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2018 Funding of the Podcast Awards
For the past 13 years, the Podcast Awards have largely been funded and underwritten by the Founder Todd Cochrane and his wife's personal company "Podcast Connect Inc" and the Sponsors of the Awards. 2017 was the first year in many years that the Awards have been self sustaining

After the failed acquisition of the Podcast Awards in 2015 by the New Media Expo, the decision was made in 2016 to start charging a nominal registration fee. This fee of $10 assured that participants would actually want to participate versus being randomly nominated by a fan, and that the awards could become self-sustaining. Sadly, in years past shows have been nominated/won who actually had no desire to participate in the first place, who never even said thank you to the listeners that nominated and voted for them leaving a stain on those shows. There is a box full of unclaimed trophies to prove that.

The registration fee assures two things the ongoing support of the site and further development of the site, and assures that there will be trophies each year for the winners who actually want to participate. There have been years when it was not possible to buy trophies. The Podcast Awards is in no way a money maker, every penny that is raised is being put back into the site development and support. Everyone volunteers their time, and no one is paid to manage the awards.

Major podcasting companies have been reluctant to sponsor the Podcast Awards in the past because of their false assumption that the awards was somehow tied to Todd's other company Blubrry.com which is incorrect. No financial or people resources of RawVoice/Blubrry are used in the execution of the awards and Todd's company and these Awards pre-dates the formation of RawVoice/Blubrry.

On average it cost nearly $400 dollars per category per year to run the awards, that includes Server Cost, Trophy Cost, One Technologies Development and Accounting fees.

Podcast Awards Committee

2018 Goals
We have significant amount of work yet to be done on the site. Our initial budget for this year will be $4000. This should be enough to finish the re-build of the site and refine what we have planned. If podcast registrations stay the same we will be able to fully fund the trophies as well again this year. This will leave us in a position to expand the awards in 2019 as teh site rebuild will be complete.

2017 Financial Reporting
2016 - Registrations $1150 (Carry Over)
2016 - GoFundMe $1900 (Carry Over)
2017 - Registrations $7700
2017 - Sponsors $1800
2017 - Site Rebuild $6000.00
2017 - Trophy Cost $4400
2017 - Accounting Services $500
2017 - Website Hosting & Misc Expenses $1250
NET $400

2016 GoFundMe Campaign
The 2016 GoFundMe campaign partially funded round one of the Podcast Awards site rebuild, which has allowed us to complete nearly 65% of the total site build. We have one more year of enhancements planned.

Stargate Pioneer - $100
Brian Ibbott - $100
Kari Simms - $100
Dave Jackson - $100
Fred Castaneda -$10
Darrell Darnell - $108
Mignon Fogarty - $100
Jason Bryant - $100
Deborah Williams - $100
Fausto Fernós - $25
Emily Prokop - $10
Daniel Quick -$100
Aaron Peterson - $100
Segovia Smith - $150
Tim Henson - $50
Carl Dodge - $100
Kirsten Desai - $15
Adam Smith - $20
Sheila Jackson - $5
Dr. Marissa Pei - $50
Marcus Wilson - $50
Andy Holloway - $100
Alex Mitchell - $5
Scott Philbrook - $100
Isabel Maxwell - $10
Karl Kornel - $20
Joshua Merritt - $50
Timothy Tay - $22