As many of you know, Diabetes Support Forum was developed by several private individuals who provided the hosting costs, built and maintain the site for the use and benefit of UK diabetics.
While they were/are happy to meet the costs and remain opposed to accepting advertising or corporate sponsorship, it has become possible for us to raise funding by getting commission if people access popular online sites through a dedicated “shop”. Retailers range from M&S and Asda through a number of popular insurers and high street names to BT Broadband and Amazon. It seemed foolish not to generate some commission revenue from sites that members may be using anyway.
The DSF shop (www.spendandraise.com/dsf) links to the normal retailer sites. There is no extra cost to purchasers. Indeed there may even be special offers and additional discounts. When qualifying purchases are made using this portal, DSF gets a small commission from the retailer. DSF does not endorse any retailer or product that happens to offer a link.
Money raised in this way may be used to cover hosting costs for the site or related expenses. Should there be a surplus, the domain name owner will use it at her discretion and within the spirit of the forum, for example in the cause of diabetes awareness or support. We would stress, to avoid any misunderstandings, that DSF is a non-profit online community – not a charity.
It is important to note that no individuals associated with the forum will profit in any way from revenue generated. They’re all volunteers.
We hope that members will take a look at the huge range of retailers that can be accessed through http://www.spendandraise.com/dsf and by using the links, help the forum to continue and grow as a self-financing entity to promote dialogue between diabetics.