Generation Rent has raised enough money to keep campaigning for private renters across the UK, amassing nearly £18,000 in donations.
The organisation launched an emergency crowdfunding campaign at the end of July following a sudden cut in its grant funding. Since then 371 people have donated a total of £17,982. This included several donations from organisations totalling £7,200, but the majority of the money came from individual supporters.
During the campaign, Generation Rent was awarded a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust of £45,500 to support the organisation’s work in London.
The funds raised allow Generation Rent to continue its work in London and nationally with a team of just two: director Betsy Dillner and communications manager Dan Wilson Craw.
The organisation's priorities are campaigning on rent control in the run-up to the London mayoral election, a national focus on reforming protections for renters and improving regulation of landlords, and developing sustainable sources of funding for the organisation.
The crowdfunding campaign was hosted by People’s Republic, who waived their fees.
Dillner said: “A month ago our future looked very bleak, with no guarantee that we would be able to survive past September. The team here has thrown everything we had at fundraising and we have been humbled by the response. It is an incredible feeling to see the number of people and organisations with the confidence in us to donate to keep us in existence. We now have a big task to keep representing the growing private renter population and we will continue to rely on people power for our success.”