Buzzbnk was co-founded by Michael Norton, OBE and Theresa Burton in 2009. The website launched in January 2011 as the UK's 1st crowdfunding platform specifically for social enterprises and charities.
Buzzbnk merged with Trillion Fund Ltd November 1, 2014. Buzzbnk.org continues after the merger on its mission to help social enterprises and charities raise the funding and support they need.
You can see the full Trillion Fund team behind helping run Buzzbnk.org by clicking here.
A bit of history on our co-founders:
Michael Norton OBE – Co-founder
Michael, also a Director of CIVA, is a well-recognised expert in fundraising, author and serial social entrepreneur. He took the lead role in setting up UnLtd (UK), the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, which received the Millennium Legacy of £100 million. He founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, the UK’s leading provider of information and training to charities. He co-founded Changemakers in 1994 to find new ways of engaging young people in social action and was its Executive Chair until 2001. He founded YouthBank UK in 1998, and incubated the Otesha Project UK, FoodCycle, MyBnk and other social ventures in the UK and India. In 2013, Michael was awarded the prestigious “Beacon Award for Pioneering Philanthropy”. In 2014, Michael was honoured with the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at The Charity Awards.
Theresa Burton – CEO and Co-founder
Prior to merging with Trillion Fund, Theresa was CEO and Co-founder of Buzzbnk, an online crowdfunding platform bringing together social ventures looking for capital with like-minded people keen to participate in a new way of funding social change. Before co-founding and setting up Buzzbnk, Theresa spent 16 years as a senior manager in the private sector, delivering global e-business, internet and enterprise business solutions for two large international corporations, the most recent with Swiss Re. In 2008 she completed a Sloan Fellowship MBA/MSc at London Business School. She was also a founding Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association in 2013 and acted on the Board until June 2015.
Born in Canada, she holds an Engineering/Applied Science BSc from Queen’s University. Now living in England, she is a British Citizen and RSA Fellow.
In Memory - Stephen Lloyd, one of our founding Board Members
With deep regret and sadness our founding Board Member, Stephen Lloyd, tragically passed away August 20th 2014.
A full list of all the wonderful memorials and tributes to Stephen can be found here - we will miss him dearly but the work he carried out in the UK to further the charity and social investment sector will leave a lasting impact: http://www.bwbllp.com/in-memory-of-stephen-lloyd