Parishes/Schools/Catholic Charities/Nonprofits FAQ
Q. What is #WeGiveCatholic?
#weGiveCatholic is a one-day Giving Event that provides our Catholic schools, parishes, Catholic Charities sites/programs, special ministries, and nonprofits affiliated with the Diocese of Cleveland, the opportunity to connect with their current donors and establish relationships with new donors. The goal of the day is to raise awareness and funds for Catholic organizations throughout Northeast Ohio. #weGiveCatholic is a fun and exciting way to come together as one and “Give Catholic” on Giving Tuesday, a globally-recognized day of giving.
Q. When is #WeGiveCatholic?
#weGiveCatholic is on December 3, 2019 from 12:00AM to 11:59PM. All donations must be made during this 24-hour period. The minimum donation is $20 and there is no maximum donation.
Q. How does it work?
The Catholic Community Foundation has set up an online platform through its Giving Day partner, GiveGab. The platform has searchable profiles of participating parishes, schools, Catholic Charities sites/programs and nonprofits affiliated with the Diocese of Cleveland. Anyone can donate to their favorite ministry through the website weGiveCatholic.org. Participating organizations can accept offline gifts as well (which will be eligible for prize incentives).
Q. Who can donate?
Anyone may donate. Donations through the #WeGiveCatholic online portal to charitable nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and cannot be refunded. Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only. Donations will be received and receipted by GiveGab.
Q. Is my organization eligible to participate?
Here’s what you need to be eligible:
- Be a 501(c)3 parish, school, ministry, Catholic Charities site/program, or nonprofit affiliated with the Diocese of Cleveland, as demonstrated by inclusion in the Catholic Directory.
- Commit to promoting #weGiveCatholic to your constituents.
Q. Why should my organization participate?
Because it’s fun and free! Because there is prize money! Because people will be looking to see your organization listed on this big day of Catholic Giving in our region. The Catholic Community Foundation will help you be successful with marketing that will be seen throughout Northeast Ohio. Don’t miss out. Here’s what we accomplished in 2018:
- $1,277,026 Total Dollars Raised (including pre-event sponsorship and prize funds)
- 6,523 Total Number of Gifts Made
- 197 Participating Organizations: 54 Parishes, 58 Catholic Schools,19 Catholic Charities Sites/Programs, 26 Catholic Nonprofits
$195 Average Gift Amount
$64,600 Total Prize Amount Awarded To Participating Organizations
47 Number of Organizations That Won Prize Money
Q. How can my organization register to participate?
Participation is free and registration is easy. Just go to weGiveCatholic.org. If you need help, click on the chat icon, or contact Linda Corcoran at the Catholic Community Foundation, 216-696-6525 x 1042, email@example.com. Before registering, you will want to establish a point person for your organization. If you are a parish or school, we highly recommend that you do not appoint the pastor or principal as your point person. Find someone else who will have the passion, time and creativity to provide your organization with the best results – we will help them! Early registration is recommended so that you can take advantage of the webinars and tools available to you. Registration will close on September 30.
Q. Is there any cost to participate?
No! It is FREE for organizations to participate in #weGiveCatholic. The Catholic Community Foundation is sponsoring #weGiveCatholic as our gift to you. The Foundation will not keep any of the funds that you raise!
Q. How will organizations train to be successful?
A Diocesan-wide Training Day will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at our Cathedral Square Office. National speakers, GiveGab representatives, and our past #weGiveCatholic Champions will be presenters during this all-inclusive training session. In addition Two live training webinars will be offered in the Fall. Additionally, a series of recorded training webinars will be maintained on weGiveCatholic.org. We strongly advise that you participate in or view these webinars as they will help guide you in a successful giving day.
Q. What is the deadline to register for #WeGiveCatholic?
The deadline to register is September 30th.
Q. How much is there for prize money
The Catholic Community Foundation is committed to raising at least $60,000 in incentives to help Catholic schools, parishes, ministries, Catholic Charities sites and programs, and nonprofits maximize their donations. Prizes will be awarded throughout the pre-event preparation period and on the actual day of giving in a “friendly” competition, as well as random drawings. This year’s prize structure will be enhanced; however, here is last year’s prize pool for reference:
Q. How much of the donation will go to our organization?
This year, we are retaining our previous provider and trusted resource, GiveGab. Here’s the breakdown of service and processing fees: GiveGab retains a 2% campaign management fee from all donations, capped at $20 per donation. Credit Card processing fees are an additional 2.5% + $0.30 for standard credit cards and 3.5% + $0.30 for AMEX. If donors choose to cover these fees, 100% of their online charitable gift will go to your organization. Last year, 70% of donors opted to cover those fees when making their donation. After making a gift online, the donor will immediately receive an automatic email from the Catholic Community Foundation confirming the gift to your organization during the event. Note that all donations must be 100% tax deductible (no additional benefits).
Q. When will my organization receive its donation?
If you indicate a bank account number in your online registration profile, your organization will receive all donations via ACH distribution within 2-3 business days. GiveGab, our platform provider and trusted resources for this initiative, uses a PCI Level I compliant payment service to ensure that all financial data is secure. If you choose not to enter your organization’s banking information online with GiveGab, then a check will be mailed to you from Catholic Community Foundation in early 2019.
Q. How does my organization know who has donated and how much? Can I download a donations report?
Yes. Administrators will be able to access and download a .CSV file of their donations via their administrative dashboard. The report is updated in real-time and will include the donation payout date, donation information (including a breakdown of the fees), and the donor's name and contact information. We also suggest that you acknowledge donations by following up with donors within five working days.
