Organising fundraisers & financial realities

Here’s Andrew‘s fourth time-lapse build video, with exciting building developments and a star turn from Sam, DSFL’s top scourge of pigeons. Music kindly provided by Doe.

DIY Space for London is not a squatted venue or a popup. We want to be around for as long as possible, being able to be both financially stable and self-sustaining (and able to pay people for their work), and also not get closed down for breaking safety or licencing rules. One of our most important founding principles was also to be accessible, again both in more abstract terms of being socially and economically accessible, but also physically accessible and safe for people with disabilities. We took on an empty shell of a building, and have spent a lot of time and money building the inside to our specifications. We’ve had an incredible response from volunteers, who’ve done an astounding amount of work for us, but often to do things the right way, the way that will pass building standards and last a long time and give you proper legal status, you need to buy specialist quality materials, or pay for professional advice or skills, which means spending money. We are opening up very soon (exact date to be announced), but this is the time we are most in need of money.

We’ve had an incredible response to our Indiegogo fundraiser so far, and we’re hoping to get it to over £5k when it closes on the 6th of August, and it’s the best place for people to send individual donations. However we don’t get the money immediately, and it would really help our cashflow to have some more money from fundraisers coming in the next few weeks. The majority of our money before we started the crowdfunder has come from fundraisers- people putting on gigs, holding jumble sales, selling records and zines at fairs or online- and we know it’s a reliable way to raise money, awareness and goodwill. It might not seem like it makes a huge difference if you run a small event, but actually it does. Over the last couple of years we raised £20,000 through small gigs and events, and the majority of donations to our Indiegogo are £5 or £10. Small contributions soon add up!

Here’s how to run a DSFL fundraiser:

1) Organise the event, and tell us the important details on What, Where, When, How Much? (And also accessibility info for the venue.)

2) We will help you promote it via our website and Twitter account. We will also send you an email with our bank details.
Hold the event and have a great time.

3) Send the donation to our bank account. It’s also possible to send the money via PayPal, but bank transfer is preferable, because we won’t incur any fees.

4) Earn our eternal gratitude, and enjoy DSFL once it opens.