Over the years, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, I’ve told you something of the challenges of publishing a small magazine—skyrocketing postal rates, inexorable cost increases, even a tectonic shift of readers away from print media. Seeing a “Letter to Readers” addressed to you, you might be expecting more of the same, perhaps even an ominous message about the outlook for the Commonweal enterprise.
In fact, this letter is here to tell you just the opposite: We want to expand (in our own modest way) what Commonweal does, not hunker down. I would like to introduce you briefly to the plans we have to do this. But first, a few things you need to know about Commonweal, the organization.
A Look Behind the Scenes
Some of you may still imagine that Commonweal is bankrolled by some fabulously wealthy Catholic, or a mysterious foundation with bottomless pockets. Alas, it isn’t so.
Since 1982, we have been a nonprofit organization, led by a board of directors made up of twelve exceptionally loyal Commonweal supporters from the worlds of publishing, academia, business, and the law. (A list is at commonwealmagazine.org/board.) While...