TFN in the media

  1. TFN CEO Lisa Cotton to Step Down in 2018 - Generosity Magazine

    25 October 2017

    “Lisa’s vision and uncompromising commitment to getting TFN off the ground and flourishing has contributed to the growth of the broader philanthropic ecosystem.” Six years after establishing The Funding Network in Australia and growing it to be one of the most respected collective giving models in Australia, CEO Lisa Cotton will step down in February 2018. “Under Lisa’s leadership, The Funding ...
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  2. TFN Celebrates Significant Milestone - Third Sector Magazine

    24 October 2017

    Organisation hosts 50 live crowdfunding events. The Funding Network (TFN), is celebrating a significant milestone of 50 live crowdfunding events supporting social innovation and the growth of grassroots non-profits around the country. TFN hosts events around Australia that bring together individuals, foundations, corporates and grassroots non-profits to pool funds and create social change. Lis...
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  3. Zipline across iconic Circular Quay skyscrapers - The Daily Telegraph

    19 October 2017

    160 Australians, including 2016 X Factor Winner and 2017 Eurovision contestant Isaiah Firebrace and AFL hero Michael O’Loughlin, will take part in The AMP Foundation Big Zipper — an Australian-first, building-to-building charity zipline, spanning the rooftops of AMP’s two iconic skyscrapers at Sydney’s Circular Quay. The event has been specially developed to celebrate 25 years of the AMP Foundat...
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  4. Eat Up project getting lunch to hungry kids - Sky News Australia

    8 October 2017


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  5. icare foundation to ‘Pitch In’ - Generosity Magazine

    22 September 2017

    The icare foundation to invest in promising, inspiring programs using a live crowdfunding model. Social venture the icare foundation is inviting charities leading innovative programs in the prevention or post-injury-care space to pitch for the opportunity to receive up to $100,000 in funding. Three charities will be invited to pitch for the funding at the ‘Pitch In’ event at the icare foundat...
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  6. Three innovative Canberra charities to pitch for $15,000 at crowd-funding event - Riot ACT

    18 September 2017

    It’s about coming together to collectively support social change in our community. Photo: Supplied by The Snow Foundation. This event provides a platform for GG’s Flowers, Women’s Centre for Health Matters, and Mental Illness Education ACT to showcase their programs. These local charities think outside the box to address complex social problems in the ACT. In a bid to expand their services they w...
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  7. Understanding USP is Key to Securing Philanthropic Income - ProBono News

    11 September 2017

    Jo Garner, who joined The Funding Network co-founder and CEO Lisa Cotton for a “fireside chat about philanthropy” at the Third Sector Live conference on Thursday, told Pro Bono News organisations needed to learn to communicate their key messages. “[The Funding Network] model of promoting philanthropic giving to charities is all around the charities doing a pitch at an event that there are many phi...
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  8. Third Sector Award winners announced - Third Sector Magazine

    8 September 2017


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  9. The Funding Network: Grassroots growth - Her Canberra

    17 August 2017

    WE’RE SURE YOU’RE ALREADY A FAN OF INVESTMENT PITCH PROGRAM SHARK TANK. You know, the show where brave individuals pitch to millionaire entrepreneurs who may choose to invest in their venture? Well, The Funding Network is pretty much Canberra grass-roots equivalent of Shark Tank, but with nicer sharks and pledges of support rather than investments. The Funding Network hosts pitch events, at which ...
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  10. Take your pitch from mediocre to memorable - Women in Focus

    1 September 2017

    Last week, TFN partnered with The WeirAnderson Foundation to run a pitch coaching masterclass at CommBank for non-profit leaders working to improve the lives of women and girls. We coached these social entrepreneurs to craft a pitch that was succinct, powerful and clearly articulated the importance of promoting gender equity. Keen to hone your own pitching skills? We’ve distilled the f...
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  11. The Funding Network’s September Event - Her Canberra

