the three awardees of the CCUSA Social Innovation Challenge during a virtual event with staff from across the Catholic Charities ministry. The awardees will receive a combined $1 million to invest in their respective innovative program.

“These awards are a testament to our strong commitment to exploring inventive ways to meet the increasing needs of our brothers and sisters who depend on Catholic Charities agencies for help and hope,” said Sister Donna. “We are excited to see how these programs progress and look forward to assessing their impact on promoting paths out of poverty and suffering.”

CCUSA’s Innovation Challenge awardees and their respective innovative programs are:

The CCUSA Innovation Challenge was created to inspire member agencies (and their community partners) within the Catholic Charities network to propose fresh solutions toward alleviating, reducing or eliminating poverty. The proposals addressed a specific area of poverty and had to be achievable, measurable, replicable, sustainable and scalable. Submissions were grouped into three categories — small, medium or large — based on the number of full-time employees.

For more information about the CCUSA Innovation Challenge visit

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