Catholic Charities is a network of charities with headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, that aims '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.' It is one of the largest charities in the United States. Founded in 1910 as the National Conference of Catholic Charities, the organization changed its name in 1986 to Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). In 2010, Catholic Charities' centennial year, more than 1,700 agencies, institutions and organizations composed the Catholic Charities network, including individual organizations of the dioceses, such as the Archdiocese of Chicago. About $2 billion of its budget comes from the Faith-Based Initiatives Office of the federal government.
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