    10 August 2017

    The Funding Network’s September Event The Funding Network (TFN) is returning to Canberra on Thursday 21 September and three local grassroots organisations addressing social disadvantage in the Canberra community will benefit.  TFN is a fresh approach to capacity building for grassroots non-profit organisations and social enterprises that harnesses the power of live crowdfunding. At the inaugura...
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  12. Collective giving groups attracting Australians to alternative fundraising - Sydney Morning Herald

    30 July 2017

    It's an ordinary Wednesday evening when 120 Sydneysiders decide to give away more than $40,000.Think of it as live crowd-funding meets Shark Tank meets MasterChef, replete with strict time slots, nervous contestants and a big reveal at the close. Armed with a drink and an open mind, this miscellaneous group of strangers, colleagues and friends will hear a six-minute pitch from three different soc...
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  13. Shaun Kamler joins The Funding Network board - Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine

    5 July 2017

    The Funding Network has welcomed a new member to its Board of Directors.   The Funding Network (TFN), a pioneer in developing a live-crowdfunding model to help build the capacity of grassroots nonprofits, has welcomed Shaun Kamler to its Board of Directors. Kamler is a Division Director for the Banking and Financial Services Group at Macquarie Bank. As such, he is an internationally experienced b...
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  14. Lawyers dig deep for not-for-profits - Lawyers Weekly

    3 July 2017

    The Clayton Utz national partnership has joined with the firm’s Brisbane office to pledge over $100,000 to three worthy community causes.   Lawyers of the Australian firm gathered last month to raise money for not-for-profit groups Health Justice Australia, Share the Dignity and Mimi’s House. Clayton Utz partner Karen Ingram from Sydney joined 150 members of staff alongside event partners Morga...
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  15. Collaboration + collective giving = Game changer - Generosity Magazine

    27 June 2017

    At a time when individuals have more power than at any time in history, inequality is widespread and deepening. The Funding Network’s Lisa Cotton says collaboration and collective giving are powerful practices with the potential to make lasting structural changes. A word you hear frequently in the nonprofit sector is ‘collaboration’, but what tends to happen in practice is usually more transac...
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  16. Cash-strapped arts groups discover the power of pitching for funds - Sydney Morning Herald

    13 June 2017

    "Who here likes to ask for money?" Rob Irving, a pitch and performance coach, stared around the meeting room on the 17th floor of the tower overlooking Sydney Harbour, while letting his question sink in. The six people gathered around the table shuffled in their seats. It was clear they didn't like asking for money, not in the least. And who does, really?  Asking someone for money is about as enjo...
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  17. The Funding Network: going live! - Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine

    13 June 2017

    Funding for grassroots nonprofits via innovative live crowdfunding events is only the start for The Funding Network, explains Lisa Cotton. The Funding Network is a capacity building model for grassroots nonprofit organisations and social enterprises that convenes live crowdfunding events and enables deeper donor connections into the community via skilled volunteering, mentoring and learning forums...
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  18. The Art Of Social Impact: A Powerful Convergence - VIVID Ideas

    6 April 2017

    Social entrepreneurs are using creativity to create powerful change, and radical new platforms are enabling them to reach new audiences and diversify their funding streams, explains Lisa Cotton. Australia has a rich and expansive history of organisations using arts and creativity to bring about powerful social change; from performance art celebrating artists with disabilities, and exhibitions fost...
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  19. Leading Australian philanthropists honoured at Industry Awards - Third Sector Magazine

    6 April 2017

    And the winners are… Six of Australia’s most strategic funders were recognised for the impact of their giving at the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards in Melbourne on Wednesday night. The Awards – an initiative of Philanthropy Australia – celebrate innovative partnerships between grant-makers and not-for profits, highlighting the significant achievements of projects that help solve complex soci...
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  20. Effective Philanthropy In The Spotlight - ProBono News

    6 April 2017

    Philanthropy is in a “pretty good state in Australia”, according to documentary filmmaker Ian Darling who was named the leading philanthropist at the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards. The awards, held in Melbourne on Wednesday night, celebrated innovative partnerships between grantmakers and not for profits, highlighting significant achievements of projects that helped solve complex societal iss...
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  21. Collective Giving Trending for Australian Philanthropists - ProBono News

