Working towards self-sustainability
Pride and all Pride projects including the annual Pride parade and Mardi Gras organised by the Organising Committee commits to work towards self-sustainability.
- Funding shall be sought for the following:
- Establishment of a full-time office and
- Community Outreach Project.
- Such funding shall be sought from:
- The Provincial and National government and government departments.
- National human rights organisations and HIV/AIDS groups.
- International funders.
Pride shall actively seek sponsorship from businesses to sponsor Pride events.
- Sponsorship shall be sought for:
- The Mardi Gras as an event.
- Bringing out of international artists.
- The accommodation, transport and expenses for international and national artists during the Pride event.
- Logistical aspects of the Mardi Gras such as stage, infra-structure etc.
- Floats for community based organisations.
- Pre-events which have the potential to raise funds for the Pride event.
- The media campaign to advertise the Pride event.
4. Joint projects
- Pride shall seek to create a donor base to raise funds for the running of the Pride office.
- Donations may be received from individuals or business and corporations.
- Donations shall be raised by:
- Sending out letters on an annual basis to businesses that advertise in the gay press.
- Asking individuals to pledge to pay a minimum amount of R 50 per month for the running of the Pride office by having through debit orders.
The Organising Committee has and shall initiate joint projects with businesses, organisations and individuals in co-branding in order to move towards achieving self-sustainability. The following projects have been initiated thus far and the Pride Committee shall strive to ensure these projects continue.
- 1999 Joint ventures
- Q Online & Pride: Q Online (Mail & Guardian Queer Website) and Pride are producing the first Queer Guide to South Africa - listing all the possible lesbian and gay venues the community would want to visit. In order for Pride to become financially self-sustainable, we are distributing these books to our local community. These shall be distributed through lesbian and gay owned shops, bars, clubs and other venues. Each book sold gives proceeds to Pride and the venue/organisation.
- Gallo, Exit, Pride & Stonewall 30: Pride, Exit, Stonewall 30 and Exit have produced a CD for 1999 that brings all the Queer Classics on one CD. CDs are to be distributed through venues and organisations. These projects are an opportunity for Pride and the organisation to benefit financially.
- SA City Life: SA City Life will be running features in their September issue around Pride. These shall be delivered on a Return basis. Pride shall distribute these through venues for sale to members of the public. Copies not sold shall be returned to SA City Life.
- Future ventures
All future joint ventures need to be based on the following principles:
- Partnerships must strive to help build unity in the community.
- All ventures must be financially viable for all parties concerned.
- No individual committee member shall enter into such agreements on behalf of Pride.
- If a committee member shall benefit from such ventures, said benefits must be disclosed in full to the Board of Trustees.
- Contractile agreements are to be entered into for all agreements.
- Such ventures must be approved by the Board of trustees.
- The said venture must align with the objectives of Pride as stipulated in Chapter 3 of the constitution and promote community involvement for the benefit of Pride.