8.24.2008

The ups and downs of raising your own funds.

We've been missionaries for five years now. Five years. That boggles my mind.

One of the continuing struggles is to get a newsletter out. It's not as easy as it sounds. Right now I've hit the classic missionary dilemma. I've designed a four page, killer-informative, beautifully laid out with multiple colorful photographs type newsletter. It will do an amazing job of letting supporters know what we're doing.

And it costs a bundle to print! Aaaaghghghgh!!!

9 comments:

Dan and Elisa said...

We use chalkline.org.... good price for their service, and you do nothing but send your file and contacts, and newsletter always looks great.

Bless you!

Tracie said...

I hear ya friend!
That's why our last newsletter was an email newsletter.

Salt Racer said...

I feel for you. I always feel guilty getting letters from IM's that I support. I know they think they are doing it for me, but I would be just as happy getting a PDF in the email as I am to get a letter in the snail-mail.

Is there really a significant difference between sending regular-mail to those that can't/won't/don't have email?

Steve Bunkoff said...

Yeah, and just about the time you're ready to drop someone from your mailing list, they send $200.

Jess said...

we use chalkline, too... they've been so helpful. Our letters are just one page, though...

Scott Bonnell said...

Hey Randy, I know how tight ministry money can be ESPECIALLY when you have to raise all of it! I use Constant Contacts for email newsletters and then just print 10-20 for my non-email use supporters. We also archive them on our website.

Esther Irwin said...

email is great! then i don't have to recycle the newsletter...no offense, but i can't keep every single piece of paper i get. i shred a lot of it and feed it to the worms. also makes great compost.

drwasho said...

Two words Randy: carrier pigeon.

Kurt Hurst said...

I understand the cost of postage when you raise support. My wife and I have considered posting our newsletters on our website and then sending a postcard sized mailer to our supporters with a url of the newsletter. This saves on printing and postage for sure. I am probably going to try this on our next update, I'll let you know how it works out.