Become a Sustaining Member of CatholicCulture.org!
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Hi, Jeff Mirus here, with some thoughts on the future of CatholicCulture.org.
In one month I will turn 71, so it is past time to begin preparing for the next generation of leadership for this Catholic apostolate.
Now I’m in good health, thanks be to God, so I see no reason now why I should not continue to be involved for some years. But I do not have the energy I had when I founded Trinity Communications thirty-four years ago, and I would dearly love to be able to concentrate more on writing well of Christ and His Church and less on management, technology and, above all, fundraising.
The key to an effective transition to new and younger leadership will be the stabilization of CatholicCullture.org’s income. This will let us know what we can pay sound, talented Catholics who understand what needs to be said and done going forward in the quest for authentic Catholic renewal.
And the key to stable income is increased monthly pledges.
Right now, pledges constitute about a third of our income. The rest comes through constant fundraising, especially in our Spring and Fall campaigns. CatholicCulture.org will be a far stronger platform for the next generation of leadership if we can increase the pledge base to provide, say, two-thirds of our income.
Today I am asking you to help lay the foundation for the generation to come by becoming what we call a Sustaining Member—a Sustaining Member of CatholicCulture.org. This simply means that you make an ongoing monthly pledge of $5.00 or more.
You can, of course, change your pledge amount or even cancel your pledge at any time, by logging into your account (or by sending me an email). Also, I won’t let you forget you are expending these funds: No, once a year I remind all of our pledged supporters that they should consider whether they need to alter their pledges in light of their current financial situations.
Now, to make a monthly pledge, simply use our online donation form by clicking on the link below. Indicate the amount you wish to donate, and, in response to the next question about becoming a sustaining member, select “Yes, please charge this amount each month to make me a Sustaining Member.”
I hope you will become a pledged Sustaining Member. Your support will enable me to keep writing while selecting and preparing the next generation of leadership for CatholicCulture.org.
Thanks, and may God bless you for your participation in our mission to enrich faith, strengthen the Church, and form a truly Catholic culture—for generations to come.
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Posted by: Jeff Mirus -
Jan. 17, 2019 11:41 AM ET USA
FredC: You raise a good question, but we stick to monthly pledges for this reason: We used to offer both annual and monthly options years ago, but we found that those who had pledges that fired less than monthly often ended up contesting the charges. They simply did not remember that they had an ongoing pledge. We have one variation, a "summer pledge" campaign for June, July, and August, in which we always get a few people who are willing to help just for one Summer, 3 months and done.
Posted by: FredC -
Jan. 16, 2019 11:02 AM ET USA
How about pledges for other periods of time (annual, quarterly, etc.)?