When J4MB was launched in February 2013, we had no basis to forecast how well, if at all, we would be received by the general public, in the then public climate of almost total belief in feminism.
Supporters tell us we can be proud of what we’ve achieved in two years. Donors have sent sums ranging from £10 to £2,000. We’ve had over 100 appearances on mainstream television and radio – here. Countless newspaper, magazine, and blog pieces have been written about us. The tone of the reporting has usually been challenging and often antagonistic, which we expected, but we have also been surprised by the interest we have triggered in some of the most unlikely people, and we can be sure that we have broken the blanket belief that men’s and boys’ issues are either non-existent, or unimportant. The comments streams following online articles have been very supportive of J4MB and what we’re seeking to achieve.
Thanks to generous donors, the party’s accounts have remained in the black from day one, largely because no one working for J4MB has taken a penny of income from donations. We do not see our position on personal income changing in the foreseeable future, if ever – and if it does, we’ll obviously let you know in advance.
We’re working towards the 2020 general election, in which we plan to field 20 candidates in the most marginal seats won by the Conservatives in 2015 – details here. We intend to significantly reduce the Conservatives’ prospects of being re-elected.
We’re going to raise our game in a number of areas, generating ever greater public awareness of men’s and boys’ issues. This will require a stronger financial base. We’ll need £10,000 to fund 20 candidates’ deposits in 2020, and a further £40,000 to finance the printing and distribution of their campaign literature.
We’re introducing party membership, as we feel it’s the most appropriate way to guarantee reliable cash flows over the longer term, thus obviating the hand-to-mouth approach upon which we’ve relied in the past. It will also free up valuable time for political campaigning which would otherwise be spent on uncertain crowd-funding campaigns.
We’re establishing a range of membership grades, ranging from £8.33pcm (just 27 pence per day) to £50.00pcm. If a standing order for £8.33pcm is set up now (or very shortly), a sum of £500 will be raised by May 2020, enough to fund one candidate’s deposit. Multiples of £8.33 will fund more deposits.
We’re ‘ring fencing’ the first members’ donations, to ensure that the 20 candidates’ deposits will be in place in 2020. Further members’ donations will be used to fund our campaigning work, and the cost of literature printing and distribution.
Membership grade Monthly donation Deposit(s) funded
Bronze £8.33 1
Silver £16.66 2
Gold £25.00 3
Platinum £50.00 6
Members will receive a signed membership certificate, a copy of the A3 leaflets we distributed in the 2015 general election – the window poster element is here – and two individually numbered silicone wristbands. Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal although we have to pay commissions on donations made that way, so we’d prefer you set up a Standing Order payable directly into the J4MB account, thereby ensuring every penny goes to J4MB. Our account details:
Account name: Justice for Men and Boys 2020
Sort code: 309054
Account number: 65060868
Monthly donations can be set up through PayPal, although we have to pay commissions on these donations:
If you want to put in place a regular donation of another amount, we would of course be deeply grateful.
Please email me email@example.com with the membership grade you’ve settled on, the name you’d like printed on your membership certificate, and your address. Thank you for your support.