Going For Gold
In spite of gloomy economic forecasts the Pride Committee is anticipating a fifth successive year of growth in the amount, which the San Francisco Pride Celebration returns to the Community.
This year, more than any, it is important that everyone who attends the event makes a donation at the gates. If everyone makes a small $3 donation, our community will end 2002 stronger than ever. We partner with a wide diversity of organizations and the donations we receive at the event helps them continue their work throughout the year.
Said Pride President, Joshua Smith.
Prides Community Partner Program, whereby Pride shares its beverage and gate donation revenues with other non-profit groups, has been going from strength to strength. Last year around 30 organizations shared just over $110,000, a record. This year the target is $125,000. The amount, which Pride gives back to, the community has been increasing steadily over the past five years from $32,170 in 1997 to $110,051 last year.
Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said:
Our strategy of community reinvestment continues its momentum. In 1999 we abolished Parade Contingent fees for non-profit whose budgets were under $50k. This year that threshold is $100,000. In 1999 our beverage partners received 25% of the beverage income. This year it is 40%. By partnering with community groups in this way we anchor the event firmly in the community.
Organizations interested in participating in the program must be able to field a minimum of 10 volunteers at the event. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is March 15, 2002.
Parade and Exhibitor fees are frozen this year, for the second year in a row, plus local GGBA members now qualify for a 50% discount on the regular business rate.
The deadline for free entry for small non-profits is April 2.
San Francisco LGBT Pride takes place over the weekend of June 29/30. The event theme is Be Yourself, Change The World.