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 14 at 12:00 AM through November 28 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'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, 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 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 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?
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 iGiveCatholic.org, 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 questions@iGiveCatholic.org within 30 days of the Giving Day.
Q. I have questions - who can answer them?