BECOME A VOLUNTEER
HOW YOU CAN HELP
In our baptism, we acknowledge that we are each called and gifted by God. We are asked to bring and share our gifts to our faith community and to the world. Parishioners have a choice of giving options when making contributions to Saint Gilbert Parish. Additional Information regarding these options is provided throughout the registration process:
Traditional weekly contribution envelopes are available through the parish office by calling (847) 223-4731. An initial set of envelopes will be given to you at your registration and thereafter the envelopes will be mailed to you directly, bi-monthly.
TEXT2GIVE is a new, easy way to support the mission of the parish.
STEP 1: Text the number (224) 219-0357 and enter the keyword for the donation you would like to make.
STEP 2: Hit SEND and follow the link. It's that easy! Donation keywords for giving: Regular Collection (Text: DONATE); Thanksgiving (Text: THANKS); Giving Tuesday (Text: GIVING); Christmas (Text: CHRISTMAS); Easter (Text: EASTER). This donation is highly secure.
These options are safe and secure, but most importantly it is a response to parishioners request to make it easier to give. Either option allows you to make automatically repeating payments on a schedule that you choose on any day you choose, or one-time payments using any credit card, debit card or electronic bank account. We believe that having a flexible online giving option will make it easier for many of you to support St. Gilbert.
Please also consider making a qualified charitable distribution (“QCD”) gift from your individual retirement account to Saint Gilbert Parish. A QCD gift (a.k.a. IRA charitable rollover) allows individuals age 70½ or older to authorize their IRA administrator to make a direct transfer of funds from their IRA to qualified charities, tax-free. A QCD does not generate taxable income, which may lower your annual income level, and the amount you transfer may count towards your required minimum distribution.
Planned Giving is another way to support our parish and its ministries. Planned Giving options include:
Charitable Gift Annuities
Life Insurance Policies
Wills or Trusts
If you would like more information on making a QCD or a Legacy Gift, please contact Sandra Garrity, Business Manager, at (847) 223-4731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit archchicago.giftplans.org.
As always, we thank you for your generosity and support!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ONLINE GIVING
What is an Automated Giving Program?
It is an automated means to financially support Saint Gilbert Parish through monthly contributions from your checking, savings or credit card account. There is NO cost to you to participate in the program.
What are the benefits to me?
Allows you to plan your giving in the same way you budget your other financial commitments.
You no longer have to be concerned about making up missed offertory donations when you are out of town, on vacation, ill, etc.
You can easily adjust the amount of your automated contribution (up or down) through the rectory or do it yourself via a secure website access or toll-free call.
You no longer have to write a check every week.
How does it relate to the use of the weekly envelopes?
If you choose to participate in the Automated Giving Program, then it replaces the use of weekly envelopes.
What happens to parishioners who feel uncomfortable not having to physically drop into the collection basket?
Special donation slips are available to be dropped into the collection basket for those enrolled in Give Central
How do I enroll?
You can enroll by filling out an enrollment form found in the information display in the narthex, at the rectory, signing up directly on the Give Central website at www.givecentral.org. The process takes less than three minutes.
Am I able to contribute to second collections including both parish and diocesan collections?
Yes, All automated giving participants have the opportunity to contribute to second and special collections at the parish, including Christmas, Easter, Peter's Pence, and more. Simply visit the site and select the icon for that collection.
How does a parishioner change his/her information, such as the amount of the donations, bank account number or mailing address?
Which payment methods are accepted?
Automated transfers from your checking or savings accounts or major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover may be used to make your donation contributions.
Does the parishioner receive receipts for tax purposes?
Yes all contributors enrolled with either WeShare (formerly Parish Pay) or Give Central can print out an annual receipt directly from the website every January, which they can use for IRS documentation or we will also send tax receipts for all contributors giving over $250.00 annually.
Can I donate a one-time gift or pledge for a specific term?
Yes, one time gifts are graciously accepted. Participants can also arrange for a specific amount to be paid over a number of months.
SAINT GILBERT FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
These consistent fundraising opportunities cost our parishioners no extra time or money, but raise necessary funds for our parish.
Plan ahead and earn a profit while shopping. We try to stock a variety of gift cards for all your shopping needs.
If we are out of stock, most cards can be ordered and delivered in two days. Just call the rectory for more information. Cards are sold after Mass, at School, or at the Rectory. Make every purchase profitable. Support the stores that support your Parish. Thank you for making a difference!
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to St. Gilbert Catholic School whenever you begin shopping, having selected St. Gilbert Catholic School as your charitable organization. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
TAX CREDIT INFORMATION
In August 2017, the State of Illinois passed a bill that creates a new way to fund scholarships for children who choose to attend private schools through the “Invest in Kids Act.” Through this program, students have access to scholarships that could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees.
Please consider applying for a 2020 tax credit and donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization. Individuals and corporations will receive a 75 percent Illinois state tax credit for donations made to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), created to distribute the scholarships. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with the SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. Join us in providing a quality Catholic education to more students. Visit Tax Credit Scholarship Information for more information, or contact the Tax Credit Scholarship Office at the archdiocese at email@example.com or (312) 534-2617.