TFN International Networks

TFN International Affiliates

In addition to our trademark live giving circle events in the UK, TFN also runs a growing Affiliates' Programme through which we equip civil society organisations (CSOs) with the skills, resources and confidence to run their own live giving circle events.

Since the programme launched in 2012, more than 100 events have raised over £2m (USD$2.8m) for more than 400 social change projects in 13 countries outside of the UK.

To date, 40 CSO’s have undergone training either directly from us or through one of our Affiliates.

Thousands of people have taken part in events in Sydney, Belgrade, New York, Bucharest, Auckland, Sofia, Toronto and Istanbul as well as in smaller cities and towns across Central and Eastern Europe. 

Affiliates are selected on the basis of an alignment with TFN’s mission, their capacity to deliver events and the need and opportunity for an increase in philanthropy in their country. They must also share our passion for the giving circle model and an interest in developing it further and sharing ideas and learning. No one has all the answers and there is as much for established groups to learn as the fledgling ones.

Typically Affiliates are national organisations with the capacity to cascade the model throughout the country to CSOs working regionally and in smaller towns and cities.

Through the Affiliates' Programme, we’re sparking a worldwide “giving revolution” - hundreds of people coming together at live events every week, working together to create lasting social change in their communities.

To find out more, please contact:

Eugenie Harvey, International Director -
Jennie Jeffery, International Coordinator –
+44 (0) 845313 8449

TFN gratefully acknowledges the support of Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Frederick Mulder Foundation and Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust with the TFN Affiliates Programme.






International Networks

TFN Australia was constituted as an independent charity under Australian law in 2014 following a successful pilot phase during which it was auspiced by the Australian Communities Foundation. Currently, TFN Australia and TFN UK are the only two independent “stand alone” TFNs. 

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in Australia was held in Sydney on 26th February 2013.

Since then 26 events in four Australian cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane) have raised over £1.4m (AUD 2.7m) for 101 non-profit organisations from more than 2000 donors with an estimated £450,000 (AUD 900,000) of follow-on funding leveraged as a result of connections made at TFN events. Events are scheduled in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Karratha in 2016. Have a look at our calendar for details of upcoming events. 

Further information

Lisa Cotton, CEO The Funding Network, Australia 

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In Bulgaria, TFN’s Affiliate is the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation (WCIF) which works with communities around the country to encourage them to take responsibility for their own development by effectively using local resources. Through WCIF and the training we have jointly provided, community foundations and youth banks around Bulgaria are now organising successful live giving circle events, known in Bulgarian as дарителски кръг or Daritelski Krug.

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in Bulgaria was held in Sofia on 8th May 2012.

Since then 32 events in 10 Bulgarian cities and towns (Sofia, Gabrovo, Varna, Ruse, Yambol, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Burgas, Plovdiv and Pernik) have raised more than £180,000 (BGN 450,500) for 136 non-profit organisations from more than 1,500 donors. Have a look at our calendar for further details of future events.

Further information

Monika Pisankaneva, Philanthropy Development Manager
Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation

For 10 years, TFN Toronto has lead the way for TFN internationally. Through an Affiliation with the Tides Foundation, and thanks to the commitment of a small group of volunteers led by Janis Rukavina, TFN has become an established and respected part of the philanthropy landscape in Toronto. We’re looking at opportunities to build on the first decade of TFN in Toronto and to expand to other Canadian cities.

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in Canada was held in Toronto in October 2005.

Since then 20 events have raised more than £150,000 (CAD 275,000) for 22 non-profit organisations. TFN Toronto having a short hiatus for a period of planning and review.

Further information

Eugenie Harvey, International Director
The Funding Network, UK


TFN's affiliate in Cyprus is the Social Transformation Centre, based in Nicosia. STC held its first event on 25th October 2017, raising more than 40,000 TRY (£8,000) for 3 local community organisations.




Our Hungarian Affiliate is Roots and Wings Foundation, an organisation which aims to support, develop and strengthen community foundations in the country. The first open giving circle (known as Elő Adás) in Hungary was organised by the Ferencvaros Community Foundation in Budapest in December 2015, with the support of Roots and Wings Foundation.

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in Hungary was held in Budapest on 2nd December 2015. It raised £4,825 (HUF 1,930,000) for three non-profit organisations from 50 donors. A second event in Budapest is planned on 22nd November 2016. You can read a short report of the first event here

Further information

Mátyás Komáromi, Community Foundation Support Programme:

Although operating independently, The Funding Network NZ is currently hosted by Auckland Foundation, one of 14 community foundations in a country with a population of less than 5 million people! Based in Auckland, TFN NZ has run public events in 2 main cities and recently run its first private corporate event. The TFN NZ team has big plans to build momentum and capacity over the coming years. Watch this space!

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in New Zealand was held in Auckland on 8th September 2014.

Since then five events have raised more than £130,000 (NZD 300,000) for 19 non-profit organisations from 330 donors. Have a look at our calendar for details of upcoming events. 

Further information

Anissa Ljanta, National Co-ordinator

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The Federation of Community Foundations in Poland (FCF) works to support and develop Polish Community Foundations, with the ultimate aim of promoting a culture of philanthropy. Thirteen Community Foundations in Poland are members of FCF, but the Federation works with and for all Polish CFs.

