Members join for a variety of reasons.
It’s an interesting and effective way of giving
Network membership helps us discover more interesting social change projects than we can find on our own. Membership is not everyone’s cup of tea, because often these projects are quite radical and risky: challenging rather than cuddly. However, by working together, we share expertise and the risks, and so find that we can fund important and cutting-edge projects.
By giving collaboratively, we separate our giving from power. We are also anonymous, and many of us welcome this.
Even if we can only afford to give the minimum, we all enjoy feeling part of the larger whole.
We find that the process of sponsoring and assessing projects gives meaning to our donations, in a way that simply writing a cheque does not.
To learn and gain experience
Our processes are designed to help members gain confidence and experience in grant making and in supporting progressive social change. This includes
- spotting potential grant recipients
- helping projects prepare a good grant application
- assessing grant applications
- meeting with grant applicants
- impartial advice from other members on practical matters, such as setting up a charitable trust or structuring a legacy.
We also learn and are inspired by meeting with the amazing individuals and groups that we fund.
To share experience and have fun
Our twice yearly conferences are a time for
- learning from external speakers
- visiting projects
- sharing in the "work" of Network
- having fun, often in splendid surroundings
We provide excellent free childcare at conferences and welcome parents who wish to bring their children along.
It’s a safe space to reflect
We create a safe space to reflect on personal issues around money and to share experience. Common topics include:
- money and relationships
- lending money
- telling people about inherited wealth
- children and wealth
- working for money when we don’t need it.
For some it’s a huge relief to discover their personal giving priorities and start to feel less burdened by all the good causes they choose not to fund.
Some members prefer not to be known as members of Network, and we organise Network carefully to protect their privacy.
"I no longer feel alone and overwhelmed"
Our conferences include music and dance. Here's Denis Kigongo running a drumming workshop for us.