AN OVERVIEW OF FUNDRAISING VIA BDA WORKSHOPS
Our hope is that everyone will want to participate, to learn, and to grow with us. In addition, we ask for generous contributions to our fundraising efforts — through registration fees, beginning in 2021 — to support both the General Service Board (GSB) and the BDA Intergroup in the growth and development of our DA and BDA outreach and support services.
As we completed 2020, our first year of service to the DA and BDA fellowship through the "Let's Do BDA Together" workshops, we did some financial analysis and found some undesirable trends across both 2020 cycles:
5% of participants contributed more than we asked for ($250 per workshop cycle, paid $20 bi-weekly, over six months)
15% contributed exactly what we asked for (that is, $250 per cycle)
15% contributed between $100 and $200; the next 15% between $50 and $99; the next 15% between $5 and $49
35% of workshop participants contributed nothing over six months of workshops
Additionally, we noticed that many who landed in the range between $50 and $150 started out making the contributions we requested but stopped as soon as they appeared to realize that there were neither personal benefits to contributing nor consequences for not contributing. In other words, everyone received the same exact service and opportunity to participate whether they contributed or not. On the face of it, this seems okay. But digging deeper, it feels wrong, like pre-DA behavior to only pay what we MUST pay. The disparity in contributions also feels unfair to the generous among our contributors, and it feels out of alignment with the 7th Tradition's guidance toward self-support. We interpret that to mean that each individual is encouraged to be self-supporting, not to be funded financially by fellow members. So we've made some changes for 2021.
Rather than requested donations, we will now be requesting and receiving one-time registration contributions at the start of each BDA Solvency Immersion Conference, beginning in June and July 2021. Registration donations will lead to access to the workshop materials (revised and improved for 2021), weekly workshops via video conferences (each registrant will have their own unique link), audio recordings, and midweek drop-in fellowship, also via video conference (with additional unique links separate from the workshops). Please see our home page for details about requested contributions and registration.
In this way, we will more equally receive contributions from workshop participants and will successfully raise funds. Proceeds from these workshops, less $100 to the GSB each month, plus tech and website expenses, will be distributed directly to the BDA Intergroup (bdaintergroup.org). By their group conscience, 50% of funds donated will go to Public Information, 25% to free conference-approved literature for DA and BDA members and newcomers, and 25% to the BDA Intergroup's general fund. (Most of the general fund, after accruals and other expenses, get transferred to the literature fund.) Our fundraising vision for the three BDA Solvency Immersion Conferences of 2021 is $15,000. Please join us and contribute to service and outreach.
You might want to expense your workshop registration to your business as either education costs or donations. We're not suggesting this, simply providing information: We know many BDA fellows who do expense the cost of BDA workshops to their businesses, as education and training, especially BDA workshops with direct impact on their success.
As a reminder from our Workshop Overview:
If you do not yet have the following pieces of conference-approved DA and BDA literature — DA’s Currency of Hope; DA’s 12, 12, and 12 book; and a handful of DA and BDA pamphlets (ALL of the pamphlets if you're willing to receive an eBook) — the BDA Intergroup welcomes requests for any one, any combination, or even all of these books and pamphlets if they will support you in getting and staying solvent (free of incurring new unsecured debt, no matter what, one day at a time) in DA and BDA. Please visit https://www.bdaintergroup.org/free-da-and-bda-literature to submit a literature request form.
FUNDRAISING VISION AND INTENTION (TREASURY REPORTS BELOW)
For the first workshop cycle of 2020, all proceeds, income less expenses, were donated directly to the GSB, at the end of each month, and we provided monthly treasury reports to all workshop participants. During the six months of our first-ever six-month workshop cycle, January — June 2020, we collected $4,518.14 from workshop participants, paid $95.27 in fees on electronic transactions, spent $850.00 on conference-approved literature and related in and out shipping costs, spent $149.45 on the first year of hosting for this website, and distributed $3,423.42 to the GSB, with some literature inventory remaining for the next cycle. You can download our final cycle one treasury report here. Thank you to our incredibly generous workshop participants!
For our second cycle of 2020, we expanded the pool of giving, distributing half of our post-expense proceeds to the GSB and half to the BDA Intergroup. During the six months of our second six-month workshop cycle, July — December 2020, we collected $5,618.22 from workshop participants, paid $145.93 in fees on electronic transactions, and spent $650.00 on conference-approved literature and related in and out shipping costs, with no remaining inventory. The remaining $4,822.29 has been distributed evenly between GSB and the BDA Intergroup at $2,411.14 each (plus an extra penny for the GSB). You can download our final cycle two treasury report here. Again, thank you to our incredibly generous workshop participants!
If you have any questions about this grassroots fundraising, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: We are changing our distribution plan for 2021. We will distribute $100 to the GSB each month as an expense and will send all post-expense proceeds to the BDA Intergroup for service directly to BDA groups and members, especially free conference-approved literature for DA and BDA members and newcomers and outreach to still-suffering debtors and business debtors. Our most recent 2021 treasurer's report is below.