A Year in TFN International
What a year it has been for TFN International! Our network of international partners has continued grow. In 2018 we were delighted to work on first TFN events with Partners Albania, Dalia Association in Palestine, Instituto Comunitário Grande Florianópolis in Brazil and Fondo Region Colonia in Uruguay. We will be sharing insights from the events in Albania (Tirana) and Palestine (Ramallah) in the new year, it was a privilege to attend both events this month.
Our existing partners in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Hungary, Serbia, Brussels and Slovakia continue to hold successful events raising significant funds and engaging people in support of a wide range of organizations working at the coal-face of social change.
Highlights include the third event in Brussels organized by Ioana Traista and the local chapter of GRASP (Global Romanian Association of Young Professionals) Network which raised over €11,000 for three projects working for justice and human rights in Romania. In all, Ioana and the team of young volunteers have raised just short of €30,000 for 9 projects in just 12 months. We are thrilled to see TFN enabling diaspora philanthropy in this way.
In Australia, Julie McDonald and Tom Hull pioneered a number of "firsts” including TFN being featured in its first television appearance as part of ABC TV’s “Pitch Up” documentary series. TFN Australia was recently recognized as “Most Unique Innovation” at the prestigious Workplace Giving Australia Awards. Congratulations to the entire TFN Australia team.
And we are delighted that our friends in Arkhangelsk in northern-most Russia had their second successful event last week. Next year we will be delivering training to community foundations in Moscow and we hope to see more first events in Russia in 2019.
Other personal highlights included the opportunity to take a small group of members on a study visit to Budapest at the start of the year (thank you to those who came), swimming in the Budapest Swimathon to raise funds for the Fernecvaros Community Foundation (thanks to those who sponsored me), and travelling to Shenzhen to train a group of NGO leaders in the TFN model in September (thanks to my kind and generous hosts at the China Global Philanthropy Institute).
Since we began in 2013, TFN international has enabled £4.2 million to be raised at over 240 events for 800 projects. We would like to thank our funders – Marie Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation for their support these past six years, and we are delighted to announce that they have both confirmed their support for a further three years. We would also like to thank the Frederick Mulder Foundation for its support of TFN International, and particularly for the Starter Grants Programme through which new partners may apply for grants of €1,000 towards the cost of their first three events.
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Best wishes for Christmas and the year ahead from TFN International!