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What is QuakerSpeak?

QuakerSpeak is a weekly Quaker video project from Friends Journal. We interview Friends from all different backgrounds and cover topics ranging from the basics of what you’ll experience in Quaker Meeting to frequently asked questions about Quakers to highlighting stories of Friends today who are following their leadings.

QuakerSpeak videos come out every Thursday.  Anyone can follow along by subscribing with your email address, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And of course you can subscribe on YouTube.

Who is the audience?

In the past year, QuakerSpeak reached more 460,000 unique individuals worldwide.  Not bad for a religion that has about 300,000 adherents!

While QuakerSpeak has many regular followers, thanks to the magic of search engines most of our viewers are having their first encounter with Quakers through these videos. More than half of QuakerSpeak's viewers are age 44 or younger.

Some of our most popular videos are aimed at newcomers, while other videos take a deeper dive into a topic of interest. We hear from Friends and seekers all over the world that the project introduced them to the Quaker faith or is helping to deepen their understanding.

To get a sense of our impact, check out this excerpt from a local newspaper story that we stumbled across:

I became interested the Quakers one night at about two in the morning. When I get bored, I tend to dive headlong into that rabbit hole that is YouTube.This particular night I was looking for parodies of popular songs. I came across a song called Quaker Off that was a parody of Taylor Swift. Until that very moment, I had no idea that Quakers existed beyond the pages of history books.

After watching that music video, I began to search for other videos about and by Quakers. During that time I found a channel called
QuakerSpeak.

I watched fifty-two videos that night.  My mind was made up; I had to get in touch with them and learn about them first hand.


Read the full story here.

Why are we asking for support?

Getting the message out about Quakerism is important. There has never been a better time than now or a more effective tool than YouTube for sparking conversations among Friends and seekers worldwide. And that means you have a tremendous opportunity to help.

We believe in authentic conversations and in keeping our videos accessible to all. That’s the philosophy that’s gotten us this past a million views worldwide and we hope, the philosophy that will get us to the next million. While the expenses of the project are modest, they are real. Friends Journal employs a videographer/producer and has to get him, his cameras, and his gear to Friends with stories to tell. Then once the videos are ready, it takes money to advertise and promote the videos to a diverse audience. It adds up, but it's worth it. With your help, the project will continue to grow and thrive.

How Does Patreon Work?

Is having QuakerSpeak in the world worth a dollar a video to you? If your answer is “Yes,” we would be so grateful for your support. Check out the categories in the right-side column and pick the one that fits your budget! Patreon will ask for some information from you, and your card will get billed at the beginning of each month. In addition to our deep gratitude, you will get the perk that corresponds with your level of giving! Anyone who becomes a Patron at any level gets access to our Patron-only feed, which will include outtakes, extras, and a monthly chat with director Jon Watts. Plus you’ll get a free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online (if you're not already a subscriber!).

Can I Make a One-Time Donation?

Yes!  Any one-time donation for QuakerSpeak can go through our parent organization, Friends Publishing Corporation. Please follow the instructions at friendsjournal.org/donate and write us a note that the contribution is intended for QuakerSpeak. Thank you for your support!

Important note:

If you decide to pledge, at the very end of the check out process, you can opt to add a "monthly max." If you want to be charged $5/month, just say that you want to support one time per month. Otherwise you'll be pledging $5/video and not $5/month.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per video
$1 or more per video
Access our patron-only feed

All of our supporters will get access to our patron-only feed, which includes: 

  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Upcoming sneak peeks
  • Once-a-month exclusive google hangout with director Jon Watts!


Try a one-year subscription to Friends Journal online



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
Pledge $2 or more per video
$2 or more per video
Get the QuakerSpeak Music

Pledge $2 or more per video, and you'll get a free download of the original music that we use for QuakerSpeak, composed by Jon Watts!



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
Pledge $5 or more per video
$5 or more per video
Download our videos

Patrons at the $5 level and higher will gain access to our entire archive of videos.  


Download them to your own computer!



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
Pledge $10 or more per video
$10 or more per video
You're in the outro!

Includes

Pledge $10 per video and be in one of our videos! 


Every QuakerSpeak video has a 15-second outro screen.  Normally QuakerSpeak director Jon Watts takes that time to thank our viewers for watching and invite them to subscribe, but for a $10/video pledge, that could be you! (or your meeting)  Here are some ideas:


  • Take a quick video postcard of your Meeting saying hi to the QuakerSpeak audience?  
  • A video of your childrens' program saying hi?
  • A plug for your Quaker organization?


It will get seen by our audience of over 20,000 Friends and seekers around the world!  Also:


  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
  • Your name in the credits.
Pledge $25 or more per video
$25 or more per video
Get a DVD set.

Patrons of $25 per video will get all of the above perks, plus a 3-DVD set containing all of the videos we've ever released!



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
  • Your name in the credits.
  • Get a DVD set.
Pledge $50 or more per video
$50 or more per video
Collaborate with us on a video topic.

Any patron funding a full season of QuakerSpeak at the $50 level will have a chance to talk with Jon Watts, the director of QuakerSpeak, about the feasibility of covering a topic of your choice for QuakerSpeak.  This includes general topics as well as specific stories, such as the story of your Meeting.



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
  • Your name in the credits.
  • Get a DVD set.
  • Collaborate with us on a video topic.
Goals
171 of 300 patrons
When we hit this goal, we will print QuakerSpeak t-shirts!  Spread the word to help us get there!
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What is QuakerSpeak?

