And by the past year, I mean let’s use the most recent Form 990, the one* that was filed about four months ago, and compare it with the one what was filed for the year before.
Check it. Here’s the 990 for 2011 - $344,663 in reported membership dues:
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And here’s the 990 for 2012 – just $185,921:
Now, what could explain this sudden and dramatic drop in “support?”
Well, we had the Chris Bucchere accident in the first quarter of 2012 and some members didn’t exactly approve of the way that SFBC officers dealt with the issue. Perhaps revenue went down in the following quarters?
And we had the shocking SFBC endorsement of Republican-backed Mayor Ed Lee near the end of 2011 – I doubt that paying members would have approved of that had they been given the opportunity.
You know, this guy, the one who always looks up to the formerly-despised Willie Brown:
Of course, people can always do a Barter Membership, but you’d think that dues-paying members would volunteer anyway, right?
Take a look at the numbers on the tax returns, it seems as if the SFBC is just another arm of the SFMTA or, indeed, of SFGov. (Except it’s an agency that can officially endorse Ed Lee for Mayor.)
Anyway, this is why the SFBC no longer boasts of increasing membership anymore.
[UPDATE: Did the 10% discount for SFBC members at Rainbow Grocery really make that much of a difference? IDK. See Comments.]
*There’s also something called the Education Fund, which also gets membership dues – $10k for 2011 and $20k for 2012. But if you throw those numbers in you’re still looking at a 40-something percent decline year over year.