    5 April 2017

    More than a third of respondents to the Philanthropy and Philanthropists survey (38.5 per cent) said they were now participating in collective giving. This was on top of giving individually or through foundations. Of those who participated in collective giving, 90 per cent indicated they were motivated by the desire to encourage giving in others. The report said a working definition of collectiv...
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  22. There’s cause for celebration and concern in how Australians are giving to charity - The Conversation

    14 March 2017

    Australians are a famously giving people, but what are some of the issues surrounding charities in this country? You can see our infographic snapshot here, and follow our series Charities in Australia here. Some 80.8% of adult Australians – 14.9 million of us – contributed financially to charities and non-profit organisations in 2015-16. At A$12.5 billion, total giving was well up from $4.7 billio...
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  23. Social Enterprises to Pitch at Live Crowdfunding Event - ProBono News

    14 March 2017

    Victorian grassroots social enterprises have the chance to pitch for more than $15,000 funding each at a live crowdfunding event. The event will be hosted by The Funding Network (TFN) Australia, marking the first time the organisation has exclusively showcased social enterprises at one of its events. Based on a flourishing UK model, TFN Australia gives philanthropists, foundations and corporates t...
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  24. 'Collective giving' encouraging small charities to compete for help - ABC The World Today

    Listen to a live radio broadcast from our TFN Live event in March with the Macquarie Foundation. Nick Grimm investigates how collective giving is enabling individuals to pool their resources and create powerful social change.  Read the full broadcast clip here.  Featured: James Valentine, MC Dr Frederick Mulder, Co-Founder, The Funding NetworkSebastian Robertson, Chairman, batyrBernie Shakesh...
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  25. Can collective giving change the way Australians contribute to charity?

    By Nick Grimm   The way that Australians give to charity is changing, with the days of rattling tins on street corners becoming a thing of the past. About eight in 10 Australians gave a total of $12.5 billion to charity in 2015, down from a decade ago, according to new research. It means charities and community organisations are having to come up with more creative ways to raise much-needed funds...
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  26. How is collective giving changing the face of our social sector?

    Words by Patrick Lindsay AM Sometimes - like a champion sporting team, a virtuoso orchestra or a brilliant fighting force - all the elements blend together to create a performance greater than the sum of the parts. It happened last Wednesday night at The Funding Network Australia’s crowdfunding event held at Macquarie Bank’s Shelly Street office in Sydney. It was one of those rare and magical occ...
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  27. Grassroots non-profits hone their pitches to win a slice of the charity dollar - ABC Radio National

    Analysis of how Australians donate to charitable causes has revealed that fewer people are reaching into their pockets to less those less fortunate. However, there is good news from the QUT research commissioned by the Australian Government. While smaller numbers of people are giving to charity those who do donate are actually donating more.That trend may explain why many non-profit organisations ...
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  28. Could Common Sense Solve Our Economic And Social Problems? - Switzer Report

    Last week, one of Australia’s most thoughtful and sensible brains, Dr. Ken Henry, the former head of Treasury, made the observation that “economic reform is dead” in Australia. Yet it comes when the USA recently signed up for a truckload of economic changes at the behest of their newly elected President, Donald Trump! I’ve shared this with you before and I’m doing it again now but you have to ac...
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  29. Beyond a Strong Fundraising Code of Conduct - ProBono News

    While a revised fundraising code of practice is welcome, the responsibility for any charter in this space is to be visionary and bold, writes Good2Give CEO Lisa Grinham. This week we welcomed the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s revised fundraising code for the charity and not-for-profit sector. The exposure draft addresses key public grievances towards fundraising practices of late. Namely ho...
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  30. Powered by Picasso: The Funding Network set to benefit from million dollar art sale - Generosity Magazine

