Ramona Skatepark Champions is starting to see some fruit from recent labors. We are excited about some of the announcements that we are about to make about skate teams at Ramona Unified School District.
While we finish up details on that, and prepare to make some fun announcements, Justin drew my attention to a post on our Facebook page, where a supporter is asking for an update of donations and efforts, so far. She raises a great point, so before we start talking about what we are about to be doing, soon, let’s talk about what we’ve done, this year.
Our fiscal year is July to June. This means we are about to wrap up our second fiscal year as a non-profit and are doing our year-end planning. Our treasurer has put together our budget vs actual for year to-date so we thought we’d publish the report.
To put the report into context, we didn’t really do as much this year as we had originally hoped. This second year was a year of learning and planning more than doing. So the budget numbers are higher than what we actually did.
This past year, we’ve been talking to grant foundations and learning what is involved in applying for and receiving grants. We learned why it will be difficult, or impossible, to get a grant from a foundation to go towards the maintenance bond fund that we need to raise.
The reason is because we need to account for a grant at the conclusion of 12-months and show how the grant impacted the community. A maintenance bond just sits with the County, so won’t qualify under grant requirements. Also, please note that we will not qualify for any Tony Hawk Grant, because Ramona is NOT a low-income community.
With this disappointing news from grant foundations, we learned that if we were to have an “ancillary program” that would raise awareness for our cause, THAT is something we can take to a grant foundation. So we took what we learned from a variety of sources, and crafted a proposal for “competitive action sport teams” in Ramona Unified School District. This program raises awareness for our cause AND gives the kids skate spots, (now,) in their own neighborhood, where they can skate with their peers, (now,) while we continue to work on the larger community project.
Most importantly, it provides a clear path, or progression, to the Olympics. A kid in elementary school participates to learn skills that can be applied in middle school teams that learn competition skills that they can apply on their high school team that prepares them for regional competitions and makes them Olympic-ready. Part of our mission statement says that we promote safe and healthy action sports in Ramona and this program certainly does that!
With all of this administrative work going on, there has not been nearly as much fundraising activity as there was the year before, and the report reflects that.
We make enough money to cover our bills. We made about $800 on our half of the Haunted Town Hall, but it cost us $250. Last year’s cruise night donations worked out to be nearly $300. We had a great Facebook fundraiser at the end of the year, but we didn’t actually win the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, (because we would have had to get all our donations physically ON Giving Tuesday, and all of our donations came AFTER that date.) At the end of the day, our insurance was over $2,000 when it renewed, and we have barely enough money to cover our second payment, (and our second payment will put us over budget on insurance.)
It is disappointing that we don’t have a significant fund, yet. We put a lot of effort into the Haunted Town Hall, and we expect that this, our third year, will be significantly better from a fundraising aspect, because of the achievements of the club/team program. When we speak to town patrons about donating a sum, we’ve heard, time and time again, something cynical, to the effect of “Ramona’s been trying to do this a long time and there’s no movement.”
We sincerely hope that this program will represent “movement” to the town patrons, and they will see us manage grants, and there will be activity that inspires the youth, and maybe then those patrons will get on board and infuse our fundraising effort with some major donation action. The “Street League” style competitions we will co-host will be relevant events that should draw some fundraising action.
So the next few blogs over the coming weeks will present this new skate program we are helping/hoping to get launched at RUSD. In addition, to the skate program, this summer we will be launching a new “brick” fundraiser that is designed to reward patrons for larger donations than the root beer floats are designed to reward. 🙂
Over the next few weeks, we will try to post more information about our coming plans. Please bear with us, there is much work being done and we also still have jobs, so there is not enough time to post as much as often as we’d like. If you have any questions, or want to get involved, feel free to email email@example.com or contact us on Facebook, or just come out to Packard’s Coffee Shop on 7th and Main on Thursday night to watch the Cruise Night and help us make root beer floats!
And with all that said, here is the financial statement….you scrolled and looked already, didn’t you…..go back and read, please to put it into context……Click on the image for the full size. Here are the budget vs actual financials YTD. Be gentle. Again, email please questions to firstname.lastname@example.org