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TFN International in Central and Eastern Europe

We are delighted to share with you an Evaluation on the impact of The Funding Network’s work in central and eastern Europe (CEE) over the past six years. During this time, there has been an astonishing 180 TFN events in more than 50 cities which have raised approximately £865,000 for social change projects.
The report has been produced in association with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Michigan, a world leader in academic research into collective giving, and with the close participation of many of our partners in the region. You can read the full report by clicking here.
Some of the most pleasing findings of the Evaluation included:
Almost half of the projects supported at the TFN events in CEE received additional funding after the event from attendees  
Two thirds of the projects received offers of volunteers support and over half received offers of goods and services
54% of donors surveyed said they gave more because of attending the TFN event and of those who had a pre-planned amount, two thirds of them gave more
The main benefit of the model reported by the "host" organisations (in most cases local community foundations) was contributing to a culture of philanthropy in the region.
Considering that recent history has seen the virtual obliteration of most aspects of civil society in many of the countries we are working with, organised philanthropic activity chief among them, this is highly significant. 
In terms of the value of the model in the context of the vital, on-going task of strengthening civil society, it was reported that it offered:
A strategy to raise domestic funds and build local agency and leadership
A way to mix progressive issues with more local causes to draw people in
Proof and belief that positive change is possible
An established “off the shelf” community organizing mechanism
A "deliberative space where complex conversations can take place"
Small and local works in any community, but the model is scalable across the region
As well as providing a rounding endorsement for TFN International which will be invaluable in marketing the programme more widely, the Evaluation also provides a very useful road map for us in thinking about where to next and what we need to do to improve our work with our international partners new and old. Thank you very much to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for supporting this valuable project.
Eugenie Harvey, International Director

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