Should I set-up a GoFundMe page?

UPDATE, new idea: I’m thinking of setting up a GoFundMe page instead, to support my work in theology. The money would provide me with personal income, since selling theology books does not provide much money. I don’t know if this would be worth doing. I know some other Catholic websites have fundraising campaigns. What do you all think?

Old idea, I’ve decided not to do:
For those who don’t know, Patreon is a site where creators can receive financial support from their readers, followers, or “patrons”. I’m considering setting up a Patreon page. The site would offer a monthly newsletter, discussing current events and their possible relation to the end times, for a monthly fee.
What do my readers think of this idea? Any interest in this topic and format? Any other topics you would like to see covered?

Ron Conte

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13 Responses to Should I set-up a GoFundMe page?

  1. matthieu says:

    u need to do that eschatology/geopolitic stuff for everybody, maybe u could reward patreon’s with something else ?

    • matthieu says:

      U could reward patreon’s with preview of upcoming books and some advantages. Mostly i said that because other religions are currently more public on their view of current geopolitic (rabbis, imams) and the relation with eschatology, while for “Christians” it’s mostly dominated by the views of protestants or evangelists. So it would be great to have a valid monthly resource available publicly from/for catholics. but that’s some work.

  2. Robert Lewis says:

    Great idea!

  3. Matt says:

    No. I suggest you have a donation button on your main website.

  4. Francisco says:

    The donation button sounds like a good idea. Or, if it is convenient, you may do both.

  5. jbbt9 says:

    Ron,
    Sorry for the delay in replying.

    I can only speak personally.
    I have used the web since it started and have never subscribed to anything except, just very recently, a MS Office 365 cloud account. I don’t even have a Prime or Netflix or Spotify account or any newspaper account. With limited income I have to be very careful about managing money.

    Over the years I have occasionally purchased your print and kindle titles. I wish you well whatever you choose to do and I keep you and yours in prayer, as always.

  6. Mark P. says:

    Not sure the donation button would work…people might give once but not again. Maybe a “pledge drive” type thing at different times of the year (perhaps each quarter)? Put one of those “goal meters” up with what you would like to raise and I would hope that most of us would pitch in to help meet the goal. Or maybe you could do some kind of more “in depth” feature series, but you could “hold” the next part of the article until we all donate to meet your goal! Like give “Part 1” for free, but you’ll post “Part 2” once we all chip in $500 or whatever it may be.

    • Ron Conte says:

      I’m not a non-profit, so I don’t think a pledge drive is fair. I wouldn’t require a donation to get part 2 of an article aimed at teaching the faith or helping souls. I’ve tried a donation button in the past, and it does not work. I am not particularly in need of money. The Patreon page was not purely for financial purposes. I wondered if many readers are interested in eschatology.

  7. Paul says:

    Ron, I value your work and would be willing to contribute regularly. I’m not particularly interested in eschatology, but I would appreciate ad removal for patreons.

  8. Mark P. says:

    You have a few in-depth books and several thorough articles about eschatology, so I am just wondering what your newer offerings may consist of.

  9. Mark P. says:

    A “Go Fund Me” may work better because it has a progress bar and we could all see how many more donations were needed to meet your goal. I think the “goal” method works better than an open-ended request for donations.

    Your commentary on current evens as related to eschatology may be interesting. Two books I read recently that give this treatment are “The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard: Prophetic Symbols of Modern Society,” by Reid J. Turner and “The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come” by Paul Thigpen.

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