#iGiveCatholic Raises $2.5 Million for Local Catholic Organizations and $3.6 Million Nationwide
Third Annual #iGiveCatholic Kicked Off the Charitable Season on #GivingTuesday
New Orleans, LA (November 30, 2017) – The results of #iGiveCatholic are in! A total of $2.5 million was raised for 150 participating ministries, parishes, schools and nonprofits in New Orleans during the 24-hour online giving event held on #GivingTuesday (November 28, 2017). New Orleans was part of the nationwide giving day, resulting in $3.6 million collected for more than 600 organizations within 17 archdioceses and dioceses – making this the most successful Catholic crowdfunding event to date.
“We’re thrilled with the turnout and participation by so many members of our Catholic community this year who collectively raised millions for the participating organizations,” said Josephine Everly, president of #iGiveCatholic. “This is a testament to how much New Orleans cares about giving thanks and giving back. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who chose to give Catholic.”
The total number of online contributions was more than 13,000 overall and more than 3,000 in New Orleans alone at the close of the 24-hour period. Gifts came from 29 states beyond the states represented by the participating archdioceses and dioceses, as well as six countries, including Afghanistan, Great Britain, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Canada. As a result, the amount raised for #iGiveCatholic 2017 exceeded the Catholic Foundation Archdiocese of New Orleans’ goals of raising $1.8 million for New Orleans, and $3.5 overall.
The success of this year’s initiative was made possible thanks to its first national sponsor, CAPTRUST. According to CAPTRUST Principal and Director of Institutional Religious Retirement and Foundation Services Stephen Schott, “This was an exciting opportunity for our family at CAPTRUST to join with #iGiveCatholic to celebrate Catholic philanthropy around the nation.”
Part of the excitement of #iGiveCatholic was the opportunity for local organizations to compete for cash awards ($1,500 awarded to first place winners, $750 to second place and $250 to third place). This year’s winners are as follows:
The parishes that had the largest number of advance-day unique donors, in first through third order: Ascension of Our Lord Parish in LaPlace, St. Angela Merici in Metairie and Our Lady of Lourdes in Slidell. The parishes that had the largest number of gifts on #iGiveCatholic, in first through third order: Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Mandeville, St. Angela Merici in Metairie and Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in LaPlace.
The schools that had the largest number of advance-day unique donors, in first through third order: Benilde School in Metairie, St. Catherine of Siena School in Metairie and St. Peter School in Reserve. The schools that had the largest number of gifts on #iGiveCatholic, in first through third order: St. Benilde School in Metairie, St. Paul’s School in Covington and Archbishop Hannan High School in Covington.
The nonprofits that had the largest number of advance-day unique donors, in first through third order: Southern Dominican Province, USA in Metairie, Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans, and Archdiocese of New Orleans Retreat Center in Metairie. The nonprofits that had the largest number of gifts on #iGiveCatholic, in first through third order: Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Dumb Ox Ministries in Mandeville.
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, November 27, 2018. Registration for organizations interested in participating will open in September 2018.
Participating archdioceses and dioceses in #iGiveCatholic 2017 included: 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.
#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.
CAPTRUST Financial Advisors is an independent investment research and fee-based advisory firm specializing in providing retirement plan and investment advisory services to retirement plan fiduciaries, executives, and high-net-worth individuals. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm represents more than $244 billion in client assets with offices in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.