2016 First Quarter Financials

As part of our commitment to fiscal transparency, we release our financial statements each quarter for everyone to view. We’re a bit late this time around, but the finances for our first quarter of the year are now available online.

As always, we try to save money wherever we can, and not spend it just because we have it or just because it’s in our budget. We know that we rely on your support, and we owe it to you to make sure that we are spending every penny wisely.

We were able to save some funds this quarter with a volunteer who has been helping us out with our administrative tasks. We went a little over budget on the travel line items, but that’s actually a good thing because it means that our work is spreading even more!!! We’ve recently conducted workshops and presentations in Boston and Chicago, and set up a regular workshop at CTF Prison in Soledad. Between that and our regular work in San Bruno County Jail and San Quentin State Prison, we’ve been on the road a lot.

We came in under on the income side as well, but we typically get a lot more donations in towards the end of the year, so we anticipate that we will make that up with your help. We are also working hard to secure at least one more large grant (so far we only receive one large grant a year, from the people at the Lakeshore Foundation). The good news is that people have been so generous in our workshops that we’ve exceeded our budgeted amount there! Thanks to everyone who has supported us.

If you have any questions about our finances, please feel free to contact us at any time and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for investing in peace!!!

Fiscal Transparency: 2015 Numbers

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As many of you know, we take the issue of fiscal transparency very seriously.

We live in an era of secrecy, and a culture of fear when it comes to talking openly about money. We continue to hear about financial mismanagement or outright scandals, even in nonprofit organizations. Living in an individualistic culture and under a capitalist system, we’re taught to hide our numbers and our accounting, which creates a culture that is ripe for greed.

Financial TransparencyAt East Point Peace Academy, our work is not simply about changing a policy here and there, or inspiring individuals here and there. We are trying to change paradigms. We are fighting the culture of fear, mistrust, greed, violence.

It is with this thinking that we commit ourselves to true financial transparency. For us, this is also part of our commitment to the principles of Gift Economics, another way we try to change paradigms around money.

Each quarter, we post our financial statement on our website for all to see. It’s not hidden in the dark allies of our site. It’s one click away from our homepage. Everyone can see how much money we’ve raised, and how every penny is being spent – including how much each individual makes at East Point.

We rely on your support to keep our work going. You deserve to know how your support is being spent.

Our 2015 financial statement has just been posted, along with a proposed budget for 2016.

Last year, we spent just $80,978! And with your help, we were able to raise over $104,000!!! Of that amount, a whopping 67% came from our individuals and small community partners, with the rest coming from foundations!!! That’s amazing!!! When we say we rely on our community, we really mean it. THANK YOU ALL!!!

This also means that we have some reserves going into 2016, which will help us sustain our work. As an organization that relies on Gift Economics, our funding is never guaranteed, so this is important to us.

With just under $81,000 spent, we were able to reach 2,000 individuals across the nation last year! This includes people inside our criminal justice system, middle school, high school and college students, activists and community leaders, movement organizations and many more. We certified 20 new trainers (including some inside a county jail), worked in 5 states and 2 countries and provided over 500 hours of training. That’s a lot of work for not a lot of money, all made possible with your support.

And we want to do even more in 2016. We are currently planning to launch a new program, “Empowered Straight.” This program takes an alternative approach to the failed “Scared Straight” model of bringing young people into prisons to scare them. Instead, we will be bringing students in to work with our inside Peace Warriors, to learn about nonviolence from the inmates. We believe that hope and inspiration is a much better motivator for peace than fear and intimidation.

We are also continuing our work in San Bruno County Jail, San Quentin State Prison, and the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, where we have teams of nonviolence trainers. We are opening up our Friday meditation circles to more people from the public. We are also excited to launch a series of ongoing advanced workshops for graduates of our two-day intro workshop.

We want to thank each and every single one of you who was part of an amazing 2015 – our second full year of programs! And we hope you can join us to make 2016 an even bigger year.

Please consider supporting us to help sustain and grow our programs!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Onward toward Beloved Community!

In Peace,

East Point Peace Academy

 

 

2015 Financial Statement

CLICK HERE FOR 2015 BUDGET TO ACTUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT

As always, as part of our commitment to fiscal transparency, we are releasing our financial statement for the year 2015. We are so grateful to every single person who played a part in supporting us!

Transparency isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about our story, so let us share a few things about what we experienced last year that puts more context to these numbers.

First, as you can see, we only spent 65% of what we budgeted. That’s largely because we only raised 79% of what we budgeted. Some of it was due to our limited capacity as a small organization, so we were able to do less in some areas than we had hoped. For example, we were not able to organize a fundraising event, which is why we only spent 25% of what we budgeted for Development. We also struggled to receive support from foundations.

