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Social entrepreneurs take centre stage in Brisbane to pitch for support

  TFN Image Four extraordinary social enterprises will take centre stage when The Funding Network (TFN) stages its first Brisbane collective-giving event this month. TFN is an Australian non-profit organisation and part of a global network that hosts live collective-giving events in a fun and inclusive setting. The unique format of the event involves four social entrepreneurs each pitching for $10,000 to support their work. It is the first time TFN has held a collective-giving event in Brisbane. The four organisations selected to pitch are Human Ventures, Music Broadcasting Society of QLD, Vulcana Women’s Circus and Friends of HEAL. The event is being held on June 16 at South Brisbane to coincide with the Queensland Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Week and is being presented in collaboration with Silver Chef, Creative Partnerships and the Morgans Foundation. Creative Partnerships and the Morgans Foundation will be matching all donations up to $20,000 per project. Silver Chef founder and 2014 Philanthropy Leader of the Year Allan English said: “TFN is a genuine enabler and opportunity maker – bringing together the right people, resources and projects for social change.” “Bringing TFN to my home state has been a goal since we started the project last year and it will be a great opportunity for Queenslanders to show they are as generous as the rest of the country.” “We have identified four great enterprises that could continue doing their extraordinary work with a little financial help so it would be good to see as many people as possible at the event.” Mr English handed over his role of Chairman of TFN in March to Andrew Tyndale. TFN offers social entrepreneurs the rare opportunity to showcase their work, secure funding and mentoring, and to expand their donor base and networks.T his format also offers people the chance to learn about social issues and to engage directly with programs that are really making a difference. This year’s first TFN event in Sydney achieved an outstanding result – with the most funding pledged at a TFN event to date. Macquarie Wealth Management and the Macquarie Group Foundation hosted the private client event on 10 March, which saw over $212,000 pledged (including $100,000 match-funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation under its staff support policy) for four grassroots non-profit organisations: School for Life Foundation, 40k Foundation, Substation 33 and the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation. For more information visit: ABOUT THE FUNDING NETWORK The Funding Network Australia is a non-profit organisation and part of a global network that hosts live collective-giving events. Adopting a model that has flourished in the UK since 2002, TFN provides opportunities for social entrepreneurs with small, non-profit organisations to pitch for funding from live audiences, and then reports back on their impact. Launched in Australia in 2014, TFN has already facilitated over $2 million, from more than 1,800 guests at 17 events in support of 67 grassroots programs. ABOUT CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AUSTRALIA Creative Partnerships Australia works to increase investment in Australia’s arts sector; bringing donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector for the benefit of all Australians. Creative Partnerships Australia is supported by the Australian Government through the Cultural Development Program of the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department. ABOUT QCF PHILANTHROPY WEEK QCF Philanthropy Week is a celebration to raise awareness of philanthropy in Queensland, honour community members and organisations who make outstanding philanthropic contributions, and encourage support for charities and community organisations operating throughout Queensland. Philanthropy Week will be held from 15-19 June 2015.