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About Us


Celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #iGiveCatholic is the U.S. Catholic Church’s Giving Day that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. As the first-ever giving day created to celebrate our unique Catholic heritage, #iGiveCatholic inspires faithful stewards to "Give Catholic" on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.

Declared “the most successful Catholic crowdfunding event to date” by the National Catholic Register, the goal of the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is to rally our Catholic community in support of the organizations that shape our souls: Our parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries. Secure, tax-deductible donations to eligible Catholic organizations located in participating arch/dioceses can be made at iGiveCatholic.org during our Advanced Giving Day Phase beginning at 12:00 AM on November 15, continuing right into #GivingTuesday, November 30, and ending at 11:59 PM.

In 2020, the sixth year of the campaign raised more than $12.7 million for 2,600+ participating parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries representing the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), Ministries across the U.S., and 40 arch/dioceses across the country. At the close of the 24-hour giving period, the number of contributions both online and offline totaled more than 48,000 gifts from 50 states and 12 countries.

#iGiveCatholic is a bishop-led initiative in partnership with lay leaders in Catholic philanthropy. View our most recent 990 document here.

Directors: Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory, and Most Rev. Joseph R. Kopacz

Officers: Cory J. Howat (president), Scott Whitaker (vice-president), and Regina Templet (secretary/treasurer)

Staff: Julie Kenny (national program director) and Carla Mischel (program associate)

Senior Advisors: Josephine Everly and Callie Combs Kamath


General

Q. How do I find the ministry that I want to donate to?

For more information on how to search for and find the school, parish, or ministry that you would like to donate to -  check out this support article


Q. What is #iGiveCatholic?

#iGiveCatholic is a giving day that provides our Catholic parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries the opportunity to connect with their current donors and establish relationships with new donors.

It is also an opportunity for Catholics to affirm our faith as disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing our gifts out of love for God and one another. The goal of #iGiveCatholic is to inspire the Catholic community to come together as faithful stewards and to "Give Catholic" on #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

You can see our most recent 990 here.


Q. Who can participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day?

All 501(c)3 parishes, schools, and Catholic-serving ministries listed in the Official Catholic Directory and/or affiliated with a participating arch/diocese or Catholic foundation are eligible to participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day. Please consult your arch/diocesan or foundation point person for more information, or Julie Kenny at julie@igivecatholic.org.


Q. When is #iGiveCatholic?

This year, #iGiveCatholic takes place on Tuesday, November 30, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM  with our Advanced Giving Day Phase beginning at 12:00 AM on Monday, November 15 and running right through the Giving Day.


Q. How does it work?

#iGiveCatholic uses a giving platform with specific features for Giving Days, including leaderboards and searchable profiles of participating parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries to accept online donations. All online donations will be processed through iGiveCatholic.organd offline gifts of cash or checks can be mailed or taken directly to the organization the donor chooses to support during the giving period. Anyone can donate to his or her favorite ministry during the giving period, and can track the progress of their favorite organization through the online leaderboards at igivecatholic.org.


Q. Why host a Catholic Giving Day on #GivingTuesday?

We have a day for giving thanks, or Thanksgiving. We have two days for purchasing gifts for loved ones – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And now we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back out of gratitude for all we have received.

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, individuals and organizations around the world will come together for one common purpose: To celebrate generosity, live generously and to give.

For Catholics, generosity and giving have a profound meaning. As we reflect with grateful hearts on how blessed we are, we naturally want to give back to God from our deep sense of gratitude. Compelled to action by our grateful compassion, we unite on this #iGiveCatholic giving day, sharing what we have to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations.


Q. How can I stay up to date on what's happening?

You can see our totals on November 30 here. News and updates will be posted regularly to #iGiveCatholic’s social media sites:


Q. Are there sponsorship and funding opportunities?

Yes! If your organization would like to join us as a global #iGiveCatholic Giving Day sponsor or funder, contact julie@igivecatholic.org for more information. Or, if you would like to sponsor a local arch/diocesan or foundation effort, you can contact the point person listed at the bottom of the arch/diocesan or foundation landing page. We have several great opportunities for organizations to get involved! 


For Parishes/Schools/Not-for-profit Ministries

Q. What organizations are eligible for #iGiveCatholic?

All 501(c)3 parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries affiliated with a participating group or arch/diocese are eligible to participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day. Please consult your arch/diocesan or foundation contact person for more information.

