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News from Around the World

It’s been an exciting few weeks for TFN Internationally.  From New Zealand we received news that the first TFN event to be held in the city of Christchurch will be on Tuesday 13th September. The event will be themed around young people and you can find out more here. Please share the news with any Kiwi mates!

It was a huge pleasure to combine a trip home to visit family and friends with TFN Australia’s event on June 20 in Sydney. The event, hosted by the AMP Foundation on their 26th floor overlooking Sydney Harbour, elicited some of the most “aggressive” matching challenges ever witnessed at a TFN event – colleagues challenging colleagues, guests challenging Corporates,  (“I’ll pledge $2,500 if Macquarie Bank will match it)  and my favourite, “I’ll pledge $100 if my boss pledges $500.”  Needless to say, not all were successful but a hugely enjoyable evening was had by all, with $98,000 raised for the four brilliant projects including $40,000 in matched funds from AMP Foundation. You can read more about the event here.

Further congratulations to the TFN Australia team for a successful first event in the country’s capital, Canberra, last month, presented in partnership Canberra Airport and raising $86,000 for four great projects including $20,000 in matched funds. Find out more here.

And finally, this week we’ve had the pleasure of hosting visits to London by representatives of organisations from Denmark, South Africa and South Korea, all eager to know more about TFN’s live crowd funding model and experience it first-hand. Thanks in particular to the Asan Namum Foundation from South Korea for enabling us to meet with such an engaged and thoughtful group of academics and civil society leaders, pictured here with us in Fred’s garden. We are hopeful that some if not all of these conversations will bear fruit in the future.

Eugenie Harvery, TFN International Director

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