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Proposal ID422
Proposal2010 GPUS Annual Budget
PresenterGPUS Steering Committgee
Floor ManagerJody Grage
Discussion11/16/2009 - 01/10/2010
Voting01/11/2010 - 01/17/2010
Presens Quorum34 0.6666
Consens Quorum65 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


GPUS Fiscal Policy states that "the Steering Committee will propose an annual budget to the National Committee at each year's National Committee meeting which falls next prior to December 31st or propose it on line before November 15."

The 2010 GPUS Budget occurs amidst a deep national and international financial crisis that has made it extremely difficult for non-profit organizations and others like the GPUS that survive primarily or exclusively on donations and fundraising. This follows the Green Party's own difficult period when it suffered the blowback of being blamed for the Bush presidency and the self-inflicted internal wounds of a party divided over presidential strategy in 2004. The cumulative effect of those trends, combined with the party's financial choices over time, have left it with limited options today.

The 2010 GPUS Budget is designed to get the party out of debt and on a sustainable financial footing in difficult financial times. It emphasizes minimizing expenses while still meeting basic party operating needs, and includes not funding certain staff and contractor positions. The hard choices before the GPUS are not unique to it. Non-profit organizations across the country are cutting back personnel and expenses to survive. The GPUS is proposed to do the same in 2010. At the same time, this budget also represents the first time that a specific budget line for fundraising by National Committee and Steering Committee members is being included, representing an organizational commitment for the National Committee to be a partner in fundraising along with GPUS Staff.

However, there is no guarantee that the recommended reductions and fundraising will be sufficient. Should income not support spending early in 2010, the Finance Committee is developing for recommendation to the Steering Committee, a list of budgeted services, from the most to the least essential for maintaining the organization. In this way the party can prepare for an orderly reduction in operations should that be necessary.

The Case Statement is at:

The Income Narrative is at:

The Expense Narrative is at:

GPUS Budget history can be found at:


The proposed 2010 Budget spreadsheet is at:


Personnel and funds to carry out the budget priorities.


GPUS Fiscal Policy

GPUS Monthly Treasurer Reports

GPUS Financial Statements

GPUS Budget History

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