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November 15, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Dining for Women's model of collective giving is so simple but yet, so powerful! I've been part of the Board of Directors for almost 2 years now and I am also a member of the very first couples chapter. The couples chapter meets every month, every month a different couple hosts the dinner at their home and another couple does the presentation about the featured program that Dining for Women is supporting -- it is a fun, and inspiring evening with friends; we are all learning so much about the global issues that impact us all and collectively we feel that we are making a positive difference in most desperate and impoverished places in the world. Marsha Wallace (Founder and President) and the board have put together a very exciting strategic plan for the organization and we are looking forward to the day when Dining for Women can help 10 times more women than it does today!

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

The results come in every month through the follow-up reports that are posted on the website : http://www.diningforwomen.org/programs/followup and personally meeting every month to support the featured programs has enriched my life and given it additional purpose and focus.

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

I would like to move faster and grow the membership even faster than it is so that we can help even more women and girls -- every day that goes by is a day wasted in our ability to provide support for a girl in need...

August 11, 2010
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August 11, 2010
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The idea behind Dining for Women is a really great one - meet, learn, share a meal and give to help women and girls in the developing world. It is fun, and enriching. However, there does not seem to be much support for the chapter leaders once they have started meeting. While I continue to hope that something will materialize, all I see is more and more about money and extreme growth, and less about how to be a successful chapter leader, and that someone is noticing. I do not understand why an organization that seems to be growing at a very comfortable, manageable rate insists on pushing so hard. It seems that much of the focus on the programs and the education of members has been lost in the money shuffle, sadly. Most everything seems to be about raising more money and an unrealistic growth rate. So, in my estimation, Dining for Women is at risk of losing its soul and becoming like so many other non-profits - large, cold, impersonal and uncaring. A true shame and a lost opportunity.

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

my chapter's success and strength.

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

Offer many more opportunities for connection between the chapter leaders, and recognition for accomplishments.Tell us more about what is happening with the programs we support. Spend more energy on existing members/chapters

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

learning about and helping others learn about women in the third world, and having the opportunity to help

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

not very professional, mostly

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

be really scary, and is not in any way ready for $100,000, let alone $10mm

Ways to make it better...

the HQ was more professional and thorough

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the shift in direction towards massive growth at the expense of any effort towards maintaining what is in place and growing organically. The ego of the founder. Politics

One thing I'd also say is that...

On the whole, the Dining for Women experience is a wonderful thing. The organization seems to be not there yet.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

I started a local Dining For Women Chapter in April, 2006 after seeing it on a Good Morning America segment about charity giving circles in Dec., 2005. Our Chapter hasn't missed a monthly meeting in the over 4 years we've been together! We meet at members' homes for a potluck dinner, educate ourselves about the monthly charity/region we are supporting for that month (with materials provided by DFW), and then each make a pesonal donation to that charity. Friendship, fun, and food with a purpose...it's always an inspiring and energizing evening!

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

My life has been personally touched by the wonderful group of friendships that have developed from our group, along with learning more about the world in which I live, and the feeling of making a difference as part of a collective giving organization.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 19, 2010

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May 19, 2010

Two years ago I started attending Dining for Women meetings. For a brief time I was unable to attend, but the giving mentality of the organization and the women involved brought me back. I just attended my first CARE conference through Dining for Women and I consider it an experience of a life time. It taught me how I can be of service with my local chapter to do even more for the world. I hope to continue to be a big part of DFW as we lobby for women's rights around the world. This organization is a strong starting point for all to learn – no matter your age – of how you can help the world one dinner at a time.

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

Learning to lobby for womens rights.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

I was introduced to Dining for Women (DFW) almost 2 years ago when I helped facilitate their first annual conference for their chapters. Their idea is compelling! have good friends "break bread together" through potluck dinners and donate the money they saved from local restaurants prices to a charity that DFW profiles each month. What appeals to me as a person with a lot of expertise in the field of women's international organizations is how down to earth and scalable the idea is. I think that the organization has been doing a great job both in terms of growing its chapters as well as bringing more money to worthwhile women's efforts around the globe.

