NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #iGiveCatholic is an online crowdfunding event that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. Considered the most successful Catholic crowdfunding event to date, the fourth annual #iGiveCatholic will be held on #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving, which will take place on November 27, 2018.
"#GivingTuesday has grown to a global movement with nearly every country on earth participating, uniting to do good and inspire action," said Henry Timms, executive director of the 92nd Street Y and founder of #GivingTuesday. "We are so excited to see the growth of #iGiveCatholic on #GivingTuesday and how it is inspiring people to make a difference in their own communities."
Created and launched by the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a New Orleans-based giving day, #iGiveCatholic has grown to yield great national impact. In 2015, #iGiveCatholic's first year, $1.36 million was raised for 112 parishes, schools and nonprofit ministries in New Orleans. Last year, $3.6 million was raised within 17 archdioceses and dioceses. Now in its fourth year, there are 29 participating dioceses and archdioceses, representing nearly 2,500 organizations.
"This is a unique opportunity for our Catholic communities across the country to rally together and support the organizations that shape our souls," said Cory J. Howat, executive director for the Catholic Foundation. "We truly believe that every person's gift makes a difference in our community, and we look forward to collectively raising millions on Tuesday, November 27."
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. We are excited to sponsor #iGiveCatholic on this extraordinary national day of gratitude and generosity."
Visit www.iGiveCatholic.org on Tuesday, November 27 to support your favorite parish, school, ministry or nonprofit, or find a new one by making an online donation.