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Dining For Women

Rating: 4.87 stars   31 reviews 5,781

Nonprofit Issues:

International, Philanthropy

Address:

204 Stonebrook Farm Way Greenville SC 29615 USA

Mission:

To empower women living in extreme poverty by funding worldwide programs fostering good health, education and economic self-sufficiency and to cultivate educational dinner circles inspiring individuals to make a profound difference through the power of collective giving.

Results:

Since its founding in 2003, more than 390 chapters and 9,000 people have joined DFW, making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and girls living in the most extreme poverty in more than 30 countries. To date, DFW has raised over $2.1 million, one potluck at a time!

Target demographics:

Dining for Women empowers women living in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and cultivates educational dinner circles inspiring individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Each month, a different program is selected, and many hundreds of women and children benefit from the donations DFW is able to raise.

Geographic areas served:

Developing countries world wide

Programs:

Each month, a new non-profit NGO is selected to receive that month's donation. To see the list of all programs go to: http://www.diningforwomen.org/ProgramsPanelPage

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Reviews for Dining For Women

Rating: 5 stars  

A potluck with a purpose!!! Each month we support a program that helps to empower women and girls in developing countries. Find a local chapter, meet like minded women and take you dining out dollars and donate them to change the lives of women throughout the world. We truly are making a difference, one dinner at a time!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Diining for Women is an organization that funds grassroots programs throughout the world., benefitting and aiding women and children. Each month a different organization is feature which empowers women to better their lives and the lives of the children. Monthly potluck dinners are held where the members share a meal with friends while learning and becoming educated about a group of women half way around the world. You are asked to take your "dining out dollars" and donate thoses monies you would have spent to the the montly organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Dining for Women since January 2011. I also write one of the educational documents for each month's program--Food for Thought. The monthly meeting starts with great food and camaraderie, followed by a superb program led by a volunteer from the Chapter. We average about 40 participants each month. We have fun, but we learn so much from the charity we will be funding, its helping model, and its program. I find the whole concept of Dining for Women to be inspired. DFW finds wonderful, but little known, charities that make the lives of women and girls better. Some of the helping models are inspired. Because the programs we fund are limited in scope, it is easy to feel that you are making a significant contribution to the lives of real people. And because DFW has a rigorous vetting process, you know your money will be used as promised.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Last night I hosted our new chapter's 2nd Dining for Women potluck. It has become the highlight of the month for me. Sharing a lovely, relaxed evening in the company of like minded, wonderful women, and accomplishing such tangible good at the same time is exhilarating. Realizing that at 9,000 members strong, Dining for Women, is making a difference in the programs it supports. I was able to show the beautiful scarves I purchased as holiday gifts from the Anchal Project. We all had the same reaction. Beyond the beauty of the scarves, tears came to our eyes and goosebumps on our arms, thinking about the women who made them and how DFW has helped them to escape from a life of prostitution to one of talented artisan. Can't say enough! Start a chapter today!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

For years I had been looking for more purpose in my life. I tried a bunch of different things. But then I stumbled upon the Dining for Women website and my life was forever changed! I became a chapter leader and started the very first chapter in our city, and was very nervous! But DFW provided the best support! Our members have said time and time again how awesome DFW is, and how much they absolutely love it! We are Canadians so are not eligible for tax credits, but this does not matter to any of us as we are fully dedicated to Dining for Women and are continually blown away by the calibre of organizations we support and the educational resources we are provided for our meetings. Dining for women is the best way to make a HUGE difference to women and girls around the world. The charities we support are not huge mega-charities, they are truly hand selected grassroots organizations that we all resonate with and are proud to support! I can honestly say that Dining for Women is not only changing the lives of women and girls around the world, they are changing the live of women and girls in North America as well! My whole family has been greatly affected in every positive way by DFW, and even my 5 year old is becoming a change agent because of her exposure to this organization!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a retired MSW I was looking for a special unique way I could help bring peace to the world through cultural understanding and education. A year ago i started the first DFW chapter in southern oregon and continue as its chapter leader. Why this organization??? I love the concept of collective giving to make a difference in womens lives all over the world as we learn about a country, its people and a unique NGO every month. Not only do we raise money , but travel trips are offered to visit these organizations to see the work they are doing, and best of all is the dvd and packet of information I receive each month to educate local women here about what is happening in female sexual trade, female clitorectomy , microloans, educational resources, and domestic violence abroad. DFW also is set up in regions of the USA and World so we have regional leaders and instant help with our local groups..... And most of all there is no pressure to give a certain dollar amount each month or year which is very unique in my many decades of volunteering. I hope others reading these posts will be moved to join or start their own chapter. Jeannie Matthews

