Celine Gagnon moved from the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn in March to a new task: The Funding Network, a live crowdfunding body that gets charities and social enterprises to come along to pitch to them for funding.
‘I am already humbled by everyone’s commitment to TFN’s vision,’ she says, adding that TFN has raised nearly £10 million on behalf of 1,300 organisations. ‘The team, the Trustees and the members are all so committed to the organisation and the amazing charities it supports. It is a rare thing and I am honoured to have been invited to join in.’
She’s also proud of TFN’s young branch, the Young Funding Network. ‘They are incredibly engaged with social change issues and take an active role in finding solutions by investing time, connections, skills, or money, being more hands on. For young people, the idea of philanthropy can seem quite outdated. People no longer want to make a donation and move on; they want to stay engaged, offer advice and integrate social action in their everyday lives’.
Despite leaving the arts world to pursue her leadership of TFN, Gagnon is still a trustee of a few arts charities, and she also enjoys stretching her legs, generally up mountains, with an aim to become a qualified Mountain Leader before the end of 2017.
‘Now that’s a tall order’, she says, fully intending the pun…