So supporters get an idea of what it costs to run Vegan Sun, each month we're going to list payments we make to people for products and services.
As a starting point and reference, though, the total amount we paid last year was $1154.75. This is itemised below and doesn't include the time that volunteers put into Vegan Sun doing things like photocopying on their own printers, distributing brochures and arranging events.
Everyone who does anything for Vegan Sun - from photocopying to representing us at festivals - is a volunteer. Vegan Sun is made *entirely* of volunteers and non-paying members. No one is paid or makes a profit from anything.
Unlike some large groups which have a stash of funds to draw from, that's not the case with us. If we want to do something, and donations don't cover the costs - which was certainly the case last year, when no donations were made - that money comes from our own pockets. We received $20 of donations in 2012, nothing last year, and $15 in donations so far this year (before launching this site).
While Glenn may print some leaflets in colour on his own printer, we print higher volumes in black and white so we get more leaflets for the money.
Here's our spending breakdown from January to December 2013:
18 January: $8.65 (US$9). Meetup website fee.
21 January: $33.77 (US$35.46 inc postage). Tribe of Heart - dvds for screenings.
January total $42.42.
4 February: $8.73. VistaPrint - postage for print material.
4 February: $15.44. (US $16 inc postage) Tribe of Heart - brochures required for screenings.
18 February: $8.72. (US $9) Meetup website fee.
23 February: $15. Officeworks - printing and folding leaflets.
February total: $47.89
18 March: $8.75 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
18 April: $8.82 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
26 April: $10. Officeworks - printing leaflets.
April total: $18.82
4 May: $22.91 (£11 + £3.58 delivery + handling). Amazon.uk - The Animals DVD.
18 May: $9.34 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
28 May: $225. Traders Voice - public liability insurance.
28 May: $115.65. Vistaprint - banner, cards, labels.
30 May: $67.50. Officeworks - leaflet printing, folding and labels.
31 May: $7.72. Officeworks - printing, laminating, and getting eyelets for wall sign.
May total: $448.12
18 June: $9.77 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
2 July: $45.05 (US $39.95). Digiarty Software - Win X DVD Ripper required for The Animals dvd.
18 July: $10.12 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
July total: $55.17
18 August: $10.16 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
22 August: $16.20. Officeworks - business card and leaflet holders.
August total: $26.36
3 September: $335.25. Premier App Shop - mobile application development software.
7 September: $0.80. Officeworks - leaflet folding.
18 September: $9.83 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
September total: $345.88
4 October: $10. Officeworks - printing.
5 October: $1.20. Officeworks - folding Our Relation leaflets.
8 October: $15.68 (US $14.36). Namecheap - domain registration and privacy (vegan-sun.org).
12 October: $14. Officeworks - leaflet printing and folding.
18 October: $9.63 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
October total: $50.51
18 November: $9.86 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
18 December: $10.50 (US $9). Meetup website fee.
24 December: $80.70 (US $9.99 + $19.94 shipping). Five copies of Eat Like You Care book.
December total: $91.20