It’s the 15th of the month again, and that means it’s time for our monthly fundraiser.
I have just four quick things to say:
First, I’d like to thank all of you who have given so far this month, or throughout this year. Your support and generosity have been nothing short of amazing during what has really been a grueling 2017, and we couldn’t have done this without you!
Second, I’d like to make a special appeal to all of you who have not yet given a gift in support of our work, and ask you to prayerfully consider making this your first time. We provide our content to you free of charge, but we simply ask that if you find it valuable, you make a tax-deductible contribution of any amount, no matter how large or small, in support of our efforts.
Third, I hear from people all the time who don’t realize we have an option to donate by mail. You can do so by filling out the form on this page and mailing it in with your check to the address provided. Remember, you only need to fill out the form the first time you mail a check so that we can create a donor profile for you. After that, we’ll have you in the system. Also, for those of you who given through your Fidelity Charitable accounts, we are now in their electronic system, making us easier to find than ever. No mailings required!
Fourth (and finally), I’d like to continue our push to build up to 400 recurring $50 monthly donors. Since our last campaign where we explained the idea of “The 400”, we have increased our monthly recurring donations by just over $900, which is equivalent to 18 new $50/month donors. Added to the 24 who were already donating $50 or more per month, that means we’re now at 42 out of 400. Not a bad start, but we certainly have room to grow. (And setting up a recurring donation requires just one extra click — see our brief video walkthrough here!)
Remember, the reason why we’re looking for recurring donors is so that we can count on a certain amount of income. This could ultimately mean fewer fundraising campaigns, and a lot better planning on our part.
One thing several people wrote to us about is setting up recurring donations of less than $50/month. Of course any amount is wonderful, and we’d be just as happy with 800 $25 donors or 1600 $12.50 donors, etc. But out of hundreds of thousands of readers each month — millions over the course of the year — we’re targeting a reasonable number we think we can reach that will set our feet on firmer financial footing. Just 400 people giving $50/month. We know not everyone can do this, but some can. This goal is attainable with your help!
As 2017 winds to a close, we still have a lot to do, and things are not slowing down. Please help us to fill in the gap and close out this month’s fundraiser as soon as possible so we can keep our focus on more important things!
Thank you as always for your readership and support.
Publisher & Executive Director
Steve Skojec is the Founding Publisher 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 eight children. You can find more of his writing at his Substack, The Skojec File.