Many of you are aware that we have been going through the process of becoming a “non-profit”. Last week, we received our letter from the IRS accepting our application and making us an official tax-exempt organization – a public charity with 501(c)(3) status. This means that donations to 1P5 are now tax-deductible. It also means that foundations can make charitable gifts and grants to us as well.
The timing seems providential.
I’ve heard from a number of people this week who are disheartened at the financial activities and associations of certain well-known Catholic organizations. More than once on social media I’ve seen requests for suggestions on worthwhile apostolates and religious orders where faithful Catholics can make charitable contributions. We hope that if you find our work valuable for the life of the Church, you will consider making a contribution to 1P5. We are committed to putting your resources to good use in our pursuit of a restored and revived Catholic Faith.
We’ve already got quite a lot to show for our efforts. In less than 120 days of operation, we have had over 1 million pageviews from Catholics around the globe. We’ve created an online content library that touches on nearly every aspect of the faith, with hundreds of articles from some of the best Catholic writers in the world today. We’ve produced eleven podcasts with informative, entertaining, and engaging Catholic content and guests. We’ve begun the project of building a resource library for Catholics that includes helpful prayers, links to talks, and sample correspondence for addressing issues in your parish or diocese. With the end of 2014 in sight, we are exploring additional content options for the future, including resources for parishes and catechists, e-books, and more. There is so much we want to do!
But we need your help to keep going. So far, we’ve raised only a little less than half of our $30,000 goal for 2014. Please make a contribution and help us continue to build and grow 1P5.
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We need funding to pay our staff and writers and cover our growing set of technical costs. As our website grows in popularity, so does our workload and our expenses. Even a small donation can help to make this happen.
In addition to donating, we ask that you please consider visiting our sponsors. If you’re using an ad blocker on your browser, we ask that you allow it to show our ads so that you can see the fine products and services our advertisers have to offer. We promise we won’t inundate you with popups and videos that play without your consent. We keep our ads where they should be – near, but not in the way of our content. We work directly with each advertiser to make sure they represent products and services that you can feel good about purchasing. We do not accept advertisements from unknown organizations, and all ads are personally reviewed by our staff.
Finally, if you’ll be shopping online for Christmas this year at Amazon.com, we ask that you visit our 1P5 Amazon Web Store, or click through one of our Amazon affiliate links before making a purchase. All purchases made on Amazon after following a link from 1P5 will earn us a referral fee, whether you buy one of our recommended books or a new coffee maker. Every little bit helps, and it comes at no cost to you. You can follow the link to our Amazon store in the sidebar of every page of the site, or just have a look at it here:
As always, I want to thank you for reading and sharing our work. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is that I keep hearing about new people who have discovered 1P5 and now make it a routine stop for Catholic news, analysis, and information. We are not just a faceless organization. We are real people — clergy and laity alike — who truly love the Catholic Church and her mission, given to her by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and guided by the love of Our Blessed Mother.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know.
I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Advent.
Publisher & Executive Director
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher and Executive Director of OnePeterFive.com. He received his BA in Communications and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2001. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Crisis Magazine, EWTN, Huffington Post Live, The Fox News Channel, Foreign Policy, and the BBC. Steve and his wife Jamie have seven children.