Catholic Charities USA announces nine finalists for Innovation Challenge; $333,333 to be awarded to three recipients

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) announced that nine agencies, from across the ministry, are finalists in its Innovation Challenge competition. The CCUSA Innovation Challenge, introduced in September 2019, seeks to inspire member agencies to propose a fresh solution toward alleviating, reducing or eliminating poverty.

The agency proposals were required to address a specific area of poverty and must be achievable, measurable, replicable, sustainable and scalable. One agency from each group will receive an award of $333,333 to be used to capitalize its initiative. Read the original press release here.

The finalists are:

Small agencies (<60 employees):

Medium Agencies (between 60-170 employees)

Large Agencies (>170 employees):

The top entry for each of the three groups will be selected via a process that includes a panel of judges and Catholic Charities agencies staff. The award recipients of the CCUSA Innovation Challenge will be announced in October 2020.

To learn more about the CCUSA Innovation Challenge and the finalist proposals, visit

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CCUSA supports innovative programs to ensure people have the resources they need to reach self-sufficiency. Social enterprises – operated by local Catholic Charities agencies – are a dynamic alternative to the traditional job training model.

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Patricia Cole, Vice President of External Relations


A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at