Each year, on or around October 25th, we celebrate the 5% Giving Day in Whole Foods Market stores in 2005 which raised seed capital for Whole Planet Foundation. We call this anniversary "Poverty is Unnecessary Day" because of the words of Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, Noble Peace Prize Laureate and initial advisor to Whole Planet Foundation.
Thank you to everyone who joined our 2021 event! Together, our supporters helped raise over $52,000 for entrepreneurs living in poverty around the globe. We appreciate all of our sponsors and the 575 virtual attendees who placed more than 1,000 bids in our silent auction.
We will announce details about our 2022 event soon! If you are interested in 2022 event sponsorship opportunities as a Whole Foods Market Supplier, please contact Sandy.Mariscal@wholefoods.com. For all others, please contact Joy.Stoddard@wholefoods.com.
Thank you for joining our 2020 event!
More than 900 attendees joined us for our first-ever online auction, placing over 1,200 bids on 190 local and global auction items. Together, generous sponsors and event attendees raised more than $44,000 toward our mission. These funds can create about 250 average first microloans for people living in poverty around the globe.
Watch the event video, featuring John Mackey and performances by WFM Team Members!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Check out highlights from our 2019 event!
Friday, October 25, 2019
at Fair Market • Austin, Texas
Check out more about our 2019 Party with a Purpose below.
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who made our 2019 Party with a Purpose benefit & auction a success. We raised $53,515 to fund microcredit loans! See photos from this Austin event in our Facebook album.
Celebrate Poverty is Unnecessary Day
Our third annual Party with a Purpose benefit and auction in our hometown of Austin, Texas featured a silent auction with 100+ local and global items, food, drink, entertainment, and the opportunity to alleviate global poverty with Whole Planet Foundation. Above photo caption: Party with a Purpose with donors and supporters from our wide community of partners, including local Austin family business, Franzetti Jewelers, pictured here with WPF's Joy Stoddard.
$50 tickets included food, drinks and entertainment. Proceeds from the event benefited entrepreneurs living in poverty.
Local and Global Silent Auction
Where can you bid on domestic and international travel, carved wooden masks from Africa, handicrafts from Asia, artisan goods from the Americas, gift cards and experiences from local Austin businesses, culinary delights and gorgeous jewelry? At our Party with a Purpose, of course! Check out some of last year’s auction items below.
2019 In-Kind Contributors
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Austin Weird Homes Tour
Better Bites Bakery
Beauty by Dial: Jessica Sanchez
Cedar's Mediterranean Foods
Claire Sommers Buck Jewelry
Do Better Life
Freestyle Language Center
High Brew Coffee
Jennifer Hoger Acupuncture
Kristen Saksa Juen Ceramics
LA LO LA Clothing
Laura Merritt and J.P. Kloninger
Lauren Reynolds Photography
Lively Up Your Breath
Organized for Good
ONLY by Nina Fitzgerald
ME to WE Chocolate
Kimo Sabe Mezcal
Pacha Soap Co.
Papyrus-Recycled Paper Greetings
Raven & Lily
Saving Face Boutique
Texas International Wine Competition
The San Antonio Spurs
The Republic of Tea
The Seaweed Bath Co.
Whole Foods Market Gateway
Check out more photos from past events!
Thank you to the guests and sponsors who made our past events a success! More photos can be found in our Facebook album.
Photos by Buster Jetter.