Save Aquinas and More

 
Raised: $60,369.00
Goal: $250,000.00
 
 
 

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Ian Rutherford

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Updated posted by Ian Rutherford 1 month ago

Our summer clearance is going strong! Have you had a chance to look at the hundreds of books, medals and gifts that are 30% off? Here are a few of the items that are on sale. Hurry, before they are gone.

 

 
 

Updated posted by Ian Rutherford 15 months ago


Dear Aquinas and More Family,

I want to thank you all for your support and prayers over the past couple of months. After considering our options, I received an opportunity to continue running Aquinas and More. As we rebuild, Aquinas and More will be running on a smaller scale than before and for a while our selection won't be as broad as it was. However, you can still count on us to provide you with our same Good Faith Guarantee as before: authentically Catholic, never from China. Our family thanks you for your support and looks forward to serving you for many more years.

One of the things that we will be able to do is ship anything from the Ignatius Press catalog within two days. That's over one thousand books, dvds and cds available immediately, including the new book about Pope Francis and the story of Fr. Kapuan - the chaplain who just received the Medal of Honor.

God bless,

Ian Rutherford, President

 
 
 

Updated posted by Ian Rutherford 16 months ago

Thank you everyone who helped spread the word, prayed for our success and generously pledged for our future.

While we didn't reach our goal, we were touched by how many of you really wanted us to continue because of our unique mission.

We'll be wrapping up business in the next few days and I will send everyone an update with what is happening with the business as soon as possible.

From my family and our Aquinas and More family,

God bless you.
Ian

 
 
 
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Created by Ian Rutherford on March 5, 2013

CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: Tuesday 3/5/13


Hello, I'm Ian Rutherford, president of Aquinas and More. For the last ten years our family and friends have been dedicated to providing the worldwide Catholic community with the best in Catholic products.

 
At Aquinas and More I have always believed that we aren't in business to sell Catholic stuff, we are in business to evangelize through not only the things we sell but also through the hundreds of saint biographies and articles we've published over the years.

I hope that our goal of being a safe haven for orthodoxy and our commitment to not sell any products from China are things that make Aquinas and More a trusted resource for your Catholic gift needs. 
 
Over the past few years we've hit a few serious bumps that have us in a position where we may have to shut down Aquinas and More. If you want the details, you can read our blog post at our blog.
 
In my blog post where I laid out my mistakes, I listed nine primary things (excluding the economy) that caused our current condition. We have already corrected five of them:
 
  • Open a retail store: We closed our retail store in December and will never open another in this city.
  • Growing our selection faster than our shipable inventory: We recently have removed many products that weren't selling and rewrote our procedures for how to purchase products to make sure that we keep the most popular products in stock. 
  • Growing our staff instead of becoming more efficient: Over the past  three years we have made many improvements to our processes and our inventory system to speed up jobs and reduce the number of people needed to perform each task. For example, in 2008 we had three full-time and two part-time people doing fulfillment. In 2012, we were able to do a similar volume of shipments with one full-time and one-part time employee.
  • Accounting: Our accountants have cleaned up our books and figured out the problems that were causing certain expenses (mostly credit card processing fees) to go unreported for several years.
  • Side projects: I have noticed that entrepreneurs tend to like to start projects more than they like to maintain or complete them. I ended several projects last year and at least one more will be ending this year. Every new project that is proposed will now have to be shown to be directly related to the core of our business before it ever gets farther than a meeting note.
  • Taking relationships for granted: This one is an ongoing process that I will be focusing on on a daily basis.
 
This fundraising campaign will correct three more and take care of our debt problems:
  • Not hiring someone to fix bugs and add features: a portion of the funds raised will be used to pay an outside company to fix some long-standing bugs and complete features that have been languishing for several years. Also, both Aquinas and More and Catholic Church Supply will get a complete design overhaul.
  • Growing selection faster than on-hand inventory: We have established new procedures for how we stock product and with this funding we will be able to grow our inventory with the right products in the right quantities with more on hand than ever before.
  • Not hiring an outside company to work on search engine optimization: Part of the funding will be used to hire a company to get Google to "like" us again.
Today I am asking you, if you support our mission of fidelity, beauty and evangelization, to consider being an Aquinas and More Angel by supporting us through this funding effort. We are going to raise $250,000 over the next two weeks. These funds will be used for the purposes outlined above. 