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

Their partnership with some of the graduates of our Women Leaders for the World Program.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 13, 2010

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May 13, 2010

I became interested in Dining for Women at a Peace Colloquy when I attended a workshop about sex trafficking and modern day slave trade and learned that families in poverty are vulnerable, I had also read in Greg Mortenson's book, Three Cups of Tea that he found if he built schools for girls, they would grow up and use their education to improve their family's and community's level of medical care and education. I wanted to advocate for women in a community based way, and Dining for Women fit my needs and goals. Dining for Women provides microloans to women in poverty so they can feed their families and better themselves economically. I visited a chapter in Colorado and the chapter leader there encouraged me to start my own chapter. When I returned home to Florida, I found there was not a chapter in my town so I started one with my friends. The national organization provides wonderful support to chapters and it is easy to start and keep our chapter going. We are all excited about supporting women in this way and we have doubled our membership in 2 meetings!

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

I read the DFW website and partner websites donations go to; I see businesses women have started and hear their stories of how their families are now being fed. A friend investigated DFW tax documents and found the money is going where they say it is.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

Dining for Women has been a positive experience for our chapter which is almost three years old. Our members appreciate being able to make a difference in the lives of other women and children around the world. Our lives have been enriched as we have learned about others. Wonderful information is provided to chapters by the national office. It is very easy to start a chapter and maintain it.

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

The results of our contributions are provided in updates readily available on the Dining for Women websites. As a chapter we are able to see the progress sponsored programs are making.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 9, 2010

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May 9, 2010

This nonprofit gives direct help to women and children all over the developing world monthly. The research they do to find the constructive nonprofits and the oversight to ensure all the funding goes for the right uses is extraordinary. In addition, the concept of the giving circle for me has brought together other women interested in these issues and educated all of us as to the terrible proverty and critical issues still facing women in the 21st century. They are doing great work and having such an important impact.

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My husband works for the State Department and is familiar with many of the nonprofits DFW contribute to. He indicates they consistently choose good, needy groups and has heard positive feedback.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

Thanks to two great lady friends at my church, I was introduced to DFW and to Marsha about the second year of their existence. Marsha's dedication, as well as the charter members', has led DFW to grow unbelievably. This is the most meaningful free time activity that I participate in. I so love the concept of empowering women in desperate situations to become self sufficient and spread this marvelous example to their children and their neighbors in the villages. I am so proud of the many villages and women we have helped. I am not able to donate huge amounts but it is so reassuring to know that my donation's value increases greatly in these third world countries and has a powerful impact. My son who lives in NY was also very impressed and he donates quarterly to them. A proud member and mother, Anne Marie Currier

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

sharing an awareness of the need and the responsibility for women outside of our country. It is an interesting conversation and hopefully mind broadening.We may only sow the seeds, but the harvest will be bounteous in time.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

In 2006 I was looking for a way to enrich my social life and make a difference in the world. An article about Dining for Women in my local paper struck a chord with me, and I sent in my chapter application. I was amazed at how easy it was to start a chapter and at the amount of support and education that was provided to me. The idea of getting together to eat with friends and pooling our resources to help our "sisters" around the world also resonated with my friends and we quickly formed a group that is still going strong four years later. Dining for Women has given all of us the opportunity to strengthen our friendships with each other and educate ourselves about our fellow women in developing countries. And most importantly, it allows us to help fund programs that give these women a chance to do the things that all women yearn to do - feed and educate themselves and their families, have good health care in their communities and live free from violence and oppression. The relatively small donation that each of us makes pooled collectively with donations from other chapters allows DFW to make a significant impact in the groups that it funds each month. I love this model. I love the time it allows me to be with my friends in a way that is deeper and more meaningful. I love the education we are all receiving through the easily accessible and thoughtfully researched educational materials that are provided. I love to see the growth of the organization that has happened in the four years since I joined. But most of all I love to see the impact that the DFW donations have made in the lives of our sister women and their families around the world.

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

the deepening of my relationships with my friends, in my widening knowledge of other cultures and the feeling of personal empowerment that comes from knowing I have allowed other women to become self sufficient.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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