Celebrating our big impact in Small Charity Week 2019
At TFN we’re proud to be able to provide small and new non-profits with what is often their first funding, providing not only a financial boost but also a boost to their networks, their confidence and consequently a real opportunity to grow.
This Small Charity Week (17 - 22 June), we celebrate just a few inspirational stories from small non-profits who, after pitching at TFN some years ago, have gone on to make a big impact.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is one such example. CAMFED tackles poverty and inequality in Africa by supporting girls to gain a good education and to step up as leaders of change. Founded in 1993 and pitching at TFN in 2005, CAMFED has gone on to have a huge impact, helping an incredible 3.3 million children go to school. Read powerful stories here.
TFN members are core to TFN’s mission to drive social change and are often our most engaged and active supporters. For example, when Founder and CEO, Jamie Feilden of Jamie’s Farm pitched his work supporting disadvantaged and excluded young people back into education at their farm at TFN in 2011, a member approached Jamie afterwards to discuss how they could help further. This special relationship led to a loan and large gifts which were transformational in enabling Jamie’s Farm to expand with the purchase of two additional farms which in turn enabled them to double their reach to support 2,000 vulnerable children each year.
Jamie Feilden said: “Pitching at TFN has been transformational. Little did I know what huge opportunity there was waiting to be unlocked. TFN gave me a platform to share the vision of Jamie’s Farm to an audience with the means and the heart to help instigate change. We are still experiencing the benefits of this generosity 8 years on, and will do so for years to come.”
At our recent Oxford Gives event we heard a special Impact Report from Richard Kennell, CEO of SOFEA which work with young people to build their employability while providing food for those in need. We were touched by Richard’s moving description of how they have grown since pitching in 2015, providing training and jobs to 400 young people, growing from 2 to 43 staff and supplying food to 150 charities supporting families who need it.