How is your initiative financed (or how do you expect your initiative will be financed)?
The original Boxgirls project has been financed through its members, the German Children and Youth Foundation, the Landessportbund and the German Ministry of the Interior. For Boxgirls Roadwork we will raise money from our members, partner with local schools, approach Nike for Nike+ support, Women Win for a start up grant, work with UN Habitat to make the case that running and boxing as urban sports have a role to play in their "safer cities" programme, recruit paying members and have a strong internet presence with the possibility to accept world wide donations from other runners and boxers who want to show solidarity. As we collect evidence of our effectiveness we will approach further corporate partners who align with our goals.
If known, provide information on your finances and organization.
We are currently all volunteers. We have managed to grow Boxgirls to a vibrant stable organisation on a very small budget and many volunteer hours. We will start with small budgets for each city for Boxgirls Roadwork. These initial budgets would include resources for the Nike + infrastructure (hopefully in kind), computer access, communications (video, internet, phone), volunteer incentives, training of volunteers, marketing, networking and basic sports equipment.
We plan to create a volunteer driven organisation with part time paid network support and contract work where required. e.g. coaching development and participatory evaluation
What is the potential demand for your innovation?
Running clubs and boxing clubs exist in all major cities of the world. We would like to have 4 sites running (Berlin, Nairobi, Cape Town or Durban, and Seattle or San Francisco) by the middle of 2008 and another 3 sites by 2009!
Once these regional hubs are in place and able to do their own training of trainers we will reach out to more schools and clubs to take part. There is demand there but we need to stabilise our structures first.
What are the main barriers to financial sustainability?
*We will need to have enough members in high income countries to subsidise the members in low income countries to launch the programme to gather the evidence to make the case to other funders.
*Nike+ Infrastructure will have to be provided to girls and young women in many disadvantaged cities as they would not be able to pay for it themselves.
*Sports projects which focus on individuals and not teams do not create the mass numbers that some corporate sponsors expect.