From 1/1/2005 to 12/31/2008
Other (Book, Ads…): $1,000
Total Income: $75,000
THE VOICE $40,000
Fliers/Free Literature $7,500
Total Expenses: $70,000
Cash on Hand: $ 5,000
Finances can be a critical issue with any organization. Our annual membership fee the last four years was only $15 and many have joined for less. The cost of THE VOICE is about $.03/page plus mailing costs of about $.17 per issue. This calculates to about $9 /12 months to send you THE VOICE. Based on an average membership, this left less than $4 for all other expenses. So far THE VOICE has cost us about $40,000 to print and mail to our members. We have mailed several thousand fliers (Prop 90 Alerts) and given away many copies of THE VOICE and other information. This expense has totaled approximately $7,500.
We have spent several thousand dollars on hardware, software, and such. To give you an idea, our inventory to date is roughly: Printers (4), Membership software (2), Computer (1), Laptop Computer (1), Camera (1), Digital Recorders (2), Video Camera (1), File Cabinet (1), Portable Filing Cases (2), staplers (3), etc. Expenditures for these items has totaled approximately $6000.
Fees include: Chatsworth Chamber of Commerce, IRS for tax-exempt application, Corporation Fees—Secretary of State, National Group, CARA, etc. totaling about $1500. Other expenses include office help ($300), attorneys fees ($3500), website ($1000), expendables (labels, envelopes, staples, etc) totaling approximately $5,000.
To date, our expenditures total approximately $70,000. Cash on hand is $5,000. We are very frugal with your money. We have researched the best deals for most of the hardware purchased. Note, we give our time FREE. And we DO NOT get reimbursed for any expense, even for gas. We do this because we believe in our cause. We do not pay office staff. (Others have paid staff as much as $8,000 per month!)
We thank all our members who have made contributions. Even $5 or $10 has allowed us to send out over 25,000 fliers, and give several thousand copies of THE VOICE and other informational literature for free.
We do need your continued support. To date less than 5% have made contributions, with two members contributing over half. Please make a donation to help our cause. You are really helping yourself when you do! Every donation will be put to good use!
THANK YOU, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, FOR YOUR SUPPORT