I hadn’t wanted to write this message in hopes that a rush of donations would come in towards the end of our yearly campaign, as usually tends to happen. Unfortunately, the trickle, which had continued until the beginning of the week, has now dried up almost entirely about $6,000 short of our funding goal. I explained in my letter for this year why I think DT deserves your support, and I invite you to read it now if you haven’t already. I got a lot of positive comments about the letter, but sadly this looks to be the first year in DT‘s history that we won’t meet our goal.
Granted, we set a more ambitious goal than ever before, hoping the extra income would allow us to implement some new initiatives to expand readership and attract more writers and artists to the journal. If we have to scrap some of those initiatives, so be it, but we need to at least be able to reach last year’s goal of $12,000, which means we are still $3,000 short. To accomplish that, we’re going to need donations at all levels, from $10 to $100 to hopefully even $1000. Last year we had four donors who donated $1000 each, which made a big difference for us and allowed us to fund our fiction and nonfiction prizes. Without these, DT cannot remain competitive with other journals and the quality of our content will suffer. Unfortunately, this year we’ve only been able to get two donations at that level. This means that we’ll need more $500, $250, or $100 donations to make up the difference. Not everyone is in a position to donate quite so much, so if you are, please take into account that fact that DT is a very lean organization and your donation makes a big difference to us. And keep in mind that donors above the $250 level will receive a signed print from artist Daniel Mitsui, among other great perks.
Dappled Things is unique among Catholic journals, and if it goes away, there is no other magazine out there to take its place. If you value the work we are making available and you think that the Church’s riches ought to inform our culture’s literature and art, please donate today.