TFN International in Riga
Those who attended our event at Rathbone Greenbank in July will recall we welcomed a small group of representatives of Latvian community foundations who came for a study visit to gain a first hand understanding of the TFN model with a view to introducing it in Latvia.
In early August Eugenie Harvey, International Director at TFN, travelled to the beautiful capital, Riga to spend two days training a group of 20+ representatives of 9 Latvian community foundations in the TFN model. As is becoming the custom, we spent the first day going over the basics and the second day on our feet enacting our own TFN event. Inese and Iveta who came to London in July both made compelling pitches; Inese for funds for a new basketball pitch to be located between two Soviet built apartment blocks which currently offer young people no outdoor recreation space. Iveta pitched for funds for clowning workshops for children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to provide entertainment and stimulation.
Although the "event" was held in a training room first thing in the morning, the audience reported tremendous enjoyment of the delicious (make believe) wine and canapes provided by our generous (make believe) corporate host and this, along with the excellent presentations and good natured encouragement from our host Ansis, inspired them to dig deep with the result that both targets were met. Alas, the funds too were make believe.
Already inspired by their experiences in London and at the training, two Latvian community foundations have announced plans to hold TFN events later this year. The Talsi Community Foundaton located in the north west of the country will hold its first event on 16th September and the Valmiera Community Foundation, located some 2,000 kilometres east of Talsi, will hold theirs in early November.
It's exciting to take our first strides into the Baltics and we're grateful to Ansis, CEO of the Valmiera Community Foundation who has worked closely with us to make it happen.