From inception, to announcement, to selecting the teams, to holding the Wood Stove Decathlon, the Wood Stove Design Challenge unfolded over a 2-year period. The total cost came to about $200,000 over those 2 years, and $157,000 of that was in 2013.
In 2013, the Wood Stove Design Challenge cost about $157,000 in direct cash expenses. In addition, tangible, in-kind donations that we would have otherwise had to pay for accounted for more than $50,000. The largest budget items were salaries ($39,000), the tent ($33,000), prize money ($30,000) and testing ($23,000).
Overall, our largest funders were NYSERDA ($47,000), the Osprey Foundation ($40,000), and the District of Columbia ($10,000). In addition, we had extremely large in-kind support from ICC Chimney, which was probably in the $20,000 range, the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the mobile particulate sampling companies Wohler and Testo, Brookhaven National Lab, Popular Mechanics, Travis Industries and others.
One reason the Alliance was able to hold this competition for a total cost of $200,000 is that salaries were low, and we kept many expenses to a bare minimum. If the Alliance were to do another similar Design Challenge, we would have to plan for a total of about $300,000 over a two year period, and use at least $200,000 of that for the year of the event.
|2013 Decathlon Costs
(Jan. 1 - Nov. 30, 2013)
|WSDC assistant (50%)||$6,000|
|Taxes, benefits & payroll (50%)||$4,500|
|Brookhaven National Lab||$23,000|
|NPS cost recovery deposit||$1,800|
|Tent, generator, tables, chairs, etc.||$33,117|
|Add’l liability insurance||$809|
|U-Haul Rental & scaffolding||$680|
|Misc. event supplies||$3,500|
|Rent, phones, etc. (50%)||$7,450|