13 More Brands Giving Back This Holiday Season 

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We are grateful to suppliers of Whole Foods Market alleviating poverty with us this holiday season! To date, supplier partners have donated over $14 million to create economic opportunity for those that lack access to financial services in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. We are excited to highlight these additional brands donating a portion of sales to …

Eleven Brands Alleviating Poverty this Holiday Season

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Suppliers of Whole Foods Market are alleviating poverty this holiday season! To date, suppliers have donated over $14 million to create economic opportunity for those who lack access to financial services in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products.   From December 1 –31, 2020, select brands are donating a portion of sales to benefit …

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An Examination of Philanthropy, Bias, and Local-Led Initiatives for Development

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There are some deep biases embedded in philanthropy and aid. These biases favor channeling resources to international and expat-led companies over local organizations. Some startling numbers which illustrate this trend include: “Less than 2% of all humanitarian funding goes directly to local NGOs, despite them taking the lion’s share of …

Whole Foods Market Nonprofit Foundations Raise $658,787 to Support Local and Global Communities

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Shoppers and suppliers are alleviating poverty, improving children’s nutrition and expanding healthy food access and nutrition education. The three Whole Foods Market Foundations combined forces in a Communities Campaign last month to raise awareness and funds, enabling shoppers to join the retailer in efforts to alleviate global poverty, improve children’s …

Mobile Money Ensures Continued Success Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis in Uganda

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For three entrepreneurial women business partners in Uganda, the emerging COVID-19 crisis posed an immediate threat to their newly started business. Pictured above, the three entrepreneurs, Nancy, Lilly, and Irene stand on their business premises in Patira East Village. After successfully completing a training program in December 2019 with Whole …

Nine Outstanding Field Officers Recognized in 2020 Latin American Field Officer Awards

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Whole Planet Foundation’s annual Field Officer Awards for the Latin American region were distributed in August 2020. This special honor is designed to go to a Field Officer who has gone above and beyond his/her role to provide financial services to low income entrepreneurs . Often, award nominations are submitted …

As Important as Ever: Microloans for Women-Owned Small Businesses in the United States

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After five consecutive years of declines in the national poverty rate, the United States is expected to experience a spike of approximately 6.5% (from 12.4% to 18.9%) in 2020.  This means an increase of over 21 million individuals living in poverty, resulting in the highest poverty level in the United …

Thank You for Joining our Party with a Purpose Online Auction & Celebration

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The Whole Planet Foundation Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund members donating $25,000 each to alleviate global poverty and culminates in the Poverty Is Unnecessary Online Auction & Celebration on October 25th.  This year, the online event marks 15 years of this work by Whole Planet Foundation and its passionate supporters. Party with …

Poverty is Unnecessary Fund Partners Donate $350,000 to Fund Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

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Suppliers of Whole Foods Market fund microloans through Whole Planet Foundation to empower microentrepreneurs living in poverty with the opportunity to start or expand a small business, often home-based.  With a microcredit loan, an entrepreneur may create a food stand, expand her sewing business, buy stock for her neighborhood kiosk, or …

Whole Foods Market Foundations Launch Communities Campaign to Support Local and Global Communities

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Shoppers & suppliers help alleviate poverty, improve children’s nutrition and expand healthy food access and nutrition education during two-week campaign. Whole Foods Market’s three philanthropic Foundations have combined forces to kick off the Communities Campaign today, a two-week drive to raise awareness and funds, enabling shoppers to join the retailer …