2018 has already been an incredible year, including our speaking in Denmark, Canada, and around the United States, representing a 17% increase in how many people we’ve spoken to as compared to the previous year, as well as doubling the number of original pro-life training articles we’ve published as compared to the year before! We’ve got huge projects in the works too, including a massive Sidewalk Counseling training course as well as a series of new philosophy videos, taking our material even deeper than we ever have before!
We are also in serious need of more funding. We made two decisions earlier this year that have dramatically enhanced our team’s creativity and productivity:
First, we hired a fantastic administrative assistant. Jen is super independent and hard-working, always thinking outside the box and surprising us with what she can make possible through her connections around Charlotte. She has been taking much of the administrative work off of my desk so I can focus significantly more time on projects like the sidewalk counseling course and my new work to encourage pastors to save lives by making a public commitment on behalf of the whole church that they will treat women who become pregnant with grace and compassion instead of shame and rejection.
Secondly, we rented office space. Now that we have four full-time staff in Charlotte, we have outgrown my little home office, and having everybody working from home made it hard to collaborate at the level we need in order to problem-solve and brainstorm to make headway on current and future projects. We started by just renting two small rooms in the same building and making great use of two conference rooms that we share with the other tenants. The staff unanimously agrees that this single change made a huge difference in bringing our team together and increasing productivity.
Starting at the beginning of next year, we’ll be adding space for our own video studio. We’ve already raised the funds for and purchased our own video equipment, because we knew that we wanted to be making frequent, high-quality pro-life training videos in the future, and in the long run it’s far cheaper to use our own space and equipment as opposed to renting studio time at an external location every time we want to make a video. Similarly, it’s been far cheaper to record podcasts over the last two years using our own equipment than it would have been to record podcasts in another studio where we would have had to pay for each recording session.
While these changes have already helped ERI immensely, our fixed costs have naturally gone up as well. We need to raise an additional $3,300 per month to allow our growing staff to continue working more effectively, as well as making it possible for us to put out much more frequent video training content for pro-life advocates like you!
In order to help us raise these funds, several generous donors have put together a matching grant. Every dollar you give will be doubled up to $9,500! While one-time gifts will obviously be matched, we also really want to encourage our monthly donors to prayerfully consider increasing their support. So if you set up a recurring gift or increase your recurring giving before October 4th, a full year of the increased giving will be matched! (In other words, if you give $25 a month and double it, we’ll match the full $300 of increased giving for the next year!) We have big things we want to accomplish in the next few years, things that simply won’t happen unless our support increases. It only takes a few clicks for us to increase a monthly donation amount, so simply email me directly and let me know what you’d like to be giving monthly moving forward, and we’ll take care of it right away. Thank you so much!