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On Giving Tuesday, ‘Give Catholic’

Nov. 28 event lets donors give one-time, online, exclusively to archdiocesan causes

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MIAMI | You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now you can add Giving Tuesday to your post-Thanksgiving lexicon.

It’s a worldwide day for giving to charitable causes, taking place the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.. This year, that’s Nov. 28.

For the first time, the Archdiocese of Miami will be taking part. But instead of generic giving to worldwide charitable causes, the Development Office is asking Miami’s Catholics to #GiveCatholic for #GivingTuesday.

Give Catholic. And give local. That means, give to your local parish, school or archdiocesan entity.

Giving Tuesday works much like Give Miami Day, which took place Nov. 16. Many archdiocesan parishes and schools have begun participating in Give Miami Day in recent years. It’s a 24-hour period — from midnight to 11:59 p.m. — during which donors give cash (actually, debit or credit cards) to local nonprofits.

The minimum gift is $25. No long-term pledges are allowed. Donors may only give once that day, and only via the online interface, although they can split their gift among various entities.

The difference between Giving Tuesday and Give Miami is that Giving Tuesday is an “all in the family” affair. Donors’ names remain with the parishes or schools to which they give. The donors receive an automatic email from the archdiocese confirming their gift. And parishes, schools and entities incur no cost in registering as a Giving Tuesday recipient.

“Designing and implementing an archdiocesan-wide Giving Tuesday platform is our way of offering our parishes, schools and programs an opportunity to promote their good work and seek funding support for it,” said Katie Blanco Bourdeau, archdiocesan director of development. “By designing our own Giving Tuesday platform, the development office is able provide them the resources to run a successful Giving Tuesday campaign, free of charge, so they only have to focus on promoting their vision and mission without being burdened by the operations and processing.”

For Giving Tuesday, the Development Office has created an exclusive site where Catholics can give to local parishes, schools and other church programs: https://givecatholicgt.org.

So far, 10 parishes, 10 schools and 7 entities have signed up for #GiveCatholic #GivingTuesday. The hope is that more will sign up next year, as the program becomes better known.

“This archdiocesan-wide development effort reinforces the universality of our Church and diocese by bringing us together,” said Blanco Bourdeau. “Any opportunity we have to come together to advance the mission of our beautiful Church is a win.” 

Participating entities

Parishes

  1. St. Pius X
  2. St. Louis
  3. Our Lady of Holy Rosary/ St. Richard
  4. St. Joseph
  5. Santa Barbara
  6. St. Agnes
  7. St. Boniface
  8. Mother of Our Redeemer
  9. Our Lady of Guadalupe
  10. St. Rose of Lima

Schools

  1. St. Louis
  2. St. John Neumann
  3. ADOM Virtual School
  4. St. Timothy
  5. Immaculata-La Salle High 
  6. Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
  7. St. Brendan High
  8. Mother of Our Redeemer
  9. St. John the Apostle
  10. St. Rose of Lima

Programs

  1. Catholic Legal Services
  2. Catholic Health Services
  3. Morningstar Renewal Center
  4. Catholic Cemeteries
  5. Respect Life
  6. UM College Campus Ministry
  7. Catholic Charities

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