Free Student Press Budget: August 25, 2015 – May 25, 2016

OVERVIEW

The goal of the current Kickstarter campaign for Free Student Press is “seed” money — specifically, at least 70% of first year expenses of what will ideally be a two-year project.

Once raised, this seed money will enable FSP’s Damon Krane to do a substantial amount of work facilitating empowering education for grassroots democracy through the high school students’ production of their own independent publications.

However, this seed money also will allow Krane to leverage the remainder of necessary project funds through speaking engagements, workshops, fundraising events, additional donations from individuals, and foundation grants.

PROJECTED EXPENSES (First year only)

Krane’s Compensation (for his living expenses): $2,500 per month for 9 months……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….$22,500

Travel & Lodging

Krane substantially has reduced travel expenses and the associated costs of lodging and food (and therefore his living expenses as well) by agreeing to use his own micro-mini RV for this project. A compact, 17 feet long vehicle traveling up to 22 miles per gallon, Krane’s RV is not only effective transportation but also a mobile office, bedroom, kitchen and shower that he has already driven across North America once, and from Atlanta to upstate New York and back.

Furthermore, Krane has greatly reduced vehicle maintenance costs by learning to do most of this work himself.

Projected travel expenses are based on traveling each week from Atlanta/Decatur to Athens in Georgia… to Columbia, Charlotte and Boone in South Carolina… then on to Asheville, North Carolina… and then to Knoxville, Chattanooga, and/or Nashville in Tennessee… and finally back to Atlanta. However, Krane’s weekly trek likely will be shortened after the first 6 weeks, assuming that his outreach efforts will result in active high school student publishing groups in about half of the towns in which he begins work.

Therefore, taking all of the above into account, here are some seemingly reasonable estimates…

Gasoline: 865 miles driven per week, at 19 MPG and $2.75 per gallon, for 36 weeks………………………………………………………………………………………………………………$4,507

Vehicle Maintenance: $150 per month for 9 months…………………………………$1,350

Lodging:

Free lodging options for Krane’s RV abound, particularly in warmer weather when he can camp in many Walmart parking lots, rest stops, and on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (as well as, in many cases, the driveways of FSP’s college student volunteers and other local allies). However, there will be times when these options are not feasible, such as when the RV is being repaired and when weather is inhospitable to RV lodging.

Assuming Krane incurs lodging expenses during half (68) of the 144 nights he likely will spend on the road, and that half of those nights (34) he stays in budget motels (34 nights x $55 per night = $1,870,) and the other half he pays to stay at a campground with access to the electrical grid (34 nights x $30 per night = $1,020), then his total project lodging expenses for the year will be………………………………………………………………………………$2,890

Outreach & Educational Materials:

Photocopying volunteer instructional materials…………………………………………..$250

Photocopying high school handbook reports………………………………………………..$250

Printing high school student outreach pamphlets……………………………………..$1,000

Photocopying high school student educational handouts………………………………$400

Lending Library: 5 used copies of Law of Student Press at $45 each…………..$225

Misc.: 

Criminal background checks (for sex offenses) of student volunteers……………………$700

Kickstarter Campaign Expenses:

Kickstarter Fee (5% of total raised)……………………………………………………………………$1,250

Credit card processing fees (4% of total raised)…………………………………………………..$1,000

Rewards (Books, speaking expenses, tour expenses)………………………………………….$3,000

Rewards shipping costs………………………………………………………………………………………….$400

TOTAL PROJECT EXPENSES………………………………………………………$36,832

PROJECTED FUNDS (First year only)

Kickstarter Campaign………………………………………………………………$25,000

Speaking Engagements……………………………………………………………..$5,000

Fundraising Events……………………………………………………………………$2,500

Additional Individual Donors……………………………………………………..$1,332

Foundation Grant(s)………………………………………………………………….$3,000

TOTAL PROJECT FUNDS…………………………………………………………..$36,832

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