The $10,000 Nakba Tour Deficit

From Paul Larudee, Nakba Tour coordinator

“You mean they will actually pay us to come and speak?” This was Amena’s reaction when I told her that the North America Nakba Tour would be self funding.  In the Middle East and often in Europe, speakers are usually funded by philanthropists or institutions with deep pockets.  We had no such backing, but plunged ahead, anyway.

We planned in reverse.  How much can we raise?  An honorarium of $500 plus travel expenses is quite reasonable, but we decided on $500 for two speakers from overseas, and we figured that we could make the travel fit into that.  Next, we decided on our itinerary and filled in the events afterward.  Finally, we decided on the expenses.

OK, not a perfect fit, but Allah Kareem (God is Benevolent), as they say.  Someone will rescue us.

We were hoping to raise at least $17,500 (35 events x $500), and hopefully more from generous audiences.  The reality is that although the scheduling was successful, two were canceled (one allowing us to keep the deposit), and five gave no more than half the requested amount.  Fortunately, others exceeded the requirement, so that we expect to raise $15-16K.

Unfortunately, our expenses didn’t stick to the plan, and we have a roughly $10,000 deficit, as you can see in chart below.  Can you help us?  We would like to repeat this tour, with improvements, but if we can’t recover our costs, there’s little hope of this.  Your donation is tax exempt in the US. Go to our donation page for information on how to donate by check or one line.

Expense (actual or estimated) Amount
Visas (US & Canadian + second try on US)

$   1436

Airfare (speakers, with upgraded transatlantic, coordinator, attempts to bring Canadian visas)

6491

Vehicle purchase + tax, less estimated resale

4640

Extended warrantee

1400

Used luggage rack + lock

390

Auto Insurance

700

Car maintenance

300

Health insurance for speakers

1412

Gasoline (estimated for 12,000 miles @ $.15/mi.)

1300

Tolls & parking

200

Travel equipment

200

Speaker travel per diem

510

Road service

130

Gifts for homestay hosts

849

Telephone and mobile internet for speakers

380

Food, lodging, supplies on the road

2500

Entrance to parks and monuments

900

Medical

200

Driver compensation

2000

TOTAL

  $   25938

We require urgent help creating events on April 10th in Arizona, 12th in Albuquerque and 14-18th in Texas as well as Dallas. We also have dates in May for KC, SLC, Boise and Eugene. Anyone who can assist with this should contact us right away.

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