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#GivingTuesday 2017 — A big goal

Generous donors challenge the Chronicle to match their gifts

It’s almost here! #GivingTuesday — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — has become an international day of giving.

The movement, which started in 2012, kicks off the charitable giving season.

Out of all the wonderful organizations you could support, we hope you’ll prayerfully consider partnering with us on Nov. 28.


Here are our TOP FIVE reasons why:

1. Your help makes a difference: Thanks to the support of our readers, we’ve been able to tell the stories of Churches of Christ around the world. Our chief correspondent, Bobby Ross Jr., traveled to flood-stricken Texas after Hurricane Harvey to chronicle our fellowship’s response. Chellie Ison, our digital news editor, talked to church members in Chicago after the shooting death of a well-known judge and beloved song leader. Editor in chief Erik Tryggestad journeyed to the Colombian border town of Cucuta to cover a brand-new Church of Christ as its members reached out to the hurting in nearby Venezuela. “I met some Venezuelans who had been embraced by the church and were about to get baptized,” Tryggestad said. “It was a great experience to see firsthand.” Without your support, we couldn’t report.

2. Your gift will be doubled: We’re blessed with some very generous donors who have agreed to match your donation with their own. They have agreed to match gifts up to $4,500. That’s more than we’ve ever raised online, in a single campaign. Donations made through our special #GivingTuesday form will automatically count toward our goal.

3. You can be part of what’s to come in 2018: Who are the Churches of Christ? What is our place and purpose? What’s happening in our fellowship? We’re tackling these questions and more as we take an in-depth look at the latest statistics for Churches of Christ in the United States. We’re also taking a look at race relations in our fellowship 50 years after the tumultuous events of 1968. To make these projects the best that they can be, we ask for your input — and your generosity!

4. Be part of a movement: Too often, we think of the holidays in terms of what we spend — not what we give. #GivingTuesday is more than a chance for us to be generous after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a chance for us to take part in a movement of faith-based philanthropy. On Nov. 28, our special donation page will make it easy to contribute and see just how close we are to meeting our matching challenge goal.

5. We print news that matters: In a sea of misinformation and half-truths, we need real journalism of faith. In 2018, The Christian Chronicle celebrates 75 years of informing, inspiring and uniting our fellowship. We’re honored to continue the vision of our founder, Olan Hicks. We were thrilled to receive the first-place Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press for the third year in a row. When you contribute, you build on a legacy.

We thank God for each of you and hope you will consider helping us as we keep working to inform, inspire and unite Christians around the world.

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