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!!!