NCR Forward Membership

NCR Forward members are people who value independent Catholic journalism, and look to NCR for trustworthy news and commentary.

While there are tangible perks to becoming an NCR Forward member, many of our current members tell us that they became a member primarily because they believe in NCR, and want to help preserve our voice. 

NCR Forward members sign up to make a monthly donation to NCR. You may have noticed that there is no subscription fee to read NCR online. Because so many tell us that NCR is an important source of hope, we are committed to keeping our content freely available to everyone. Through a monthly donation of any size, NCR  Forward members become our partners in helping to keep hope alive for Catholics around the world.

What are those member perks?

Once you sign up to become an NCR Forward member, our membership perks become available to you: 

  • Exclusive, members-only email updates from NCR editors and reporters with behind-the-scenes notes, scoops and insights into the coverage you care about
  • Invitations to events: We’ll let you know about NCR events and writer talks in your area
  • Annual Impact Report: Our year-in-review report presents stats and effects of the news community you are supporting
  • Invitations to provide feedback: As a member, you’ll be asked to weigh in on newsroom topics and occasional polls
  • Recognition in NCR’s annual report and a Member Certificate (suitable for framing)
  • Pride in providing key support to independent, lay-led Catholic journalism
  • NCR Forward Member Series

NCR's Member Series is a lineup of members-only events for our NCR Forward members. They provide opportunities for members to connect with NCR staff and writers, as well as like-minded people around the world.

Past sessions have included:  

  • Lenten Retreat: Singing the Holy Week Journey
  • A two-part series on human trafficking, presented in partnership with Global Sisters Report
  • Biden and the Bishops: Culture Wars or Communion?
  • What Black Lives Matter Can Mean for Catholics
  • Advent Retreat: Incarnational Encounter  
  • Laudato Si: The End or the Beginning? 

Become a member TODAY and receive invitations to member events!

About the National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source: Since our founding in 1964, NCR has been independent, nonprofit, and lay-led.

Most Catholic media is accountable to a bishop or religious order. NCR is not. We are accountable to a lay-led board of directors. Correspondingly, NCR's funding is independent of the church. We rely on those who value our voice to support us. NCR’s independence allows us to cover the breadth and depth of Catholic voices, reporting on people, places, and events that would never be explored by other media outlets. Our independence preserves the editorial freedom to report the stories that need to be told. 

A Sustainable Future: Because of NCR’s robust online presence and acclaimed reporting, more readers than ever before are reading and sharing our work, around the world. Digital technology and changing reader habits present opportunities to invest in new tools, new storytelling methods, and new ways of reporting and distributing the news. Our members support NCR's next-generation newsroom and young reporters. Members can experience first-hand new ways of connecting, through online events and polls, so that our readers can connect on stories they care about.

We’re committed to keeping our online journalism as open and available as possible —that can only happen with the support of readers like you. To keep NCR’s online journalism available to all, we need readers to support it.

If you read and value NCR’s reporting and perspective, your support matters. Join NCR Forward today and be part of ensuring NCR’s secure and sustainable future as an independent Catholic voice.

Questions about NCR Forward?

View our FAQ page.

For more questions, please contact:
Kayla Bergman
Member Services Coordinator
1-800-444-8910, ext. 2251
kbergman@ncronline.org