General FAQ
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Arch/Diocese Partner Contacts

About Us

Celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #iGiveCatholic is an online giving day that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. As the first-ever online 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 dioceses will be accepted at iGiveCatholic.org during a 24-hour period on #GivingTuesday, December 3.

In 2018, the fourth year of the campaign raised more than $5.6 million for 2,500+ participating parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries representing 29 dioceses across the country. At the close of the 24-hour giving period, the number of online contributions totaled more than 28,000 gifts from 48 states and 6 countries, including Afghanistan, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

#iGiveCatholic is a bishop-led initiative in partnership with lay leaders in Catholic philanthropy.

Directors: Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, Most Rev. Wilton D. 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)

Senior Advisors: Josephine Everly and Callie Combs Kamath

General Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is #iGiveCatholic?

#iGiveCatholic is an online giving event 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.

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

Parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries affiliated with a participating diocese are eligible to participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day. Please consult your dioceses’ point person for more information.

When is #iGiveCatholic?

This year, #iGiveCatholic takes place on Tuesday, December 3, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM CST.

Q. How does it work?

#iGiveCatholic is an online platform with searchable profiles of participating parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries from participating dioceses. All donations will be processed through iGiveCatholic.org. Anyone can donate to his or her favorite ministry on Tuesday, December 3, from midnight until 11:59 PM CST. Participating organizations and donors can track event progress via leaderboards.

Q. Why host a day of Catholic giving 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, December 3, 2019, 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?

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

Q. Are there sponsorship and funding opportunities?

Join us as an #iGiveCatholic Giving Day sponsor or funder. We have great opportunities for you to get involved! Email julie@igivecatholic.org to learn more.

Parish, School, Ministry, Not-for-Profit FAQs

Q. What organizations are eligible for #iGiveCatholic?

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

Q. What does it cost a parish/school/ministry/not-for-profit to participate in #iGiveCatholic?

It costs nothing to participate. #iGiveCatholic is a gift to the community.

Q. How do I register my organization to participate?

Eligible organizations in participating dioceses must activate their account online by logging onto iGiveCatholic.org via the email confirmation sent from GiveGab on August 19.

In this email, you will find a prompt that will allow you to access your #iGiveCatholic “Admin Dashboard” on GiveGab to begin customizing your #iGiveCatholic profile. Be sure to select the prompt in your email to properly activate your account!

Online registration will close October 31. #iGiveCatholic utilizes an “opt-out” format. If an organization does not wish to participate in the giving day, please let your diocese’s point person know ASAP or by that date.

Questions? How-to articles on registering and completing your profile are located on the Resources page and throughout GiveGab's support center. We also recommend utilizing the blue chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the web page.

Q. How will organizations train?

Two live training webinars will be offered on August 27 and November 5 at 2:00 pm CST. Additionally, a series of recorded training webinars will be maintained on iGiveCatholic.org. We strongly advise that you participate in or view these webinars as they will help guide you in a successful giving day. Additional training might be offered by participating dioceses. Please consult your diocesan contact person for more information.

Q. When will my organization receive its donations?

If you indicate a bank account number in your online registration profile, your organization will receive all donations via ACH distribution within 5 business days. If your organization is being sponsored by your diocese, meaning you do not have a viable bank account with which to receive funds via ACH or your diocese has indicated that it will accept donations for disbursement to its participating organizations, you will be sent your donations via check within 60 days of the giving day.

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

No. 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 form is not a "thank you." By registering to participate in #iGiveCatholic, organizations agree to acknowledge donations within seven working days. Participants may contact donors 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 will have access to donor information during the giving day via a donations table that can be accessed in your “Admin Dashboard” and downloaded to a .CSV file. 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.

Participants should acknowledge donations by following up with donors within seven working 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, use the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page to ask questions. You can also email questions@igivecatholic.org.

Giving/Donor FAQs

Q. Who can donate?

Anyone can donate! Because it is so much easier for people to give online to their favorite ministry from wherever they are in the world, most people will donate by this method. However, donors are welcome to bring a donation by 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. Ministry administrators are responsible for adding offline donations to their totals 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 diocesan 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, December 3. In addition, donors giving $100 or more will have the option to pay by bank account debit (ACH).

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 18 and December 2, a donor can go to iGiveCatholic.org to make a gift. Advanced gifts will be charged at the time of donation and credited to the participating organization's leaderboard during the giving day.

