Share Our Strength

Rating: 2.33 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Philanthropy

Location: 1730 M St NW Suite 700 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: Share Our Strength is one of the nation's leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations founded in 1984. In the beginning, we organized a handful of chefs to cook for fundraisers. Today we mobilize thousands of individuals in the culinary industry to organize events, host dinners, teach cooking and nutrition classes to low-income families and serve as anti-hunger advocates. We mobilize hundreds of literary professionals to conduct benefit readings and contribute works to Share Our Strength books. To bring even more resources to the fight against hunger and poverty, we build creative partnerships with a range of industries, including retail, financial services and music -- and we create community wealth, resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: The Great American Bakesale, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, Taste of the Nation

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Rating: 1 stars  

Once you get past the shiny marketing and really look at this organization you will see that all they are really just giant fundraising machine that spends over 40% on fundraising costs. Your donation will have a greater impact on ending hunger if given to the local charities that they claim to support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Invest more money into the communities they serve than take out through their fundraising events.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

While they may or may not do good work, there are a few points in their form 990: 1) William Shore and his sister are paid a combined base salary of $373,000 per year. Pretty rich for a NPO of that size. 2) Their top 6 executives received $1,230,000 in base salary. 3) They've spent $1,000,000 on non-grassroots lobbying activities in 2008 and 2010, and another $627,715 in 2009. That's a lot of lobbying. 4) They have a closely-held equity interest of over $1,000,000. What did they invest in where they own over 5% of the publicly traded shares or their investment is over 5% of the total assets? Is it... 5) Community Wealth Ventures - "CWV is a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength", which managed to lose almost $100,000 in 2010. And William Shore is the Chairman and Executive Director of CWV. How much is he making from that venture? 6) They spent 21 cents of every dollar on admin. Pretty high. ---> Maybe donate directly to your local food bank instead?

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Concerned about claims of no child havingfoor, since public schools receive federal food surpluses for Free and/orReduced Breakfasts and Lunches for all studts.whose parental income is below the poverty line.As a pub. school administrator, I know that happens at all pub.schools in the country...Perhaps they should focus on preK and non school age children. Salaries of the husband and wife in charge seem rather high...Dr.DeWilliams

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Okay

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

William Shore and his wife collectively suck over$372,000.00 per year from this charity. Unbelievable!!!!!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

NoKidHungry is such an important campaign. I wish more of the money collected went to the programs and not fundraising or admin costs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

reduce admin costs.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Dr Oz

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This is a good Charity that helps lots of families and kids. I've done lots of research on Share Our Strength and I believe everything they're doing is great.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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