Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #iGiveCatholic is an online crowdfunding event that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. Considered the most successful Catholic crowdfunding event to date, #iGiveCatholic will be held on #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving, which will take place on November 28, 2017.
According to Henry Timms, Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y and founder of #GivingTuesday, “We created #GivingTuesday six years ago and it has now grown to a global movement in more than 100 countries, where the world unites to do good and inspire action. We are so excited to see the growth of #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday and how it is inspiring people to make a difference in their own local communities.”
The inaugural #iGiveCatholic was launched in New Orleans, LA in 2015 and shattered all expectations, raising $1.36 million in just 24 hours and transforming online giving for parishes, schools and ministries. With the addition of five partner dioceses, last year’s giving day donations totaled $1.9 million in gifts for more than 300 ministries. This year, the overall goal is to raise $3.5 million for more than 600 organizations representing the 17 participating archdioceses and dioceses. With this year’s growth, the campaign is now nationwide with CAPTRUST as its first national sponsor.
“This is a groundbreaking opportunity for everyone to celebrate Catholic philanthropy,” said Josephine Everly, president of #iGiveCatholic. “We truly believe that every donation, no matter how large or small, makes a difference and we look forward to collectively raising millions for our participating parishes, schools and ministries.”
#iGiveCatholic 2017 includes the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Archdiocese of Mobile, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Allentown, Diocese of Austin, Diocese of Baton Rouge, Diocese of Biloxi, Diocese of Helena, Diocese of Houma–Thibodaux, Diocese of Jackson, Diocese of Knoxville, Diocese of Lexington, Diocese of Lubbock, Diocese of Memphis, Diocese of Owensboro and Diocese of Paterson.