Another reason though, is that we simply don’t believe in spending money because we said we would. This is a common end-of-the-year practice in many businesses, government agencies, and even nonprofits.

There’s also some great news in these numbers. For example, we raised almost three-times as much from our community than we anticipated!!! Thank you all so much for believing in our work!!! We also received our second $25,000 grant from one foundation that we believe will be a long-term commitment. So while we didn’t meet our goal for grants this year, it’s only going to go up from here.

Plus, because of our frugal spending, we have a nice surplus moving into next year. As an organization that relies so heavily on faith, this is a nice cushion.

A few more things:

  • We didn’t need to hire any contractors because of some amazing volunteers we’ve had throughout the year. THANK YOU ALL!!!
  • It took us a while to find the right grant-writer, so we only spent half the budgeted amount.
  • Almost all of our trainers and guest speakers donated their stipends and honorariums back to East Point, which is why we spent less than 5% of those two items combined.
  • Thanks to our partners who believe in us, we didn’t have to spend anything on site rentals this year!
  • We also spent much less than anticipated on travel. This is because our local programs have really taken off, and we’ve really invested in building those up.
  • We were going to invest some money into brochures and other publications (graphics design and printing), but because word was getting out so much about our work without them, we didn’t feel like it was necessary.
  • We did go over budget on equipment because our laptop was unfortunately stolen during the year, which was an unforeseen expense…

Click here to see our financial statement. If you have any questions about any our finances, please feel free to email us at info (at) eastpointpeace.org.

Again, thank you to each and every single person who supported us in 2015, and we’ll see you in 2016!!!

East Point Peace Academy

Welcome our 2015 County Jail Peace Warriors!

Check out images from the graduation ceremony of our Peace from Within Advanced Training-of-Trainers, held October 1st inside the San Bruno County Jail. These graduates received their certification as Assistant Facilitators in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation after undergoing an intensive 6-month training.

Thanks to all of the guests who made it in to celebrate with us! It was great to breaking bread, sharing stories, laughter and tears with all of you!

Check out the images below, click here to be taken to our Flickr gallery or here to see them on Facebook.

House Party Update!!!

On Thursday, November 6th, East Point Peace Academy organized it’s first House Party!!  It was a beautiful autumn evening under a full moon as 45 supporters came together to break bread, enjoy s’mores over a fire, here testimonials about our work and build community.

As is our tradition, and as part of our commitment to financial transparency and Gift Economics, we would like to share that we received $7,370 in donations and pledges, with more on it’s way. THANK YOU so much to all of our supporters!!!

If you were not able to make it to our event but would still like to support us, please click here to find out how you can donate to sustain our work.

Check out some pictures from our event:

We would like to thank Leah Pearlman for hosting, the Lia Fund and the Peace Development Fund for their sponsorship, our amazing Host Committee, all of our volunteers with special shout outs to Beth Rosales, Lauren Veasey, Dorianna Blitt and Anna Antonio, and to ALL of the people who showed up!!!

We would also like to thank all of the businesses who showed their love:

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

 

First Workshop in Soledad Prison!!!

Thanks to all of our community members who supported our Indiegogo Campaign, we were able to put on a successful two-day workshop inside Soledad State Prison on October 6th and 7th!!!

Check out some images from our workshop, as well as this write-up in the CDCR’s blog about our workshop!

We are not trying to figure out how to organize a longer training to certify trainers within the inmate population at the prison. We are also in discussion with the warden from Soledad as well as Salinas Valley State Prison about the possibility of training some of their prison guards. Check back later for more updates about these exciting possibilities!!!

Listen to an Inmate produced program on KPOO

For the past couple of months, Don Lacy of the Love Life Foundation and KPOO 89.5 FM in San Francisco has been working with a group of inmates inside the San Bruno County Jail, training them in radio production, conducting interviews, etc.

The hour-long show that they produced, which includes interviews with East Point’s Kazu Haga, San Francisco Sheriff Mirkarimi, members of the San Francisco 49′ers and other community members, will air Saturday, August 23rd at 10:30 AM PST.

Check out the video above for the audio.  Also make sure to check out at www.kpoo.com!

Help East Point win $20,000!!!

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We are honored to announce that Kazu Haga, founder/coordinator of the East Point Peace Academy, has been nominated for a Community Leadership Award’s under the Community Choice section.  Thank you to each of you who nominated us!!!

The winner will receive a $20,000 grant from the San Francisco Foundation, as well as a feature write-up on 7×7′s Hot 20 Issue.

We are honored to be listed along with some other incredible organizations working to create cultures of peace throughout the Bay Area, and no matter which organization wins the grant, the entire Bay Area community will benefit. [Read more...]