A Free Agent for Hunger: Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project

Beth Kanter

Those that have opened themselves up to using these tools and connecting with passionate people in their networks find abundance. Here’s one story about how one free agent, a social media savvy volunteer for a local food bank, saw a problem, reached out to her network, and helped solved in collaboration with the local nonprofit. Sue Kerr has put her social media savvy to work to fight hunger in the Greater Pittsburgh area and save the environment.

Try Eating for $4 a Day. Join The Hunger Challenge

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I didn't, until I read about the San Francisco Food Bank's Hunger Challenge. Last year, 6 food bloggers and recipe developers tried to eat 3 meals on $3 per day during the 2008 San Francisco Food Bank's Hunger Challenge. This year, Hunger Challenge participants will try to eat 3 meals for $4 per day, per person, during the week of September 20-26, 2009. For a local perspective, peruse the list of food bank blogs. BlogHer is a media sponsor of The Hunger Challenge.

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Hunger Is A Global and Local Issue: Some Ways To Take Action

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The younger kids are asked to bring an item in that is donated to a local community group in need. For October, the school is requesting donations of canned food for the local food pantry. "With living costs soaring, many local families are struggling to makes ends meet, and nowhere can it be seen with more clarity than on the lengthening lists of people being helped by the local food pantry." " Hunger is not only local issue, but also a global one.

Great reads from around the web on June 15th

Amy Sample Ward

" Case Study: Feeding America and the Spark Generator | Call2Action – Great case study about Feeding America's recent multi-channel campaign: "Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. They work in tandem with a nationwide network of member food banks in the fight to end hunger. They were looking to harness the power of all the local food banks' (over 200) online communities."

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A Round Up of Food Charities and Causes to Fight Hunger

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Send A Postcard from the Hunger site As we approach the annual Thanksgiving feast , there are more than 850 million people in the world who go hungry. In developing countries, nearly 11 million children die every year from preventable and treatable, with 60% of these deaths from hunger and malnutrition. I thought I'd highlight a few charitable organizations that are working to end hunger and some opportunities for donations.

Our EveryAction Hero: Feeding Wisconsin


With over 750 affiliate agencies across the state of Wisconsin, Feeding Wisconsin is dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving their community. Earlier this month, I sat down with Executive Director, David Lee, to learn how Feeding Wisconsin mobilizes their audience, advocates to their local and federal officials, and engages with their community. Feeding Wisconsin works with affiliated agencies and 1,000 local food programs throughout the state.

Purpose at PIMCO | The Power of Partnerships & Knowing Your Why

Connection Cafe

Our new, fully integrated framework, which aligns focus with firm leadership, personal interests and the sustainable development goals of hunger and gender equality, is: Purpose at PIMCO. Whether by leveraging employee match, deploying disaster assistance funds or investing in local non-profits through our local grants program, we leverage our resources to contribute to society. Here are some examples of how we partner for change: Hunger (Goal 2).

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5 Corporate Philanthropy Examples to Inspire Your CSR Strategy

Givinga Blog

Each of these examples uses a unique tactic to engage employees and increase impact on the local, national, or international community. Kraft Heinz’s Rise Against Hunger Partnership. Several years ago, Kraft Heinz began a digital giving campaign called Huddle to Fight Hunger. After a successful first campaign the arrangement evolved into a permanent partnership with Rise Against Hunger, an international nonprofit that’s working to end world hunger.

Achieving the SDGs: Taking Action for the 2030 Agenda In Your Community

Connection Cafe

“We can end hunger around the world by 2030.”. When you consider a goal like ending hunger, you have a couple of choices. This 15-year initiative aims to tackle 17 areas of need across the world, from eradicating hunger to fostering responsible production and consumption to ensuring everyone has access to a quality education. Now, back to our big “end hunger” goal. Something like ending hunger isn’t a challenge that’s confined to developing nations.

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22 Statistics About #GivingTuesday Donors Worldwide

Nonprofit Tech for Good

5) The causes that donors give to on GivingTuesday: Hunger and homelessness – 13%. 14) 96% regularly vote in local and national elections and 37% donate to political campaigns.