If you are a member of a Catholic university, religious community, health care organization, or national ministry, you may participate under our National Ministries page. Contact Julie Kenny at julie@igivecatholic.org for more information.


Q. Does a parish/school/ministry/not-for-profit within a participating diocese have to pay a participation or set-up fee for the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day?

No additional set up fee is required! As with any online transaction, there are fees the donor can opt to pay; however participation in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is a gift to the community from the sponsoring arch/diocese or Catholic foundation.


Q. How do I register my organization to participate?

Eligible organizations in participating groups or arch/dioceses should contact their arch/diocesan or foundation point person to ensure they receive the invitation email on August 16, the day registration opens. Once you receive the email, it will contain a link to the arch/diocesan or foundation landing page where you will click "Apply Now", search to find your organization (if your organization has participated before), or "Add My Ministry" if you are new. You will need to answer a few registration questions, and then your application will be "pending" until approved by the arch/diocesan or foundation point person , usually within a few working days.

The organization MUST be approved to participate before registration closes at 11:59 PM on November 3, 2021.

No organizations will be permitted to register after November 3!

Once registered, the organization can begin customizing their #iGiveCatholic Giving Day profile page, and , if necessary, enter their bank account information for gift acceptance.

Questions?  How-to articles on registering and completing your profile are located on the Resources page under the Menu option of the website. For technical issues, click on the blue chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the web page and enter your question! Don't forget to leave the page open or check back to see the answer from the Customer Success representative!


Q. Do organizations receive training?

Yes! Two live training webinars will be held on August 24 and November 3 at 3:00 pm Eastern time. We will record these sessions and make the links available on our website. Additionally, you can find a series of pre-recorded training webinars on our website, along with other recordings, here.   We strongly suggest that you participate in or view these recorded webinars as they will help guide you and your organization to having a successful giving day. Additional training might be offered by participating groups, arch/dioceses or foundations. Please consult your point person for more information.


Q. When will my organization receive its donations?

If your organization is being fiscally sponsored by your arch/diocese or foundation, meaning you do not have a viable bank account with which to receive funds via ACH OR your arch/diocese or foundation has indicated that it will accept donations on behalf of its participating organizations, you will be sent your donations from the arch/diocese or foundation within 60 days of the Giving Day. If your organization is not being fiscally sponsored, you are required to enter your organization's banking information in your online registration profile. Your account will need to be verified which takes a few days. Your organization will receive all donations via ACH distribution within five (5) business days of the gift. 


Q. Does my organization need to send letters to donors for their tax deduction?

Online donors immediately receive an email from #iGiveCatholic confirming their gift. Note that all donations must be 100% tax deductible (no additional benefits.) However, this tax deduction receipt is not a "thank you." By registering to participate in #iGiveCatholic, organizations agree to thank donors within seven working days, and may extend their gratitude through any medium they like, including thank you letters, phone calls, or social media “shout outs.”


Q. Will my organization receive donor information for acknowledgements?

Yes. You have access to donor information during the Giving Day and afterward via a donations table that can be accessed from your GiveGab “Admin Dashboard” and, for security purposes, downloaded as a .CSV file from a link in an email that will be sent to the email address on record for your organization. To log in to your Admin Dashboard, go to iGiveCatholic.org and click “Menu” in the top right hand corner of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Click “Log In” to enter your email and password. For more detailed step-by-step directions, click to read the support article here.

Organizations should thank all donors within seven business days of the Giving Day.


Q. How can I stay up to date on what's happening?

News and updates will be posted regularly to #iGiveCatholic’s social media sites:


Q. I have questions - who can answer them?

#iGiveCatholic has partnered with the giving day platform, GiveGab. On the iGiveCatholic.org website, click on the blue chat bubble at the bottom right-hand corner of any page and enter your question. You can also email your question to questions@igivecatholic.org.


For Donors

Giving/Donor FAQs

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone can donate! Because it is much more convenient for people to give online to their favorite ministry from wherever they are in the world,  people will donate by this method. However, donors are welcome to bring a donation of cash or check to their parish, school, or nonprofit ministry and the gift can still be entered and included in the leaderboard totals viewed online. Organization administrators are responsible for adding offline donations in their dashboard as they are received. Donations via check or cash can be manually entered by organizations in their Admin Dashboard either as an offline gift or as a matching fund. Donor-Advised Fund holders at participating arch/diocesan or foundations may recommend grants from their funds as their #iGiveCatholic donation. 


Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express donations will be accepted through the #iGiveCatholic website on #GivingTuesday, November 30. In addition, donors giving $100 or more will have the option to pay by bank account debit (ACH) and will be asked to log into their bank's portal to complete the gift.


Q. I will not have access to the internet on #iGiveCatholic giving day. Is there another time I can give?

Yes. For the convenience of donors, gifts may be made in advance for #iGiveCatholic. Between November 15 at 12:00 AM through November 29 at 11:59 PM, a donor can go to iGiveCatholic.org to make a gift during the Advanced Giving Day phase. Advanced gifts will be charged at the time of donation and credited to the participating organization. You can see your organization's total received on their profile page throughout the Advanced Giving Day phase as well as on #GivingTuesday!


Q. Are gifts tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations are tax-deductible and irrevocable and will be for the designated use of your chosen charity.


Q. Do donors receive a tax receipt from the school, parish, ministry, or not-for-profit?

Online donors immediately receive an email tax receipt from #iGiveCatholic confirming their gift amount and organization designation. Note that all donations must be 100% tax deductible (no additional benefits.) Donors will be thanked by the organizations they supported within one week. If you do not receive an email tax receipt, check your email “spam” folder. You can also go back into your account and resend a receipt, or ask the organization you supported to resend your receipt.


Q. Is there a minimum gift?

The minimum online donation is $20. However, gifts of check or cash in any amount are gladly accepted offline by our participating organizations, and can be mailed to them directly, or dropped off!


Q. Is there a maximum gift?

No, there is no maximum donation.


Q. Can a donor give to multiple organizations?

Yes! Donors have the option of visiting the different profile pages of the organizations they wish to donate to and can make up to ten donations all in one transaction through the unique "Gift Basket" feature.


Q. How can I find my favorite organization on the website?

You can search for your organization during the Advanced Giving Day phase or on the Giving Day using the Search feature. For more information on other ways to find an organization, click here. If you can't find them on the iGiveCatholic.org website, they may not be participating in #iGiveCatholic this year, and we suggest contacting them directly.


Q. May I pay a pledge with my gift?

The #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is designed to generate new, one-time gifts, only and therefore cannot be used to pay a pledge.


Q. May I designate how a school, parish, ministry or not-for-profit uses my gift?

#iGiveCatholic Giving Day donations are considered unrestricted gifts to the chosen school, parish, or ministry, unless the participating organization has specified a particular project or need for funds raised during this year’s #iGiveCatholic campaign.


Q. Are there fees associated with donations to #iGiveCatholic?

The convenience of donating through a Giving Day platform (with special features and extra security measures) means there are fees. We know parish, school and ministry staff members are extremely busy and passionate about their organization! Platform fees cover tech support (blue chat bubble), marketing materials, training, meeting security requirements, and other required behind the scenes components allowing your favorite Catholic organizations to focus on their mission at hand.  All donations will be paid to the chosen ministry net the platform, ACH, and/or credit card transaction fees. ACH gifts  or $100 or more incur fees totaling 3.3% plus $3.00. Credit card transaction fees total 5.8% plus $0.30.  Donors have the option to cover these fees at the time of the donation, and will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount.


Q. Can I make my donation using my cell phone?

Yes. This platform is mobile friendly! You can use a smartphone or tablet allowing you to make a gift through the Mobile Wallet feature of the Giving Day platform. Launch the web browser on your phone or tablet and visit iGiveCatholic.org to donate.


Q. May I use my #iGiveCatholic Giving Day donation to buy event tickets, museum memberships or other things that provide me a benefit?

#iGiveCatholic donations may not be used to pay for anything that might be perceived as a material benefit to the donor including dinner tickets, membership fees, golf fees, admission tickets, raffle tickets, event sponsorships, or other benefits.


Q. What if I notice a transaction error?

Donors who notice a credit card  or ACH transaction error must notify #iGiveCatholic by emailing questions@iGiveCatholic.org as soon as possible and within 30 days of the Giving Day.


