In service to the Catholic community in northwest Pennsylvania, the Catholic Foundation is assisting parishes in the Diocese of Erie by facilitating an important new trend: online giving.
Offertory giving during the stay-at-home-order brought on in March by the pandemic was especially problematic for parishes that did not have an online giving program. The Catholic Foundation responded by creating a tool every parish could use for offertory gifts. This effort was so well received, the Foundation continues to provide this service to parishes for the foreseeable future.
If you are unable to attend Mass for any reason, or simply find online giving to be more convenient, this option makes giving easy and safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some answers to common questions you may have about this initiative. If you need any additional information, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 824-1253.
Who is the Catholic Foundation of Northwest Pennsylvania?
The Catholic Foundation is an independent, nonprofit community foundation whose mission is to provide a permanent and secure funding stream to strengthen and grow the Church’s mission and ministries in northwest Pennsylvania. The Catholic Foundation is the only community foundation in the Diocese of Erie guided by Catholic values and investment principles.
Can I continue using my parish’s online giving platform?
Absolutely. If your parish has an established online giving platform, we strongly encourage you to continue utilizing it. You are also encouraged to take or mail in your regular offertory envelopes if that is your preferred method of giving. This online giving option is just one more way to make giving to your parish easy for you.
How will my parish know I donated?
Once a month the Foundation will provide your pastor a listing of donors and contributions. At that time, they will receive a check in the amount donated, less any credit card fees not covered by donors.
Are there any costs associated with utilizing the Foundation’s Parish Offertory giving platform?
The Catholic Foundation is providing this online giving tool free of charge to parishes to enable parishioners to make an online offertory gift to their parish. As with any online transaction, a 2-3% credit card processing fee will apply. You may elect to cover that fee after selecting your gift amount. No additional administrative fee from the Catholic Foundation or diocese will be charged to parishes when you donate to your parish on this site. Checks issued by the Foundation to your parish will be the net contribution of proceeds after deductions for standard credit card fees.
How do I cancel my recurring monthly offertory gift to my parish?
If you would like to cancel your recurring monthly offertory gift to your parish set up through this platform, please contact Julia Cooney at email@example.com or (814) 824-1253.