About Us

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 with the ability to do loans-based crowdfunding as well as rewards-based. 

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. We are stronger together with Trillion Fund and we look forward to continue to innovate and serve the sector.  

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

Before co-founding and setting up Buzzbnk in 2009 with Michael Norton, Theresa spent 16 years as a senior manger 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. In 2011 she was selected as a “Make a Wave” fellow in the Ogunte programme for women social entrepreneurs.

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

It is with deep deep regret and sadness that we share the news that 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