Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:03 pm #1704580
defcribed wrote:I understand that GASCO gets the money. It certainly seems to appear as an income stream in their accounts.
Without wishing to see this thread being locked for a ‘cool off’ and ‘time out’, then all I will say is that the course payment is taken by GASCo to cover the cost of the venue, refreshments, IT equipment (such as some electronic voting clickers for interactive learning), the facilitators’ expenses, admin expenses (there is a salaried GASCo office manager that assists with this task) and other bits an bobs. The GASCo Charity has to take risk up front when it books a venue and if there aren’t enough attendees then it may make a loss - thankfully, so far, there has been a small amount of gain that has been plowed back into the other work of GASCo that is often provided for the benefit of the whole of GA for free. The problem with charging exact costs in this instance is that you never now how may attendees you will get and without setting a ‘fixed fee’ (based on average costs) then one infringer may be disadvantaged by having to pay more than another.
As pointed out, we have to be quite transparent with our finances under Charity Commission rules. I did try to explain it more here if you are really that interested: viewtopic.php?p=1703420#p1703420 and viewtopic.php?p=1703505#p1703505
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