End of Year Appeal
We Need Your Help
Or We Won’t Be Able to Do All Our Work in 2013
Dear Friend of Catholic Answers,
We are rapidly coming to the end of the year. Soon 2012 will be behind us, and 2013 will begin.
At Catholic Answers, we need to prepare for that now.
You see, the end of the year is a very important time for us.
Like many nonprofit organizations, Catholic Answers depends heavily on the generosity of its donors at the end of the year—just before and after Christmas. And yes, I said Christmas.
That’s what we Catholics celebrate. Not nebulous, religiously-neutral “holidays” or a nonspecific “season” in whose name we greet each other.
We are celebrating the birth of Christ
Catholic Answers is all about promoting Christ and the Catholic faith. It’s what we do, day in and day out. This time of year is no exception.
We’re certainly not going to gloss over the extraordinary act of generosity that God showed the human race by allowing his only begotten Son to be born in human form and redeem us from our sins.
That divine generosity demands a response, and Catholic Answers responds by promoting the message of Christ year-round.
Many people respond by being financially generous so Catholic Answers can keep promoting this life-changing and soul-winning message.
It’s especially important that they do that in December
We know from our years—decades now—of experience that there is a rhythm to how donors are able to support Catholic Answers’ work.
Invariably, every summer our donations fall off as people go on vacation or do important summer projects.
That means that we need to make up that shortfall elsewhere in the year, and December is when we are best able to do that.
Donors experience the Christmas spirit of generosity as the holy day approaches, and they respond by helping us prepare to do our work in the coming year.
There’s also the matter of taxes
Of course, the tax year ends just after Christmas, and that gives people an extra reason to be generous at this time.
That’s especially the case now when there is talk of eliminating deductions.
Making a donation now will help Catholic Answers do more good, it will help reduce your own tax burden, and it will help keep more money out of the government’s wasteful hands.
Between Christmas generosity and the end of the tax year, Catholic Answers is really counting on your help right now, because here’s what we’re looking at . . .
We need to raise an extra $400,000 this December
That might sound like a lot, and it is, but because of the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to receive what we need to carry on our work.
In an ordinary month we might receive about $250,000 in donor support, but in December we need to receive an extra $400,000 ($650,000 in total donations) to make up the shortfall we will experience in coming months.
If it is at all possible, could you give a special year-end gift at this time—in addition to the support that you’ve already been able to offer?
We would much appreciate it. If we’re not able to raise the additional funds we need in December, we will not be in a position to do our work in 2013.
Without the resources we need for 2013, we will have to go into conservation mode, scaling back on or even canceling future plans so that we can survive the lean time of summer.
We don’t want to do that because . . .
We want to serve Christ to the best of our ability!
We want to make his teaching known far and wide, to as many people as possible.
That’s why we give away so much valuable, faith-building Catholic information for free:
Every weekday, we produce two hours of Catholic Answers Live, the most popular Catholic radio program in America, which delivers answers by top theologians and experts to thousands of people absolutely free (though it costs us $474,000 per year to produce the program).
- Twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, we maintain our website, catholic.com, which contains thousands of resources for people to learn about, defend, and share their faith. Catholic.com receives millions of visits a year. We provide all of this absolutely free (though it costs us $224,000 per year to produce and maintain the site—and keep it safe from the anti-Catholic hackers and vandals who are constantly attacking it).
- A particularly popular feature of the site is the Catholic Answers Forums, which has millions of visits a year. We provide this service absolutely free (though in addition to the other website costs, it costs us another $159,000 to maintain and protect the forums.)
- We employ a staff of full-time apologists to answer important questions from people around the country. These experts provide answers to thousands of questions every year absolutely free (though it costs us $225,000 per year to be able to provide this service).
These are just a few of the ways we deliver free, faith-building materials to people far and wide, including seminarians, prisoners, and military personnel overseas.
Plus, there are all our other activities, such as speaking at parishes, schools, and conferences; publishing books, booklets, DVDs, and audio sets; and producing our flagship publication, Catholic Answers Magazine.
Thus far we’ve been able to rely on the generosity of supporters like you to help us keep all of these apostolic efforts going, and now we need to ask for your assistance again.
Because we won’t be able to do all the things we need to in the coming year without your help this December.
Can you help us?
The amount of money we need to raise is significant, but it is doable, as the generosity of donors in previous years has shown us.
We need to receive gifts of all amounts:
- Some people may have been very blessed and may be able to send $5,000 or $2,500.
- Some may be able to give $1,000 or $500.
- Others may be able to give $250 or $75 or $50.
Whatever amount you can give this Christmas, we sincerely thank you for making it possible for us to serve Christ in the coming year by continuing to provide important, faith-building materials to thousands of people free of charge.
As a thank-you gift for your donation of $50 or more, we’d like to send you Pope Benedict XVI’s brand new book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.
It’s the Pope’s look at the early chapters of Matthew and Luke that deal specifically with Jesus’ birth and childhood.
But time is running out before Christmas and the end of the tax year.
May I hear from you today? Click here to donate.
Thank you very much, and Merry Christmas,
President, Catholic Answers
P.S. Don’t forget that to avoid delays or cuts in our apostolic work in the coming year, we need to raise an extra $400,000 this December, on top of the $250,000 we receive in donor support in a typical month.
As a special thank-you gift for your donation of $50 or more, we will send you Pope Benedict’s new book on the infancy of Christ—Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.