Frequently Asked Questions:

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

How do I make a donation during #iGiveCatholic?

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 during our Advanced Giving Day Phase beginning at 12:00 AM on November 13, continuing right into #GivingTuesday, November 28, and ending at 11:59 PM.

In 2022, the eighth year of the campaign raised more than $18.5 million for 2,600+ participating parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries within 42 arch/dioceses participating 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 with gifts from 50 states and 19 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 (chairman), 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: Lisa Schillace (national director) and Anne Durney (program assistant)

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 event that provides our Catholic parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries the opportunity to connect with their current donors, reconnect with past supporters, 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 are eligible to participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day. To inquire about registering your organization, contact the person listed for your Arch/Diocese or local Catholic Foundation on the bottom of this page under the header Arch/Diocese/Foundation Partner Contacts.  

If your arch/diocese does not appear on that list, email to inquire about participating under our National Ministries or Catholic Education page. 

Q. When is #iGiveCatholic?

This year, #iGiveCatholic takes place on Tuesday, November 28, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM. Our Advanced Giving phase begins at 12:00 AM on Monday, November 13 and runs right up to the Giving Day.

Q. How does it work?

#iGiveCatholic uses a giving platform with specific built-in fundraising features for Giving Days, including leaderboards and searchable profiles of participating parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries from participating arch/dioceses to accept online or offline donations. All online donations will be processed through iGiveCatholic.organd offline gifts of cash or check 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

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 we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back out of gratitude for all we have received.

On Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 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 28 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 If you would like to sponsor a local arch/diocesan or foundation effort, please contact the person listed at the bottom right of that arch/diocesan main page. Click here to see a list of participating arch/dioceses and Catholic foundations.

For Parishes/Schools/Not-for-profit Ministries

Q. What organizations are eligible for #iGiveCatholic?

All 501(c)3 parishes, schools, and Catholic-serving ministries listed in the Official Catholic Directory are eligible to participate in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day. To inquire about registering your organization, contact the person listed for your Arch/Diocese or local Catholic Foundation on the bottom of this page under the header Arch/Diocese/Foundation Partner Contacts.  

If your arch/diocese does not appear on that list, email to inquire about participating under our National Ministries or Catholic Education page. 

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, participation in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is a gift to the organizations from the local arch/diocese or Catholic foundation; parishes, schools and ministries pay no set-up fee.

Q. How do I register my organization to participate?

Eligible organizations in participating arch/dioceses should contact their arch/diocesan or foundation #iGiveCatholic leader (listed on the bottom right of your local arch/diocesan page) to request an invitation to register, which will be emailed on August 14.  Once you receive the email, click "Apply Now", search to find your organization (if your organization has participated before), or click "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 your arch/diocese or foundation, typically within a few working days.

All organizations MUST be approved to participate before registration closes at 11:59 PM on November 1, 2023.

No organizations will be permitted to register after November 1.

Once registered, the organization can begin customizing their #iGiveCatholic Giving Day profile page, and, if required, enter their bank account information to be verified 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. We also recommend asking questions by clicking on the blue chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the web page, entering your email address, and typing your question! You may also email your question to our tech support team at

Q. Do organizations receive training?

Yes! Two live training webinars will be held on August 22 and November 8 at 3:00 pm Eastern, and you can register for the sessions on the Trainings page of the website. We will record these sessions and make the links available on our website Trainings page. 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 arch/dioceses or foundations. Please consult your group or arch/diocesan or foundation contact person for more information.

Q. When will my organization receive its donations?

If you enter the banking information in your online registration profile, and your account has been verified, your organization will receive all donations via ACH distribution into your account within five (5) business days of the gift. If your organization is being fiscally sponsored by your group or 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 all participating organizations, you will be sent your donations from the arch/diocese or foundation within 60 days of the Giving Day.

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

No. Online donors immediately receive an email receipt 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 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.”

Your organization must, however, send tax receipts for all offline donations; #iGiveCatholic will only email receipts for donations processed online. 

Q. Will my organization receive donor information for acknowledgements?

Yes. You have access to donor information during the Giving Day and afterward for a period of time within your GiveGab “Admin Dashboard” and can download the information to a .CSV file from a link that will be emailed to your organization email address on file for security purposes. To log in to your Admin Dashboard, go to 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 website, click on the blue chat bubble at the bottom right-hand corner of any page and enter your email address and your question for the GiveGab tech support team. You can also email your question to

For Donors

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 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. 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, if the funds are meant to be used as matching gifts. Donor-Advised Fund holders at participating arch/diocesan foundations may recommend grants from their funds as their #iGiveCatholic donation to their favorite Catholic parish, school or ministry. 

Q. What forms of donations are accepted?

MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express donations will be accepted through the #iGiveCatholic website, or through Mobile Wallet if donating from a mobile device. 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 13 at 12:00 AM through November 28 at 11:59 PM, a donor can go to 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's total immediately.

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 online 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 should 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 you a receipt.