    The Funding Network Australia stands to receive a $1 million gift from the Australian sale of an original Picasso linoleum cut proof collection owned by The Funding Network UK founder Dr. Frederick Mulder CBE. Dr. Frederick Mulder CBE will make a personal donation to The Funding Network (TFN) Australia of $1 million upon the successful sale of the rare 121 piece collection which is valued at ...
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  31. A study in democratised giving - Business News WA

    A group of young women living in high poverty areas of rural Cambodia will have access to tertiary level education after a recent live crowdfunding event in Perth raised more than $10,000. Grassroots organisation Classroom of Hope, which is dedicated to enabling access to education for children in poverty, pitched for funds alongside other local charities FairGame and Teach, Learn, Grow at The Fu...
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  32. Rare Picasso Print Collection Offered for Sale in Australia

    One of the three of the world’s most valuable and comprehensive collections of original Picasso linoleum cut proofs is being for private sale, exclusively in Australia, by Canadian-born British art collector, print dealer, and philanthropist Dr. Frederick Mulder CBE. Valued at $9.3 million and named “The Lump Collection” after Picasso’s beloved Dachshund, the collection consists of 121 lino...
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  33. Picasso to bring big dollars to Australian non-profit

    The sale of a rare collection of Picasso prints valued at $9.3 million will result in a generous gift to Australian grassroots non-profit organisations. When you are sitting on a collection of Picasso artworks valued at $9.3 million, the question of whether to take them to auction or offer them for private sale could be a game changing one.  Regardless of one's choice, the sale outcome doesn...
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  34. Picasso Collection Sale to Give $1 Million to Australian NFP

    One of the most extensive and valuable collections of Picasso’s linocut proofs is up for sale exclusively in Australia, with $1 million of the proceeds to be donated to a not-for-profit organisation. British art collector and philanthropist Dr Frederick Mulder will use the collection of 121 original lino cuts, valued at $9.3 million, to support The Funding Network Australia, provided the sale is ...
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  35. Picasso connoisseur Frederick Mulder parts ways with linocuts

    In 2002 Mulder co-founded The Funding Network, a charity that runs live crowd-funding events to raise money for social entrepreneurs and grassroots organisations. He exported this model to Australia in 2013, and the organisation has since supported 130 local charities with $4.5m raised plus in-kind support. Mulder has pledged $1m from the sale of the Lump collection to the Australian branch of TFN...
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  36. Meet the Perth couple doing charity differently and changing the world

    4 February 2017

    Duncan Ward said Classroom of Hope recently came away from the TFN Perth event with $11,500, which will help accelerate its work. "The money will fund second-year tertiary scholarships for ten young women from rural parts of Cambodia who are studying in the STEM disciplines. TFN has such a great model for democratising giving and creating an inspiring experience with a community of people", said D...
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  37. The Antidote to Negativity - Generosity Magazine

    22 November 2016

    On the very evening that the US election result stunned the world, 150 shell-shocked corporate heavyweights gathered in the vast foyer of Clayton Utz’s citadel in Sydney’s Bligh Street. They weren’t seeking legal advice. They came to participate in The Funding Network’s live crowd-funding event on diversity and social inclusion. An air of disbelief hung heavy in the room as guests pointed out t...
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  38. You're Probably Not As Rich As You Think You Are - Huffington Post

    12 September 2016

    By popular definition, to be 'rich' is to have a great deal of money or assets. That's wealth, isn't it? We're fed this message constantly, by advertising and by each other; accumulate a great deal of money and material possessions and these things will bring you satisfaction, high self-esteem and, ultimately, a good and happy life. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that the average full...
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  39. Top media executive Anita Jacoby joins TFN board

    5 September 2016

    One of Australia’s most respected and entrepreneurial media executives, Anita Jacoby has joined The Funding Network’s (TFN’s) board. Anita has been closely following the growth of TFN since it launched in Australia in 2013 and is excited by the organisation’s future potential to expand and impact even more people. “With Anita’s extensive television background, she is joining TFN at the  perfect ti...
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  40. The Future of Collective Giving Part 2 - Generosity Magazine

