Monthly Donor Campaign 2021
It has been one year since Glad Day was shut down due to COVID-19.
While we have been hustling with online sales, curbside pick-up and sometimes a patio, it is worth remembering that 65% of our revenue is drink sales and
IN THE LAST 365 DAYS, Glad Day has been:
CLOSED for in-store shopping
259 out of 365 days
CLOSED for eating and drinking inside
364.5 days out of 365
During that same time, we ramped up Glad Day Lit which increased our online presence, raised funds for people in need and moved our programming online.
IN THE LAST 365 DAYS, Glad Day Lit has:
HOSTED OVER 550
FREE EVENTS ONLINE
SENT OUT OVER 900 GRANTS
TO PEOPLE IN NEED
OVER 1500 TIMES
As we look ahead, we know our work isn’t done.
People still need our help and artists are still struggling.
Glad Day itself is fragile, precarious and vulnerable.
MONTHLY DONORS ARE ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO CREATE STABILITY.
We are hoping to increase our monthly donations by $750 a month. Knowing we have a reliable stream of donations coming in helps us to plan, make commitments and help more people.
We are asking people to think about: “How much would you have spent if Glad Day was open?” Would you have gotten a latte? Come to Drag Brunch? Eaten a meal? Think about what amount feels right for you and consider becoming a monthly donor today.
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Emergency Survival Fund
for LGBTQ2S artists, performers, tip-based workers
and Glad Day
A huge number of queer and trans people rely on revenue that can’t be traced back to an employer, so financial supports for businesses and employers will not help us. Many of us will face a crisis before government help arrives. Artists, performers, sex workers, tip-based workers - these are just some of the people who are are experiencing a swift and brutal loss of income. On top of that, many LGBTQ2S people are not supported by their family of origin and have a weak financial support network.
As of Friday, Oct 30th, 2020, we have received over 2800 requests for emergency help.
We have been able support over 1200 people so far - but every day we still have people asking for help.
Glad Day is uniquely positioned to be able to identify and support LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers who are in dire financial need. Our connections to community run deep and already we have been overwhelmed with the number of people who have reached out to us, shocked, desperate and no idea how they are going to get through the next few days, much less the next week or month.
On top of that, Glad Day itself is faced with an immediate crisis. It’s no secret that we have been struggling financially for years and that, without financial support from fundraising and grants, we might be forced to close. We have a non-profit side, called Glad Day Lit, that we have been building to help keep us open and eventually turn 100% of our operations into a charity, but its growth has been slower than we hoped.
Given that both Glad Day and the people we serve are faced with an immediate crisis, we want to create a fund that supports Glad Day and the people we serve.
How your donation is used:
From October 1, 2020 until May 1, 2021, all donations will be used like this:
30% - Paid work for LGBTQ2S artists and performers
10% - Swift grants to LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers for food and housing
45% - Operating Glad Day Lit, which is mostly admin work to host events, fundraise and get artists paid
15% - Goes towards keeping Glad Day open while we are partially shut down
From March 1, 2020 until October 1, 2020, donations were used like this:
30% - Paid work for LGBTQ2S artists and performers
30% - Swift grants to LGBTQ2S artists, performers and tip-based workers for food and housing
10% - Swift no-interest loans to artists, performers and tip-based workers
15% - Goes towards Glad Day Lit admin costs and becoming a charity
15% - Goes towards keeping Glad Day open
We have established a team to review applications and provide oversight and transparency for the disbursement of funds. This team includes: Priyanka, Michael Erickson, Jade Niles Craig, Denise McLeod, John Caffery and Kaleb Robertson.
WE HIT OUR FIRST GOAL OF $100,000 in the first week!
We will hit our second goal of $250,000 by the end of May.
We raised $300,000 at the end of September
Our new goal is to have $15,000 in monthly donations from November 2020 to March 2020.
We are still giving grants to LGBTQ artists and tip-based workers in need. However, our funds are limited because donations have slowed down. From March to June we were able to help about half of all applicants. Now we are able to help about 1 in 10.
The application is now open: https://forms.gle/vVvkpspCn78cr8yu6
As of October 30th, we have OVER 2800 requests for support.
Major Donors & Questions
If you would like to be a major donor (over $5,000) or if you have any questions about donating, please email Michael Erickson directly at [email protected].
You can donate by clicking the 'Donate Now' button below.
You can also send an e-transfer to [email protected]
You can send funds via PayPal to [email protected]
You can write a cheque made out to Glad Day Lit and mail it or drop it off at Glad Day
More about how funds will be used
There can still be many ways to pay artists and performers for their work. While performing for audiences in person might not be possible, we can pay people to:
- create audio and video recordings of performances
- host live-streamed events on platforms that provide additional ways for performers to get tip/ticket revenue
- create works (craft, writing, etc) that can later be sold at Glad Day or online
- other projects that artists and performers pitch to us
Swift Grants & Loans
Many people need money now. We will offer both grants and loans to people from $100-$800, based on need. The applications are easy and the application review team made is up of community members. People will have a year to pay back the loan, then the money will be put back into a fund for ongoing artist loans and grants; but if people cannot pay back the loans, that's ok too.
Glad Day Lit & Glad Day
These funds will pay for all the admin labour needed to coordinate this program, disburse the funds, continue fundraising, provide applicants with support getting government assistance as well as covering the banking and transaction fees. These funds will also be used to keep Glad Day going and our staff employed in this time of no revenue and uncertainty. It will also help us fast-track Glad Day to becoming a charity.