Q. How can our organization have a successful Giving Day?
Check out our tips in the Nonprofit Toolkit found at weGiveCatholic.org and attend a webinar (register through weGiveCatholic.org). To make the most of these efforts your organization should ensure that your profile is up-to-date on the site well ahead of December 3 and is custom-branded to tell your story. Still need help? Seek out the advice from one of our #weGiveCatholic Champions from last year:
Jennifer Webb, St. Francis Xavier School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-764-8946
Sr. Mary Donald, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, email@example.com, 216-481-8232
Ed Vittardi, St. Albert the Great, firstname.lastname@example.org, 440-237-1032
Suzanne Quinn, St. Angela Merici, email@example.com, 440-333-2133
Q. How can I stay up to date on what's happening?
Yes. News and updates will be posted regularly to The Catholic Foundation’s site and social media sites. Be sure to Like/Follow us:
Beginning October 15, we will be emailing weekly updates every Tuesday filled with case studies, tips and other information to help you succeed.
Q. Are there available sponsorship and funding opportunities?
Opportunities are available for #weGiveCatholic Giving Day sponsors and funders; perhaps you can share with us the contact information of a potential sponsor. We have great opportunities for involvement. Email info@weGiveCatholic.org to learn more.
Q. I have questions - Who can answer them?
#weGiveCatholic has partnered with the giving day platform, GiveGab. On the weGiveCatholic.org website, use the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page to ask questions. You can also contact any of the #weGiveCatholic Giving Day Team listed below
Questions for the #weGiveCatholic Giving Day team
Questions regarding Registration?
Contact Linda Corcoran, firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-696-6525 x1042.
General questions regarding #weGiveCatholic and Sponsorships?
Contact Bob Hickey, email@example.com, 216-696-6525 x3310.
Questions regarding Media Sponsorship (or Suggestions for Media Sponsorship)
Contact Deacon Jim Armstrong, firstname.lastname@example.org,216-696-6525 x3290.
Q. Who can donate?
Anyone can donate! Because this takes place online, donors will need a credit card and access to the Internet. Because it is so much easier for people to give online to their favorite ministry from wherever they are in the world, most people will donate by this method. However, donors are welcome to bring a donation by cash or check to a participating organization site and the gift can still be entered and included in the leaderboard totals viewed online.
Q. What forms of donations are accepted?
MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express donations will be accepted through the #weGiveCatholic website on Giving Tuesday, December 3. Donor-Advised Fund holders at the Catholic Community Foundation may recommend grants from their funds. Offline donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted directly by the organization you choose to support.
Q. Are gifts tax-deductible?
All donations are tax-deductible and irrevocable and will be for the unrestricted use of your chosen charity.
Q. Do donors receive a tax receipt from the school, parish, catholic charities, or not-for-profit?
Donors will receive an automatic tax receipt for their gift via email from the Catholic CommunityFoundation. Donations will be passed from The Foundation directly to the school, parish, Catholic Charities site, or not-for-profit of the donor’s choosing.
Q. Is there a minimum gift?
The minimum donation is $20.
Q. Is there a maximum gift?
There is no maximum donation.
Q. Can a donor give online to multiple organizations?
Yes! All of the donor’s transactions will be placed into a “gift basket” to streamline the “check out” process. If you click on a specific organization page and make a donation, you will be prompted to make another gift if you choose. Donors will receive one e-mail receipt listing each gift. Each school, parish, Catholic Charities site or not-for-profit you donate to will receive a separate notification of your gift.
Q. What if I can't find my favorite nonprofit on the website?
If you can’t find them on the weGiveCatholic.org website, they are not participating in #weGiveCatholic this year.
Q. How will the donations be reported on my credit card statement?
Your credit card statement will reference GiveGab and the name of the organization that you are supporting.
Q. May I pay a pledge with my gift?
No, the #weGiveCatholic Giving Day is designed to generate new support.
Q. May I designate how a school, parish, catholic charities, or not-for-profit uses my gift?
#weGiveCatholic Giving Day gifts are considered unrestricted gifts to the designated school, parish, Catholic Charities, or not-for-profit.
Q. Are there fees associated with donations to #weGiveCatholic
All donations will be paid to the chosen ministry minus vendor and credit card transaction fees – approximately 4.5%-5.5% + 30 cents for each credit/debit card donation, with a maximum feeof $20 per transaction You will have the option to cover the fees and if you choose this option, 100% of your online charitable gift will go to the receiving organization. No additional fees will be assessed by the Catholic Community Foundation. All donations are final and cannot be refunded. Donors will receive a tax deduction on the full donation amount.
Q. Can I make my donation using my cell phone?
Yes. You can use a smartphone that allows you to make a credit/debit card purchases. Launch the web browser and visit weGiveCatholic.org to donate from your smartphone.
Q. May I use my #weGiveCatholic Giving Day donation to buy tickets, memberships, or other things that provide me a benefit?
No, donations may not be used to pay for anything that might be perceived as a material benefit to the donor including dinner tickets, membership fees, golf fees, admission tickets, raffle tickets, event sponsorships or other gifts.
Q. Can my company match my #weGiveCatholic Giving Day gift?
Yes! Make your gift, complete your company’s matching gift form, and follow your company’s matching gift procedures as usual. NOTE: Corporate matching gifts are NOT eligible for #weGiveCatholic Giving Day prizes.
Q. What if I notice a transaction error?
Donors who notice a credit card transaction error must notify the Catholic Community Foundation within 30 days.
Q. I have questions - Who can answer them?
#weGiveCatholic has partnered with the giving day platform, GiveGab. On the weGiveCatholic.org website, use the blue chat bubble on the bottom right-hand corner of any page to ask questions. You can also email email@example.com.