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

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is hard to make a difference, as one person, in a world where so much suffering and poverty exists. I am grateful that Dining for Women finds organizations that provide direct help to women and children in need, and combines the donation of each member to truly make a significant contribution, one that will create or fund sustainable projects of value. I can't, or don't plan to, travel to Thailand to rescue young girls in the sex trade, or travel to Africa to teach women the skills that allow them to feed and educate their children, or travel to Indonesia to deliver goats to widows who can then support themselves and their families. But my donation each month, contributed in the company of other caring women and over delicious meals, can travel in my stead, after being combined with donations from others in DFW. I would love to see many more chapters grow over the years so we can be part of so much more support and aid in the world, to those less fortunate. I highly recommend joining - or starting - a Dining for Women chapter!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a chapter leader in California. I was impressed enough with Dining For Women after visiting a chapter meeting in San Francisco to start my own chapter. This organization does SUCH an effective job of helping women organize in their own local "giving circles" to dine together while learning about a different important endeavor that changes the lives of women and girls each and every month. Our rolled-up small donations make a HUGE difference in the Third World for these organizations and for the women they serve. DFW is incredibly well-organized and transparent, and it has relatively little overhead cost due to an army of dedicated volunteers who work on everything from monthly program selection, to web site content to testing out recipes, and so much more.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As a chapter leader, I prepare the presentation on the organization of the month which is doing good for impoverished women in the 3rd world. Each month, DFW raises over $25,000 to benefit a worthy organization. So far this year, we have funded solar ovens for refugee camps in Darfur, maternity clinics in rural Peru, micro loans in India and Nepal. At the same time, we get to learn about conditions on the ground in these places and what women are up against. The education for us coupled with the benefit to these organizations is a Win-Win combination.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reviewing the reports from helped organizations which document the successes achieved with the use of the funds raised by individual women in their local chapters, which are giving circles.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How fulfilling it is to feel like I am making a difference in the lives of specific women in specific villages and towns in the 3rd world. Also, as a chapter leader, I find that the resources on the website are absolutely superb.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All terrific. They are all competent, busy women who find time to make a new chapter leader feel welcomed and supported. This is a very professional operation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

and WILL do some serious good in empowering impoverished women with education, skills, healthcare and opportunities for financial independence. These women will give back to their families and communities to improve the standard of living there over time

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello, I am a co-leader for a chapter for DC and MD and it has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Not only because of what this organization does to transform women's lives around the world but what it has done to transform my own. I have attended Leadership summits and been embraced and welcomed - warts and all. They truly want you to bring all of you to the organization. I have expanded my knowledge about about poverty, women and the world in this process. But most importantly I know our money is creating a difference in women's lives that face horrific circumstances. Peace, Denise Woods

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My experience with Dining For Women continues to be one of education, friendship and of course, good food! My chapter members and I are always impressed with the materials available, the informatione we learn about different cultures and about the amazing organizations that are assisting women and children living in extreme poverty. After more than 5 years, the Massill Ohio chapter continues to meet monthly and looks forward to what the next 5 years bring!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have learned so much about many cultures and customs of women around the world by hosting Dining for Women dinners.

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

none

 
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6 people found this review helpful

As a Social Worker and a Minister, I am often in a position to help others. Most people are not offered those opportunities on a daily basis. I have been a chapter leader for Dining For Women since February 2006. The women who attend our dinners are offered opportunities to help women, to learn about different cultures and traditions and share some of who they are in order to make a real difference. This is an escellant organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning so much about the women of our world who struggle everyday to survive and to keep their families alive. I have also experienced the importance of women's philathropic contributions to the many grass root efforts to help others.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that I am making a small contribution that is added to many other contributions that add up to great chage.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse, fun, and committed to making a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been a Chapter Leader with DFW for almost 5 years! Our chapter has an average of 12-15 women attend each monthly meeting. Through the collective giving model of DFW, we feel we are making a real difference in women and children's lives all over the world. Each month through the educational materials that DFW provides, we learn about the country, culture and women's issues of the program we are funding that month. We see and hear the impact of the programs through the DVD that is provided to us each month. We are learning each month how this program targets one of the Millennium Development Goals that the United Nations have established and hope to reach by 2015. More and more women throughout the U.S. and world are finding out about the DFW movement and the strides we are making in assisting women and children in developing countries to reach their goals for education, improved health, and self-sustainable livelihoods. Our chapter members are promoting change, saving lives, and giving a voice to women who have been voiceless. We feel empowered that we know where our money is going, and what it will do. None of this would be possible without the excellent leadership, tenacity, compassion and humility of Marsha Wallace, Founder of DFW, the DFW Board of Directors and the many volunteers from DFW's chapter members that keep moving DFW forward. DFW members are getting the word out about this fabulous organization and it keeps growing! I believe that the knowledge that we have received since our membership with DFW is changing our own lives for the better. I feel that the support we give to other women all over the world can eventually impact everyone in our world and hopefully, in time, lead to more peace and stability throughout the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a Chapter Leader for almost 5 years, and in my role as a mentor for the last 2 years. I have attended 3 DFW Leadership Summitts, and traveled to India with DFW's first Travel Abroad program.

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

research why women join giving circles,and how to retain them. I would also try to find more ways in how to communicate our passion so we can recruit many more people to join our movement.

 
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