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What does a pandemic mean for live crowdfunding? TFN International affiliates gather for peer learning event

Following a surge of virtual live crowdfunding events over the past 12 months, The Funding Network (TFN) gathered together its network of international 'affiliates' for a peer learning event, held on Friday, 19th March. Over 40 people attended, representing civil society organisations across Europe and South America, from Russia to Colombia. 

TFN's international network includes a range of civil society organisations who gather donors together for live crowdfunding events - or 'giving circles' - in support of local, grassroots causes and represents a wealth of collective knowledge, innovation and creativity.

At Friday's peer learning event, four case studies were presented from Hungary, Peru, Russia and the UK. Key areas of debate included: how to promote and build an audience if you are new to crowdfunding events; peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns built around an upcoming crowdfunding event; tips and tools if running a virtual event for the first time; and what could hybrid events look like as Covid-19 restrictions lift in 2021.

Not every virtual and hybrid crowdfunding event looks the same. TFN's affiliate in Russia, the Arkhangelsk Centre of social technologies "Garant", tapped into the need to entertain its in-person audience of local business leaders and wove in puppet shows and traditional dances into its charity presentations and live pledging session. You can watch a replay of their visually engaging event here.

TFN's international programme has been generously supported through the years by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Frederick Mulder Foundation and Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust. Both Frederick Mulder and Frances Carey were present on the 19th and expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the creativity and dedication of our international affiliates. 

“TFN's peer learning event was a wonderful snapshot of what great things TFN is achieving internationally, a flexible, collegiate way of working that offers so much for the future in terms of engagement and further development. It reinforces a sense of community which works online and in person.” 

Frances Carey, co-funder of TFN International and chair of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

Our international affiliates are demonstrating incredible creativity and leadership in the field of live crowdfunding, at a time when meeting in person is restricted. Read about how TFN International affiliate, Konekt in North Macedonia is trialling virtual crowdfunding events. 

About our international work
The Funding Network lends its unique, tried and tested live crowdfunding model to civil society organisations with shared aims (our ‘affiliates’) who are working at grassroots level in communities across the globe. We have affiliates in 17 countries from Brazil to New Zealand and provide ongoing training and funding to drive community transformation beyond our borders.
Find out more about our international work here.

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