Adopting a model that has flourished in the UK since 2002, Auckland Communities Foundation has helped to bring The Funding Network to New Zealand and make it possible for individuals, foundations and corporations to give collectively (in increments starting from as little as $100), aiming to raise at least $10,000 for each organisation making a pitch.

TFN offers social entrepreneurs the rare opportunity to showcase their work, secure funding and mentoring, and expand their donor base and networks.

TFN’s friendly, open environment inspires people to raise more as a group than they could as individuals and encourages them to offer more than just money. All of the TFN guests hear about new solutions to community issues, ask questions, and then pledge their support to social entrepreneurs with big ideas but limited resources.

The ultimate aim of bringing TFN to NZ is to help broaden the culture and practice of giving by making it accessible, engaging, collaborative and rewarding for all.

TFN Auckland 2016

The Funding Network NZ (TFNNZ) hosted a very successful night at AUT Business School in Auckland on Wednesday March 16th. We had four fabulous charities pitching for well deserved funds. The theme for this event was based around arts intervention social change projects. The four projects pitching were:


  • Mixit - a multi-cultural platform where young people with refugee backgrounds mix it up with local and migrant youth.


  • Māpura Studios - an accessible, inclusive creative space offering innovative, person-centred visual arts learning and art therapy programmes.


  • Mind Over Manner - a specialist workshop designed to encourage better communication for individuals who experience sensory processing differences or alternate cognitive responses.


  • The Circability Trust – inclusive circus programmes for all ages and abilities, with a focus on disabled people, to build confidence, social inclusion and achievement.


The very generous crowd raised over $32,000 in the room and a further $10,000 was raised from one of TFNs key sponsors the Macquarie Group Foundation who gave one third in match funds.

AUT and the Gift Trust have also been key sponsors in this event.

TFN NZ wishes all the charities a very big congratulations and a massive thank you to all of you who attended and gave so generously. Without your ongoing support, these small projects would not be able to run their life changing programmes.

Click here for pictures of the event.

TFN 2015

With your incredible support and assistance The Funding Network (TFN) has been able to host two live crowd funding events, supporting eight incredible social change projects and raising over $80,000 in the process.

In June with the support of the Auckland University of Technology we were able to raise money for Assistance Dogs, Fair Food, Crescendo Trust and Young Carers NZ - offering them a lifeline of money to support their endeavours.

In September, with support from Wellington City Council we were able to host our first event in Wellington, which was held at the lovely City Gallery. With an incredibly giving audience, we successfully raised funds for Common Unity Project Aotearoa, Upper Hutt Community Youth Trust, WorkerBe Oasis and Orientation Aotearoa.

These projects are continuing to flourish and we will be hearing from them over the course of 2016 with their impact reports, as well as following the fortunes of the four organisations we supported with our pilot event in 2014; Nga Rangatahi Toa, The Clown Doctors, Te Whakaora Tangata, and the Tread Lightly Caravan.

We are gearing up for a great TFN year in 2016 with scheduled events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Hearing from so many inspirational people leading the charge for social change and working hard to make a difference from the ground up, is truly humbling! We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you for helping us to make a difference.

Many thanks to our incredible sponsors and supporters for all the ‘behind-the- scenes’ work, including ongoing financial assistance. Have a wonderful and safe summer break and we look forward to bringing you more empowering and inspiring stories and charities to you over the course of next year.

With special thanks to Dr Frederick Mulder and the Frederick Mulder Foundation, who started The Funding Network in the UK and are supporting it here in New Zealand.  This year the first The Funding Network International Conference was held in London and ACF was lucky enough to be able to attend.

Nga Mihi

The team at TFN NZ!

The Inaugural TFN Event in New Zealand

The inaugural TFN NZ event was held on the 9th September 2014 at Q Theatre, hosted by Auckland Communities Foundation in association with Philanthropy New Zealand and with the generous sponsorship ofMacquarie Private Wealth NZ and Macquarie Group Foundation. We also received generous to in-kind support from Lassoo PR|Media and Carol Hirschfeld. This event was successful in raising up to $68,000 to support four great initiatives.

To find out more about TFN, please visit the TFN NZ website here.

To read more about the TFN founder, Dr. Frederick Mulder, and the inaugural TFN event, please visit our news page here.