Dear Catholic Exchange Community:
“Why would a housewife need a personal computer?”
When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak first pitched their idea of making personal computers, the investors didn’t quite get it. And though the “smart-money” turned out to be incredibly stupid for missing the investment of a lifetime, in the beginning, Jobs and Wozniak were rarely able to explain their vision.
With what they could scrape together, they forged ahead, eventually building an empire. Along the way they learned that building their dreams was the best way to explain where they wanted to bring everyone. The world just needed time to catch up.
I’m hardly Jobs or Wozniak, Catholic Exchange is not Apple, but I sometimes feel in a similar position when meeting with potential donors. When I share our vision of where we are going and how we will get there, I sense support but also disbelief:“He’s going to make a website magazine do all that? Good luck, Jack!”
When Jobs and Wozniak put Apple products in peoples’ hands, they said, “Oooohhhh, we like this!”
With the new design at Catholic Exchange, we are hearing people say, “Oooohhh, we like this!” The numbers tell the story: our audience has increased 50%, in less than a month.
With “Ask a Monk” we’ve adapted technology to a spiritual use in a way no one ever has before. Prior to launching this feature, when I talked to folks about “Ask a Monk” they often looked at me as though I were crazy.
We needed to get the product in your hands so you could get just a taste of our vision to make Catholic Exchange unlike any Catholic website.
As we always have, we will continue to publish great writing and inspiring articles, but there’s so much more.
- Evangelizing around the globe in several major languages
- Original video programming that becomes an integral part of our weekly reporting.
- Online education affiliated with top tier institutions
- Resource libraries for major life challenges
- Small group discussions in safe-and-secure monitored settings
- Connecting volunteers with a wide array of Catholic apostolates
This is our vision and it’s far from crazy.
Catholic Exchange can do everything I’ve listed—and I mean, everything—for a surprisingly minimal investment. We can reach a global audience of tens of millions with the truth of the Catholic Faith. We can bring the Light of Christ to those who need it most. But we cannot do this alone.
I need your help—and I need it today. We have a sustainable model that will enable Catholic Exchange to operate in perpetuity, but we must finish building the infrastructure first.
To reach our goal of $20,000 by Easter I’m asking you to prayerfully consider making a sacrificial Lenten gift to Catholic Exchange today.
We can’t lose our forward momentum. We can’t lose all that Catholic Exchange offers. We can’t lose all the potential for evangelization that is before us.
I ask that you prayerfully consider making a sacrificial Lenten gift to Catholic Exchange today. Will you click here to donate $10, or $25, or $50, or $100, or even $500 or $1,000? No gift is too small—and no gift is too large. I will be deeply grateful for whatever you can do to help us bring souls closer to Christ.
Whatever amount you decide to give, I ask that you give it today—and please be as generous as you possibly can.
P.S. Once you decide the amount of your gift, will you consider donating to Catholic Exchange on a monthly basis? If enough supporters agree to do this, I can devote my full attention to bringing you and others the very best the Catholic Church has to offer.