Q. What forms of donations are accepted?
MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express are accepted through the #iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday 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). 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.
Donors are also welcome to bring offline gifts of cash or check to their chosen parish, school, or nonprofit ministry. Ministry administrators are responsible for adding offline donations to their organization's Admin Dashboard as they are received so that these donations are included in progress bar towards the campaign goal, leaderboard totals, and are counted toward prize, match, or challenge opportunities.
Donor-Advised Fund holders at participating Catholic foundations are encouraged to recommend grants from their funds as #iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday donations to their favorite Catholic parish, school or ministry, perhaps as a match or challenge opportunity!
Q. I will not have access to the internet on GivingTuesday. Is there another time I can give?
Yes. For the convenience of donors, gifts through #iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday may be made in advance starting on November 13 at 12:00 AM and continuing through November 28 at 11:59 PM at iGiveCatholic.org. Advanced gifts will be charged at the time of donation and credited to the participating organization's total immediately, though some giving day features do not appear until the giving day, GivingTuesday.
Q. How can I find an organization on the #iGiveCatholic GivingTuesday website?
You can search for your organization during the giving period (November 13-28, 2023) using the Search feature. For 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 on GivingTuesday this year; we suggest that you contact them directly.
Q. Can a donor give to multiple organizations?
Yes! #iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday donors have the option of donating to up to ten separate organizations all in one transaction through the Gift Basket option.
Q. Is there a minimum gift?
The minimum online donation for #iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday is $10. However, participating organizations will gladly accept gifts of any amount by check or cash! Please contact the organization directly to find out where to mail or drop off your #iGiveCatholic gift of check or cash.
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 emailed tax receipt from #iGiveCatholic confirming their gift amount and organization designation. If you do not receive an emailed 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. May I pay a pledge with my gift?
No, the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day is designed to generate new, one-time gifts.
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. May I designate how a school, parish, ministry or not-for-profit uses my gift?
#iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday 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 campaign.
Q. Why are there fees applied to my donations through #iGiveCatholic?
#iGiveCatholic on GivingTuesday 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 online transaction fees contribute to the cost of secure financial transactions, responsive tech support, customizable marketing materials, tailored training, one-on-one support and other behind the scenes components enabling your chosen ministry to focus their time and effort on their mission. You can read more about how these fees assist your organization HERE.
All online donations will be paid to the organization net the host, platform, and ACH or credit card transaction fees. ACH fees are 3.3% plus $3.00. Credit card transaction fees are 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, inclusive of any fees covered.
Offline gifts of cash and checks given directly to the organization incur no online transaction fees.
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 following GivingTuesday.
Q. I have questions - who can answer them?
On the iGiveCatholic.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. GiveGab/Bonterra is the platform provider and may be answering your questions if technical and related to the platform.