Media Coverage

New Zealand Herald, May 2016 - Dragons Den funding a winner - article. Click here

New Zealand Management MagazineMay 2015 - Do Something Good: The Funding Network.  Click here

Radio NZ - Interview with TFN Founder, Fred Mulder. Click here

Sunday Star Times - Interview with TFN Founder, Fred Mulder. Click here

Scoop NZ - $2,000 raised per minute at first TFN NZ event - article. Click here

Philanthropy Impact article, About Dr. Frederick Mulder. Click here

News Release: The Funding Network raises $23,000 in an hour.Wellington generosity supports local charities

Wellington’s first live crowdfunding event for charity raised more than $23,000 in an hour for four very worthy organisations. 

The Funding Network (TFN), described as the “Dragon’s Den for charities”, held its inaugural event in the Capital last week, with more than 75 generous Wellingtonians pledging a total of $23,407. The small but enthusiastic crowd filled the auditorium at the City Gallery to hear first from Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and then the four charities as they pitched their causes. 

The charities to benefit were:

Common Unity Project of Aotearoa - http://commonunityproject.org.nz/

A community-led initiative which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. Based at Epuni Primary School, they teach the school’s 110 pupils how to grow and cook their own healthy food, and also have a playgroup, knitting classes and a bicycle library.

Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust - http://www.collisionyc.co.nz

Works with at risk teens in Trentham and Timberlea. Provides a space called Collision - an amazing venue to provide safe social programmes and positive adult role model mentors.

Orientation Aotearoa - http://www.oa.org.nz

An eight month innovative, hands-on education programme for aspiring change-makers (aged 18 -25). The Wellington-based residential programme provides a diverse curriculum delivered by leading minds from around NZ.

WorkerBe Oasis

A new Wellington group seeking seed funding to start an urban farm, with an aim to grow 4,000kg of organic food by November 2016.

Each group had six minutes to pitch their organisation and another six minutes to answer questions, after which the pledging from the crowd began.

Donations came thick and fast, ranging from $50 to $1,000. Once the crowd warmed up, there was a lot of support for the event which helps smaller charities get the kickstart they need. The guests were keen for a second Wellington event to be held soon.

Julia Capon, Manager of The Gift Trust, one of the key sponsors of The Funding Network*, says: "We know Wellingtonians have huge hearts and are delighted with the success of The Funding Network in the Capital. The atmosphere at the event was amazing and fun, with a lot of people pledging money if others in the room matched their donation.

“Our aim is to support small to medium-sized local organisations for which the funds raised would make a genuinely useful contribution. Our four charities will now be able to extend the great work they do around the Wellington region.”

The Funding Network was launched in London in 2002 by philanthropist and art dealer Dr Frederick Mulder and has since spread around the world, with more than 150 TFN events held, 750 charities supported and at least NZD $13 million raised.

The Macquarie Group Foundation and Macquarie Private Wealth NZ were again key supporters of the event, with the Macquarie Group Foundation matching one-third of the funds pledged on the night.

 

*The Funding Network Wellington event was sponsored by The Gift Trust, Macquarie Group Foundation, Macquarie Private Wealth and Wellington City Council with support from Philanthropy NZ and Lassoo Media & PR. TFN NZ is brought to NZ by the Auckland Communities Foundation.


News release: Four Wellington charities to benefit from The Funding Network crowdfunding

Four Wellington charities - working to make local communities healthier, helping troubled teens and empowering young change makers - will pitch for dollars at The Funding Network’s next crowdfunding event.

To be held in Wellington for the first time at the City Gallery on Thursday, September 17, the event will raise tens of thousands of dollars in a fun and philanthropic way.

www.thefundingnetwork.org.nz

The two previous TFN events in Auckland have raised more than $200,000 for eight organisations, with dozens of generous Kiwis pledging amounts ranging from $100 to $5,000.

Pitching at Wellington’s first TFN event, with the evening running from 5.30pm are:

Common Unity Project of Aotearoa
http://commonunityproject.org.nz/

The Common Unity Project Aotearoa is a community-led initiative which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. Based at Epuni Primary School, they teach the school’s 110 pupils how to grow and cook their own healthy food, and also have a playgroup, knitting classes and a bicycle library. Their aim is to educate, empower and unite local individuals and whanau to improve their health and wellbeing, and to build the collective capacity and resilience of communities.


Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust
http://www.collisionyc.co.nz

Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust works with at risk teens in Trentham and Timberlea. The Trust provides a space called Collision - an amazing venue to provide safe social programmes and positive adult role model mentors; enabling better life choices, a sense of belonging and a positive flow-on impact to the wider community. Collision currently operates one day a week and the trust wants to extend this to support more youth.


Orientation Aotearoa
http://www.oa.org.nz/

Orientation Aotearoa is an eight month innovative, hands-on education programme for aspiring change makers (aged 18 -25). The Wellington-based residential programme provides a diverse curriculum delivered by leading minds from around NZ, supporting young people to understand local and global challenges, and empowering them to take meaningful action in the world.


WorkerBe Oasis

WorkerBe Oasis is a new Wellington group seeking seed funding to start an urban farm with an aim to grow 2,000kg of organic food by November 2016. This food will provide a consistent supply of fresh vegetables for people in need, while also teaching and inspiring people to use their own backyards for food production and healthier lifestyles. Alongside growing food, they will also introduce a community composting service, diverting waste from landfill.

Julia Capon, Manager of The Gift Trust, one of the key sponsors of The Funding Network*, says: "We were impressed with the applications we received and our selection panel had a hard time deciding on the final four who will pitch on the night. 

“Our aim is to support small to medium-sized local organisations for which the funds raised would make a genuinely useful contribution. We've had great success in Auckland, with huge support for the charities pitching. They’ve all received generous donations and in-kind support from the audiences on the night and in the months following.

"We know Wellington is a little city but we know Wellingtonians have huge hearts so hope The Funding Network will be a great success in the Capital too,” says Capon.

Often described as “Dragon’s Den for charities”, The Funding Network was launched in London in 2002 by philanthropist and art dealer Dr Frederick Mulder. It has since spread around the world, with more than 150 TFN events held, 750 charities supported and at least NZD $13 million raised. The aim is to democratise philanthropy by providing an attractive and easy way in for new givers.

*The Funding Network Wellington event is sponsored by The Gift Trust, Macquarie Group Foundation, Macquarie Private Wealth and Wellington City Council with support from Philanthropy NZ and Lassoo Media and PR. TFN NZ is brought to NZ by the Auckland Communities Foundation.

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For further information please contact: Annie Hogan, Lassoo Media & PR, Ph: 021 725 259, annie@lassoo.co.nz


News

First international conference - The Funding Network

photos by Geoff Crawford

The Funding Network (TFN) had its first international conference in London in early July and steering committee member Hilary Sumpter was invited to attend. This was a great opportunity to create deeper understanding of the significance of TFN in the Philanthropy framework and connect with other Community Foundations in the process.

During that week a TFN event was held in the Crypt of St Paul's where Hilary was MC for the Charities who were pitching; and over 55,000 pounds was raised.

 

Press Releases

June 2015 - TFN raises $46,000 in just 30 minutes.  Click here

May 2015 - Four charities to benefit from TFN crowd funding.  Click here

April 2015 - TFN returns to raise $$ for Kiwi charities. Click here

May 2015 - Four Kiwi charities to benefit from TFN Crowd Funding. Click

The Funding Network Australia. Click here

The Funding Network UK. Click here