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.
At 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.
We look forward to seeing you soon! Onward toward Beloved Community!
East Point Peace Academy