CCUSA Innovation Challenge Awardees Announced!

We are excited to share the three awardees who have a “Big Idea” to alleviate, reduce or eliminate poverty. The awardees will receive a combined $1 million to invest in their respective innovative programs. Congratulations to all!

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Innovation Challenge 2.0

Awarded at the 2023 Annual Gathering, Cleveland

The purpose of the CCUSA Innovation Challenge 2.0 is to encourage Member Agencies to develop innovative and integrated service-delivery solutions that focus on workforce development, an aspect of one of CCUSA’s strategic priorities.  Workforce development is defined as the provision of programs designed to foster the sustainable economic security of individuals and communities.  Social services, community supports, training, an array of job strategies and industry driven education all are elements of a successful workforce development program.

Preference will be given to programs that demonstrate innovative and holistic best practices that:

  •  Are scalable, replicable, and sustainable;


  • Will use partnerships with employers and other community organizations;


  • Will be measurable and outcome-focused; and


  • Have a demonstrated impact in poverty reduction.


Programs customized to the needs of various employers and job seeker groups within the context of a community are encouraged. In keeping with our rich history of Catholic Social Teachings on the dignity of work, these programs should result in individuals, families & communities having the human, financial and social capital to reach their full potential.

These innovations will generate new knowledge in the field of workforce development to share with the Catholic Charities network and our public and private sector collaborators.

Medium Agencies

Large Agencies

Details of Catholic Charities USA’s Innovation Challenge

Interactive Quiz
What kind of innovator are you?

Our Impact

Innovative programs by the Catholic Charities network set the standard in delivering social services that promote integral human development and alleviate poverty for men and women across the nation. The Innovation Challenge encourages participants to continue that visionary work.

$36.5 million

annual revenue generated
from client-led social enterprises


social enterprises currently
operated by local agencies


Become inspired by reading about some of the Catholic Charities ministry’s existing programs.

Access a variety of materials to inspire and guide your innovation challenge submission.

The Challenge will accept new programs and ideas from Catholic Charities member agencies or a community partner sponsored by  a Catholic Charities member agency.