Social Change Philanthropy

Please note, the following includes all grants of £5,000 or more made since 2012-13 when the Trust was re-named the Frederick Mulder Foundation. Prior to this, it operated on a smaller scale and was known as The Prairie Trust. The Prairie Trust was established in 1986.
Figures correct as at 31 March 2018 and are updated annually.

The Funding Network UK

The Funding Network (TFN) is a live giving circle, sometimes called “live crowd funding”, which offers small, grass roots organisations working for social change the opportunity to “pitch” for funds from an audience of potential donors. Fred and three friends started TFN in 2002 with the aim of making giving fun, social and impactful. Since then, TFN UK has brought together thousands of donors to raise over £7.5m for 750+ small non-profits working for social change. In 2012, an international programme was established. There are now more than 50 TFN giving circles in 15 countries outside of the UK. Fred has travelled to many international events and is the TFN International Ambassador.

Grant History:

FMF, and before that Prairie Trust, have supported TFN UK since 2002. This includes £126,500 towards TFN’s core costs and £650,000 which has been re-granted by TFN to 750+ non-profit organisations in the UK and around the world. Additionally, FMF has funded Fred’s role as International Ambassador to TFN at a cost of £31,000 since 2013.
Total funds received to date c. £800,000
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TFN Starter Grants Programme

In early 2017, the trustees approved a new small grants programme to support civil society organisations wishing to test the TFN giving circle model. The grants can be used towards the costs of the event and at least 50% must be used at the event to introduce the concept of “match funding”. The grants have been highly effective at fast tracking new TFN groups, leveraging further funds, engaging new donors and supporting many small, community based projects.

Grant History:

FMF has made the following Starter Grants since 1 January 2017:

Miskolc Community Foundation, Hungary – €1,000

Academy for the Development of Philanthropy, Poland – €5,000

Social Transformation Centre, Cyprus – €1,000

GRASP Brussels – €1,000

Valmiera Region Community Foundation, Latvia – €1,000

Limbazi Community Foundation, Latvia – €1,000

Aluksne and Ape Community Foundation, Latvia – €1,000

CAF Russia – €3,350

Total funds granted – €14,350

The Funding Network, Australia

TFN Australia launched in Sydney in 2013 and since then further groups have been established groups in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. Since 2013, TFN Australia has raised in excess of £3m to 180+ non-profit organisations.

Grant History:
FMF has contributed towards TFN Australia’s operational costs since 2013.
Current grant £27,049 including a contribution towards the cost of the newly established positon of Director, TFN Melbourne.

Total funds received to date £86,128

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Auckland Foundation (TFN New Zealand)

The Auckland Foundation has hosted and provided fiscal sponsorship to TFN New Zealand since September 2014. Since then, TFN New Zealand has raised £150k for 20 social change projects.

Grant History:

FMF has contributed towards TFN New Zealand’s operational costs through grants to the Auckland Foundation. Current grant £20,592.

Total funds received to date £45,400

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The Funding Network, New York

TFN New York was established in 2013 with fiscal sponsorship provided by New Venture Fund. It held 5 events between 2013 and 2015 and raised £125,000 for 16 social change projects. It is not currently active.

Grant History:

Total funds received £64,000

ARC Romania

Since 2002, the Association for Community Relations (ARC Romania) has been supporting the development of philanthropy in Romania. Specifically, it has overseen the establishment of a national network of community foundations, YouthBanks and giving circles based on the TFN model. In 2016, FMF made a one off contribution of USD$25,000 to the organisation’s capital campaign. The campaign had a target of $250,000 with every dollar raised being matched by $2 by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Grant History:

Total funds received USD$25,000

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The Philanthropy Workshop

The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW) is a world leader in strategic philanthropy education and networking. Its flagship programme, TPW Intensive is a high level workshop comprised of three rigorous week long modules held in a single year in different parts of the world. Fred has been a Member of TPW since 2006.

Grant History:

FMF has supported TPW since 2016

Current grant £USD$10,000

Total funds received to date $20,000

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Centre for Effective Altruism / Giving What We Can / 80,000 Hours

The Centre for Effective Altruism (CEA) acts as a springboard for the effective altruism movement. It aims to promote and strengthen effective altruism as an idea and a community, help determine how best to advance the wellbeing of all, and inspire people to take action based on knowledge. CEA was established as the umbrella body for Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours.

Grant History:

FMF first supported Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours in 2013.

Total funds received £195,000

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