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Today's message is from
Contributor Sr. Joan Chittister

Webathon entering final hours

This webathon ends Saturday. It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the fifth annual NCR webathon! If you have donated this week, thank you, thank you, thank you! And if you’ve been meaning to help out but haven’t done so yet, now is the time to click this donate now link and help us reach our goal.

We are inching toward the goal, but still need some help getting there. So I’m asking one last time: If you value the work that we do at NCR, the stories our reporters dig up, the perspective of our columnists and analysts, please take a few minutes before this fund-raising push is over to make a difference!

You know, we’ve spent much of this week talking about the wonderful work our reporters, columnists and editors do to fill the pages of with a variety of stories of interest to you, our online readers. But, as CEO of this company, I’d like to take some time to remind you of the equally valuable support staff here at NCR.

We have two women in fundraising, one in marketing and three in customer service. We have a web designer who works around the clock some days to make sure is up and running. We have our accounting staff, as well as those who sell ads. We have someone who makes sure we are staying close to our mission, and, of course, we have those who put out our liturgy publication Celebration. We have a maintenance man who keeps this turn-of-the-century (and, no, I’m not talking about the millennium) building from falling apart at the seams.

I’ve said it before -- the staff here at NCR is small. But I’ve been in journalism more than 30 years, and it is by far the most uniformly dedicated group of people with whom I’ve ever worked. On every floor, in every office, the goal of NCR’s employees is to make sure there remains an independent source of news and commentary about the Catholic church, and each of them plays an important role in fulfilling that goal.

"NCR is a progressive voice that is different from my diocesan newspaper. It is holding the church and the hierarchy to the principles of Vatican II. It informs us about Catholicism without being dogmatic."

- Melanie Joyce Halvorsen
Oak Park, IL

The fundraising department, which -- as you can imagine -- works exceptionally hard during Webathon week, has been taking many calls from donors during this drive. What impresses me the most is not just that donors are willing to help support NCR’s mission, but that they want to give to this cause. They do so because they share the mission of every member of our staff, the mission of our founders and the men and women who kept the banner flying through some of the toughest of times.

We appreciate your commitment to NCR and for doing all that you can to help us stay mission-driven and relevant in today’s church. If you want to donate, do so now.

The entire staff at NCR thanks you.

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