It's About Donations

Over 30 community groups will share an anticipated $70,000 of donations and beverage revenue at this year’s 30th anniversary San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration. In previous years those making donations have received beads but this year the beads are to be replaced by a sticker system. Those attending the Celebration will be requested to make a donation of $3 (more if you can -- less if you can’t) in return for a sticker which will give the wearer $1 off all beverages. The plan is that this will boost both the gate donations and the beverage income so that even more money is returned to the community.

The Pride Committee is also unhappy with the source of the beads. Pride Board Member Joey Cain explained: “Central to our mission is respect for human rights and we therefore took the decision not to order beads from China, a country where human rights are routinely violated. In doing this, we stand shoulder to shoulder with representative Nancy Pelosi and others who question the rush to do business with China while its record on human rights is so dismal.”

Most beads at Mardi Gras and similar events are made in China. The committee is researching alternative sources of beads for future use. Representative Pelosi applauded the Committee’s decision and upon hearing of it said: “I commend San Francisco Pride for its principled decision to use stickers rather than beads at the Parade and Celebration this year. As we continue to march and work for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community, we can, do, and must advance basic human rights for all.“

Donations make up an important part of the Committee’s revenue and help to fund the event, as well as benefit local non-profits. Only a third of the Committee’s budget is covered by sponsorship and the remaining two thirds is made up from sources such as donations and beverage sales

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said : "Donations are a vital part of our income and without them the event could not happen. I am confident that the vast majority of those who attend the event this year will dig deep and help us and our partners carry on with the work of liberating our community. It’s About Freedom after all.”

The Donations Program is just part of an ongoing policy of community engagement. Last year the Committee abolished Parade Contingent fees for non-profit whose budgets were under $50k (this year $75k) and beverage partners received 25% of the beverage income (this year 30%). By partnering with community groups in this way the Committee believes it is building a stable, community based future for the San Francisco Pride event.

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For further information please contact Teddy Witherington at (415) 864 0831

Pride’s Community Partners Pride relies on your donations to fund the event. Everyone is being asked to make donation of $3 this year (more if you can, less if you can’t) and in return we’ll give you a sticker entitling you to $1 off all beverages.

Donations at the entrances to the Celebrations and Beverage sales at the event are reinvested in our community and benefit the following community organizations : AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Alternative Family Project, Bears of San Francisco, Black Gay Lesbian Transgender People in Pride, Breast Cancer Action, California Men's Gathering, Castro Lions Club, Community United Against Violence, Dignity San Francisco, Ducal Court, East Bay Pride, Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church, FTM International, Full Circle Community Counseling, Gay & Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California, Golden Gate Guards/Alameda County Leather Corps, Harvey Milk Institute, Healing Waters, Imperial Council of San Francisco, Knights of Malta, Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, Men of All Colors Together, Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support, Nomenus, Pets Are Wonderful Support, Positive Resource Center, Project Open Hand, San Francisco Bowlers Emergency AIDS Relief, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, San Francisco Gay Softball League, and Sundance Country Dance Association.

Last year was a record year for the amount of money we were able to return to our community, $56,995. 1999 was a record high for the amount of community donations and, as a percentage of total cash expenditure, the amount of community donations has been increasing since 1997, hand in hand with higher standards of fiscal responsibility and financial solvency.