Perpetually renewing client base
Now in our fifth year, the Boys Club Network message is spreading quickly beyond our East Vancouver and North Vancouver locations. In January 2012, we added a West Vancouver Boys Club to the Network.
Our two reality stage productions continue to spread the Boys Club message to and beyond our audience of 10,000 students, families, educators and community stakeholders. We are filling a critical un-met need, and our client pool renews every year as one class graduates and another matriculates.
Through our outreach and communications efforts, and meetings with media and stakeholder groups, we have received many requests for an expanded Boys Club Network program. Like-minded, passionate and qualified individuals are coming forward to explore the possibility of starting programs in their districts. Discussions are on-going and we are very close to confirming a scaleable curriculum.
Before we can expand however, we want to confirm funding for our current two-year, two-location business plan. Once that is in place, we can turn 100% of our energy to Boys Club programs and to expansion. Currently, we operate hand-to-mouth, and pursuing incremental funding consumes more than 50% of founders' time.
Network fundraising consists of three streams - Maintenance, Educational Initiatives, and Growth.
Maintenance keeps weekly programs alive at all three locations and includes items like transportation for outings, food for meetings, emergency food/clothing/school fee stop-gaps on occasion, bank fees, and other non-negotiables.
Educational Initiatives include production and touring of reality stage productions, and curriculum development. Each initiative is funded separately at a ratio of 25-20% cash to 75-80% in-kind donations.
Growth expands the network and outreach, or out-of-community initiatives.
Boys Club Network operations are extremely lean and our budget is small. We rely solely on private donations from generous individuals, and on in-kind donations from community organizations.
If you are interested in helping the Boys Club Network expand and fulfill its potential, please visit our Wish List.