QuakerSpeak is a weekly Quaker video project from Friends Journal. We interview Friends from all different backgrounds and cover topics ranging from the basics of what you’ll experience in Quaker Meeting to frequently asked questions about Quakers to highlighting stories of Friends today who are following their leadings.

QuakerSpeak videos come out every Thursday.  Anyone can follow along by subscribing with your email address, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And of course you can subscribe on YouTube.

Who is the audience?

In the past year, QuakerSpeak reached more 460,000 unique individuals worldwide.  Not bad for a religion that has about 300,000 adherents!

While QuakerSpeak has many regular followers, thanks to the magic of search engines most of our viewers are having their first encounter with Quakers through these videos. More than half of QuakerSpeak's viewers are age 44 or younger.

Some of our most popular videos are aimed at newcomers, while other videos take a deeper dive into a topic of interest. We hear from Friends and seekers all over the world that the project introduced them to the Quaker faith or is helping to deepen their understanding.

To get a sense of our impact, check out this excerpt from a local newspaper story that we stumbled across:

I became interested the Quakers one night at about two in the morning. When I get bored, I tend to dive headlong into that rabbit hole that is YouTube.This particular night I was looking for parodies of popular songs. I came across a song called Quaker Off that was a parody of Taylor Swift. Until that very moment, I had no idea that Quakers existed beyond the pages of history books.

After watching that music video, I began to search for other videos about and by Quakers. During that time I found a channel called
QuakerSpeak.

I watched fifty-two videos that night.  My mind was made up; I had to get in touch with them and learn about them first hand.


Read the full story here.

Why are we asking for support?

Getting the message out about Quakerism is important. There has never been a better time than now or a more effective tool than YouTube for sparking conversations among Friends and seekers worldwide. And that means you have a tremendous opportunity to help.

We believe in authentic conversations and in keeping our videos accessible to all. That’s the philosophy that’s gotten us this past a million views worldwide and we hope, the philosophy that will get us to the next million. While the expenses of the project are modest, they are real. Friends Journal employs a videographer/producer and has to get him, his cameras, and his gear to Friends with stories to tell. Then once the videos are ready, it takes money to advertise and promote the videos to a diverse audience. It adds up, but it's worth it. With your help, the project will continue to grow and thrive.

How Does Patreon Work?

Is having QuakerSpeak in the world worth a dollar a video to you? If your answer is “Yes,” we would be so grateful for your support. Check out the categories in the right-side column and pick the one that fits your budget! Patreon will ask for some information from you, and your card will get billed at the beginning of each month. In addition to our deep gratitude, you will get the perk that corresponds with your level of giving! Anyone who becomes a Patron at any level gets access to our Patron-only feed, which will include outtakes, extras, and a monthly chat with director Jon Watts. Plus you’ll get a free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online (if you're not already a subscriber!).

Can I Make a One-Time Donation?

Yes!  Any one-time donation for QuakerSpeak can go through our parent organization, Friends Publishing Corporation. Please follow the instructions at friendsjournal.org/donate and write us a note that the contribution is intended for QuakerSpeak. Thank you for your support!

Important note:

If you decide to pledge, at the very end of the check out process, you can opt to add a "monthly max." If you want to be charged $5/month, just say that you want to support one time per month. Otherwise you'll be pledging $5/video and not $5/month.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per video
$1 or more per video
Access our patron-only feed

All of our supporters will get access to our patron-only feed, which includes: 

  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • Upcoming sneak peeks
  • Once-a-month exclusive google hangout with director Jon Watts!


Try a one-year subscription to Friends Journal online



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
Pledge $2 or more per video
$2 or more per video
Get the QuakerSpeak Music

Pledge $2 or more per video, and you'll get a free download of the original music that we use for QuakerSpeak, composed by Jon Watts!



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
Pledge $5 or more per video
$5 or more per video
Download our videos

Patrons at the $5 level and higher will gain access to our entire archive of videos.  


Download them to your own computer!



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
Pledge $10 or more per video
$10 or more per video
You're in the outro!

Includes

Pledge $10 per video and be in one of our videos! 


Every QuakerSpeak video has a 15-second outro screen.  Normally QuakerSpeak director Jon Watts takes that time to thank our viewers for watching and invite them to subscribe, but for a $10/video pledge, that could be you! (or your meeting)  Here are some ideas:


  • Take a quick video postcard of your Meeting saying hi to the QuakerSpeak audience?  
  • A video of your childrens' program saying hi?
  • A plug for your Quaker organization?


It will get seen by our audience of over 20,000 Friends and seekers around the world!  Also:


  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
  • Your name in the credits.
Pledge $25 or more per video
$25 or more per video
Get a DVD set.

Patrons of $25 per video will get all of the above perks, plus a 3-DVD set containing all of the videos we've ever released!



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
  • Your name in the credits.
  • Get a DVD set.
Pledge $50 or more per video
$50 or more per video
Collaborate with us on a video topic.

Any patron funding a full season of QuakerSpeak at the $50 level will have a chance to talk with Jon Watts, the director of QuakerSpeak, about the feasibility of covering a topic of your choice for QuakerSpeak.  This includes general topics as well as specific stories, such as the story of your Meeting.



Includes
  • A free introductory subscription to Friends Journal online
  • Access to our patron-only feed.
  • Get the QuakerSpeak music.
  • Download the entire collection of QuakerSpeak videos.
  • Your name in the credits.
  • Get a DVD set.
  • Collaborate with us on a video topic.