Frequently Asked Questions
MISSIO is the official online platform of the Holy Father's own Pontifical Mission Societies that allows people to sponsor a fundraiser for an overseas Mission project or embrace an existing project located in some of the 1,100 Catholic Dioceses of Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America. Platform users can also show support by donating directly to a project or sharing information about projects via social media.
Pope Francis launched MISSIO (the mobile app), from the Pontifical Mission Societies in May 2013 as a way to disseminate news of the heroic work being done over the world by Missionaries, local clergy and lay people. The latest version of MISSIO – expanded to include a new website – makes connecting with people and projects directly so much easier.
The Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, a 501(c)(3) corporation which is part of the Roman Catholic Church, created the MISSIO platform.
The Pontifical Mission Societies are institutions of the Universal Catholic Church and of each local church. National offices exist in more than 120 countries around the world including the United States. Central administrative offices are located in Rome, Italy, under the direction of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Holy Father.
The MISSIO platform gives you multiple options to make a real difference in the lives of others and guarantees that 100% of the money you raise or donate goes directly to fund projects in Mission countries. Most importantly, MISSIO offers you an unfiltered experience of communicating and supporting people directly: we present all the necessary information as well as access to the project leaders, and let you decide how you want to engage. You can ask questions; learn about what is really going on.
Yes, it is free to create a fundraiser on MISSIO and share it with everyone you know. And, what's even better is that once you start getting donations, 100% of the money raised will go to your cause.
The people leading MISSIO projects are engaged in a variety of holistic humanitarian activity, either through development projects that go to the heart of people's basic needs – caring for abandoned children in Egypt, teaching a child to read and write in Uganda, and fighting to stop and prevent human trafficking in Thailand, as examples – while in every moment, they offer spiritual comfort and guidance to the suffering and those in need.
We have more than 100 years experience of helping some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. Every year, the need outstrips our ability to respond adequately. Through MISSIO, we are opening up the entire process to direct participation by project leaders (applicants) and project fundraisers (individuals or parish and Catholic school-based participants) through a peer-to-peer digital platform so you can make your own decision, all within a safe environment that prevents misrepresentation, theft or fraud.
People like you from all over the world learn about and support projects through MISSIO. They come from all walks of life, and their common thread is a desire for authentic and sustainable change in our world - and to see that transformation happen with real time feedback.
We wish that we could! We know the quality of the people running the various projects and their commitment to helping those with whom they work. And there will be failures for sure, and things will not work out as planned. But you will see the whole process and have a unique way of participating. You may remain physically far away but you will become very close to the center of action.
How do you judge now? You feel touched and want to reach out and help and you have confidence in a particular group or because you trust a friend who asks you to help a worthy cause. This is similar, only now you will be able to ask questions, communicate with others who may more experience in this area. And over time, you will be able to evaluate project leaders through what they might have achieved previously. A record of success is sure to instill confidence that you're having a real impact in some people's lives.
A MISSIO Project is a project located in some of the poorest areas of the world operated mainly by priests and nuns/sisters mostly in Africa, Asia, Oceania and remote regions of Latin America. You follow the project's progress, offering financial support, insights from your own experience or highlighting the work being done through your own networks
Your donation to the MISSIO is 100% tax-deductible by US citizens and residents to the extent allowed by law. You'll automatically receive an email receipt that meets the IRS requirements for a record of your donation.
Security and privacy are of paramount important to us. MISSIO uses industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to keep all personal information secure. We encrypt all credit card information and securely transmit it to the CyberSource, the credit card processing industry leader, for processing. We do not retain any of your credit card information after the transaction has been processed, which eliminates any risk of future breaches. Monies raised are securely transferred through the Pope's official representative (the Apostolic Nunciato) for the country in which the project is located.
No. 100% of the donated money is transmitted directly to the project. We will, however, ask for a modest financing charge to cover the expenses related to operating the platform and to engage in education and training around MISSIO.
We take your privacy seriously. No payment information will ever be shared, and we will not sell our database to third parties. However, your profile's information will be viewable by other MISSIO users. You can elect to conceal your activities on the platform e.g. amount donated.
Once a project meets its funding goal, we transfer the funds to the recipient in the same safe and secure way we send funding from the Pontifical Mission Societies, through the Apostolic Nuncio (the Pope's representative) in a given country. This usually takes 10-15 business days, depending on the project's location. We can get funds just about anywhere in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Latin America in the local currency. Remember, people can donate to a Mission project from around the world in their own currency. We need to collect monies from around the world and send them through the Church's existing diplomatic network.