The Funding Network (TFN) is an Australian non-profit organisation and part of a global network that hosts live collective-giving events in a fun and inclusive setting.
Four social entrepreneurs with small, non-profit organisations are selected and given the opportunity to pitch for funding from the audience at each event. Adopting a model that has flourished in the UK since 2002, TFN makes it possible for individuals, foundations and corporations to give collaboratively, (in increments starting from as little as $100), whilst aiming to raise at least $10,000 for every organisation that pitches.
TFN offers social entrepreneurs the rare opportunity to showcase their work, secure funding and mentoring, and to expand their donor base and networks. Our friendly, open environment inspires people to raise more as a group than they could as individuals, and it encourages them to offer more than just money. Our guests hear about new solutions to community issues, ask questions, and then pledge their support to social entrepreneurs with big ideas but few resources. Our aim is to broaden the culture and practice of giving by making it accessible, engaging, collaborative and rewarding for all.
Tom Hull, GM Marketing
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