Letter from Director: May – June 2024

Director’s Message

Successful 2023 year!  We extend our deepest gratitude to all 2023 donors. With your support, we ended the fiscal year with a surplus fund of $19,463.00. As previously noted, we traditionally start each January by borrowing funds to operate the Center, repaying the loan monthly from revenue collected from 8 different sources. In 2024, we’re introducing new fundraising practices to alleviate year-end pressure. One strategy is to encourage early-year donations to distribute financial burdens more evenly throughout the year. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in serving our community.

Washington Gives 2024 – May 7 & 8  The month of May is celebrated across the USA as Older Americans Month, and we encourage you to support our programs and services through a donation made to Shoreline-LFP Senior Activity Center.  We are not registered on the Washington Gives website as we are housed under the Sound Generations link.  HOWEVER, donations made to Sound Generations do not return to our Center but are absorbed into their operations budget.  Please donate directly to our Center.  We have placed donation envelopes around the center and a donation box is located at the Reception Desk.  You may also donate on our website.  All donations, large or small, are tax deductible, and we are happy to provide a letter containing our Tax ID #.

Rent/Utilities Increase – In August 2023, our lease renewal with the Shoreline School District led to a reclassification as renters, resulting in a doubling of our rent. Through negotiations, we managed to spread the increased rent over three years. Despite our efforts to demonstrate our impact on education—such as placing 58-65 senior volunteers annually in Shoreline classrooms, providing tutoring and assistance equivalent to over $75,000 in wages—our classification remained unchanged. This significantly heightened our fundraising needs. Notably, our fiscal year runs from January 1st to December 31st, while the district’s fiscal year spans August 1st to July 31st. It’s crucial to highlight that our 2024 budget had already been finalized and approved prior to this lease renegotiation.Top of Form

 

Rent Increases under new contract w/Shoreline School District:

20232024202520262027
$47,85056,52565,450$74,37583,300

 

Many Thanks – We are so grateful to Knossos Foundation for their donation of $12,000 to assist us with our $28,000 food costs this year.  We also want to thank the Shoreline School Foundation, for the $4,000 grant to cover the cost of materials for the Power of One tutoring materials.

Knossos Foundation provides an additional $12,000 to cover the coordinator’s position.

 

May is brimming with special events at the Center, including the Cinco de Mayo party, the Memorial Day Luncheon, and impending registration deadlines for our International Trips. Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities to connect and celebrate with our community. Keep an eye out for registration details and mark your calendars to join us for these memorable occasions!  See you at the Center!

 

Theresa LaCroix