DiS Community Hardship Fund


#83

Absolutely.

It’s been said before but if we could do something with a couple of smaller local mental health charities as well that would be quite nice.

Strongly think this whole fund has only really been possible because safe spaces on here, particularly the MH threads, have been respected to the point that so many people have felt comfortable opening up.


#84

I’d agree with that. Wait until after Christmas and then perhaps a monthly DiS poll to choose the charity of the month until the surplus has gone.


#85

be great if we could find a small charity who do something that involves both music and mental health?

also keen to donate to DiS, be nice to have both our individual donations and an amount - even if small - that comes via this fund


#86

said I was gonna do some polls, but waiting til the end of Jan and then donating a percentage of the surplus each month seems to have very broad support? do that then.


#87

I would advocate caution against committing to donating a percentage each month (unless it a very small %). This will drain the fund far more quickly than under normal operation. I personally would prefer that, if we do donate, it be to small charities that people have a personal connection too. Perhaps we could solicit the wider community to fill out a form with suggestions.

If the boards do shut down at some point then I think that would be the point at which a larger donation to charity is made in order to liquidate the remaining funds.


#88

just to be clear, it’s a percentage of the surplus, rather than of the total amount in the fund. so if we get to a month where there is less than £500 in the account there would be no donation - the fund has never been close to the surplus before now, and has kept up with demand quite well. we really didn’t expect the raffle to raise that much money tbh!

think I agree on the type of charity we’d want to put the money towards.


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#90

I agree with waiting till February as December and January are the hardest months.

I also agree with targeted donations to smaller charities. From a personal perspective, I’d nominate Mustard Tree in Manchester.

I also agree with providing some small donations from the fund to DiS, but reckon we should poll the contributors to see if they’re happy with that, and then suggest if contributors do want to go down that route then we make it clear about where donations will be going to in the future. I understand the argument about separating the community from the site, but to me they seem completely linked and related.

One thing I think about a lot is that I make some regular DD donations to key charities I support, and then make ad hoc donations to other charities or people doing things/needing things, but I feel like I could and should give more to particular needs that I’m not necessarily aware of, or who have a particular urgent need e.g. homelessness support during the winter etc. Maybe the fund could be a way of both raising awareness to charities who have a particular urgent need, along with pooling some contributions so your £20 is scaled up to £200 and you feel like you’ve contributed to a significant donation that will have an immediate and substantive impact.


#91

that last para is a brilliant idea, and I’m gonna write it down in my little fund notebook do I don’t forget to look into things.


#92

awesome, and keep up the great work. I need to sort my online banking on my new phone out so I can make another donation. is there a paypal way to support?


#93

cheers! not at the moment, that’s another thing I’ve been meaning to look into tbh, was gonna get a business account as well as my personal one but a bit worried about how that’d affect my tax.


#94

No worries, don’t stress about it from your end because know what it’s like dealing with personal/business tax issues. making it as easy to donate as possible is a good thing to aim for but shouldn’t take you and others for granted who are organising things.


#95

the fund received 15 donations & made 3 grants, none of which were to a committee member. it is currently in surplus.

as mentioned upthread we’re holding off on starting giving the surplus to charity until january is over.

also thought it’d make sense to let people know how much is in the fund while it’s in surplus - we weren’t doing it before because we were worried that people might be hesitant to use it if there wasn’t much in the bank, but that’s definitely not the case at the moment, so…

the fund currently stands at £1199.71 :scream:

while things are so healthy, we’re also going to relax the rules on the upper limit for a grant, which was set at £100, not going to put a new number on it right now, but will consider things on a case by case basis. hope this encourages people to use the fund… want to say as always, it doesn’t matter how or why someone is skint, this money is here for you all to use.

if for whatever reason you don’t feel comfortable taking a grant, it’s possible to use the fund for a 0% interest no obligation loan, which a few people have done.

also here’s the 2018 number totals

the fund received 182 donations, totalling £2573.72; & made 23 grants, totalling £1374.01

cheers

oh if anyone has any questions about anything please ask me. ta.


#96

the fund received 6 donations & made 5 grants, none of which were to a committee member. it is currently in surplus.

the balance is £1044.71

we’ve now reached the point where we’re gonna start giving the surplus to charity - as far as I can see there are two main questions:

how much to give each month we’re over the threshold?
who to?

so if you all @DisRainyDay have any thoughts, please do say, and we’ll do some polls or something, if necessary.

sorry I’ve not really got time to write a proper post for this, or to keep checking in today, not trying to be rude if I don’t reply. x


#97

hello

is everyone happy with the first surplus donation going to http://www.rst.org.uk ?

The Refugee Survival Trust is a small charity that provides grants and integrated suport services to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. These grants and services alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum seekers to access education and employment, and to integrate.

  • yes
  • no

0 voters

how much should we donate to charity each month the fund is over surplus?

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150
  • 200

0 voters


#98

hi. donation has been donated. sorry, been a bit slow in doing this.

here’s a link to the charity’s twitter where you can see some of the good work they do & a link to their mydonate page if you have a few quid of your own that you could spare to help them out further. cheers.

https://twitter.com/RefugeeSurvival


#99

Hi Team

Quick couple of changes to the groups associated with this. I’ve renamed the existing Rainy Day Group and created a new one here’s a brief overview of their functions.

@RainyDaySuggestions

Is for suggestions regarding the functioning of Rainy Day Fund and as such it’s made up of members of the central committee and other members of the board who asked to be involved.

@DiSRainyDayFund

Is for requests to the Rainy Day Fund and other suggestions and is comprised of only of members of the central committee

Cheers

wwwo


#100

Sounds good - perhaps the top of the thread should be edited to reflect this.


#101

Will do :+1:


#102

the fund received 9 donations, made 2 grants, neither of which were to a committee member, & one donation to charity. it is currently in surplus.

the balance is £949.71

gonna ask for recommendations for charities for this month’s donation again. the people who have pmed me suggestions in the past could you please do so again/post them in here? sorry, should have written them down but I didn’t. got so many pms for this it would take an age to find them again. thx

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