FAQ


General FAQ
Parish/School/Ministry/Not-for-Profit FAQ
Giving/Donor FAQ

About Us


#iGiveCatholic was founded in 2015 as a giving day that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. In that same spirit, #iGiveCatholic Together was launched in March, 2020 to initially address the looming financial crisis facing our parishes, schools and ministries, and to accept much needed donations on an ongoing basis for these organizations due to cancelled Masses and fundraising events.  Over time, and with a Divine nod, this platform has evolved to host online giving sites year-round for USCCB Office of National Collections and mission dioceses, as well as dioceses and Catholic organizations that wish to host a giving day at a time that is not #GivingTuesday. The site continues to welcome and accept donations from generous donors in support of our Church across the country, and now, around the world. 

#iGiveCatholic is a bishop-led initiative in partnership with lay leaders in Catholic philanthropy, and you can find our most recent 990 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)

Senior Advisors: Josephine Everly and Callie Combs Kamath


General Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is #iGiveCatholic Together?

#iGiveCatholic Together is an online giving platform where individuals and businesses can give back to support the works of our Church at local, National, and International levels.

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 Together is to inspire the Catholic community to come together as faithful stewards and to "Give Catholic."

If your diocese is interested in being part of #iGiveCatholic Together, contact Julie Kenny at julie@igivecatholic.org.


Q. Who can participate in #iGiveCatholic Together?

All 501(c)3 parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries affiliated with a participating diocese are eligible to participate, as well as Catholic dioceses and foundations and other Catholic organizations. 


Q. How does it work?

#iGiveCatholic Together is an online platform with searchable profiles for National and International Catholic programs as well as parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries from participating dioceses. All donations will be processed through iGiveCatholicTogether.org. 


Q. What is the difference between #iGiveCatholic Together and the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day?

#iGiveCatholic Together

For Catholics, generosity and giving have a profound meaning. We are called to share what we have been given in order to build the body of Christ and share His love with the world...one soul at a time. #iGiveCatholic Together asks the faithful to consider making a one-time or recurring gift so, together, we as Church can respond to the needs in our communities and in the world. Gifts can be made to many programs and organizations through #iGiveCatholic Together throughout the year.

#iGiveCatholic Giving Day

The first #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday was held in 2015 within the Archdiocese of New Orleans, led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond, then Secretary of the USCCB, and orchestrated by the Catholic Foundation for the Archdiocese for 112 of their parishes, schools and ministries. They  wanted to encourage Catholic philanthropy and promote best practices in stewardship and development within all organizations of the Archdiocese. Their results were astounding, and the Giving Day has continued to grow in many ways throughout these past six years. As each of us reflect with grateful hearts on how blessed we are, we naturally want to give back to God from that deep sense of gratitude. Inspired into action by our grateful compassion, the faithful unite every year on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and this year November 30, 2021. On each #iGiveCatholic Giving Day, we share what we can with our favorite Catholic organizations to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, and preserve our Catholic heritage for future generations. Gifts can be made through the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day site beginning at midnight on November 15 through 11:59 pm on November 30, 2021.


If your diocese is interested in joining either #iGiveCatholic for the annual Giving Day, or #iGiveCatholic Together for a specific need or giving day at another time of the year, contact Julie Kenny at julie@igivecatholic.org.


Q. What are the #iGiveCatholic social media sites I can follow?

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


Q. Are there sponsorship and funding opportunities?

Absolutely! We would love for you or your organization to join us as an #iGiveCatholic Together 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 Together?

All Catholic 501(c)3 parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries affiliated with a participating diocese are eligible to participate as well as many National Catholic programs and organizations. 


Q. What does it cost a parish/school/ministry/non-profit to participate in #iGiveCatholic Together?

Host dioceses pay a platform fee so organizations within those dioceses can participate for no set-up fee. Catholic organizations pay a nominal set-up fee to participate on their own.


Q. How can I get my organization to participate?

If your organization is a member of a participating diocese, but your organization is not yet mentioned or found in the site search, consult your diocesan contact person for the local giving day who can help you get your organization set up to receive donations, or contact #iGiveCatholic at info@igivecatholic.org.

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 to 7 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 from the diocese 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 Together confirming their gift. Note that all donations must be 100% tax deductible (no additional benefits.) However, this tax receipt is not a "thank you," and we highly encourage organizations to thank their donors as soon as possible. 


Q. Will my organization receive donor information for acknowledgements?

Yes. Organizations have access to donor information through a donations report that can be accessed in your “Admin Dashboard” and downloaded to a .CSV file which can be imported into census or donor management programs. To log in to your Admin Dashboard, go to iGiveCatholicTogether.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. 


Q. I have technical questions - who can answer them?

#iGiveCatholic Together has partnered with the giving day platform, GiveGab. On the iGiveCatholicTogether.org website, use the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page to ask questions Mon-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern. You can also email  them at questions@igivecatholic.org.


Giving/Donor FAQs


Q. Who can donate?

Anyone can donate! Because it is so convenient for people to give online to their favorite ministry from wherever they are in the world, most people will donate by this method. The site is mobile friendly and can be easily accessed for donations from your mobile devices.


Q. Can I give through #iGiveCatholic Together any time? 

Yes. Anyone can donate to many of the participating parishes, schools, National Programs or ministries on any day of the week, at any time through iGiveCatholicTogether.org.


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 program, school, parish, ministry, or not-for-profit?

Online donors will immediately be sent an automatic tax receipt for their gift via email from #iGiveCatholic Together. If donors do not receive an email receipt, they should check their email “spam” folder, or the organization receiving the gift can resend one, or the donor can go back into their account and send one. Donors who give offline (cash or checks given directly to the organization or program they gifted) will also receive the tax receipt, IF their gift is recorded into the system by the organization, AND the donor's email address is included and also entered.


Q. Is there a minimum gift?

Yes. However, the minimum gift varies with each participating organization or diocese.


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 within the same diocese or program and make separate donations all in one transaction through a feature called the Gift Basket. Donors will receive separate receipts for each organization they support.


Q. What if a donor can't find their favorite nonprofit on the website?

If the donor can't find the organization they want to donate to on the iGiveCatholicTogether.org website, it is likely that organization is not participating in #iGiveCatholic Together. However, if the date on which you are looking is close to Thanksgiving, you may want to go to igivecatholic.org and check to see if the organization you're searching for is participating in #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday.


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

All online donations will be paid to the chosen ministry net the payment transaction fees. Donations of $100 or more can be made as an ACH gift from a bank account. ACH fees total 3.4% plus $3.00. Payment transaction fees total 5.9% plus $0.30. Of this fee, 1.4% is for the templated marketing materials and training for the organization, 2% is for the platform technical support, technology and security costs, and 2.5% plus $.30 are the credit card costs. 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. Offline donations do not incur any transaction fees.


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

Yes. The site is mobile friendly and can be easily accessed for donations from all your mobile devices.


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 Together has partnered with the giving day platform, GiveGab. On the iGiveCatholicTogether.org website, use the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page to ask questions Mon-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm Eastern. You can also email  them at questions@igivecatholic.org.