Q. Is there a minimum gift?

The minimum online donation is $20. However, participating organizations will gladly accept gifts by check or cash in any amount! Please contact the organization directly to find out where to mail or drop off your #iGiveCatholic gift of check or cash. 

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 donating to up to ten separate organizations all in one transaction through the Gift Basket option.

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 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?

No, the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is designed to generate new, one-time gifts.

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 for this year’s #iGiveCatholic campaign.

Q. Are there costs associated with online fundraising through donations to #iGiveCatholic?

#iGiveCatholic is a fundraiser for your organization, and there are expenses as there are with any other fundraiser held in person such as a dinner, gala, etc. The convenience of donating through a Giving Day platform (with special features and extra security measures) incurs fees. These fundraising expenses cover tech support, marketing materials, training, and other behind the scenes components enabling your chosen ministry to focus their time and effort on their mission. All online donations will be paid to the organization net the platform, ACH, and/or credit card transaction fees. ACH fees total 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 donation, and they will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount. Offline gifts of cash and checks given directly to the organization incur no online transaction fees. Read more about how the fees assist your organization HERE.

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

Yes. The platform is mobile friendly! You can use a smartphone that allows you to make a credit/debit card purchases through the Mobile Wallet  (Google Pay, iPay, etc.) feature of the Giving Day platform. Launch the web browser on your phone and visit, or click on a hyperlink in an email or social media post from your favorite Catholic organization to go right to their profile page 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?

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 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 website, click on the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page and enter your email address and your question. You can also send your question by email to

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Arch/Diocese/Foundation Partner Contacts

Questions for the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day Team? Please contact the person listed under your arch/diocese for more information:

Archdiocese for the Military Services
Salvador Perez
Director of Advancement Office

Archdiocese of Atlanta
Juliet Greco
Director of Major and Planned Giving
The Catholic Foundation of North Georgia
Archdiocese of Mobile
Shannon Roh
Director of Development and Stewardship
Office for Development

Archdiocese of New Orleans
Ronan Canuto
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Catholic Community Foundation
Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Elizabeth Dominick
Office of Stewardship

Archdiocese of St. Louis
Brian Niebrugge
Executive Director
Archdiocese of Washington
Joseph Gillmer 
Development Operations Manager

Diocese of Alexandria
Deacon Richard Mitchell
Director of Stewardship and Public Relations, and Vice Chancellor
Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
Heather Foor
Director of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of Austin
Margaret Kappel
Associate Director, Stewardship
Diocese of Baton Rouge
Gwen Fairchild
Director of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of Beaumont
Karen Gilman
Manage of Social Media/Communications
Diocese of Biloxi
Dave Wyrwich
Director for the Office of Development

Diocese of Camden
Stacy Napolitano
Special Events Coordinator
Diocese of Cleveland
Linda Corcoran
Manager Donor Relations & Communications
Catholic Community Foundation

Diocese of Charleston
Brian Alberts
Senior Development Assistant
Diocese of Erie
Kathy Grisier
Development Associate
Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Sarah Shively
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Catholic Community Foundation of Northeast Indiana
Diocese of Fort Worth
Wendy Collins
Director of Stewardship and Parish Relations
Advancement Foundation for the Diocese of Fort Worth

Diocese of Grand Island
Gary Fisher
Director of Operations
Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux
Amy Ponson
Executive Director
The Catholic Foundation of Southeast Louisiana

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings
Becky Pugh
Special Programs Coordinator
Diocese of Knoxville
Allison DiGennaro
Assistant Director Stewardship and Strategic Planning

Diocese of Jackson
Julia Williams
Assistant Development Director
Diocese of Las Cruces
Anthony Casaus
Director of Development

Diocese of Lafayette
Margaret Trahan
Stewardship and Development Director
Diocese of Lexington
Jill Heink
Development Associate

Diocese of Lubbock
Katie Crosby
Director of Stewardship and Development
Diocese of Marquette
Rob Taylor
Executive Director of Stewardship and Development

Diocese of Memphis
Kari Olesen
Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Bishops
Diocese of Monterey
Nicole Wales
Executive Assistant to the Vicar General

Diocese of Orlando/Central Florida
Jose Sola
Director of Digital Philanthropy
Catholic Foundation of Central Florida
Diocese of Peoria
Amanda Connon
Manager of Information Technology

Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Mary Jo Rohrer
Relationship Manager
The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia
Diocese of Reno
Kathleen Mello 
Payroll, Benefits and Finance Manager

Diocese of Richmond
Joy Bowes
Administrative Assistant
Diocese of San Angelo
Kelly Oniha

Diocese of Salina
Katie Platten
Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Salina
Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
Doug Kissinger
Director of Development & Properties

Diocese of St. Augustine
Kim Howard
Planned Giving Coordinator at the Foundation
Diocese of Youngstown
Very Reverend John-Michael Lavelle
Director Stewardship and Development and
Vicar for Missionary Discipleship

Diocese of Wichita
Connor Meier
Assistant Director of Development and Planned Giving