    1 September 2016

    In part one of our two-part story, Collective giving in Australia, our ten collective giving leaders reflected on their experiences to date. Here in part two, they ponder sustainability and turn their attention to the future.They also reveal their top 3 wishes for the future of collective giving in Australia. Generosity invited senior representatives of 13 Australian collective giving groups to ta...
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  41. It takes two - Generosity Magazine

    1 September 2016

    There’s no telling where a connection made at The Funding Network will take you. Its events have sparked the beginning of many an inspiring relationship between grass-roots nonprofits and new supporters. On the surface, social entrepreneur and Manjeri School Project CEO, Nick Harrington, 26, and futures trader and Managing Director of Vivienne Court, Rob Keldoulis, 55, might appear not to have muc...
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  42. Collective giving in Australia: 10 leaders share their wisdom Part 1 - Generosity Magazine

    1 September 2016

    When it comes to engaged philanthropy, collective giving is a force to be reckoned with. Here, in Part 1 of our collective giving special, leaders from nine of Australia’s biggest collective outfits reflect on the popularity of collective giving, challenges and lessons learned. When it comes to good news stories in philanthropy, the rise of collective giving is hard to beat. Engagement, access and...
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  43. How giving models are changing the face of Philanthropy

    22 June 2016

    The Funding Network was featured in The Sydney Morning Herald's article about a new wave of collective giving. TFN is proud to be part of this trend of planned and purposeful philanthropy and hope to continue to have a big impact on Australia's small charities... "Wendy Scaife is the project director of Giving Australia 2016, a project led by QUT's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit ...
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  44. TFN appoints Andrea Heffernan as VIC State Director

    9 May 2016


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  45. TFN 101: The Funding Network passes its first century

    14 April 2016

    Generosity Magazine celebrates The Funding Network's recent milestone of helping its 100th grassroots charity.  To read the full article, visit www.generositymag.com.au. 
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  46. Raising the roof: The Funding Network's latest Syd event

    7 April 2016

    Meldi Arkinstall from Generosity Magazine talked to The Funding Network's Tom Hull following a terrific event in Sydney on March 10.  To read the full article, visit www.generositymag.com.au
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  47. Catching Goodness Through The Power Of Sisterhood

    3 March 2016

    An article by The Funding Network CEO, Lisa Cotton, recently featured in Generosity Magazine about the importance of collaboration between women and philanthropy.  When it comes to giving, the gathering of women is particularly powerful. I believe that this is because of a particular set of characteristics that they hold: compassion for others; an understanding of equality; and the ability to sha...
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  48. Giving Circles Asia releases case study on The Funding Network

    2 March 2016

    Giving Circles Asia has published a case study on The Funding Network for an upcoming paper on corporate philanthropy, to be published by NUS Business School. The Funding Network is a variation of a giving circle model based around public events where selected nonprofits “pitch” in front of an audience of donors (John, 2014). These “live crowdfunding” events were pioneered by the London-based fou...
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  49. Who are the leaders that inspired you?

    4 February 2016

    Generosity Magazine asked 23 leaders, 'Who are the leaders (in philanthropy and beyond) who inspired you in the past 12 months and why?' The Funding Network Co-founder and CEO, Lisa Cotton, shared her insights and was also listed in this inspiring cohort.  "More and more leaders are emerging which is fantastic to see. Deanne Weir (gender-wise giving), Ian Darling (impact documentaries), and Peter ...
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  50. What do you hope to see in philanthropy in 2016?

    4 February 2016

    Chair of The Funding Network, Andrew Tyndale, shared his hopes for philanthropy in 2016 with Generosity Magazine. "I’d like to see more strategic leverage: giving where the funds have secondary impact, too. For that reason, I am involved in Good360 and The Funding Network. In both examples, by supporting one charity, I can positively impact hundreds of other charities. My funds are needed and well...
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  51. Do we need bolder leadership in philanthropy?

