One of the things I really wanted to avoid when I started OnePeterFive is the tendency certain organizations have of pestering you with requests for financial support. From my own experience, these were the kinds of things that always wound up in my spam folder, because it was just too much.
You may have guessed that I’m not a professional fundraiser. I don’t know the science of saying magic words that open wallets and pocketbooks. My skill is finding, writing, and publishing the best Catholic content I can get my hands on from the most talented writers I know.
But we’re in trouble. I’m just one guy wearing all the hats: publisher, editor, web, IT, podcaster, producer, content procurator, etc. I spend my mornings, noons, and nights working on 1P5. I don’t have time for another full-time job. I keep all the work in-house. I even run the site from a home-office, despite the need for a studio, because it keeps our costs down. But not low enough.
Our donations this month haven’t even come close to the mark.
We’ve reached hundreds of thousands of readers and served up over two million pages of content. The message is getting out there, but it costs money to produce.
So I’m making a special appeal to you. I believe in the mission of 1P5, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. We have some new and exciting opportunities in front of us, and I want to build on our successes and grow even more. But we are literally not making ends meet. I’m praying and working hard, but If I can’t get our donations where they need to be, it’s time for me to start sending out resumes. The odds of the site surviving at that point diminish drastically.
I don’t like asking for things, but I have no choice. We need your help. If you believe in what we’re doing, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
All of our March donors will be remembered, along with their intentions, at a Mass at the Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Charles Town, WV, on April 2nd.
Thank you for your support!
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.