Frequently Asked Questions

How does my gift to Our Catholic Appeal help my own parish?

Gifts to Our Catholic Appeal fund diocesan-wide ministries that benefit all of the parishes and missions in the Diocese of Orlando.  Some of the services that are available to our parishes –and parishioners - as a result of gifts to Our Catholic Appeal include catechist certification; access to marriage preparation and marriage enrichment opportunities; leadership training for a variety of parish ministries, assistance with music and liturgy needs; and support services for parish schools.  

Can I make a gift of stock to support Our Catholic Appeal?

Yes! A gift of stock is an excellent way to support the programs and ministries of our diocese. If the stocks have appreciated in value, your gift may now be worth significantly more than your initial cost, and in most cases you will be able to avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation.  For more information or to download the necessary forms, please visit our page on stock gifts.

Does Our Catholic Appeal qualify for matching gift programs?

If you or your spouse works for an employer with a matching gift program, you may be able to double or even triple the value of your gift! To find out if your employer has a matching gift program, contact your company's personnel or human resources office. If your company is eligible, please request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. 

Can I have my pledge payments deducted from my checking or savings account?

If you use a debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo, you can have your monthly pledge payments deducted automatically. It’s a convenient way to give, and you won’t have to worry about monthly pledge reminders. You can use your debit card to make a gift online or you can speak directly with our Gift Manager at (407) 246-7185.

Can I make my gift with a credit or debit card?

Yes.  You can even use your credit or debit card to make your gift online. It’s a convenient and secure way to support the work of our diocesan ministries. If you prefer to speak to someone, our Gift Manager will be happy to help you. Please call (407) 246-7185 or email

Will I receive a pledge reminder?

We will mail you a pledge reminder at the beginning of every month unless you have opted to have your payments deducted automatically from your credit or debit card. If you prefer not to receive a pledge reminder, we will, of course, honor your wishes.

Can I make a gift online?

Yes! Online giving is a convenient and secure way to support the work of our diocesan ministries. With our online giving feature, you can use your credit or debit card to make a new gift or to make a payment on an existing pledge. Your gift will go to work right away and make an immediate difference in the lives of others. 

When will I get a letter for my income tax?

Letters for income tax purposes are mailed in January to all donors who have made a total gift of $250 or more to Our Catholic Appeal, Alive in Christ, or both.  

Is my gift legally binding?

No.  Your pledge is an intention, made in good faith, to give a certain amount, but you are under no legal obligation to fulfill the pledge. We hope you will make every effort to complete your pledge, but only you can decide whether your initial commitment is still right for you.


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