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?