Q. I have questions - who can answer them?

#iGiveCatholic has partnered with the Giving Day platform, GiveGab. On the iGiveCatholic.org website, click on the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page and enter your question. You can also send your question by email to questions@igivecatholic.org.


Preguntas Frecuentas - Spanish Translation

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Arch/Diocese/Foundation Partner Contacts

Questions for the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day Team? Please contact the following individuals in your group, foundation or at your arch/diocese for more information:

Archdiocese for the Military Services
Salvador Perez
Director of Advancement Office
advancement@milarch.org
Archdiocese of Atlanta 
Juliet Greco 
Director of Major and Planned Giving The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia  
jgreco@cfnga.org

Archdiocese of Mobile
Shannon Roh  
Director of Development and Stewardship, Office for Development 
sroh@mobarch.org

Archdiocese of New Orleans
Callie Combs Kamath
Director of Marketing & Communications
Catholic Community Foundation
ckamath@ccfnola.org
The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia
Mary Jo Rohrer
Relationship Manager
mjrohrer@TheCFGP.org

Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Elizabeth Dominick
Office of Stewardship
edominick@archdiosf.org
Archdiocese of Washington
Joe Gillmer
Executive Director of Development
gillmerj@adw.org

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Heather Foor
Director of Stewardship and Development
hfoor@dioceseaj.org
Diocese of Austin
Margaret Kappel
Associate Director of Stewardship, Stewardship and Development Office
margaret-kappel@austindiocese.org


Diocese of Baton Rouge
Tamika Edwards Raby
Coordinator of Stewardship Services
traby@diobr.org

Diocese of Biloxi
Dave Wyrwich
Director for the Office of Development
dwyrwich@biloxidiocese.org




Diocese of Charleston
Anne Durney
Senior Development Assistant
adurney@charlestondiocese.org


Catholic Community Foundation, Diocese of Cleveland
Linda Corcoran
Manager Donor Relations & Communications
lcorcoran@catholiccommunity.org






Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania/Diocese of Erie
Kathy Grisier
Development Coordinator
kgrisier@cfnwpa.org




Catholic Foundation of Northeast Indiana/Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Mike Shade
Chief Executive Officer
mshade@ccfnei.org


Advancement Foundation for the Diocese of Fort Worth
Wendy Collins
Director of Stewardship and Parish Relation
wcollins@advancementfoundation.org

Diocese of Grand Island
Kory Koralewski 
Director, Office of Stewardship and Development
stewardship@gidiocese.org


Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Amy Ponson
Executive Director The Catholic Foundation of Southeast Louisiana
aponson@htdiocese.org

Diocese of Jackson
Julia Williams
Benefits Coordinator, Department of Temporal Affairs
julia.williams@jacksondiocese.org


Diocese of Knoxville
Allison DiGennaro
Assistant Director Stewardship and Strategic Planning
adigennaro@dioknox.org

Diocese of Lafayette
Margaret Trahan
Director Office of Development
mtrahan@diolaf.org


Diocese of Las Cruces
Christopher Valasquez
Director of Communications
sroberts@rcdlc.org

Diocese of Lexington
Bobbi Silver
Director of Development
bsilver@cdlex.org




Diocese of Marquette
Terri Gadzinski
Executive Director, Office of Stewardship and Development
tgadzinski@dioceseofmarquette.org


Diocese of Memphis 
Kari Olesen 
Administrative Assistant to Bishop Emeritus Steib
kari.olesen@cc.cdom.org






Diocese of Reno 
Carmen Godoy
Development Assistant 
carmeng@catholicreno.org


Diocese of Richmond
Joy Bowes
Administrative Assistant to the Diocese of Richmond
jbowes@richmonddiocese.org

Diocese of Salina
Katie Platten
CEO, Catholic Foundation
katie.platten@salinadiocese.org


Diocese of San Angelo
Mercedez Rassi 
Director of Stewardship & Development
mrassi@sanangelodiocese.org

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Donna Chandler
Office of Development and Properties
dchandler@dioscg.org


Diocese of Tulsa 
Katie Neal
Stewardship & Development Assistant
katie.neal@dioceseoftulsa.org

Diocese of Youngstown
Luke Politsky
Fund Development Specialist, Office of Development
lpolitsky@youngstowndiocese.org

Diocese of Wichita
Sandy Lessor
Planned Giving Coordinator
lessors@CatholicDioceseOfWichita.org