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Giving Ideas

This post is about two “Gift Ideas” for this Season of Gifts.

First: Holiday Giving!  Most of us at this time of year are involved in giving and receiving.    And most of us spend a good deal of time scratching our heads trying to figure out what we can give a person – a family member, a friend, a neighbor, a colleague, a boss, a secretary, a baby-sitter, a pet-sitter, a teacher, a golf coach, a knitting club member, a favorite person, a whatever.

Here’s an idea.    Why not give a gift subscription to the Bart Ehrman Blog?   It’s dead easy to do, and odds are, the person doesn’t have one!    All you need to do is go to the site at https://ehrmanblog.org/ and on the right side of the screen click on “Gift Subscriptions”.   There may be lots of people you can think of who would enjoy having full access to the blog.  So give several.  Give many.  Give many thousands.   You’ll make people happy, you’ll make yourself happy, you’ll make me happy, you’ll make the world at large happy.   What a happy option!

Second: End of Year Giving.   December 31 is coming upon us, and many of us have very clear and certain reasons (involving nasty little inconveniences like annual taxes) to make end-of-the-year contributions to charities.   Please consider giving a gift to the Bart Ehrman Foundation.   Donations are 100% tax-deductible.    Give any amount you want or can – tens of dollars, hundreds of dollars, thousands, millions.   To pull it off, simply go to the bottom of this page, click “Donate,” and go from there.   Every penny you give goes to good causes, fighting hunger and homelessness.

Those causes may sound abstract, but in fact they are searingly concrete.   We are providing food and shelter for real people, one at a time, people who do not have enough food to eat and do not have shelter or a bed.   The needs are real, and the blog is set up to help meet them.  We have raised a lot of money in the past, and for that I am very grateful.  But we have a long way to go before we reach our potential.   Please thing about giving what you can, whether a small amount, a large amount, or an eye-popping amount.   You’ll feel good about it and we’ll feel good about it.   But more important, your gift itself will do a world of good.

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    Judith  December 14, 2014

    Dr. Ehrman,

    Thank you for your unabashedly fervent request to those fortunate enough to be able to give. Caught up in the rush to do everything required, it’s easy to forget.


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    Wilusa  December 15, 2014

    I, like Judith, came here to thank you for giving us a reminder, and a worthy cause to which we could donate! Those of us who aren’t affiliated with any religion aren’t making the kinds of holiday donations church members often make there.

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    Steve  December 19, 2014

    With the holiday schedule on the horizon, a fervent Happy Holidays and Thank You for sharing all your research and your efforts on behalf of those less fortunate in your area. As author Mark Helprin has said, “your work will echo.” Thank you for the confidence you have given me with the past years new knowledge from your blog and books. I wish you all the best in New Year!

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