TFN is for everyone. People of all ages and income levels attend our events and contribute what they are able to give. Pledges start at $100, making participation accessible to a broad range of potential donors.
Yes, TFN will always welcome new people to our events. Anyone can register for just $30 and attend an event to learn and to support the social-change organisations pitching.
No, there is no obligation to give. Our events aim to inspire giving and to inform people about some truly worthwhile causes where relatively small amounts of money can have a considerable impact. Some people will come along to support specific organisations, some to give more generally, and others to learn more about philanthropy and how change is made. People often find themselves wanting to give, through funding or volunteering, once they’ve discovered a great new organisation that needs help.
Giving styles are very personal. Some people find they enjoy calling out their pledges, while others prefer to either hand in a pledge form at the end of an event to one of the TFN team or contact us in advance so their pledge can be announced at the event but remain anonymous.
If you can't attend an event but want to make a pledge for the presenting organisations, please Contact Us to arrange a proxy pledge which a TFN team member will read out on your behalf at the event.
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If you made a pledge for one of the pitching organisations at a TFN event, please visit the Fulfil Your Pledge page.
The $10,000 funding goal must be meaningful to the organisation. Therefore, most suitable recipients will be small grassroots organisations with an average turnover of $1,000,000 p.a. or less over the last three years. Organisations do not necessarily have to have Deductible Gift Recipient status, but they must be either Public Benefit Institutions or clearly delivering services that are for the public benefit of people suffering from poverty, sickness, misfortune or destitution. Organisations will be judged on their potential reach and impact as well as the particular need or problem they address. TFN supports organisations covering a wide range of issues, including: homelessness, living with physical or mental disabilities, mental health, education and employment, crime reduction, social and economic exclusion, social justice and welfare. Read more about Who we support
No, organisations do not necessarily have to have Deductible Gift Recipient status, but they must be either Public Benefit Institutions or clearly delivering services that are for the public benefit of people suffering from poverty, sickness, misfortune or destitution.. Read more about Who we support.
No, organisations pitching at TFN events apply in advance and are chosen by a selection panel.
All organisations who have pitched at The Funding Network in Australia have reached their target, and some have exceeded it by a considerable amount.
Yes, we encourage this. TFN will introduce the organisations pitching at each event to any guests who indicate that they wish to offer further support (eg, volunteering their time, joining the board, in-kind support, etc).
TFN interviews alumni organisations after each event and stays in contact with them for the following 12 months. Donors receive progress updates about the projects, culminating in an impact report which details how the funds have helped their organisation and beneficiaries.
TFN is itself a public benevolent institution and registered charity. We collect revenue from event registration fees (ticket sales). And in agreement with the pitching charities TFN retains 10% of funds raised at the events. We are grateful for the generous support of a various corporates, family foundations and individuals. And we have a number of fee-for-service programs to provide an element of self-generated revenue.