We occasionally get Emails asking where we spend our money. The following
were our expenses for 2003, as reported in our Canadian "Statement of
Professional Activities" income tax form, (T2032). Values are rounded to the
nearest dollar. We will update this chart in 2005-APR
when we have completed our income taxes for the year 2004.
Since the vast majority of our site visitors are Americans, we have converted
our cost in Canadian dollars to their currency so that they can get a better
idea of the sums involved. We used a ratio of $1.00 American to $1.40 Canadian,
which was the average for the year 2003. 1
|Rent (incl. utilities)
|Business tax, fees, memberships...
|Maintenance & Repairs
|Motor vehicle expense
||Mainly book purchases
|Telephone & utilities
||Mainly ISP costs
|Capital cost allowance
||From capital purchases
Our financial goals:
Eventually, we hope to reorganize the OCRT as a non-profit agency, and
register it with the Government of Canada as a charitable organization. That
way, we would be able to give income tax receipts, at least to our Canadian
donors. Unfortunately, they only register those religious charities which teach the existence of God.
Apparently any God or pantheon of Gods will do. We appear to not qualify because we don't
"teach" about the existence of any one God or Gods. We just discuss what others believe about God(s)
and Goddess(es). In
Canada, we do not have a 1st Amendment to our Constitution which guarantees that the
government will not evaluate religions and religious groups. Pity. The 1st
Amendment has served the U.S. very well indeed. The government is reviewing
its policies towards registering charities. But they are moving with the speed
of a canal horse.
In early 2004, we hired our first staff member -- a part-time
office manager. This has freed up the rest of us to do creative work on the web
site: updating existing essays and adding new essays. Our short-term goal is to
be able to continue this staff member as a permanent position. Our very long range goal is to
pay a salary to our main
author and coordinator so that the OCRT can hire a replacement religious generalist
at a reasonable wage when our present author is no longer able to serve, either
through burnout, disability, or death. He is currently 67 years of age. Only then will group
be likely to continue into the future.
Last update: 2004-JUL-18