Introduction

As you probably know, in January 24th, we finally created the WOCommunity Association as a real entity, a non-profit corporation registered in Canada. Starting with the incorporation, we reworked the "products" that we offer, and now you can support the Community by becoming a first-class member of the community. 

Operations expenses

By becoming a first-class member, you help to help pay the expenses for the WOCommunity Association services and tools, and also to make deposits for WOWODC. So you might ask yourself, where's my money is going? Let's drill down:

The server is currently using 6 GB of RAM, 104 GB of disk space and an average of 50 GB of bandwidth each month (it can go as high as 125 GB when we release the WOWODC recordings).

So, basic expenses are $2713.55 annually, meaning we need 45 first-class members at $50 each to pay just for the basic expenses.

Expenses

 

Annual total (including taxes)

Dedicated server

1559.76

FreshBooks

377.40

Shopify

743.40

CrashPlan

32.99

Total

$2 713.55

Needed revenues: 56 first class members @ $50 each.

WOWODC 2013 expenses and revenues

Now, let's see the WOWODC 2013 numbers.

 

Total (including taxes)

Hilton banquet service

27 971

Event manager

3 449.24

A/V provider

5 665.40

Andrus' hotel bill and plane ticket

1 287.22

Badges and larnyards

150

Total expenses

$38 522.86

We are expecting the same number (64) of guests as last year and all presenters gets a free pass, bringing the number of people to 75 (including the event manager).

It's a bit hard to estimate the revenues for WOWODC because of the group rebates, but if we have a similar number of groups as last year, revenues should be:

 

Total (including taxes)

Ticket sales

$35 050

Gold Sponsor

$1 127

Silver Sponsors

$1 500

Bronze Sponsors

$600

Total revenue

$38 277

Which gives us a $245 deficit.

Conclusion

As you can see, it's a lot of expenses, and we do not expect a profit.

So please support the WOCommunity Association by becoming a first-class member or by coming to WOWODC. Everyone benefits from the WOWODC material, but to have WOWODC content, we need to actually do the event.