The Funding Network is an innovative way for the philanthropically-minded to join together to fund social change projects. At each themed event NGO representatives give a presentation about their work to a room full of possible funders – as TFN describes it: a friendly dragon’s den for charities! After their presentation the charity representatives all leave the room while the generous TFN folk decide how much they would like to donate to each charity.
Our compere for the evening was the inspirational Peter Tatchell, and Reprieve was up against some pretty great competition, including Just for Kids Law and Bail for Immigration Detainees. Clare spoke with her usual passion and verve about the devastating effects of drone strikes in Yemen and what Reprieve is doing about it on the ground with frontline investigation and accountability work. Having survived her foray into the dragon’s den fully intact, Clare’s efforts were rewarded handsomely – more than £6000 was donated, which will be put straight to use supporting our vital work ensuring that human rights and the rule of law are not wilfully ignored in the latest frontier of the so-called ‘war on terror’. Reprieve - and all those for whom we seek justice - is incredibly grateful to The Funding Network, and all of our generous supporters.