For most people in our community, Swing dancing is much more than just a hobby. It’s a source of energy, a passion, a place filled with laughter and friendship.
We wish for as many people as possible to meet and dance together, no matter their current financial situation. Sometimes, we go through a phase in our lives where the lack of money can come in the way of continuing to participate in the dance and our community. That’s why we decided to create a fund that grants financial support to people who might have difficulties paying for their classes.
Our inspiration: We were inspired by a couple who showed their love and passion for the swing dance community by paying for a fellow student’s course(s), so this person could continue dancing and they could continue to meet in their classes. We felt that this is the most generous and lovely gesture and have thought of a way to make it possible for more people to contribute to and receive this generosity.
Who can ask for money from the fund?
This money is intended for those who, without this fund, could not participate in SwingStep’s activities. It is important to us that you know that anyone asking for support does not need to justify their situation to us. You might be a student, temporarily be between jobs, or simply had high unexpected expenses and need to make difficult financial decisions. If you need this financial boost at the moment, the fund is one way the community can help you.
If you are liking our idea and would like to help, too, you can support this fund by donating to it. Either by simply sending money to the bank account with the description “pay-it-forward fund” or you can top off your registration payment with a bit more to support the fund.
This is a new project that we hope will make a difference in the community. As we are learning and improving the concept, we thought of questions you might have and wrote down our answers:
How do I apply to get this fund?
Simply write us an email to [email protected] and we will send you the link for a reduced-price membership (15 EUR/month).
Will others know when I supported the Pay-it-forward fund?
You can decide! We want to make it possible for the community to express gratitude to donors in various ways. By default and in line with data privacy laws, we will not disclose any names unless you give us permission to publish your name.
What about the 19% VAT?
As we are a registered business, we will need to pay 19% VAT tax on any money coming into our accounts. Even if it is intended as a donation from you to another member of the community. However, we decided to absorb that VAT so that 100% of the amount you donate goes into this fund!