HENEVER I HAVE MADE an appeal for funds—which is my responsibility as Watershed President—our readers have responded with great generosity. I recently created a 5-part series [01 02 03 04 05] asking for funds in a “sneaky” way.
Only a handful responded.
So the sneaky way seems to have failed; but I’m torn on this issue. On one hand, we’re doing just fine. We have generous donors who give $5.00 per month, and we pay our bills. On the other hand, there are important projects which we ardently desire to tackle.
Do you feel called by our Savior to assist?
We’re a 100% volunteer organization—so why do we need funding? Because certain items require money, such as improvements to the website. 1 You’ve probably noticed our website avoids many common pitfalls of Catholic blogs. It loads fast, lacks obnoxious ads, provides quality content, and utilizes graphics properly. This requires tremendous efforts, and the young man running our site (who lives in Mexico) gets paid when the website breaks and needs to be fixed. We also pay young Catholics to do certain tasks, 2 such as scanning books—which is what Christian justice demands. We also have many bills you may not expect: web hosting, software, backups, and so forth. Occasionally, we purchase rare books for scanning. PayPal also takes money from us, which is called “the cost of doing business.”
Here’s the bottom line: if anyone wants to become a monthly donor, we need your help. But if God’s plan is for us to stay exactly where we are—even if it means neglecting some important projects and improvements—may His Holy Will be done.
THE FOLLOWING HAS NOTHING to do with our fundraiser—sorry to be random!—but listen to the 38:00 marker:
After those experiences, how cool is it that Dr. Scott Hahn still converted?
NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:
1 We’d be happy to use a volunteer webmaster, but such a person must demonstrate knowledge of DJANGO & PYTHON.
2 Watershed has scanned and uploaded something like 200,000 pages of rare books. I’ve done some scanning (as a volunteer) but I cannot do it all myself.