5 Community Needs That Companies Can Impact Now

Connection Cafe

Approximately 70% of large corporations already have an EAF in place and those that do not are turning to third party nonprofits like e4e Relief and/or local community foundations to distribute charitable funds directly to employees. In response, many companies are funding hunger relief organizations including Feeding America , Meals on Wheels , and World Central Kitchen , which are quickly and efficiently deploying meals and groceries through trusted community partners.

10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day


Providing tools for sustainable change to populations most vulnerable to hunger, violence, and disease, CARE has earned its place in the hall of fame of nonprofits continuing to make the world a better place. To make that vision a reality, they work tirelessly to combat the conditions that cause poverty, hunger, and social justice. Since its founding, the organization’s strategic grantmaking initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities.

Lessons from the Field: How Food Lifeline is Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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While their food output has diminished from 180,000 pounds to 110,000 pounds, they are still working with local, county and state authorities to ensure they meet the critical needs of the hungry in Western Washington. They have spun up project-based fundraisers when necessary to meet specific needs and have found their constituents and the community at large very generous to meet such critical needs for those facing hunger. .

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Whether it’s local in California, or at the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, there is a regular chance I will have my mind expanded. These goals commit all countries of the world to make progress on critical social objectives, such as ending poverty and hunger, improving access to clean water, education, and gender equality, as well as a dozen others. Thanks to being a Skoll Award winner, I am frequently blessed with the opportunity to hear from the world’s most inspiring leaders.

82 Fundraising and Social Media Stats for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The top five causes for women are children and youth (15%), animals and wildlife (13%), health and wellness (10%), human and social services (8%), and hunger and homelessness (8%) ( Global Trends in Giving Report ). The top five causes for men are children and youth (15%), health and wellness (11%), human and social services (9%), faith and spirituality (8%), and hunger and homelessness (8%) ( Global Trends in Giving Report ). Fundraising Stats.

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Oxfam Uses Text Messages to Turn a Powerful Event into an Ongoing Commitment

Mobile Commons

Challenge: How do you connect attendees of a local event with an international organization? In order to have a far-reaching impact, Oxfam empowers students and volunteers to take action in their local communities. Oxfam provides the resources, and the activists bring their passion and local knowledge to create grassroots events. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet ® is one of the organization’s most powerful events.

Oxfam Uses Text Messages to Turn a Powerful Event into an Ongoing Commitment

Mobile Commons

Challenge: How do you connect attendees of a local event with an international organization? In order to have a far-reaching impact, Oxfam empowers students and volunteers to take action in their local communities. Oxfam provides the resources, and the activists bring their passion and local knowledge to create grassroots events. The Oxfam Hunger Banquet ® is one of the organization’s most powerful events.

Demystifying Outcomes Measurement: A Glossary for Funders 

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As an example, a corporate foundation may have a mission statement t hat says, “We address the basic human and social issues faced by residents, prim arily women and children, in our local community.” Th at same corporate foundation may have a vision of all members of the local community living healthy, safe, and secure lives. As an example, traditional funders may say “ We granted $10,000 to our local food bank to end hunger.”

5 Ways Hands On Nashville Rocked The Music City on #GivingTuesday

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This week we’re talking #bikesandbakedgoods (a winning combination), and how Hands On Nashville used #GivingTuesday to create local impact – with 5 fundraising ideas to help you rock your next campaign. From hunger to homelessness, HON connects volunteers to critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community, and serves as one of the largest volunteer resource centers in the world. Additionally, all the local news stations came out to report on the event.

Share Our Strength Uses Star Power to Promote their SMS Campaign on the Colbert Report

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One in five children in the US suffers from hunger, but Share our Strength and Jeff Bridges re using his celebrity status and the power of text messaging to show people that it doesn’t have to be that way. Founded in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine, the organization’s goal is to put an end to childhood hunger.

Why You Need to Game Your Supporters


— Maybe you’re satisfied with your communications strategy.Perhaps your nonprofit was recently featured on TV or saluted in the local newspaper. Whether your nonprofit is addressing more recent issues like the digital divide or societal ills as old as hunger, your mission can feel Herculean, even impossible. This is a guest post by Jesse Noyes. He’s a Corporate Reporter at Eloqua.

