We at Abundant Housing Vancouver get a fair number of questions about our finances. Here's the short answer to most questions: we are a self-funded organization on a small budget, and we do not accept funding from real estate organizations.
Abundant Housing Vancouver was initially formed in June 2016, after a handful of engaged Vancouverites met when supporting new rental apartments before council.
Directors of AHV have made personal contributions to AHV totalling $10,814.92 between June 2016 and December 2018. We started accepting external donations on the website in March 2018, and individuals have contributed $290 to date.
Only about half of that money has been spent; our bank account currently holds $5150 for a rainy day. We have been running a successful advocacy organization on less than $2500/year. This is proof that you don't need a lot of money to make change happen – all you need is a small group of dedicated and engaged people.
What do you spend the money on?
Our expenses tend to be pretty mundane: website hosting, printed materials, venues for events, and, of course, pizza for meetings. To give one example, our most recent NationBuilder bill came to $717.56 for 1 year of service.
Reilly Wood (Director, Abundant Housing Vancouver)