    4 February 2016

    Generosity Magazine asked leaders "Do we need bolder leadership in philanthropy?". According to the group, the resounding answer was 'Yes'. The Funding Network Chair, Andrew Tyndale, and Co-founder and CEO, Lisa Cotton, shared their perspectives. "Yes, I believe we need risk-takers to back things that might not work. For example, let’s trial neuro-plasticity in men’s behavioural change programs fo...
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  52. The tactics of building trust - Pro Bono Australia

    14 January 2016

    The Funding Network Co-founder and CEO, Lisa Cotton, featured on Pro Bono Australia about why trust is the key to ensuring a powerful return for everyone. Participating in social change often needs several years of regular interaction to build up sufficient experience to recognise and appreciate in each other a common motivation behind discrete effort. But does it have to take years? Is it possib...
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  53. Social enterprises go live for funds - WA Business News

    24 November 2015

    Business News WA spoke with the TFN team ahead of our event in Perth on 25 November.
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  54. Allan English discusses social entrepreneurship on Sky News

    24 September 2015

    Watch Former Chairman and TFN Ambassador for Grassroots Giving speak about social entrepreneurship on Sky News.
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  55. Kicking goals from Coast to Coast - Generosity Magazine

    17 September 2015

    This article by Nicole Richards was originally published in Generosity magazine on September 17, 2015. For full text, scroll below.  Kicking goals from coast to coast: The Funding Network celebrates 20 events and $2.5m in facilitated funding More than 130 people turned out for The Funding Network’s Perth event earlier this month which raised over $56,000 for inspirational projects supporting wom...
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  56. How fundraising for charity is changing

    28 November 2016

    Digital disruption of traditional philanthropy has also allowed ordinary citizens to make direct contributions to causes they feel close to their hearts. Today marks the beginning of 'Give Now Week', and The Funding Network is one initiative that aims to connect small social-change projects to fundraisers. You can listen to the full interview with The Funding Network CEO, Lisa Cotton, here. 
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  57. TFN Perth supports Women & Girls

    7 September 2015

    When we invest in girls and women the impact is greater for all. This phenomenon, recognised as the multiplier effect, united over 130 people on Thursday 3rd September in Perth at TFN’s 20th live collective giving event. In partnership with Rio Tinto and Deloitte, Thursday’s sold-out evening was hosted at the intimate Central Park Conference Theatrette. Over $56,000 was raised in under two hours t...
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  58. Partnership Shines - WA Business News

    31 August 2015

    Partnership Shines "A program aimed at educating and empowering young women in Geraldton is  building on a unique partnership to diversify its funding base. Shine, which encourages young women to stay in school and pursue careers, is working with Iluka Resources in a bud to connect with new sponsors and supporters.  The girls involved in the program undertake hair dressing and beauty therapy class...
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  59. Brisbane Funding Triumph - The Courier Mail

    18 June 2015

    Silver Chef boss Allan English and the gang over at Morgans stockbroking in Brisbane are giving each other high fives after pulling off a pretty impressive fundraiser this week. They managed to squeeze more than 150 guests into the Bille Brown Studio on Tuesday night for a “collective giving’’ bash which was able to generate just over $160,000 in donations. The recipients were four social enterp...
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  60. The Art of Giving: TFN at Vivid Ideas, Sydney

    4 June 2015

    Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce collide in testimony to human imagination. This illumination festival transforms the CBD into a gigantic nocturnal art installation and draws a crowd like moths to a flame. On Wednesday 3 June, at the Google Australia office in Pyrmont, another crowd gathered to see the light shine on four creative social change projects pitching at The Funding Ne...
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  61. How to win a pitch in 6 minutes - Generosity Magazine

    3 June 2015

    This article by TFN Pitch Coach Rob Irving was originally published in Generosity magazine.
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  62. TFN's Lisa Cotton profiled in Yours Magazine

    29 May 2015


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  63. The Power of Sisterhood

    25 May 2015

    The sisterhood showed its heart when TFN, in collaboration with CommBank's Women in Focus and the Women Donors Network, hosted its fifth live collective giving event for 2015 – raising over $111,000 in less than an hour to support four outstanding social change projects focused on gender-wise giving.  The projects pitching shared a common theme: to promote and protect the rights and opportunities ...
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  64. Record set at TFN’s first event for 2015