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Upcoming Webinar May 28: Help Youth Find a Free Meal this Summer

Tech Soup Blog

Libraries, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations can help fight youth hunger by sharing information about local free summer meal sites. You'll hear from special guests with expertise in this area: Marnie Webb, CEO of Caravan Studios, who will talk about referral tools to help reduce the hunger gap in your community, including WhyHunger.org, Share Our Strength , and Range , a new free mobile app designed to locate free meal sites for youth this summer.

How To Create Explainer Videos That Donors Will Love

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For instance, let’s say your nonprofit is all about reducing food waste by connecting food locales with community kitchens. Here are some tips to enhance that message: Think of a clear and direct message that invites people to action : You can tell your audience you are reducing food waste by taking leftovers from food locales to community kitchens. Think for a second, how many videos have you watched this week? This whole month?

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Podcast: No Kid Hungry Explains How Text Messaging Connects Families to Free Lunches

Mobile Commons

In Episode 8 of Using the Whole Whale , a podcast on data and technology and the nonprofit world, Jason Wilson from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign shares his story of how text messaging campaigns are ending childhood hunger in America. The real power of mobile isn’t in mobile web pages or applications – it’s in text messaging.

10 Reasons Your Email Appeal is Being Ignored


We work with local farmers to distribute excess produce to families in need. If your appeal included a message from Farra telling me about the importance of ending hunger, include a picture of Farra on the linked webpage thanking me for my support.” – Chris Tuttle. I volunteer with a small nonprofit called Fields to Families. Brilliant, right? Have you grabbed your credit card yet? Well, I wish more of our constituents did the last time we sent an email appeal!

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Can love change the world? I hope so!

Amy Sample Ward

What would happen, instead, if organizations focused on eliminating hunger?) Regardless of what work you are doing – campaigning for political change, providing services to your local community, educating others, or anything else – would it look different, would it feel different, would it operate differently if love was the central message? I see this lesson in the local councils of London trying to open up their data and their leadership.

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How Skills-Based Volunteerism Creates Transformational Experiences

Connection Cafe

One of my core values, both personally and professionally, is to give back to my local community. The most prominent answers were hunger, poverty, racism, education, police brutality, and pollution. We look forward to finding new ways to give back and contribute to our local community in whatever capacity we can by collaborating with organizations similar to the YW.

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The Power of Thank You Letters

Connection Cafe

In case you're wondering, Charity Water "invested (my) money with local partners, Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Ethiopia and Pump Aid in Malawi, to build and rehabilitate freshwater wells and spring protections for people in need." Author: Jonathan Weldon. There have been a number of posts recently about the power and importance of donor thank you letters.

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What Do You Want to Know About Community Supported Kitchens?

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I'm interviewing Jessica Prentice, co-owner of the community supported kitchen, Three Stone Hearth , and author of Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection, this weekend for the Big Vision Podcast , and Have Fun, Do Good. Do you have any questions you'd like me to ask her about community supported kitchens? If you so, let me know in the comments by Saturday morning.

New on SSIR: Data for Promotion, Engagement, and Reporting

Amy Sample Ward

Some if it is visual, such as in this terrific infographic that illustrates trends for where we are giving our time and money: This year, I would love to see nonprofit organizations, service agencies, and local groups working together to share their data in the effort to more accurately map our collective impact and to identify new opportunities for partnership and collaboration. What if the map included information from service providers, schools, and other local organizations?

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Romancing the Donor

Connection Cafe

One donor cultivation tactic that proved successful in my last job was to put together an interoffice raffle basket of items contributed by local merchants and by co-workers. Employees could then buy individual raffle tickets at $1 or a dozen for $10, with all ticket sales going to fund local research into cardiovascular disease prevention. They have a hunger to make a connection – they have a hunger to make a connection with you. Author: Cheryl Black.

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Giving Trends in Kenya: How the Growth of Mobile Payments Are Transforming Community Giving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the local context, Kenyan’s give an extremely high proportion of their earnings as donations (cc. The lack of trust between NGOs and local Kenyans and the expectancy that NGOs are funded from outside Kenya are the key reasons for limited local fundraising towards NGO in Kenya. M-Changa strives to make it convenient for local NGOs to accept both mobile and card payments. Finally, M-Changa seeks to build trust from both local and international donors.

