If you are like me, when you hear the semi-annual fundraiser on NPR, you turn to another station to listen for a little while—but then you come back so you can hear the great, in-depth stories that you have come to expect from such a news source. I understand that. Times are tough and each of us has felt the impact of the economy in our personal lives or in the lives of those we love. But please let me tell you what has happened since Meridian was launched February 12, 1999 (at 5:35 p.m.) so you can clearly see why having Meridian is so important.
We founded Meridian with the hopes of building a faithful and free platform where our fellow writers, composers, artists and creative people could have a voice, over time, to a very large group of people. That platform has now been home to more than 800 different authors with nearly 23,000 original articles published.
We looked to be an independent voice, always faithful to the gospel, where Latter-day Saints could explore their times and the challenges of their lives, a unique take on a world that is rushing to secularity and eroding moral values. Ideas have consequences and we champion the ideas that matter.
We have published thousands of original photographs helping to document this part of the history of the Church. We have kept you abreast of the news of the day, giving you quick and ready access to more than 10,000 of the top stories from the best news sources each year (that’s way more than 100,000 news headlines since we started). We have serialized many new books on Meridian, some of which went on to become bestsellers.
We have raised untold thousands of dollars for humanitarian projects in Africa and other Third World nations. We have helped generate hundreds and hundreds of thousands of emails and letters for important causes. What’s more—Meridian’s readership has grown from a few score back in 1999 to a few hundred thousand. Meridian, quite frankly, has been a miracle. And it continues to thrive because of you—our loyal readers.
Yes, we need your support to keep Meridian going and growing. It takes a tremendous amount of resources to run a publication and Meridian is no exception. We have a fundraising goal for this year. As of today, after 19 days of the donation drive, we are 27% towards our goal. This is a good start and we appreciate all who have helped to this point. If you feel like it’s your turn to finally make a donation, please do so. Here are the links to make a secured donation, either by Authorize.net or through PayPal. If everyone who read Meridian would give $10 we would just say thank you and stop the drive.
Ways to Make Your Donation to Meridian,
Click on the appropriate link below:
Credit Card Donations
If you feel more comfortable sending a check through the mail, please make the check to Meridian Magazine and mail to:
PO Box 94
Fairfax Station, VA 22039-0094
Not everyone who reads Meridian can or will donate. We understand this. Would you consider helping us continue this wonderful platform for so many by making a donation today, before the end of this wonderful year?
Is Meridian worth the cost of two movie tickets (about $20) for a year’s worth of daily inspiration?
Is Meridian worth half of a modest dinner out (about $15) for 261 issues of original writing?
Is Meridian worth the cost of three gallons of gas (about $10) for a full year of amazing articles?
We think the answer is yes and we hope you will join with others this year in helping us obtain our goal—to keep Meridian vibrant and active and coming to you each day.
We are a small organization. We work very hard to keep everything on Meridian lean and tight and to stay quick and nimble to publish. We truly need your help.
Thank you in advance for your loyal support.
Here’s to a glorious New Year of publishing!
Scot Facer Proctor, Publisher, Meridian Magazine.