How is Skateistan funded?
Skateistan is funded through major donors, foundations, fundraisers, donations and sales of Skateistan merchandise. In 2009 Skateistan opened its first skatepark in Kabul, Afghanistan. Funding for the skatepark came from the German Federal Foreign Office, the Danish Embassy in Kabul, the Canadian Embassy in Kabul and Architecture for Humanity. To date Skateistan’s running costs have been funded by the Norwegian and Danish Embassies, fundraisers and donations. The construction of Skateistan’s second skatepark facility in Mazar-e-Sharif has been fully funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Major foreign military forces plan to begin withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. With this withdrawal much of the associated financial aid will also begin to diminish. Having heavily relied on foreign aid to fund operations in the past, Skateistan is now looking to increase global fundraising efforts, foster partnerships with foundations and grow the Skateistan brand.
Where does the money go?
Finding funding to build a skatepark is one thing, finding the money to run the skatepark year after year is quite another. As a small, grassroots organization each dollar that is received by Skateistan is carefully spent and directly contributes to the goal of giving hundreds of children an alternative to poverty, drugs, violence, and illiteracy.
Skateistan’s total running costs in Afghanistan were 149,384 USD in 2009, 178,521 USD in 2010, 342,456 USD in 2011 and 508,551 USD in 2012. Over that time Skateistan’s registered students have increased from 40 to 400 a week, with an additional 150 students weekly in Cambodia. Skateistan’s running costs include learning materials, school supplies, student meals, student transport, emergency medical supplies, wages and accommodation for the international staff and volunteers. Skateistan has major sponsorships that provide most of the necessary sporting equipment. Skateistan’s Afghanistan organization undergoes an independent audit every year.
Skateistan is growing. In 2012 Skateistan opened it's first facility in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In May 2013 Skateistan will open a second Afghan facility in Mazar-e-Sharif.
How can you help?
Skateistan needs your help to keep going. With foreign aid in Afghanistan set to decrease from 2014, building a donor support base around the world is vital to Skateistan. If you like what Skateistan does the best thing you can do is to donate, hold a fundraiser or buy a Skateistan product and tell all your friends about Skateistan!
Skateistan has charitable, tax-exempt status in Germany, Denmark, the UK and the USA.