“Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.” (2 Cor 4:15)
Yesterday was a great day. 447 donors from 42 different states. Your gifts more than doubled the support from last year’s anniversary, far exceeding our goal. The many graces that come with receiving this overwhelming sense of support and generosity is a testament to why we do what we do here at America Media.
We talk a lot about pursuing the truth, telling stories that matter and leading the conversation. And these are certainly things we do well: we’re honest, we’re fearless, we lead. And in the last year, we reached new milestones across all our different platforms. Our 110-year-old organization now has 100,000 newsletter subscribers, 1 million monthly website visitors, and was able to reach more people than ever before with our community watching 6.8 million minutes of videos and listening to 39.4 million minutes of our podcasts.
How is this possible? Because of you. You give us hope when we’re reporting on challenging issues in the church. You give us courage to lead fearlessly and pursue the truth in our editorial coverage, when telling the truth isn’t easy. You empower our work, each and every day, by sending in your letters of support, by sharing our content, by subscribing to our newsletters and podcasts, by reading our flagship magazine and by coming on pilgrimage with us.
And the comments attached to your donations! As a fundraiser, they show me, time and time again, why I’m grateful for being part of this ministry.
“I give to keep the conversation of inclusiveness, interconnectedness, wisdom, compassion, insight and broad perspective going.”
“I give because America is filled with informative and inspiring writing that helps my family stay connected to our Catholic faith.”
Where do I see grace? It’s in statements like these.
We can’t do it without you, nor would we want to. The loyalty, support and engagement of our readership and viewership is unmatched. Yes, the outpouring of generosity and support on our anniversary was outstanding, but the grace that comes with being charged—and supported—by you to labor in this ministry, is the real gift.
Thank you. Thank you for your generosity on our anniversary, and most of all, thank you for lifting up our staff here at America Media, now more than ever.