    23 March 2015

    Once again The Funding Network has matched supply and demand for social good with its collective-giving model. TFN’s first event of the year achieved an outstanding result – with the most funding pledged at a TFN event to date. Macquarie Wealth Management and the Macquarie Group Foundation hosted the private client event on 10 March, which saw over $212,000 pledged (including $100,000 match-funded...
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  65. Philanthropy takes on a new twist - The West Australian

    16 March 2015

    The Funding Network was featured in an article by Steve Butler in the West Australian, in anticipation of our March 2015 event in Perth. Photo by Michael Wilson.  Register for tickets for this event here.
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  66. The Funding Network 2014 Annual Review

    9 March 2015

    Download the review here. The Funding Network Australia marked the completion of an extraordinary first year (and the beginning of a hotly anticipated schedule for 2015) with a lunch gathering on Friday March 6 hosted by founding partner, the Macquarie Group Foundation. Renowned social researcher and best-selling author Hugh Mackay AO delivered the keynote address on the importance of strong integ...
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  67. TFN welcomes Andrew Tyndale as new Chair

    20 February 2015

    Due to expanding commitments as Executive Chairman of publicly listed company Silver Chef Limited, Allan English will be stepping down as Chairman of The Funding Network (TFN) on March 6, 2015, and handing over the reins to Andrew Tyndale.   Andrew has been closely following the progress of the organisation since the pilot events preceding its official launch in February 2014.  “Like Allan, Andrew...
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  68. The Power of Aggregation and Multiplication

    3 December 2014

    On Tuesday 2nd Dec, 132 Melburnians gathered for the last Funding Network event for the year to pool funds and resources to support some of the most exciting social change makers in Australia.  The event, hosted by AMP and Eluvia, saw four organisations each pitch their ideas in just six minutes, then answer probing questions from the audience eager to understand more about their growth plans. E.m...
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  69. Song for Change - The West Australian

    18 November 2014

    The Funding Network held an event in Perth on November 18, which featured Olive Kankawa Nagarra Knight. The event was covered by Inside Cover.
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  70. Proof that philanthropy is for everyone!

    19 November 2014

    Last Tuesday night The Funding Network held its second live, collective-funding event in Perth at the Commonwealth Bank offices in Murray Street and in just 30 minutes Western Australians pooled small donations reaching over $40,000.   TFN is an Australian non-profit organisation and part of a global network that makes it possible for individuals from all walks of life to give (in increments start...
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  71. Contagious Giving

    6 November 2014

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead On Wednesday 150 people gathered at AMP on a stormy Sydney evening in support of four dynamic grass-roots non-profits at the Funding Network Event. The organisations were diverse but united by fresh approaches to difficult social problems. Fittingly,...
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  72. TFN Australia reaches $1m milestone

    22 September 2014

    Raising funds for small non-profit organisations can be hard and unpredictable. But from time to time even the most judicious audience can surprise and remind us that sensitive and sympathetic hearts still beat under level heads. So it was at The Funding Network event held in partnership with Australian Communities Foundation at JBWere in July, where four social entrepreneurs pitched for $10,000 e...
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  73. Philanthropy: The gift that keeps on giving - AFR

    6 September 2014

    There’s lots to be thankful for in Australia, but so caught up are we in the trappings of life, we often forget to be grateful. I was reminded of this at a recent dinner party where I heard about a new, privately funded initiative that hopes not only to readdress this, but raise funds to do good. That sounded like an idea worth throwing money at, I thought. Project Thankful, as it’s called, might ...
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  74. Allan English Philanthropy Leader of the Year 2014 - PBA

    3 September 2014

    High-profile Queensland entrepreneur and corporate philanthropist Allan English has won the 2014 inaugural Philanthropy Leader of the Year award, while newcomer Michael Gonski, a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm, has been award Emerging Philanthropy Leader at the Philanthropy Australia Conference. The selection panel, chaired by Tim Fairfax, Philanthropy Australia Council member and Cha...
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  75. A New Approach to Giving - Fish Community Solutions

