Donations

If you would like to help support the PTSD Spirituality website, then please consider making a donation using the PayPal Donate button in the right hand column.

If you would rather mail a donation, then I would receive it at:

Dr. John Zemler
Marquette University-THEOLOGY
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI
53201-1881

What does it mean to “Support PTSD Spirituality”? After all, I have some “Donate Now” buttons on this website.  The three types of donations I would hope to receive are as follows:

1. Prayers for those who suffer from PTSD and for those who care about them.

2. Prayers for my own spiritual well-being and that I will not be overwhelmed further by my physical disabilities and chronic pain.

3. Financial contributions will allow the PTSD Spirituality website to flourish and maintain its presence on the internet.  Beyond that, contributions would allow me to flourish and spend more time on writing and helping people.

If a donation to PTSD Spirituality would damage your household then keep the money, then don’t send it.

The Short Answer to the Donation Question

Any donations received go to keeping PTSD Spirituality “On the Air,” so to speak.  If those expenses are ever met, then the secondary focus would be keeping me healthy enough to continue with my research and writing about PTSD as a soul wound.  Over all, the goal is to help people understand PTSD, choose to stay alive, and re-discover or initiate a healing relationship with God.  If three gazillion dollars were donated, I would probably replace my twelve year old car and buy some clothes that fit better.

The Long-Winded Answer to the Donation Question

About the Legal Status of PTSD Spirituality

As a legal entity, PTSD Spirituality is an LLC, registered in Wisconsin. PTSD Spirituality is *not* a tax deductible entity so keep that in mind when filing your online tax return. While I am not an accountant, I was advised that an LLC was the best means to make PTSD Spirituality “official” for tax purposes, especially after I finish my book on PTSD.

PTSD Spirituality as an entity is just me.  There are no physical premises, I have no staff, and I am an unpaid volunteer.  Nearly all related expenses, web leasing, hardware, etc., are paid out of pocket by me.  Occasionally, people may send me funds to help with the bills.

As of May 2012, the advertisements turn over a few dollars a month.  Clicking the Google ads or buying something through the Amazon links will earn this website some small – but meaningful – commissions.

If this were a real business, the accountants would tell me to close it down.  The website is an act of love: I hope it may help some people to better understand and heal from their PTSD.  Some kind folks call it a ministry.  I would be delighted if it at least broke even financially, but that is not why I am doing this.

What Does My Donation Go Towards?

If an individual makes a donation to PTSD Spirituality they need to be aware of three things: First, it is not a tax deductible contribution. Second, they need to trust me to some extent that I would spend the funds wisely. And, third, know that I am extremely grateful for financial contributions as well as prayers for my health.

Hey, Dr. Z, Can’t You Be More Specific?

Quite so, I should be more specific.  More or less in order of priority, here is what donations would go towards.

– Yearly web fees for server space and bandwidth.  As PTSD Spirituality becomes more heavily visited I foresee eventually moving to a dedicated server which costs more than the service I currently lease.

– Other fees such as security software, renewals of domains, LLC status, and broadband internet service.

– Items that allow me to use a computer and communicate in spite of my physical disabilities.  Some of this is hardware and some of this is software.

– Medications and medical treatment.  I have substantial medical bills.  If I do not receive treatment and medication, I cannot run the PTSD Spirituality website, nor do much else for that matter.  These costs are substantial even after insurance.

– Buying Time to Think, Pray, Read, and Write.  I’ve never received so many donations that this category has ever been funded.  I am a pre-internet person who needs time to think and pray about PTSD as a soul wound and how to heal that very wound.

Typically, I have a few hours a day where I am productive and those are usually dedicated to teaching.  It would be nice to teach one class a semester less and dedicate that time to PTSD Spirituality.  Given my health issues, I take about 6-8 hours to accomplish what a normal person takes an hour to do.  Keeping up with writing essays and responding to readers takes a portion of my time.  If I were “normal” it would not take much time, but I am not normal, so I need more time and energy than most do to accomplish similar goals.

– While unlikely, it would be nice to have enough income to allow me to work on PTSD Spirituality topics full-time.  Well, one can hope and dream!

If you donate prayers and/or financially, it is appreciated and useful.  PTSD Spirituality is a free, un-gated website, if it is useful to you or someone you know, then I am quite happy at that result.

Semper Pax, Dr. Z





Comments

  1. Courtney Taylor says:

    Hello! How do I donate?
    May God bless you Dr. Z.
    I am grateful to you for this blog.

    • Hello Courtney, Thank you for your kindness! I just discovered there were no donation buttons on the site after my last major upgrade… I wish I were smart enough to have noticed it when it had happened. That said, there are now two PayPal donation buttons in the right side column. I have also updated the Donation Page to include a mailing address for those who would prefer to not make digital transactions.
      I am grateful for any prayers and all of God’s blessings. Thank you & Semper Pax, Dr. Z

  2. Doc,

    If I had a gazillion dollars, and I paid off all my bills, both of my sisters’ bills, all my father’s bills and built him a new home, you would definitely be one at the top of my list.

    I searched for years because I *knew* something was *wrong*, but not what it was. I know about the physical & emotional issues, but it was something else. Some years ago, I discovered this website and found my answer.

    Through the years I experienced many traumas. Like you, some were connected with my time in the military. I was raised Catholic, always believed, but spent time here and there away from the Church. I usually felt uncomfortable, sometimes very depressed, the periods I attended. Tried to express this many times to several different priests through the years, but I didn’t know what the problem was much less how to verbalize it.

    This website has helped me, as it has so many others, in many ways. It is a blessing.

    Now, I go to Mass when I am able, have a great place to sit in the choir loft where no one can sneak up on me and talk to a priest who, although he can fully understand, helps my greatly on this road. I told him about this website and he really likes it. Helps him know more about people who have been in similar situations.

    So when I got an extra gazillion to spend, I’ll pay up the costs of the website for the next year and treat us and those we love to a week-long retreat. A girl can dream…..

    • Hi Patricia, I am glad that this website has been of use for you in a positive way. Am also glad that the priest you mentioned has found this site useful.
      Your journey of discovery has been one with trials and discoveries. I like your style when you mention going to Mass when you are able. Much of my own life is also done when I am able.
      I recently did my website and web-server renewals so we are all set for another year. But who ever makes a gazillion dollars first can pay for the next year 🙂
      Be well.
      Semper Pax, Dr. Z

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