Promoting Participation in
the Moraga Community
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your relationship to the town staff and elected town council members?
The fundamental reason we exist is to keep citizens informed on issues and important meetings. This means having a relationship with the staff and council in order to know when a town-wide topic is being discussed, when citizen input is needed, and where documents are located. Moraga Citizens Network's goal is to point to the places where citizens can get information and so participate as informed people; it is NOT to take a position or present a case for a particular point of view.
If you do not collect fees or dues, how do you sustain MCN?
A 2 year cycle has evolved, revolving around the "even years" when there is a Town Council election. At that time, we prepare and offer a Candidates' Night in October so that all citizens can meet the candidates running for those seats. Because of the expenses involved in publicizing this event and the expenses involved in having a website and an email marketing software (Constant Contact) to support the bi-monthly newsletter to all members, we have a short fund-raising campaign in the fall.
Our $2000 budget for 2 years breaks down like this:
Candidates' Night - 32%
Constant Contact - 27%
Website - 17%
Other fees - 15%
Publicity materials - 10%
Our actual expenses from our most recent 2-year budget cycle are:
•2010 Candidates' Night - $650.00 Nearly all of the expenses were tied to publicity. Adequate flyers, posters, and signage are a critical component for the success of our events.
•The MCN Link - $ 540.00 Fee for the email marketing software, Constant Contact, which powers The MCN Link.
•Website - $ 350.00 – Domain name and Host Renewal fees; website transfer & training
•Fees - $300.00 Includes membership in Moraga Chamber of Commerce and participation as a booth vendor in town festivals.
•Publicity materials - $200 – distributed from our booth at festivals, presentations at service organizations, etc.
As you can see, our total 2-year budget is about $2000.00.
Are you a registered non-profit organization?
Yes! Moraga Citizens Network is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donation may be tax-deductible. Check with your tax advisor to be sure.