News from TFN International
"TFN International began in 2013 after a successful pilot in 2012 funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Our aim is to support civil society organisations around the world to learn and adopt TFN's giving circle model and to create an international network of groups. We provide hosted visits to events in London, training, access to our materials and resources as well as ongoing support.
We are now active in 12 countries outside of the UK, including Cyprus and Latvia, and we're excited to be working with potential partners in Russia, Belgium, Albania, France and Italy. We're still hopeful that we'll be able to re-home TFN Toronto with a new partner to build on their very successful first ten years. Watch this space!
Together, our 12 international partners have held 175 TFN giving circle events. They have been attended by nearly 15,000 people of whom approximately 10,000 pledged funds to 615 social change projects. In total, TFN International groups have raised an astonishing £3,037,476 in five short years.
We've been thrilled to take part in a number of important international conferences and events over the past 12 months - most recently Jennie and I participated in the inaugural European Community Foundation Conference in Cardiff. We presented TFN's model to an enthusiastic audience of existing and potential new European partners. We're pictured with the group on the right. TFN is gaining an international standing and our giving circle model is viewed with serious interest by those looking to develop community philanthropy, strengthen civil society and empower people to be agents of their own destiny. It's exciting supporting these timely efforts and the wonderful practitioners who are driving them.
Further exciting developments for TFN International in 2017-18 include an evaluation project with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in the US on the impact and value of our work with Central Eastern European countries. This will build on existing research the university is undertaking on giving circles in the US.
At the event on Monday I extended an invitation to TFN members to join us for a study visit to Budapest from 21st - 23rd November to attend the Ferencvaros Community Foundation's third TFN giving circle event on 22nd November. Translation will be provided as well as the opportunity to meet with local civil society leaders to hear more about worrying shifts in the country and the region. We'll also eat some wonderful Hungarian food and drink some lovely Hungarian wine! If you would like to know more about the opportunity please email me at your earliest convenience.