    23 July 2014

    How fabulous would it be if your organisation had the opportunity to showcase your work, secure funding and expand your donor base and networks in a friendly and welcoming environment? Or, how fabulous would it be if you, as an individual, could learn about a non-profit organisation and, with other like-minded people, donate and collectively support their cause? Well, now, with a new initiative th...
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  76. The Funding Network Australia nears $1m mark

    3 July 2014

    With the outstanding success of its latest Sydney event in association with Creative Partnerships Australia, The Funding Network has now raised almost $900,000 plus extensive in-kind support at its live collective-giving events in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.  TFN’s most recent event last week at Minter Ellison in Sydney, raised $114,000 for the four grass-roots non-profit organisations that pitch...
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  77. Allan English interview - The Thinkery, Philanthropy Squared

    19 June 2014

    ALLAN ENGLISH in conversation with FRANKIE AIREY FRANKIE: I’m hearing a lot of new language about the cross over between traditional philanthropy, Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing. You do all three, so I’d like to hear from you about what you see as the difference between them and the impacts you’d like to see. ALLAN: Our foundation works in three areas – one is poverty alleviation, w...
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  78. Funds fun for cashed up crowds - The Post

    10 May 2014

    Philanthropy is for everyone. That’s the message from Lisa Cotton, who launched The Funding Network (TFN) in Perth this week. The innovative not-for-profit fundraising organisation is based on a UK model to host live crowd-funding events, raising money for a cross-section of social-issue projects. by Sarah McNeill, Editor (read the original article on The Post website, p.28)
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  79. Big business backs new charity - Ruby Connection

    28 March 2014

    The Funding Network (TFN) Australia is a new philanthropy model for everyday Australians – a bit like a “giving circle on steroids”. It’s easy to join and understand, and it makes philanthropy and having a real impact accessible, believes TFN co-founder and CEO Lisa Cotton. TFN recently held its first event for 2014 at the pointy end of town in Sydney. A ‘smokin’ affair – literally – the event on ...
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  80. TFN Australia off to a great start

    13 March 2014

    Wednesday night saw a triumphant opening event for The Funding Network Australia in Sydney with donors pledging more than $90,000 to the four social-change organisations at an evening hosted jointly by Macquarie Private Wealth and the Macquarie Group Foundation. This figure was generously matched on the night by the Macquarie Group Foundation under its staff support policy, boosting the total rais...
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  81. Alchemy, wine and feel-good funding! - Generosity magazine

    5 March 2014

    In the dark foyer of Sydney’s AMP building, suits and skirts collapsed into heavy armchairs at the end of another long business day last week. “There never seems to be enough time”, someone grumbled in private discussion. Agreement wrinkled silently among the waiting strangers. “The Funding Network launch?” a desk attendant asked. The weary mob shuffled into elevators and pushed up on obligatory b...
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  82. Philanthropy reframed

    2 March 2014

    After a year of community consultation and pilot events, The Funding Network Australia is officially up and running following our launch in Sydney last week. Hosted by the AMP Foundation at its Circular Quay HQ, the launch was attended by around 120 guests and featured speeches from our CEO and co-founder Lisa Cotton; our board chairman Allan English; and interviews with CEOs of two social-change ...
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  83. Perspective: Crowdfunding in Outlook Magazine

    1 February 2014

    The Funding Network featured in 2014's Outlook Magazine:  Read the original article here
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  84. Raise your hand - Generosity magazine

    27 November 2013

    Part auction, part live telethon, The Funding Network is agitating philanthropy and feeding a hunger for purpose. Look out Australia, a new era approaches. “There is a moral hunger in our society. A hunger for purpose. And when you bring people together to feed that hunger, true alchemy happens. A kind of giving magic.” Canapés and capacity building are on the menu for social giving initiative The...
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