Strategic Funding Group

November 2018

We came together in November 2018, for our Strategic Funding Group to hear from three fantastic organisations that had previously pitched at TFN London and were seeking second-stage, transformational funding.

First to pitch was Action Through Enterprise, which works to break the cycle of poverty in Lawra, Ghana.

They raised a total of £15,000 on the night, which has enabled ATE to build an Inclusion Centre in the centre of Lawra Town. This has transformed ATE's ability to implement its poverty-reduction programme, with particularly positive impacts for the most marginalised within the Lawra community including disabled children and their families.

Opening up the Inclusion Centre has created employment opportunities, increased staff capacity to deliver programmes and enabled the launch of drop-in sessions. The Inclusion Centre has quickly become a real community hub, supporting thousands of people.

Action Through Enterprise said: The Inclusion Centre is an incredible base for our work that will allow us to continue to grow in so many ways and continue to deepen impacts and improve lives for people in Lawra.

The next pitch came from Settle; a charity which supports vulnerable people into their first home, aiming to prevent homelessness happening in the first place. Settle raised over £21,000 at the event.

The money raised went towards hiring and training a Programme Manger to manage and lead Settle's delivery operations.

This has meant Settle's CEO has had time to focus on strategic objectives and income generation. This has had a transformational impact on the organisation, allowing accelerated growth over the last year.

Settle's CEO, Rich, said:
We've thoroughly enjoyed working with TFN over the last 5 years - from just an idea to a scaling charity working with hundreds of young people. It's been so beneficial to have a funder that has supported us at each step and has enabled us to grow successfully.

The final pitch came from Educating The Children, a charity which provides education opportunities and empowerment girls in Kenya and Uganda.

They raised over £19,000 to pilot coding "bootcamps" for young women. 19 women attended the bootcamp over 6 weeks to learn HTML, CSS, Javascript and soft skills. Over 80% are using their new skills to further their careers or gain employment.

A team of 4 students were invited to pitch their idea to the CEO of Prudential, as their ideas were recognised as fresh and innovative. A further 10 students have been admitted onto a course by Clarke International University for further training in software engineering.

One Bootcamp graduate said:
"I have been a stay home mother for 5 years, which has been the hardest time in my life. I really wanted to study but I did not have any source of income. I am so grateful to ETC for the wonderful opportunity because it has really opened my career and
the beginning of my life."

Thank you to the wonderful TFN Members who joined us to support these amazing non-profits. Your funding has been truly transformational!