11 April 2017
The Funding Network (TFN) was honoured at the Philanthropy Australia Awards, taking out ‘Best Small Grant Award’ in recognition of its collaboration with nonprofit organisation Manjeri, to support its work in Uganda.
The partnership began in 2014 when TFN, whose mission is to build the capacity of grassroots nonprofits by helping to democratise giving and facilitating greater community engagement, awarded Manjeri an initial grant of $17,900 to fund its work in Uganda, leveraging the power of social enterprise to build sustainable schools.
Nicholas Harrington, Founding Director of Manjeri pitched at a TFN live crowdfunding event for support to start a taxi bus social enterprise. His compelling presentation raised the funds in just 10 minutes, thanks to the collective contributions of 40 individual donors and matched funding from the AMP Foundation.
Harrington says, “TFN’s holistic approach to supporting grassroots nonprofits, like us, is so powerful. Not only is the funding important, but the ripple effect from the opportunity to pitch at TFN has been significantly greater. We’ve been able to share our story, reach new audiences and develop long-term relationships with people who are passionate about supporting our work. This has fast-tracked our ability to scale and grow.”
Lisa Cotton, Co-Founder and CEO of The Funding Network says, “It’s incredibly humbling to receive this award. It not only highlights the power of collective impact and its capacity to unite and empower all sectors to play a role in positive change, but it’s also worthy recognition of the innovative approach Manjeri is taking to create lasting change in Uganda.”
The winners of the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards were announced recently in Melbourne to recognise and celebrate recent extraordinary achievements in Australian philanthropy. Six awards were announced for categories including Leading Philanthropist, Best Large Grant, Best Small Grant, Environmental Philanthropy Award, Gender-Wise Philanthropy Award and Indigenous Philanthropy Award.
Read the full article in Fundraising and Philanthropy Magazine here.