Each year, on 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.

Please join us as an auction item donor or sponsor so we can reach more people living in poverty with the transformative power of microcredit and entrepreneurship, especially during this global pandemic.

Download our 2021 Sponsorship Matrix here. If you are interested in learning more about our 2021 event sponsorship opportunities as a Whole Foods Market Supplier, please contact Sandy.Mariscal@wholefoods.com. For all others, please contact Joy.Stoddard@wholefoods.com.

Download Sponsorship Matrix

Registration for the event will open soon. Please join us to bid on auction items, purchase goodie bags, celebrate the impact of annual partners and advocates. Along the way, learn about resilient people working hard to escape poverty and the microfinance partners that support them. Thank you!

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!

2020 event sponsor logos

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.

Event Partner

2019 In-Kind Contributors

Adel Young
Adelman Travel
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Austin Weird Homes Tour
Aveda Institute
Better Bites Bakery
Beauty by Dial: Jessica Sanchez
Cedar's Mediterranean Foods
Clear Space
Claire Sommers Buck Jewelry
Daniel Zoltani
Do Better Life
Divine Chocolate
Elena Sprick
Franzetti Jewelers
Freestyle Language Center
Genie Bolduc
Glenda Flanagan
Guardia Vieja
Health-Ade Kombucha
High Brew Coffee
Joy Stoddard
Jennifer Hoger Acupuncture
Kendra Scott
Kristen Saksa Juen Ceramics
LA LO LA Clothing

Laura Merritt and J.P. Kloninger
LaGina Harris
Lauren Reynolds Photography
Lively Up Your Breath
Network Distribution
Olivia Hayden
Organized for Good
ONLY by Nina Fitzgerald
ME to WE Chocolate
Michi Hagerty
Kimo Sabe Mezcal
Pacha Soap Co.
Palo Popcorn
Papyrus-Recycled Paper Greetings
Philip Sansone
Primal Kitchen
Raven & Lily
Revolution Spirits
Saving Face Boutique
Sportsman’s Finest
Stellar Organic
Senders Receive
Seventh Generation
Sir Kensington's
Slow North
Texas International Wine Competition
The San Antonio Spurs
Theresa Haddow
The Republic of Tea
The Seaweed Bath Co.
Tiff's Treats
Urban Betty
Wanderlust Yoga
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.

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Photos by Buster Jetter.