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FAQs | Archdiocese of Miami Development Office

Find answers to  frequently asked questions.

Can I designate my ABCD donation?2020-12-30T21:51:15+00:00

Yes, you can designate your ABCD donation.  However, a designation can only be made to a program funded by ABCD.  If you have questions regarding designations, please contact Katie Blanco Bourdeau , J.D., CFRE at (305) 762-1053 or kblanco@theadom.org.

How is the goal for my parish determined?2020-12-30T21:50:17+00:00

The parish ABCD goals are calculated by the Chancery using a performance-based formula.

Does my parish get credit for the ABCD?2020-12-30T21:49:27+00:00

If you include your parish name on your pledge card or information, your parish will be credited your donation.  If you would like to apply your gift to multiple parishes, please contact the Development Office.

What does ABCD support?2020-12-30T21:48:49+00:00

Click here for the breakdown of how ABCD is allocated.

Why is it important for us to support the Archbishops Charities and Development Drive (ABCD) campaign?2020-12-30T21:48:07+00:00

Your support helps those whose needs are the greatest – the poor, the vulnerable, those on the margins of our society. The ABCD helps supports the many ministries of the Catholic Church in the three counties of our Archdiocese – these ministries represent concrete ways in which we perform what are called the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. By supporting the ABCD, you are helping the ministries which exist to reintroduce hope into our world.

When does the ABCD campaign end?2020-12-30T21:46:43+00:00

Each ABCD campaign runs from January of any given year to the following February 28th.  The purpose of extending the campaign an extra month is that it provides many of our parishioners some additional time to fulfill their commitments without overlapping with the upcoming campaign since its pledge billing begins in March of each year.  

Can donors pay a portion or all their pledge with stock?2020-12-30T21:45:33+00:00

Yes. For further information, please contact the Development Office at (305) 762-1243.

How do I update my contact information?2020-12-30T21:44:43+00:00

To edit your contact information such as your address, phone number, etc., please call the Development Office at (305) 762-1243 or email development@theadom.org.

Is my credit card information secure?2020-12-30T21:44:03+00:00

All credit card information is secure.  Upon entering the credit card information into the database, it is immediately encrypted.  When charging the credit card according to the selected pledge schedule, the database communicates with the credit card charging platform through a secure server using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

When are credit cards billed?2020-12-30T21:41:08+00:00

If you have selected to pay your pledge via credit cards, please note that credit cards are charged during the last week of each month.

Who do I make my check payable to?2020-12-30T21:40:31+00:00

Please make your checks payable to “ABCD.”

When does billing begin? When does it end?2020-12-30T21:40:01+00:00

ABCD billing begins in March of each campaign year and continues through February of the following year or until fulfilled.

Who do I contact with questions/credit card changes or to update information?2020-12-30T21:37:59+00:00

Please contact the Development Office at (305) 762-1243 or (305) 762-1016.

Are IRA rollover gifts an option for giving to this campaign?2020-12-30T21:59:11+00:00

If you are 70½ or older, the IRA rollover is a great way for you to make a gift to support the ABCD Campaign. IRA rollover gifts can make a huge difference. These gifts will help sustain us in our important work to strengthen our community. For more information on making an IRA Rollover gift to the campaign, contact the Development Office at (305) 762-1243.

Will my Employer match my gift made to the ABCD?2020-12-30T21:36:05+00:00

While every company’s matching gift guidelines is different, each company normally addresses the matching gift eligibility of religious based organizations. The ABCD is not a religious organization but an ongoing and independently run program affiliated with a religious organization, The Archdiocese of Miami. Gifts made to the ABCD are restricted to nonsectarian projects that provide needed social services to the community at large on a nondiscriminatory basis without any religious teaching, directive or requirements to receive services (e.g. a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, a food bank, etc.).

When will the donors receive their tax receipts?2020-12-30T21:35:09+00:00

For all contributions of $250 or more, receipts will be sent to donors in January for prior tax year purposes. All gifts received/postmarked by December 31st qualify to receive a tax receipt for the prior calendar year. 

When will I get a tax receipt?2020-12-30T21:34:08+00:00

Tax receipts are issued in January of each year and represents the aggregate gift made in the previous calendar year.  Tax receipts are automatically issued for all aggregate gifts equal to or greater than $250.00.

Tax receipts for aggregate gifts less than $250.00 are issued upon request.  If you would like to receive a tax receipt, please contact the Development Office at (305) 762-1243.

Why do we have Commitment Weekend/In Pew Solicitation when the parishioners are already asked via email?2020-12-30T21:33:04+00:00

This is a unique opportunity for all parishes to unite as a universal Church to support the Archdiocese of Miami.  Moreover, no amount of follow-up mailings is as effective as the promotion of the initial mailing by the Pastor during their in-pew solicitation.  The ABCD video is also a powerful tool in promoting the ABCD; however, the video alone cannot be the only promotion of the ABCD at the parish level.  Pastoral leadership is essential during Commitment Weekend.  

Why should I contribute?2020-12-30T21:31:56+00:00

The Scriptures are unambiguous about God’s concern for the poor.  Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land (Deut. 15:11; Isa. 58:6-12).  Jesus showed a preferential option for the poor.  As the example of the saints has taught us, in loving and serving the poor, we too love and serve Jesus Himself.

Together, as one family of God, we continue to build the Kingdom of God in our Archdiocese.  Through the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive (ABCD), in the past year alone, you are helping to train the largest group of seminarians the Archdiocese has enjoyed in many years; through ABCD you are assisting our most needy Catholic elementary and high schools, and you are continuing to support the evangelization efforts within our migrant community in south Dade.  Thanks to your support of ABCD our Respect Life ministry continues to grow opening this year a new pregnancy assistance center in Broward County. We are, once again, ministering to seafarers whose work on cargo and cruise ships bring them to the Port of Miami and Port Everglades.  Also, thanks to your continued generosity, we have been able to reduce the heavy burden of debt on some of the poorest of our parishes allowing the parish’s limited resources to support its ministerial works.  These are extraordinary accomplishments – all made possible because of you!

Your generous and unwavering support of the ABCD is a witness to your faith. Propelled by hope, we can and will move forward “towards a sure future”.   Thank you for considering our Church and her many life changing ministries when sharing your blessings by making a gift to ABCD.

Does the ABCD pay for any legal settlements?2020-12-30T21:31:12+00:00

No. Gifts to the ABCD supports the Safe Environment Program, which is key to making sure that people can confidently bring their children to encounter Jesus in our churches and schools. Thanks to your support of the ABCD, our parishes and schools are – without exaggeration – the safest environment for children in our country today. The Bishops of the U.S. have implemented since 2002 the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People.

Where do I send my payment?2020-12-30T20:42:10+00:00

Donations and pledge payments can be sent to: ABCD, 9401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami Shores, FL 33138.  Please do not send cash.

What forms of gifts do you accept?2020-12-30T22:00:34+00:00

An ABCD gift can be made a variety of ways, including but not limited to cash, credit card, stock donations, donor advised funds, and more.  For more information on the types of gifts accepted, please contact Katie Blanco Bourdeau, J.D., CFRE at (305) 762-1053 or kblanco@theadom.org.

The Church is called to be an “advocate of justice and of the poor” in the face of intolerable social and economic inequalities, which “cry to heaven”. Your gift to the ABCD helps the Church here in South Florida to walk with the poor as their friend.

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