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FCF's first live crowdfunding event will be held in October 2016.

Ewa Bachman, Office Director
Federation of Community Foundations in Poland

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TFN’s Polish Affiliate is Akademia Rozwoju Filantropii w Polsce (Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland). The organisation was founded in 1998 and is based in the country’s capital, Warsaw. It works to support the development of philanthropy, responsible business and strong communities.

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in Poland was held on 19th May 2016 on the national Day of Good Deeds. The event raised more than £4,000 (PLN 24,000) for four diverse non-profits, which is more than double the target amount. There are a further five events planned throughout the year by other groups, including the Federation for Community Foundations in Poland. Click here for details of forthcoming events.

Further information

Karolina Muzal, Project Coordinator
Akademia Rozwoju Filantropii w Polsce


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In Romania, TFN’s Affiliate is ARC Romania. ARC is a longstanding pioneer of philanthropy development in Romania and throughout Central and Eastern Europe. It has been responsible for the national Community Foundation Development Programme and the roll out of YouthBanks, a youth led fundraising and grant-making initiative. Over the past three years, ARC has successfully introduced the live giving circle model (known as Cercul de Donatori) to many community foundations and YouthBanks around the country.

Key Statistics

The first TFN event in Romania was held in Bucharest on 8th April 2013.

Since then 29 events in ten cities including (Bucharest, Cluj, Prahova, Ploiesti, Galati, Mures, Iasi, Tara Fagarasului, Brasov, Urlati and Fagaras) have raised more than £80,000 for 93 non-profit organisations from around 1,300 donors. See our calendar for details of forthcoming events. 

Further information

Ionut Alexandrescu, Programme Assistant
ARC Romania

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TFN has been working with Catalyst Balkans since 2013. Catalyst works to increase domestic philanthropy for social transformation of countries in the Western Balkans.

In addition to organising several successful events in Belgrade under the brand DobroCiniTi, the team at Catalyst has run training programmes for young people from Youth Funds (similar to YouthBanks) in the giving circle model and offer support and mentoring to those that wish to organise events.

Key Statistics

The first open giving circle event in Serbia was held in Belgrade on 5th December 2013.

Since then five events have raised £23,000 (RSD 3,600,000) for 14 non-profit organisations from 250 donors. Click here for details of forthcoming events.

Further information

Branislava Cekic, Programme Coordinator for Giving Circles and Dobrociniti Initiatives
Catalyst Balkans

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TFN’s Affiliate in Singapore is the Singapore Community Foundation.

Key Statistics

The first open giving circle event in Singapore was held on 11th April 2014.

Since then two events have raised £22,000 (SGD 43,000) for six non-profit organisations from 100 donors. There are currently no events planned in Singapore.

Further information

Candice Kang, Principal Consultant, Communications and Development
Singapore Community Foundation

In Slovakia TFN’s Affiliate is Centrum Pre Filantropiu (Centre for Philanthropy). CPF’s mission is to develop philanthropy and strengthen civil society in Slovakia. Outside of the country’s capital, Bratislava, an event has been held at The Healthy City Foundation at Banská Bystrica, Eastern Europe’s first community foundation established in 1994.

Key Statistics

The first open giving circle event in Slovakia was held in Bratislava on 15th May 2014.

Since then three events in two cities (Bratislava and Banská Bystrica) have raised £11,000 (EUR 14,000) for eight non-profit organisations from 111 donors. Events are scheduled in Banská Bystrica and Bratislava this year. Please see our calendar for further details.

Further information

Boris Strečanský, Senior Expert, Member of the Board
Centrum Pre Filantropiu>

TFN’s Affiliate in South Africa is the Southern Africa Trust. 

Key Statistics

The first open giving circle event in Johannesburg was held on 1st October 2013.

Since then, three events in Johannesburg  and Cape Town have raised £26,000 (ZAR 540,000) for 13 non-profit organisations. There are currently no events planned in South Africa.

Further information

Bhekinkosi Moyo, Chief Executive Officer
Southern Africa Trust

TFN’s Turkish Affiliate is TUSEV (Third Sector Foundation of Turkey). The organisation’s main objectives are research on civil society and philanthropy, promoting social investment, social justice philanthropy and facilitating partnerships across sectors. Known in Turkey as Destekle Degistir, the live giving circle model is proving popular and impactful.

Key Statistics

The first open giving circle event in Turkey was held in Istanbul on 13th May 2014.

Since then four events in Istanbul and Ankara have raised more than £50,000 (TRY 200,000) for 13 non-profit organisations from 300 donors. See our calendar for details of forthcoming events.

Further information

Liana Varon, Deputy Secretary General

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With the fiscal sponsorship of New Venture Fund, we have staged five successful TFN events in the New York. Our aim was to test the appetite for TFN in New York, and to look at opportunities for us to work in partnership with American CSOs as we have done successfully in other countries. We are currently reviewing these plans and will shortly be announcing the next steps in our American adventure!

Key Statistics

The first open giving circle event in the USA was held in New York on 11th November 2013.

Since then five events in New York have raised more than £125,000 (USD 180,000) for 16 non-profit organisations from 270 donors. TFN USA is having a short hiatus for a period of planning and review.

Further information

Eugenie Harvey, International Director
The Funding Network, UK

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