I know that $250,000 seems like a lot of money but we have a community of over 30,000 Facebook and Twitter fans and have sent orders to over 200,000 people. If every one of our Facebook fans just gave $10 - less than the cost of a book, we would more than meet our goal. This is an all-or-nothing campaign. If we don't meet the goal, your pledges won't be collected. We want to make sure that our business can come back better than before for you.
 
If we aren't, with your help, able to raise the funds we need, several unique services we offer will vanish from the Internet because we are the only Catholic site that has them. Here are a few:
  • Registries for seminarians and military chaplains - we've sent over 7000 items to Catholic military chaplains to distribute to their flocks
  • Our Good Faith guarantee
  • No Chinese products - It's been our commitment from the start and over 200,000 orders later, it still is
  • Imprimatur information on books
Even if you can't personally give, you can still support us by letting your family and friends know, writing a blog post or sending us a testimonial about how Aquinas and More has helped you strengthen your Faith.

 

We also ask you to remember Aquinas and More in your prayers. If you can, please pray the St. Michael Prayer each day for the success of our Angel Campaign.


From our family to yours, many blessings and thank you for your support.


Ian Rutherford, President

The Rutherford Family




Pledges are not tax-deductible and are not investments for stock or equity in Aquinas and More Catholic Goods, Inc.


If you would like to show your support and promote our campaign, you can download images for Facebook, Google and your blog at the Aquinas and More website.


 
 
 
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As for our game plan for the future, I can assure you we have learned from our past mistakes just like we have those of our daily lives. As Catholics we believe in our faith so much that we want to continue. I have never been more sincere in any other profession. I know deep into my heart we will succeed. I promise you from the bottom of my heart that we will work our nose to the grind stone to be the best Almighty God wants us to be. Hard and determined work is what my parents taught myself and my 8 other brothers ans sisters and it is all I know. They passed away in late 2011, I miss them dearly and I will dedicate this job to what they taught us! We will succeed! Terry Egan

posted by Terry Egan 16 months ago

Thank you so much for your donations! I would love nothing more than to continue God 's and your work working at Aquinas. God bless you, Terry Egan, Fulfillment Manager

posted by Terry Egan 16 months ago

God bless you

posted by Rena Mae Nadeau 16 months ago

Thank you so much for your donations! I would love nothing more than to continue God 's and your work working at Aquinas. God bless you, Terry Egan, Fulfillment Manager

posted by Terry Egan 16 months ago

God bless all of you who have supported us. God's love is always there!

posted by Terry Egan 16 months ago

I'm glad to find out what has been going on with you. I was a little worried. I don't live in Colorado Springs, and used to only stop by your shop about once a year, so I didn't know about recent developments. Last month, I was shocked, when stopping by another shop in the same city which I found accidentally, to be told that your shop had closed. I will try to do what I can to help, and will certainly pray for you.

posted by Catriona Mac Kirnan 16 months ago

Be careful, a lot of SEO companies promise more than they actually can deliver, a lot of it is a bunch of snake oil.

posted by Matthew Blocker 16 months ago

I truly have been blessed to have worked at Aquinas and more now almost four years. This has not been just a job for me. This job has blessed me spiritually and has led me to be so much closer to Almighty God. Those we touch by what we do has been very helpful in my call to evangelize our Catholic faith. I strive has Fulfillment Manager to get your orders out the very same day or the next at the latest when all items are ready. I truly get satisfaction by hitting the "ship" button on my computer. I've done this before in our jobs including those for our country, but nothing gives me more thrill than to do it for Almighty God. Love and prayers, Terry Egan, Fulfillment Manager

posted by Terry Egan 17 months ago

Yous is a resource that is desprately needed and would be sorely missed. You are in our prayers!

posted by Mark Oropeza 17 months ago

You have a wonderful business ethics, excellent customer service and quality products. I hope you stay on.

posted by Reva Perkins 17 months ago

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