The Funding Network: Live Crowdfunding Event for Homelessness

14 November 2019

5.30 pm - 8.30 pm

U City. Level 1, 43 Franklin St, Adelaide

We are excited to announce that The Funding Network is partnering with the Don Dunstan Foundation to host their first ever Adelaide event, taking place on Thursday 14 November 2019!

TFN’s event will focus on Ending Homelessness through the Adelaide Zero Project. The live crowdfunding event will feature pitches from organisations that support people who are currently experiencing, at risk of, or on their journey out of homelessness, including those that are on the Adelaide Zero Project’s By-Name List.

3 innovative grassroots social change initiatives will be given the chance to pitch at a live crowdfunding event where they can tell their story to an audience of 150+ potential donors and supporters to raise vital funds for their organisation.

This is set to be an incredible, energetic night of storytelling and raising funds for inspiring, innovative grassroots initiatives and we look forward to seeing you there! Book your tickets here!

We are excited to announce that the GOGO Foundation, JusticeNet SA and Puddle Jumpers are our finalists and will be pitching their project ideas on the night!

Project #1: The GOGO Foundation

Driven by its vision to create an equitable and inclusive society, The GOGO Foundation provides pathways to meaningful employment for people facing homelessness through a unique program of training, mentoring and skills development. Through finding meaningful work, people at risk of homelessness gain confidence, capability and independence. The GOGO Foundation will be pitching for funding to run a pilot program which creates employment opportunities for people facing homelessness through a unique 12-week program. Find out more:

Meet the presenter: Sarah Gun, CEO, The GOGO Foundation

Sarah is the CEO and founder of The GOGO Foundation, as well as an award-winning social innovator. Through her work at The GOGO Foundation, she has created over 750 job outcomes for 85 individuals who are on their journey out of homelessness. Sarah is a 2017 Westpac Social Change Fellow and 2018 SA Australia Day Award Winner.


Project #2: JusticeNet SA

JusticeNet is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of low-income and disadvantaged South Australians who need help with serious civil law problems. In partnership with an extensive network of volunteer lawyers, JusticeNet provides a ‘safety net’ for those who cannot afford legal help or obtain assistance elsewhere. JusticeNet will be pitching for funding to provide outreach legal services to people experiencing homelessness in Adelaide. Find out more:

Meet the presenter: Tim Graham, Executive Director, JusticeNet SA

Tim has 17 years’ legal experience, including a decade as Executive Director and Principal Solicitor of JusticeNet. Tim has practiced law in South Australia and Tasmania, including stints in local and State Government. Before the law, Tim worked in the not-for-profit sector. Tim is a member of the Law Society’s Justice Access Committee.


Project #3: Puddle Jumpers

Puddle Jumpers is a non-profit dedicated to providing opportunities and support for vulnerable children and families, including those at risk of homelessness, through camps and recreational activities designed to promote personal, social, cultural growth and development. These programs are designed to empower young people to develop social, communication, cooperation, team building, conflict management and problem solving skills. Puddle Jumpers will be pitching for funding to launch two additional camps that will allow currently waitlisted children to participate in these experiences. Find out more:

Meet the presenter: Melanie Tate, CEO and Founder, Puddle Jumpers

Melanie is an experienced CEO, founder, inspirational speaker and social entrepreneur with a proven history of working in non-profit management. She founded Puddle Jumpers in 2012 to fill service gaps for vulnerable children and families, and has worked in a number of recreational programs supporting at-risk young people, children and families, and people experiencing homelessness.


A huge thank you to Macquarie for generously providing match funding! To find out more about The Funding Network, visit their website. To find out more about the Adelaide Zero Project, visit here.



This is a giving event. We reserve a limited number of seats for non-profits, so if you’re from a non-profit and are interested in coming along or pitching at a future TFN event, please email TFN’s NFP Partnerships Manager Tom Trout.