[quote="St_Francis, post:13, topic:143534"]
In our diocese, the Annual Appeal goes to various things in the church in the diocese: so... things like outreach and charities, etc., as well as some of the things others have mentioned. It is very much church-related and within the diocese.
In our diocese, it is the Annual Appeal which has the thing where if people don't pledge enough then the parish has to make up the difference. OTOH, each parish also gets some money that is raised, or maybe a percentage of what is raised over a certain amount.
In our diocese, the CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development) is the one that might end up with a group like ACORN, but not the Annual Appeal. What happens with CCHD is that a second collection is take up all over the US, and then the money goes to the group CCHD which is under the auspices of the USCCB. The money then goes out to the dioceses to be distributed by each diocese under the CCHD guidelines.
It is supposed to have been cleaned up, but I looked at some of the allocations when the bad news came out a few years ago, and it was a mess. First, for some reason the focus was on giving to non-Catholic groups. Second, they were supposed to be local groups, so what happened was that certain large groups would create small local versions of themselves (very easy and not terribly expensive) and thus qualify for CCHD funds that way.
And the groups were not supposed to promote anything against Catholic teaching, but in some areas there was not a lot of oversight on that.
I, too, have had real reservations about CCHD. It seems to me it's not so much engaged in direct charitable giving as it is in supporting organizations that promote "societal change" of one kind or another. As such, I consider it a political organization.
My bishop started a diocese-wide direct charitable program and encourages people to give to it instead of CCHD. I have been happy to follow his request. :)