The Funding Network today announced the appointment of Kawika Solidum as its Chair. Solidum will lead the board of trustees for the 20-year-old charity that nurtures a membership network and links everyday donors to charitable causes and social entrepreneurs through live crowdfunding.
Since its inception in 2002, The Funding Network has helped raise over £17 million for 2,400 small non-profits driving social change in the UK and across the world from some 36,000 donors giving as little as £10 and as much as £10,000. The philanthropy intermediary has funded organisations in the areas of human rights, climate change and the environment, health, education, inclusion and more.
Through its international programme, it has shared its model with national philanthropic infrastructure organisations in 27 countries and events are now delivered in countries as diverse as Australia, Peru, Romania, Germany, Georgia and Turkey.
Solidum, an experienced charity CEO and trustee for The Funding Network since 2018 is currently Head of Region (North West) for the CSJ Foundation, a policy thinktank philanthropy arm, and previously worked for Impetus and London Youth.
He succeeds Samuel Lush, who has been Chair since 2017 and who will remain on the board until his term ends in June, ensuring a smooth transition.
Kawika Solidum said:
“It’s a genuine honour to be appointed as Chair of The Funding Network; a charity that connects generous, compassionate people with inspiring and indefatigable charities in need of more support.”
“We raise money for small non-profits driving social change and help both individuals and businesses to combine their giving with others, to make a collective impact. Our record over two decades demonstrates an appeal to both individuals and businesses who are curious to discover compelling social interventions and are equally eager to be effective in their giving.”
Eugenie Harvey, Chief Executive of The Funding Network, said:
“I am beyond delighted that we will be able to benefit from Kawika’s incisive leadership, vision and energy. I’m looking forward to working with him to convert the exciting opportunities we created during the pandemic into increased support for brilliant charities whose work is so sorely needed.
“Furthermore, I want to thank Sam Lush, who chaired The Funding Network during the Covid-19 pandemic and cultivated the emergent strategy that Kawika and I will now take forward with vigour and vision.”