As a fan-owned club, our fundraising activities are vital to the club's existence and its future growth.
The opening of a new seated stand at Blackwell Meadows in March 2018 marked a significant milestone in the recent history of the fan's fundraising efforts.
Fans had raised £150,000 to pay for the foundations and the construction of the new stand, which took the total raised by Darlington fans at that point in time to a phenomenal £1m in only six years.
In that time, over £250,000 had been raised via various Community Share issues, £400,000 thanks to the 500 Club and over £220,000 across three years of the annual Boost The Budget scheme, which allows fans to contribute directly to the manager’s playing budget each season.
In May 2020, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the fans contributed a staggering £131,190 via the fourth Boost The Budget scheme for the 2020/21 season.
Other fundraising vehicles include the DFCSG Lottery, the Virtual 50/50 match-day draw, Sponsor a Goal, EasyFundraising, the Christmas Draw, the activities of Mister Q and the B2D (Back to Darlo) Ground Development Fund, as well as one-off schemes in recent years such as 'Be Part Of The Fabric', FA Cup Travel and 'Sponsor Your Seat'.
By the end of the 2019/20 season, Darlington fans had raised a total of £1.36m since acquiring the club in May 2012. An incredible achievement and the absolute definition of ‘fan ownership’.