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 will immediately be sent an automatic tax receipt for their gift via email from #iGiveCatholic. Donors will also be thanked by the organizations they supported within one week. If you do not receive an email receipt, check your email “spam” folder, or you can go back into your account and reprint one.

Q. Is there a minimum gift?

Yes. The minimum online donation is $25.

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 organization profile pages of the organizations they wish to donate to and make separate donations all in one transaction through the Gift Basket option.

Q. What if I can't find my favorite nonprofit on the website?

If you can't find them on the iGiveCatholic.org website, they are not participating in #iGiveCatholic this year.

Q. May I pay a pledge with my gift?

No, the #iGiveCatholic giving day is designed to generate new gifts.

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

#iGiveCatholic giving day gifts are considered unrestricted gifts to the designated school, parish, or nonprofit ministry unless a particular project is designated by the participating organization.

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

All donations will be paid to the chosen ministry net the platform, ACH, and/or credit card transaction fees. ACH fees total 4% plus $3.00. Credit card fees total 6.2% plus $0.30. Donors have the option to cover these fees at the time of donation, and they will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount.

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

Yes. You can use a smartphone that allows you to make a credit/debit card purchases. Launch the web browser and visit iGiveCatholic.org to donate from your smartphone.

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

No, 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 transaction error must notify #iGiveCatholic by emailing questions@iGiveCatholic.org within 30 days.

Q. I have questions - who can answer them?

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

Diocesan Contacts

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

Archdiocese for the Military Services
Salvador Perez,
Director of Advancement Office
Archdiocese of Anchorage
Laurie Evans-Dinneen
Director Office of Stewardship and Development

Archdiocese of Atlanta
Juliet Greco
Director of Major and Planned GivingThe Catholic Foundation of North Georgia
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Ryan Lopez
Director of Development Operations Department of Stewardship

Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Kathryn Robards
Marketing Coordinator Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas
Archdiocese of Mobile
Shannon Roh
Director of Development and Stewardship Office for Development

Archdiocese of New Orleans
Callie Combs Kamath
Marketing and Communications Officer Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Elizabeth Dominick
Office of Stewardship

Archdiocese of Washington
Jose Santa-Maria
Development Associate
Diocese of Alexandria
Cole Churchman
Director of Development

Diocese of Austin
Margaret Kappel
Associate Director of Stewardship Stewardship and Development Office
Diocese of Baker
Mark French
Director Office of Stewardship

Diocese of Baton Rouge
Tammy Abshire
CFRE, Director Office of Stewardship
Diocese of Biloxi 
Dave Wyrwich
Director Office of Development

Diocese of Boise
Margaret Hampton
Coordinator Office of Development
Catholic Community Foundation, Diocese of Cleveland
Linda Corcoran
Manager Donor Relations & Communications

Diocese of Columbus
Andrea Pannell
Episcopal Moderator Office of Development and Planning
Diocese of Dodge City
Eric Haselhorst
Director Office of Stewardship

Diocese of Erie
Michelle Basista
Director Office of Development Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania
Diocese of Gaylord
Tina Makarewicz
Director Office of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of Grand Island
Kory Koralewski
Director Office of Stewardship and Development
Diocese of Helena
Glenda Seipp
Director Stewardship and Annual Giving Services

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Amy Ponson
Executive Director The Catholic Foundation of Southeast Louisiana
Diocese of Jackson
Rebecca Harris
Director Catholic Foundation

Diocese of Knoxville
Allison DiGennaro
Assistant Director Stewardship and Strategic Planning

Diocese of Lafayette
Margaret Trahan
Director Office of Development

Diocese of Las Cruces
Susan Roberts
Director Diocese of Las Cruces Foundation
Diocese of Lexington
Jeremy Hughes
Coordinator for School Administration Secretariat for Catholic Schools

Diocese of Lubbock
Rachel Martinez
Director Stewardship Office
Diocese of Marquette
Terri Gadzinki
Executive Director Office of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of Memphis
Lorena Monge
Administrative Assistant Office of Development
Diocese of Nashville
Ashley Linville
Director Office of Development

Diocese of Richmond
Margaret Keightley
Executive Director Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Richmond
Diocese of Salina
Beth Shearer
Director Office of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of San Angelo
Steve McKay
Finance Officer Office of Finance
Diocese of San Diego
Manny Aguilar
Director Office of Stewardship

Diocese of Shreveport
John Mark Willcox
Director of Development and Public Relations Office of Stewardship and Development
Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Dr. Gene Aug
Director Development and Properties

Diocese of Stockton
Victor Mitre
Chief Development Officer Development and Stewardship