Last night, I got an email from a donor:
Did you make your 2015 fundraising goal? I sent a last-minute donation and would to know if you made it. Can’t find the info.
The reason the info wasn’t visible is that we archive our fundraisers at the end of each month. We do this so we can shoot for manageable goals – $10,000/month, which should be doable with close to 200,000 monthly readers. (I can only imagine what it’s like to be fundraising for the big publications that bring in a quarter million dollars in their Christmas campaigns. I was getting those emails from some of them right up until December 31.)
So, the short answer is: yes, we made our goal.
In fact, we were over by about a thousand dollars. 183 donors contributed $11,206.95, pushing us over the top for the first time in 2015!
I cannot thank you all enough. Of course, we have Masses said for our donors on the 2nd of every month, and my family and I remember you all in our rosaries. (The IRS even remembers you during tax-deduction season!)
We were, of course, deeply underfunded for the year, so this only gives us a little breathing room. Bills got paid in December, and most will be paid in January. But we need to keep going.
I’m asking that you please keep us in your consideration this year. Some of our supporters have told us that they make us a part of their tithing. Others set up recurring, monthly donations (which helps to give us some stability in our revenue so we can better plan.) Everything helps. We can’t get by without our donors, large and small alike.
If you want to help support the site this year, you can always go to www.onepeterfive.com/donate. The more often we hit our financial goals, the more we can do.
God bless you all, and thank you so much for your support.
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.