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Cisco Strengthens Three Square Food Bank's Network

Tech Soup Blog

One of Cisco's less-known good works is its signature Global Hunger Relief Campaign each year. Cisco donation recipient Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas is a strong ally in this essential hunger relief work. The food bank really needs a modern IT system to organize and execute this hunger relief work. One in six Southern Nevadans — more than 315,000 people — struggle with hunger.

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Why I Do Good: Starry Night

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Outside of his paid work, my dad organized CROP walks in our community, co-founded Martin House , volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Witness for Peace , and visited elderly people at the local convalescent home who didn''t receive much company. I''m exploring the roots of my desire/need/compulsion to "do good." I don''t usually share personal stories here on Have Fun, Do Good, and I''m not sure where this is going, but I''m giving it a whirl.

GivingTuesday India Kicks Off the Global Giving Season

Beth Kanter

GivingTuesday celebrates philanthropy and countries around the world that participate make it their own, unleashing creative and localized strategies to promote a culture of giving. For example, SevaKitchen is enrolling NGOs to define “hunger zones”, making it easy for people to share excess food near their homes. GivingTuesday India has localized and adapted ideas like the #unselfie. Source: GivingTuesday India.

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Means and Ends: Who does What


So can the local community. Without reading all of his work, and at the risk of oversimplification, you can come to the conclusion there are two main buckets in nonprofit leadership governance: the means to get things done (values, mission statement, policy manuals, checks and balances) and the ends the entity is trying to achieve (eliminating hunger or joblessness, training teen moms to parent their children, eliminating financial or scholastic illiteracy.

The Future of Social: Gen Z

NonProfit Hub

He created his own nonprofit and program called “ Brae’s Brown Bags ” to help fight against hunger, probably making him one of the youngest nonprofit CEOs and founders. GivingTuesday is reaching Gen Z during school hours with its K-12 Philanthropy Curriculum , a set of lesson plans that teachers can use to help their students participate in GivingTuesday by raising money for a local nonprofit. Beth Kanter is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub.

Cool Association Jobs This Week – December 8


Founded in 1988, RGI manages associations of varying sizes and budgets, ranging from local, to regional, to national, to international. Network Programs Officer , The Global FoodBanking Network – The Global FoodBanking Network works to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by launching and accelerating the development of food banks around the world. Here are some of the most interesting jobs you can find via the SocialFish job board !

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25 Global Trends in Giving That Nonprofits Need to Know About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

9) Religious donors are more likely to give to charitable organizations that provide basic needs and support the causes of children and youth, health and wellness, and hunger and homelessness. 67% volunteer locally, 9% volunteer internationally, and 56% attend fundraising events.

13 Twitter Hashtags to Follow for Nonprofit and Charity Updates, Events and Inspiration


From social media campaigns aimed at ending hunger, to events for breast cancer awareness, this covers it all. Many volunteer projects are viewed as an opportunity for a free trip and “they serve the egos of the tourists more effectively than they serve the locals” Monitor the hashtag to learn how to become a good volunteer and avoid mistakes.

10 Free Nonprofit iPhone Apps

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The ultimate portable NPR experience for your iPhone or iPod Touch, the NPR News App allows you to follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations wherever you are and whenever you want to. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger :: Download. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national, nonprofit organization that has been allocating donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds since 1985.

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Goal Setting for Your Nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

If your nonprofit mission is to end hunger in Arizona, the strategy may be to identify the areas of greatest need and set up food pantries in those areas. Jarrett started The Rayvan Group in 2009 and brings more than 15 years’ experience with international, national and local organizations, including Girls Golf of Phoenix, Habitat for Humanity, the Paraiso Project and St. posted by Jarrett R. Ransom, MBA President & CEO, The Rayvan Group.

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Times are hard. Associations make the world better.


At the local leve, the Kane County Farm Bureau is turning crop proceeds into food on pantry shelves through their Harvest for ALL program. With as many as 40,000 people in their community impacted by hunger, their member farmers are making a difference. Maddie and I attended the ASAE Summit Awards Dinner a few days ago. It’s a beautiful event held annually in Washington, DC.