I’m a pastor, and I’m asking for your money.
I’m no televangelist, though, just a humble blogger with a religious bent and political awareness, who recognizes that there are costs to running a blog that must be met.
I’m talking about tech support. I’m talking about equipment. I’m talking about paying a living wage to the folks who edit and write and run this place. I’m talking about nuts and bolts and kibble for the squirrels that keep power going to the servers.
As a pastor, I know about people banding together to support an organization they believe in. Every fall for more than twenty years, I’ve worked with finance committees and councils to plan for the coming year’s programs, make personnel decisions, squeeze every drop out of our equipment and facilities, figure out where to focus our energies and resources, and decide which projects beyond the four walls of the church we want to support. And every fall, I’ve worked with ordinary folks to bring in the money that will make it all possible. Without the support of the community, all the work of the planners and leaders means nothing.
It’s not so different around here. FDL is a voluntary organization, with no entrance fee at the door. You can come in, sing the songs, listen to what’s being said, and talk about it all downstairs with everyone else who drops by. There’s no cover charge, no ticket needed, and no “minimum donation” required before you can jump in.
But as regulars can tell you, FDL is not free.
No, FDL gets under your skin and makes you think. It makes you ask questions like “got a link for that?” and “who’s paying you today, Mr/Ms Spin Doctor?” and “what do I (or you) really believe in?” FDL makes you want to read and read and read some more. FDL makes you want to dig through some weedy public document, footnotes and all — or at the very least read someone who has. FDL makes you want to keep a calendar handy, and you start thinking about timelines a lot. You realize that having a thoughtful media is important, and you realize how rare it is these days. And through it all, maybe most of all, FDL makes you want to laugh at the puns, the photoshops, and the generally snarkiness that keeps this place lively.
That offering plate is coming around, and while you don’t have to put anything in, it’s there for you to offer a tangible expression of gratitude for what FDL does — and to support what FDL can do tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. Won’t you step up and become an annual member of FDL?
Face it: if you’ve read this far, you know what brought you here, and what brings you back day after day, week after week. If you have the resources, you can help insure that FDL continues to do what it does, and to improve on its past work, by becoming a member.
I’m talking about $5 a month to become a member at the Friend level.
I’m talking about $10 a month to become a member at the Benefactor level.
I’m talking about $83 a month to become a member at the Gosprey Circle level.
Look, I know that one time gifts can be a good thing. Around the church, if the boiler breaks down and someone steps up with an unexpected gift to pay for it, there is great rejoicing all around. If there’s a recovery effort after a catastrophe that folks want to get behind, that’s great. If someone dies and leaves the church a small bequest, it gives the congregation a chance to do something extra they didn’t think they’d be able to do.
But it’s the every week, every month regular gifts that matter most. Around the church, these contributions from people who believe in what we do together are what keep the lights on, the equipment running, the staff paid, the food pantry stocked, and money in the Good Samaritan fund to help with emergency rent assistance or diapers for that working parent who has more month left at the end of the money.
And those regular gifts have got to be every week and every month, or it all comes to a crashing halt. Every week. Every month.
Jane is trying to move FDL from a hand-to-mouth existence to a more stable platform, but she can’t do that herself. Only you can do that, and it starts right here with your commitment to become a regular financial supporter of FDL. If you prefer to speak directly with one of us about the membership program instead of clicking a link, call us anytime at 202-709-7498.
Maybe you can’t today, and that’s OK. No, that’s more than OK — if you can’t afford it, don’t do it. Seriously — don’t. You are still welcome to read, and still welcome to comment, and still welcome to bother your conservative friends or your member of Congress with what you’ve picked up here. You’re still welcome — and encouraged! — to share you own thoughts on the subjects posted at FDL. You’re still welcome — and encouraged!!! — to post on whatever subjects you want to talk about over at MyFDL. We’re glad you’re here, whether you are able to contribute financially or not.
But . . . if you can afford to support FDL, if you think what we do is worthwhile, and if you’d like to see it strengthened and improved, now’s the time to step up. That offering plate is coming around, and we’d be mighty grateful if you’d agree to pop a regular monthly gift into it.
And while the plate is being passed around, it’s time for a hymn. . .
(Or, if you prefer to speak directly with one of us about the membership program, call us anytime at 202-709-7498.)