Five local charities are set to benefit by thousands of pounds thanks to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event being championed by Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir later this month at City Hall.
‘The Funding Network Belfast’ will take place on Wednesday 27 November and involve up to 80 guests networking and pooling their money in a collective effort to support local community projects.
Those set to benefit include Savia (Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse), SOS Bus NI, Open Arts Community Choir, Conway Education Centre and Angel Eyes who got together on Monday 4 November for an intensive training session led by Funding Network expert trainer, Karen Millen at city hall in preparation for the 27th.
Organised by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) in partnership with Giving Northern Ireland, the big night at City Hall will be one of a series of highly successful similar events across the world.
With competing funding needs and high levels of demand for financial resources in the charitable sector, effective pitching is key when engaging potential donors to support a deserving cause.
The Lord Mayor, who will be personally sponsoring Open Arts Community Choir, said he was delighted to host such a novel event sure to boost the coffers of well deserving causes.
“This will make a massive impact on local charities who rely so heavily on financial support to carry out their amazing work within our communities,” he added.
Helen Carrick, Fund Development Manager at CFNI, knows more than most the importance of presenting donors with a clear picture of how their money is spent and the impact that can be achieved.
She said: “One of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s primary roles is to match the specific charitable interests of individuals and businesses across Northern Ireland with projects and organisations meeting these needs at a local level.
“CFNI is delighted to be working with the Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir who is both hosting the event and sponsoring a project on the night. This event is a perfect platform for charities, without the profile of the larger well known organisations, to highlight their work to a new audience in order to gain both financial support and increased awareness.
“We hope that this emerging trend to develop philanthropy in a highly efficient and stimulating manner will prove as successful in Belfast as it has in the rest of the world.”
Sandara Kelso Robb, Strategic Advisor for Giving Northern Ireland, added: “These five charities have the chance to raise thousands of pounds at this event by pitching their causes to local philanthropists. This is precisely the type of event that Giving Northern Ireland is committed to as it will help to raise the profile of philanthropic giving and therefore boost the finances of important and worthy causes.”