Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Year Begins with an Apology, and Possibilities

Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Year Begins with an Apology, and Possibilities

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WITH THIS ISSUE of the Anglican Journal, we begin a new year of publishing, but it is oddly difficult to say farewell to 2005. It was a good year for the Journal. As we marked our 130th anniversary--130th!--we found that many of our readers and supporters wanted to celebrate with us. Many wrote to share with us what the newspaper has meant to them as Canadian Anglicans. We were able to use some of those notes in the newspaper over the year, but not all. They may all be found on our Web site at www.anglicanjournal.com/memories. In addition to those messages, though, even more "readers voiced their support for the newspaper in notes accompanying their donations to the 2005 Anglican Journal Appeal. Several readers remarked that the Journal provides them with a link to the church beyond their doors; many long-time readers, some of them housebound, pointed out that the newspaper is their only remaining contact with the church.

But that is not where our readers' generosity ended. In addition to sharing with us their thoughts about and memories of the Journal, many readers--more than ever before in the history of the Anglican Journal Appeal--have also helped out the newspaper financially.

While it is too early for an end-of-the-year total, it is certain that the Journal Appeal has realized record returns in 2005. We cannot overstate how crucial these donations are to the operations of the Journal. We also hope that in the coming months, we will be able to report back to readers how the appeal's success has translated into changes and improvements in the newspaper's operations.

That success, though, came at a cost to some of our donors. The unprecedented volume of donations made it difficult for us to issue receipts immediately; similarly, we did not account for the growing number of readers who donated online when we sent out reminder letters about the appeal in November. Due to a lack of resources--and to keep administrative costs down--the Journal has only one staff person entering donation information into our computer system. We do, however, realize that donations should be acknowledged in a timely manner and the concerns raised by readers have given us the opportunity to examine our appeal, identify problems and make improvements to next year's campaign.

To those donors who were concerned about not receiving receipts, you should have received a receipt by the end of December or early January. To those donors who received reminder letters and were worried that we did not receive your donation (made online or by mail), please be patient with us. …

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