OSV Institute joins #iGIVECATHOLIC as National Sponsor

28 Nov 2018

#iGiveCatholic Raises Over $5.6 Million for Catholic Organizations Nationwide

New Orleans, LA (November 28, 2018) –Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #iGiveCatholicis an online crowdfunding event that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back.

The results of #iGiveCatholic 2018 are in! A total of over $5.6 million was raised for parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries across the country during the 24-hour online giving event held on #GivingTuesday (November 27, 2018). Participating organizations represented 29 archdioceses and dioceses, making this the largest—and most successful—Catholic crowdfunding event to date.

“We’re thrilled with the turnout and participation by so many members of the Catholic community this year who collectively raised millions for the participating organizations,” said Cory J. Howat, president of #iGiveCatholic. “This is a testament to how much people care about giving thanks and giving back. We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who chose to give Catholic.”

At the close of the 24-hour period, the number of donors totaled more than 23,000, 19,542 of those being online donors. There were 28,085 gifts made, which came in from all 50 states, as well as 6 countries, including Afghanistan, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The average gift amount was $200.28, with 16.3 gifts given per minute.

The success of this year’s initiative was made possible thanks to its national sponsor, Our Sunday Visitor. According to Jason Shanks, president of Our Sunday Visitor Institute, “We believe #iGiveCatholic is a great vehicle for everyone to celebrate Catholic philanthropy. #iGiveCatholic is a creative way to engage new donors and an ideal way to collectively show the impact that Catholic donors have in our community.”

For more information about #iGiveCatholic or to view the full list of results (sortable by archdiocese/diocese, organization, total gifts or total dollars), visit www.iGiveCatholic.org.

Next year’s giving day is set for #GivingTuesday, December 3, 2019. Registration for organizations interested in participating will open in September

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About #iGiveCatholic:

#iGiveCatholic is an online giving event that provides parishes, schools, ministries and not-for-profits affiliated with partner arch/dioceses the opportunity to connect with their current donors and establish relationships with new donors. The goal of #iGiveCatholic is to inspire the Catholic community to come together as faithful stewards and to "Give Catholic" on #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back. For more information visit www.iGiveCatholic.org.

About the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans:

Since 1976, the Catholic Foundation has been assisting the various ministries within the Archdiocese of New Orleans to ensure the financial future of parishes, schools and social and charitable programs. The Foundation serves as a means for the members of the Catholic community to strategically give of their blessings to the causes important to themselves and their families. For more information, visit http://cf.arch-no.org.

About Our Sunday Visitor Institute:

In 1915, Fr. John Francis Noll began the OSV Institute to extend the reach of Our Sunday Visitor in service and support of Catholic organizations. With over $75 million returned to Catholic organizations to date, the OSV Institute continues to serve the Church by supporting and encouraging innovative and effective Church-related programs and activities. Three areas of special interest for funding are Unaffiliated Millennials, Hispanic Experience and Parent Project. In 2017 the Institute expanded its reach to provide support for new innovation and to serve as an incubator for new efforts supporting the Catholic Church... Learn more at www.osvinstitute.com.