Story By Christine Bordelon, Clarion Herald
Photo | COURTESY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The highly successful #iGiveCatholic online crowdfunding campaign has kicked off its fifth year with Advanced Day Giving that began Nov. 18 and continues through Dec. 2, the day prior to the actual 24-hour Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Started by The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2014 “to bring the Catholic community together to give thanks and to give back,” #iGiveCatholic has raised more than $5.6 million from more than 23,000 donors in 39 Catholic dioceses in the United States. Twelve national ministries and universities also participate.
A national force
It is held nationally in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
In 2018, local online giving through iGiveCatholic was nearly $1.6 million from 3,700 donors.
“#iGiveCatholic provides a unique opportunity for our local Catholic communities to rally together and support the organizations that shape our souls,” said Cory Howat, Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) executive director. “This is the fifth annual giving day here in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and we cannot wait to give back with the most generous community in the country. Every project means something to our participating parishes, schools and nonprofit ministries, and every gift makes a difference.”
This year, 275 local Catholic organizations are participating in #iGiveCatholic. (Find them at https://neworleans.igivecatholic.org.) To help these ministries drum up support for the Dec. 3 Giving Day, the CCF held a random drawing among all participating Catholic entities, and St. Louis King of France in Metairie was awarded a party to drum up support.
“We are thrilled to award the #iGiveCatholic Kickoff Party prize to St. Louis King of France Catholic School,” Howat said. “It’s exciting to celebrate the start of the school’s giving day campaign to maintain and upgrade their facilities so that they can continue to provide the highest quality of Catholic education.”
Those associated with St. Louis King of France School were elated.
“We want to promote Catholic faith and education, and #iGiveCatholic is a way to engage the community,” said Ashlie A. Louis, St. Louis King of France School’s marketing and development director. “It’s not just about the people associated with our school; it’s about our greater community. When we develop the children inside our school’s walls, they then go out and support future generations.”
How to help
Donors can give a minimum $25 donation to their favorite organization or cause online anytime on Dec. 3 from midnight to 11:59 p.m. at https://neworleans.igivecatholic.org and select the entity of their choice. Participating organizations and donors can share posts and updates online through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@iGiveCatholic),
The New Orleans community led the nation in religious fundraising on #GivingTuesday, resulting in nearly $1.6 million raised from 3,700 donors. This year’s initiative adds more than 1,000 parishes, schools and nonprofit ministries participating under the umbrella of 39 dioceses from across the country.
To keep track of important updates and initiatives for Catholic Community Foundation – Archdiocese of New Orleans #iGiveCatholicNOLA, visit Facebook and Twitter (@ccfnola).
“The goal of #iGiveCatholic is to inspire the Catholic community to come together as faithful stewards and to ‘Give Catholic’ on #GivingTuesday.”