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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am from the United States, is my donation tax-deductible?Our Lady of Argyll and the Isles (OLAATI) Charity is a United States 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit (Tax ID: 92-1437703), with donations generally tax deductible as allowed by law.
What will my donation support?Financial contributions by our generous US donors across the 50 States support active Priest stipends and the training of Seminarians to ensure the Holy Mass is locally available where possible in our remote parishes. They also assist supporting ill and Retired Priests who have donated a life of service to the Diocese and their communities, as well as critically supporting the heavy financial burden of the many urgent building repairs required to rescue, maintain and preserve the beautiful churches gracing the Islands, Lochs and Glens of Western and Northern Scotland. Donors have the option to direct their donations to one of these causes, or give to the General Fund, where Bishop Brian can use it in the area of greatest need.
Why should I give to a place that I have never been?OLAATI is an international effort to support the priests, parishes, and communities of the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles in Scotland. As vocations drop and the number of parishes, chapels, and missions are exceeding the number of priests available to serve, the amount of charitable giving has dropped as well. Aging structures make the upkeep of our parishes harder, and a lack of available priests leaves many without regular access to the Mass. By bringing together the larger body of the church, OLAATI aims to help support and preserve the Catholic way of life in the Western Isles of Scotland and strengthen the Diocese in both funds and numbers. Your support not only fuels our ongoing initiatives but also dares us to dream bigger, envisioning pathways to touch lives in deeper and more meaningful ways. It is a ray of hope with a gleam that can rival the Scottish sun breaking through the clouds. Someday we hope to share our cèilidhs, tartans, warm cups of steaming tea, and a wee dram in person. Our beloved land and Church is a welcoming haven where the traditions of Scotland mingle harmoniously with the faith that binds us.
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