Here is a rather belated report on our fourth Conversation and Cake get together which took place after the noon SLT service on 24 June 2012. Conversation & Cake is a monthly meeting on Epiphany Island when I share what has been happening in our ministry and listen to views and ideas from members of our community.
I was able to report that the generosity of our community had allowed us to raise the money we need for the 2012-2013 tier payment, with $75 US to spare. The news was understandably received with relief and celebration by those attending.
At the previous C&C meeting the community had indicated that a minimum budget should be set for the next financial year. The Leadership Team has done as requested. The donations fonts and baskets therefore give a monthly target that MUST be met if we are to be able to pay our tier next year. That figure is made up of $3717 tier (our current tier plus 5% just in case of increase); $288 for the Leadership Team discussion forum, which is paid as a donation each month; $120 to cover any costs of sim development.
Our tier is $3540 this year so we looked at $3717 for next year, being a 5% increase. We need 12 x $24 for Basecamp (the discussion forum) which is $288. We also need some provision for sim development. This year we had $120 which was more than enough. That gives an annual budget of $4125 which is L$1,068,375 for the year. We need to raise about 60% of this figure in world, with the rest coming in via PayPal. Continue reading