By Sheridan, Jenny; Curley, Kevin
Philanthropic networks are on the rise. Their aim is to put smaller charities in touch with donors, but some argue they are duplicating existing infrastructure
YES Jenny Sheridan, co-director, The Funding Network
There's growth in philanthropic networks, so people must like them. In The Funding Network, about 80 people meet to hear six- minute 'pitches' from nine mostly small charities, followed by six minutes for questions.
At the end of the day. there is an auction-type session, where attendees pledge money to the charities that attracted them. They write out cheques there and then; the network works out the Gift Aid and sends the totals to the charities."