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OTG: Pro-life crowdfunding and Catholic Netflix

By Thomas Van (bio - articles - email) | Feb 20, 2017

I’d like to call our readers’ attention to two worthy new enterprises which look to fill significant gaps in the Catholic internet.

First is a pro-life crowdfunding site called WonderWe. At first I wondered what the need for such a site would be, but as it turns out, mainstream sites like GoFundMe and Kickstarter have often taken down pro-life campaigns while allowing pro-abortion ones (even fundraising for a specific individual’s abortion). Of course, you can start a WonderWe campaign for all sorts of projects, not just (in the narrow sense) pro-life ones. I saw campaigns to raise funds for Catholic schools, for earthquake relief, and for individuals’ medical treatment. One more thing—unlike many other crowdfunding sites, WonderWe does not take a percentage of funds raised (though there is a standard, third-party credit card processing fee on each transaction).

There’s also now, for lack of a better description, a Catholic version of Netflix: Formed. An enterprise of the solidly orthodox Augustine Institute, Formed is a monthly subscription service giving access to a plethora of Catholic video, audio and book content. It looks like Formed has an excellent collection of content so far—not just catechesis and apologetics programs, but also a great selection of films. Think the sort of content you’d find in the Ignatius catalogue—CCC cartoons for kids, documentaries about the Church, feature films about saints, etc. There is also a sizable Spanish-language selection. For an individual this costs $9.99 per month (comparable to other streaming sites), but Formed also offers an option for parishes that gives access to all parishioners.

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Thomas Van is an administrative assistant and writer at CatholicCulture.org. A jazz pianist with a music degree, he often takes the lead in our commentary on the arts. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Paul - Ave Law '07 - Feb. 21, 2017 8:26 AM ET USA

    Thomas - Given several pro-life projects that Kickstarter has declined to list, I can understand why you _want_ to like WonderWe. At the same time, when I click over to that site, and observe that none of its existing campaigns have received a donation in the last two weeks, it just feels to me that - like http://flowerfund.com/browse/ - WonderWe is a kind of 'Catholic-ghetto alternative option' that is not ready for prime time. WonderWe certainly does not merit billing above Formed.org