Giving Catholic on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29

By Catholic Spirit Staff

The Diocese of Austin has joined forces with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the dioceses of Biloxi, Houma-Thibodaux, Jackson and Baton Rouge to participate in #iGiveCatholic, a Catholic giving day on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29.
The #iGiveCatholic campaign is a 24-hour online effort organized by The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to support the work of Catholic schools, parishes, ministries and other organizations affiliated with the participating dioceses. Throughout the giving day, from midnight on Nov. 29 until the stroke of midnight on Nov. 30, Catholics can go to the iGiveCatholic.org home page and click on a specific ministry listed there to make a donation with their credit card.
Last year, The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans launched #iGiveCatholic, the first-ever online giving day by Catholics for the works of the Catholic Church in the history of the U.S., and raised an unprecedented $1.3 million in 24 hours to benefit 112 parishes, schools and ministries in the Greater New Orleans region. This year, #iGiveCatholic has set a goal of 200 participating organizations and $1.5 million to be raised within the 24-hour period. 
#iGiveCatholic is held each year in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, which is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. 
All Catholic schools and parishes affiliated with the Diocese of Austin are invited to participate as recipients of donations if they meet the three requirements: complete and submit a commitment form; attend an #iGiveCatholic training session; and register their organization online at www.iGiveCatholic.org.
During each hour of #GivingTuesday, prizes will be distributed to participating organizations as an extra incentive to participate. The $24,000 in prize money is funded by #iGiveCatholic sponsors. 
The #iGiveCatholic campaign wants to target people who have not given to Catholic institutions before and create relationships with them, especially with the younger generation.
Local Catholic organizations have been finding different ways to get the word out, and the use of the #iGiveCatholic hashtag has been essential to spreading the word.
Scott Whitaker, the diocesan secretariat director of Stewardship, Development and Communications, invites all Catholics to consider giving to their parish or school on #GivingTuesday. 
“The #iGiveCatholic campaign is an opportunity to begin the ‘Season of Giving’ in a positive way. Even a gift of $25 makes an impact, please be generous,” Whitaker said.
Parishes and schools are invited to participate. Contact Andrea Bizzanelli at (512) 949-2439 or andrea-bizzanelli@austindiocese.org.
To make a donation on Giving Tuesday: Nov. 29, visit www.iGiveCatholic.org.