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Crowdfunding initiative The Funding Network will be holding its next event at the Old Fire Station in Oxford on 5th May 2016, and is now looking for nominations for local charitable projects to pitch for £4,000 in funding to an audience of donors. 

Looking for a better way to discover and support transformational local projects? Interested to find out more about live crowdfunding? The Funding Network (TFN) allows you to experience the thrill of live crowdfunding – and do more with your money than you ever could alone. Come face to face with extraordinary people working on the front lines of social change and discover imaginative solutions to the pressing problems in our world today. On the night you’ll have the opportunity to hear from four local innovative projects, ask questions, then decide to support them if you wish. There is no obligation to give. The event starts at 6.15pm at the Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford. Tickets are £5 (includes refreshments and a glass of wine) and are available now.

The organisers are now seeking nominations for projects to pitch at this event, so if you know of any inspirational projects please do consider putting them forward. The application form can be downloaded here and must be returned to Sue Raikes at The Funding Network by 5pm on Monday 22nd February 2016 (contact details are on the form). All projects will need a sponsor who is prepared to vouch for their work and who must pledge the first £250; before making any application please read the Funding Network Guidance 2016 for full details.

TFN is also particularly keen to continue its links with the student population. Oxford students have a thriving curiosity and this is an important time where they form views that influence decisions throughout their lives. TFN wants to support students to get engaged in philanthropy – a worthwhile long term investment for us all. If you are a student who’d like to learn more, or are interested in supporting this initiative, get in touch with Sue Raikes at

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