Where does my tuition go?
In the past folks have ask where tuition dollars go and why we have the need to fundraise, here are the short answers and basic outline of the Western annual plan. As a non-profit 501 3c we are bound by certain regulatory rules and work to put the money back into the program. Every season is different and capital improvement comes about on an as needed basis.
The bulk of any monies collected is put into ice time rented from Danbury Ice Arena, followed closely by Officials costs and Coaches salaries and expense. Additionally, we have annual equipment costs along with recurring I T costs, accountant fees, nonprofit filings, Connecticut Hockey Conference Dues, Connecticut Girls Hockey League fees, and Tournament application and entry fees. We have annual evaluation expenses. We look to also make investments in capital improvement projects such as new cross ice boards, coaching aids, and visual aids and storage lockers. In the past, we have also subsidized new jerseys and/or skill sessions. We pay some outside venders to address the different levels such as Pro Crease goaltending and I Play Harder (IPH). We have annual banquet fees including small gifts for our athletes, managers and schedulers. We have marketing costs and administrative costs.
Hockey can be a costly sport and we are ever conscience of keeping our tuition in check while balancing the ongoing needs of the organization. Our Organization files annual tax returns and sets annual budgets and maintains an ongoing balance sheet.