BECAUSE YOU ASKED!
Because some of you have asked if we made our goal in our 2018 fundraiser, I thought I’d answer it here…
No, we didn’t, but we’re so grateful for all the funds that did come in!
We received a total of $16,431.19… a record for us in terms of total funds raised during our year-end fundraiser.
I love this chart because it shows all 237 gifts that came in and how each gift, ranging from $3 to $1,000, contributed to the total amount. This chart beautifully illustrates that many hands really do make light work.
I’d like to share one more chart with you, though. It shows the total number of donors to our fundraiser compared to our total number of subscribers.
I share this chart just as a fact of fundraising. Less than 1% of our subscribers ever make a donation to our ministry. That’s not a complaint, just a fact. You’ll find similar stats for “listener supported radio” and other kinds of fundraisers.
We’re happy to provide our daily and weekend messages freely to anyone who wants them, and we’re thankful for those who contribute to make it possible.
But the truth is that Greg and I have been making up the difference each year from our own personal resources and other funds we have raised behind-the-scenes to help make this ministry possible.
We have new ministry opportunities before us, however, and we were hoping to transfer some of the financial weight of this ministry to those who benefit directly from it. For this reason, we set our fundraising goal at $60,000, which means we fell short of that goal by about $44,000.
So we are in the process of restructuring how we do the ministry so we can keep it going as strongly as possible and continue sending you these wonderful daily messages, while still pursuing all of the other opportunities before us.
I share all this because we like to present you with the facts, keep you in the loop with what’s going on, and let you know how you can help, if you’re so inclined. We’ll be letting you know in the next week or two the changes we’re making in how you’ll receive our messages.
Even though our year-end fundraiser is over, if you’d still like to contribute, please know that every gift you make truly does lighten the financial load. Many hands really do make light work! As the Bible says:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
Thanks to those of you who asked, and thanks to those of you who read this far!
Please know that this list is always free to you with no obligation to give. We’re happy to share whatever we have. Sometimes, though, we need to be good receivers as well as good givers in order to accomplish all that God has put on our hearts to do.
Or send your gift to:
Eric Elder Ministries
25615 E 3000 North Road
Chenoa, IL 61726 USA