• Who We Are

    We are a network of catalysts, change-makers and entrepreneurs - founders of social enterprises and charities across localities, countries and continents. We have a passion to create positive change, to innovate, and to harness other people's desire for change.


    The Social Founder Network was set up in 2017 by Caroline Diehl and includes over 500 founders from large and small charities, social enterprises, foundations and community organisations. Originally launched in the UK, we are growing our network in different countries and continents.


    We come from a mix of backgrounds, ages, experience and interests - we share in common our founder stories, passions and experiences - the good and the bad, the success and failures, the laughter and the tears.


    We connect back to the powerful social founders of the past, and forward to future social founders, young and old.

  • Setting up the Social Founder Network

    Caroline Diehl set up the Social Founder Network in 2017, after stepping down as

    Founder CEO of Media Trust and becoming Executive Chair of Together TV

    Caroline Diehl MBE

    "Creating a network of social founders is a joy, and an exciting new challenge. I want to see social founders thrive, and be celebrated. I find their stories inspirational. As founder CEO of the Media Trust and Together TV - the UK television channel (previously Community Channel), and a founder trustee of the Small Charities Coalition, I know well both the challenges and rewards of being a founder in the social impact sector. "

    Caroline Diehl MBE, Founder of the Social Founder Network, and Executive Chair & Founder of Together TV


    Caroline founded the Media Trust in 1994, and launched the Community Channel (now called Together TV) in 2000. She was Chief Executive of both organisations until 2017, and is now Executive Chair at Together TV, which recently relaunched as a charitable Community Benefit Society - the world's first community-owned national TV channel.


    Caroline lives in London, and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at INSEAD and a Governor of the East London NHS Foundation Trust. She set up the Social Founder Network in July 2017.

    Contact Caroline caroline@socialfounder.org

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