Details of Expenses 2010-2011
Research is one of the pillars of our mandate at QPIRG. The expenses in this category include, amongst others: funding for the Community-University Research Exchange; the Study in Action Conference (at which students can present their own research projects); the Convergence Journal (a journal of papers by undergraduate students); Summer stipend research projects, as well as for our library, which is the largest alternative library in Montreal.
Campus and community projects (7.92%)
QPIRG`s mandate is to connect students with the larger Montreal community around issues of social and environmental justice. In order to carry out this mandate, QPIRG funds twenty independent working groups, one-off projects and discretionary funding for student projects and events.
Campus programming (17.09%)
Every year, QPIRG-McGill organizes tons of awesome events on campus for McGill students. Amongst these include Rad Frosh, our alternative orientation for new McGill students, event series such as Culture Shock and Social Justice Days, as well as School Schmool, a no-nonsense planner and guide to McGill and Montreal community resources.
Staffing Costs (21.49%)
QPIRG strongly believes in putting our mandate of social justice and equality into practice in the very structure of our organization. As such, workers’ rights are very important to us. We try as much as possible to make sure that our staff are paid a living wage, and not just minimum wage, and that they receive some benefits (partial health insurance and bus passes). However, with a limited budget and an immense amount of work, our staff, both full-time and contract, work above and beyond what they are paid to do at QPIRG.
Administrative Costs (6.56%)
As with every organization, QPIRG has several administrative costs to manage, such as office supplies, photocopies, our annual incorporation fee (as all registered non-profit organizations), accounting fees, insurance, postage, repairs and maintenance, and bank charges. Not very exciting, but they are part of what sustains the work we do!
McGill Fees (9.50%)
We pay rent ($1,713/month) to McGill, as well as internet, telephone and fax fees and administrative fees. According to our Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), we cannot use any services other than McGill ones.
Like all organizations who have paid staff, we pay federal taxes (income tax and employment insurance) and Quebec taxes (Quebec income tax, Quebec Pension Plan, Health Services Fund, Quebec Parental Insurance Plan) to the provincial and federal governments. We also pay into the Comission de la santé et de la securité du travail (CSST).
Opt-outs represent a significant expense in our budget, as they do across the board for the fee-levy groups whose opt-out mechanism was placed on the Minerva on-line opt-out system. At the beginning of every school year, we receive funding from the student fee-levy in full. With the current system, the amount of money that makes up the number of students who have opted-out online is subtracted from our next fee-levy cheque from McGill. As such, this is counted as an “expense” in our budget. The difference in opt-outs among all the different fee-levy groups is between 0.5% to 1.5%.
The chart below show opt-outs since they went online in the fall of 2007. QPIRG and CKUT get funding from all students at McGill, the Referral Services and Midnight Kitchen only get funding from undergraduate students. The percentages displayed below are based on the different student enrolments.
Fee Levy (79.08%)
Every semester, undergraduate and graduate students pay respective fee levies of $3.75 and $3.00 that go towards funding QPIRG McGill. Without student support, we would not be able to function as an organization. This amount reflect the fee-levy before opt-outs.
QPIRG does extra fundraising primarily for the purpose of putting on particular events (such as Social Justice Days, Rad Frosh, Culture Shock, and one-time events, including this year bringing socially conscious comedian Hari Kondabolu to Montreal) and to carry out particular projects, such as School Schmool and Convergence.
Funding for Paid Positions (10.19%)
We receive a number of grants for contract-based paid positions, such as the Rad Frosh coordinator, the CURE and Library Coordinators, and in the past year our Policy and Fundraising coordinators (6 months each). These grants come from a range of sources, including McGill Work Study, Emploi Quebec, and Young Canada Works.