Giving that leads to meaningful action

Black Funding Network offers small, Black-led grassroots organisations serving our communities access to valuable funding from people of any background who want to give collectively and intentionally.

Our giving circle is a community of joyful generosity where everyone can be a philanthropist. We believe in giving by, for and with the communities we represent.

We are pleased to announce our next call for applications for our Fall 2024 Funder.

We are inviting small non-profit Black-led community organisations to apply for our Fall Funder which will be held as a hybrid crowdfunding event on 24th September. If selected, you will have a chance to raise funds for your organisation by pitching to our funders.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 6th August.

Patricia Hamzahee Spring 2023 BFN Event
Black Funding Network Event Spring 2023 Funder

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Our annual memberships give people access to an intentional way to give-back to Black-led grassroot organisations who are too often overlooked and underfunded. We are the network for collective giving for those who want to contribute to the systemic change that helps Black communities in the UK to thrive.

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Crowdfunding events for grassroots organisations

Our annual crowdfunding events provide small Black-led community organisations with the connections and financial support they need. 

Turn up, meet like-minded people and come together to support these incredible grassroots organisations in our community.

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Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to close the gap between people who want to do good with their money and the people at the grassroots who know what to do.

By giving them greater visibiity, we help provide these inspiring social changemakers access to financial and non-financial sources of support which can secure their long-term sustainability. 


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We’ve raised over £99k for Black-led nonprofits in 4 years

Since launching in 2020, the Black Funding Network has raised over £99,000 to aid organisations supporting the Black British community. We are the giving circle for anyone interested in uplifting the community. 

Raised:

£99,532

Black Funding Network offers small, Black-led grassroots organisations serving our communities access to valuable funding from people of any background who want to give collectively and intentionally.

Organisations Supported:

15

What Our Community Thinks

BFN Funding enabled Sister System to empower care-affected girls and enhanced the organisation’s growth. It enabled our 2021 summer respite trip in Cornwall for 12 of our sisters to give them a break from their daily stresses, increase their mental wellbeing and raise resilience levels. The girls took part in community building activities like surfing, beach trip, arts, movie night, evening campfires and boardgames to build their positive peer relationships. Many of these young women had never left London before and had never seen the sea!

The BFN Funding also enabled us to provide basic food & hygiene necessities to care-affected girls to enhance their ability to engage in school, work and their support sessions. It supported us to empower over 90 sisters through our educational empowerment & peer mentoring support programmes.

Since then and with BFN’s continuing support, Sister System has been empowered to support over 400 care-affected girls:

-75% forged pathways to further education/employment (18yrs+)
-80% reported increased understanding of healthy relationships to enable a life free from abuse
-91% reported raised mental wellbeing”

Amy Goodman

Business Development Manager, Sister System

The Black Funding Network’s support helped us to deliver our first filmed In conversation With… where we bring together intergenerational Black theatre makers to share their stories about working in the theatre industry.

 

Being visible matters and one of the aims of our new series of conversations is to encourage and inspire the upcoming and current generation of theatre makers to continue making work, adding to Black British canon as well as being recognised and valued as part of UK culture. 

 

Our first conversation, A Theatre Director’s Life, featured two of Britain’s renowned Black female theatre directors, Yvonne Brewster OBE and Lynette Linton, Artistic Director of Bush Theatre.  Recorded live in front of an audience at Bush Theatre and livestreamed in October 2022, the video is on our website and YouTube channel. 

 

BFN’s support helped us reach a wider audience with the livestreaming and video.  Thank you BFN!

Pauline Walker

Administrator and Creative Producer, Alfred Fagon Award

Reed Smith LLP is proud to be hosting the Black Funding Network’s crowdfunding event in April 2023 at our London office. Reed Smith provides pro bono support to BFN-supported organisations through our Racial Justice Pro Bono Working Group.

Through our relationship with BFN, we have grown this offering and provided valuable pro bono support to a number of BFN-supported Black-led not-for-profits. We are grateful to Patricia Hamzahee, who helped us develop a digital overview of our firm’s pro bono offering, helping us to reach more charities and not-for-profit organisations whose work improves the lives of people from Black and ethnic backgrounds in the UK.

We look forward to continuing our support of BFN as a corporate member for years to come

Reed Smith LLP

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