Goodman Derrick Host Funding Network Evening - £35,000 Raised for Social Change Projects

The Funding Network’s January Funding Evening at Goodman Derrick’s offices raised over £35,000 for social change projects.

Celine Gagnon, Chief Executive of The Funding Network, commented:

"We are hugely grateful to Goodman Derrick for hosting our first live crowdfunding event of 2017 with such generosity and good humour. The team at Goodman Derrick helped us raise over £35,000 for 4 projects, tackling urgent social needs such as homelessness and mental well-being. The Funding Network is proud of its association with Goodman Derrick and look forward to continuing to provide staff members with a unique opportunity to engage in philanthropy and to making a positive difference to the world one project at a time."

Morgan Wolfe, Trainee Solicitor at Goodman Derrick commented:

"TFN is Dragon’s Den with a heart. The Funding Network brings together innovative social entrepreneurs with investors who really understand the charitable landscape in an exciting, crowd-funding forum. Four projects were invited to pitch: a girls’ secondary school in Kenya’s Masai Maara, an organisation helping young people succeed as first time renters, a charity making music in migrant detention centres and a project to strengthen the capacity of orphanages around the world. Each project had six minutes to pitch and another six to answer questions from TFN member-investors. Having a good idea is not enough: presenters must be prepared to address anything from revenue streams and organisational structure to community outreach. I am delighted that Goodman Derrick is working with TFN and am grateful to everyone who attended, donated and gave their time to these inspirational and much-needed projects."

The Funding Network is a charity which hosts live crowdfunding events for small charities facilitating social change. Pitching their projects were:

Settle - Settle is a social enterprise that supports vulnerable young people moving into their first home.

ETC Education - ETC Education is a UK registered charity which believes in empowering the girl child through higher education, and is currently focussed on  the Masai tribe in Kenya.

Whole Child - Whole Child International brings the latest research and innovative training to care providers in the most resource-challenged regions in the world.

Music In Detention - Music In Detention brings people living in immigration detention centres together with people living in the surrounding community to create powerful music.


The Funding Network

The Funding Network (TFN), founded in 2002, enables individuals to join together to crowdfund social change projects. We are the UK’s 1st public open giving circle and have been described as the ‘Dragons’ Den’ for charities. We are a community of givers who have together raised well over £8 million for over 1200 diverse local, national and international projects, through TFN Groups in London, Bristol, Oxford, Belfast, Australia, Romania, South Africa, Toronto to name but a few, and through Youth TFN (YTFN). To find out more about TFN please visit

Goodman Derrick LLP

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