DIOCESE OF BILOXI — The Diocese of Biloxi has joined forces with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Baton Rouge, Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, and Diocese of Jackson to participate in #iGiveCatholic, a Catholic giving day on #GivingTuesday, November 29.
The #iGiveCatholic campaign is a 24-hour online crowdfunding effort organized by The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans to support the work of parishes, schools, and other diocesan ministries, affiliated with the participating dioceses. Throughout the giving day, from midnight on November 29 until the stroke of midnight on November 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 parishes, schools, and diocesan ministries affiliated with the Diocese of Biloxi (i.e. included in the Catholic Directory) are invited to participate as recipients of donations if they meet the three requirements: 1) complete and submit a commitment form; 2) attend an #iGiveCatholic training session; and 3) beginning September 1, register their organization online at iGiveCatholic.org.
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. Non-Catholics who believe in the work of the various Catholic ministries in the area are invited to give as well.
Our parishes, schools, and other diocesan ministries in the Diocese of Biloxi have been finding different ways to publicize their organizations, and the #iGiveCatholic hashtag will be a great way to spread the word about our local ministries.