The Charlton Fans Protest Fund was launched on 3 January 2016 with the aim of providing a ready source of funds to enable protest ideas to be turned quickly from concept to reality. At that time, we undertook to provide regular (at least monthly) updates on the fund. In fact, these have been provided more frequently as both the number and amount of donations as well as expenditure grew quickly.
This report, covering the period 3 January to 10 May, aims to give a more comprehensive view - primarily to re-assure the many Charlton fans who have donated that their money is being properly accounted for. Income
Initially, as funding was only to be made available to members of Charlton Life, donations were sought on the forum. Over time, this was broadened to include the CAS Trust website and social media. Donations have been received from all over the world, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada and Singapore.
In addition to donations, some individuals have preferred to pay personally for specific items, such as the two sets of protest badges and the recent advertisement in the Brighton Argus. We are grateful for these additional contributions to the cause.
The total raised in this period is £27,998.59. The source of funds is:
Donations via on-line banking, Paypal, cheque £22,362.27
Match day and other cash donations £ 1,264.60
CARD merchandise sales £ 3,945.06
Boat Party £ 100.00
Protest song revenues £ 325.00
Interest £ 1.66 *
* note: earlier interest payments were added to a donation made to the UpbeatsExpenditure
The fund was initially intended to fund individual protest ideas but the emergence of CARD shortly after it’s launch had a major impact. Both @Davo55
became members of the CARD organising team and were thus able to contribute to the development of the protest strategy and specific initiatives - always with regard to value for money as well as the likely acceptability of protest initiatives to our donors.
As a result, the bulk of expenditure to date has been on CARD actions, although funding has also been provided to the Belgian 20 group and one individual fan protest idea. In all cases, a funding request has been completed by the protest organiser, and approved by both Davo55 and Curb_It, a dual signatory system to ensure openness and accountability. All payments are made against receipts or supplier invoices.
The total expenditure in the period is £19,467.95. The distribution of spend is:
Visual material e.g. banners, scarves, beermats, stickers, placards, posters, outfits £6,934.63
Projectiles e.g. beachballs, stressballs, baloons £7,103.15
CARD merchandise supplies £2,182.26
Printing e.g. leaflets, alternative programmes £1,379.00
Advertising e.g. Adwords, campaign, mobile billboards £1,030.00
Misc e.g, megaphone, helium, balloon pumps £ 838.91CARD Merchandise
CARD produced a range of branded clothing - hoodies, sweatshirts and T shirts, which were made available on match days from the stall in Ransom Walk. To meet the needs of more distant Addicks, including those overseas, we also operated a mail order process.
In total, 267 garments were made. Of these:
160 were sold from the match day stall
80 were sold by mail order
27 remain unsold to date
The hoodies and T shirts were very popular and sold the most, in fact T shirts are sold out.
The merchandise operation produced a profit of £1,762.80, not including the additional voluntary donations made by very many of the mail order customers when paying for their goods.The Future
While the regime remain, the protests will continue and the fund will be there to support the protests.
CARD will be continuing it’s protest campaign over the close season.
Over the next couple of months, we will also be looking into setting up an on-line crowd-funding mechanism (similar to Just Giving donations) to offer a simplified mechanism for payment and to reach a wider audience of potential donors.
In the meantime, please support the fund by donating on-line to:
Sort code 20-68-04
Account number 50661678
Or you can pay by Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, both Curb_It and I thank you all for all the donations, the expressions of support and the practical help. You have shown, yet again, that Charlton fans are indeed very special.