We’re nearly 10 years old as an organization, and if you have been around that whole time you already know something about our history, our people, and our governance. If you’re new to the F.E.A.S.T. community, we are delighted to welcome you and show you around.
You may wonder about how we pay for our activities, how we spend our money, and how you can help.
The first thing you need to know, because we are quite unusual in this regard, is we are funded entirely by personal donations. We do not take the usual route of selling ads, mailing lists, sponsorships, or referral links. You will not see us endorsing or recommending treatment providers or services. We are financially independent so families who find us do not need to worry that we are being influenced or staying silent to retain our backers. Families are our backers and you are our only concern!
We have no office or possessions beyond a cabinet full of materials from past events, items we display at conferences, and the minimum of office supplies. Our staff and volunteers donate our computers, internet, printer ink, and pens. Our volunteers mostly have paid our own way to events and to speak and advocate. F.E.A.S.T. enables parent advocates to improve the world as individuals and as part of our organization, but we depend heavily on the generous amount of time and talent they lend to the cause through their work with us.
Until last year, we had no paid staffing or services at all. A recent grant made it possible to staff the F.E.A.S.T. office for the first time, but this is not a permanent grant. Our single staff member coordinates our many activities done by volunteers.
Our international board of directors bring important talents and background to our table and to our quarterly Board Meetings . Some are longtime volunteers for us, others have experience in other eating disorder advocacy. Most are parents. Some have recovered sons and daughters, others continue to care for those with more chronic conditions. Others among us over time have lost their beloved children to death or permanent estrangement. All do it voluntarily despite often having full time jobs or caregiving responsibilities.
We do not give away pens or tote bags at our events, and we do not do mailings or print brochures. Our events are priced at exactly the amount they cost us to put on, and everyone at F.E.A.S.T. pays their own registration just like everyone else who attends.
At this decade mark we thought you’d like to see our finances to date, and see a report from our current Treasurer, Rachel Polonsky. If you have any questions, or want to talk about how to support what we are doing with a grant or gift, please contact Rachel who will welcome your interest.
F.E.A.S.T. Donation Snapshot November 2018
Over the past 12 months we have thanked 211 individual donors who gifted our organization with $30,802.43 in unrestricted donations in amounts from $6 to $10,000. The average donation was $147, but the most common amount was $50.
Some of the donations were targeted for specific purposes:
|National Philanthropic Trust (UK) to support the new website project||15,000.00|
|Anonymous Donor to support 12 month full time staffing salary||50,000.00|
|Anonymous Donor to finance first full in-person Board Meeting 2018||10,000.00|
We happily accept donations of any size. Some donors are set up to have a monthly amount sent to F.E.A.S.T. Others dedicate their birthdays to us through fundraisers on Facebook. At the end of 2017 a Newman’s Own Campaign supported our operating funds enormously.
We are particularly moved by the memorial gifts given in the name of someone who has died. In recent years many of the friends and families of those who have died from their eating disorders stepped forward to support F.E.A.S.T, with special mention to the family and friends and supporters of Libby Rose.