There are just 14 days left until we launch our crowdfunding campaign!! A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported us so far - through pre-pledges, introductions, sharing our posts on social media and various email campaigns (both from us, and your own guerilla-style workplace campaigns) we've been able to build some real momentum over the past fortnight. Please keep it going! We appreciate every single effort people are making and it really is making a difference - please keep talking about the campaign!!!
As we turn onto the final straight before the launch, now is as good as any time to outline exactly where the funds from 'The KANJU Campaign' will be going. As I hope you know by now, Harper Performance is a non-profit social enterprise that exists to support athletes, sports teams and sports organisations from disadvantaged, deprived and marginalised communities worldwide. Over the next 12 to 18 months, we'll be focussing on three specific projects which we've introduced individually through this blog previously:
But how exactly do we provide that support?
Harper Performance's Projects team is made up of some of the most experienced and most qualified performance-support practitioners in elite sport from Europe, Australia and the USA. However, our mission at Harper Performance is not to transplant the high performance sports systems of Western Europe, Australia or the USA to the organisations we work with in Liberia, Uganda or Kenya. Instead, we are looking to utilise the enormous expertise of our small and agile HP Projects team and the local expertise and 'KANJU' (see previous blog for explanation of KANJU) to foster free-form development in these disadvantaged, deprived and marginalised athletic communities.
The money we raise from the crowdfunder will fund the implementation of our work with our partners in Africa, i.e. sending a team of expert practitioners to audit the provisions in place at each of our partners and then implementing programmes where progress can be made, in a locally-driven and domestically sustainable manner. In essence, our team is there to plug an enormous skills gap (in the short term), i.e. how to turn potential into reality in talented athletes and put programmes in place for that skills gap to be filled by local expertise as soon as possible.
See the graph below for a breakdown of where the money from 'The KANJU Campaign' will be directed.
So, lets cut back the jargon and really explain what that means...
Crowdfunder Fees - the crowdfunding platform takes a cut of 5% of everything we raise through our campaign. We've carefully selected a platform that is both well-versed in helping non-profit social enterprises but also one that is the most competitively priced.
Operational Costs - these are costs that we don't include in our project budgets and includes things like ongoing insurance for the team, a nominal marketing budget for the social enterprise and the usual costs associated with running a non-profit.
Project Funding - the exciting bit! Our project funding covers the following:
> Sending a team of expert practitioners to project locations for a 3-day audit plus at least two service delivery deployments of 4-6 days. During the audit, our team work in collaboration with our project partners to identify areas that can be improved. The team work with our contacts in the host country to explore solutions such as food sourcing options, potential local partnerships as well as spending as much time as possible with the coaches, support staff and management to understand where skills gaps exist. The team returns to the UK and works to make sense of all the information before generating an actionable proposal which is then delivered to the project partners through a minimum of two, four to six day, deployments - all of which is supported remotely through online and offline educational resources. Our mission is to build capacity and not reliance, and this process is the most cost-effective mechanism of delivering high quality, highly effective consultancy services whilst ownership is maintained by the project partner.
> Resource production (educational, CPD and upskilling resources).
> Staff renumeration - none of the HP Projects team are volunteers and whilst we are unable to pay our expert practitioners their market value, to ensure we can continue to attract the very best practitioners possible, we offer our staff a fee for their work. The HP Projects team often take unpaid leave or holiday from their usual roles in elite sport in order to deliver our services and so we work hard to respect that sacrifice by remunerating them accordingly.
> Long term, remote support costs - we have a responsibility to ensure that our project work has a lasting, sustainable impact. We set aside a small budget to ensure that our project partners can access our expert team remotely in the long term to troubleshoot issues as they arise and act as a sounding board for further development.
Reserves - as with any responsible business, especially one operating internationally, we have to build in reserve budgets to ensure we can maintain service delivery in the face of market fluctuations and unexpected costs cropping up along the way.
So that's where our crowdfunding money will go should we hit our £30k target! Now you know!
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