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May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

If I were going to design a NFP, it would be Dining For Women. Fortunately, for me, Marsha Wallace already did that and I just needed to sign up to help. It combines all of the things that are important to me, helping women, learning about new places and people, cooking, making new friends. Plus, I am an artist and my work focuses on women's issues. What a great connection for me with women all over the world. I started by forming a chapter. I didn't even know everyone at the first meeting but I knew it was going to be great. The room just buzzed as people quickly learned of so many things they had in common. Marsha has an amazing vision about what this organization can do but she could not do everything herself and she solicited the membership for help. I am a former marketing professional and I jumped at the chance and now serve on the national advisory council. I had been so impressed with how well run DFW is, the impact it has had on so many people and how much more it will be able to do as it continues to grow. Research has verified that empowered women have enormous impact in their countries and can change how a society functions as they are given the opportunity to sustain themselves and their families. And that is exactly what the DFW donations do. Its unique concept no only benefits the recipients of its donations but also how it brings women together each month with a common, very worthwhile goal.

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

the excellent feedback we get each month directly from the people who have benefited from our donations. Also, from the sense of joy and connectedness for the women who meet each month and make a contribution.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

When I found DFW over a year ago I was amazed at the impact it was having. I'm fortunate to live in Greenville, SC where it originated and to get to know Marsha Wallace the founder. Her vision for the organization is SO inspiring and exciting. I have invited many of my friends to join as well. I am a woman of middle-income so participating and giving to DFW makes the small amount I am able to give join with others to create a large amount. I have learned so much about places in the world I never knew and about the many important organizations that are working first-hand to eradicate poverty. I am honored to be a member of DFW! Cindy Ballaro

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

Learning about other countries and the challenges they face. I've also enjoyed meeting other women who are interested in similar things.

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

CHANGE THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Ways to make it better...

I could go on a trip to one of the places we have supported.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

I lived abroad in developing countries for over 17 years, and had been looking for a way to both maintain a connection to the people and cultures of the world that I so highly valued, and also make a meaningful difference in their lives while living back in the U.S. A mutual friend shared the 'model' of giving around which Dining for Women bases its educational and philanthropic activities. Here's why its great: *It promotes the building of community here in the U.S. among women who share a desire to support other marginalized or underserved women around the globe. We enjoy coming together and talking about the countries, cultures, roles of women, as well as sharing our own experiences vis a vis that country... and feel connected to each other as well as the monthly country/organization. *It promotes a 'holistic' and 'mutually beneficial' model of philanthropy: This is not just about giving money; its about learning, having an impact, sharing stories, breaking bread together and growing ourselves from the lessons and stories the indigenous women share with us. We give to them in ways that we hope will make a difference. They give to us in ways they could never imagine make a difference to us --- by the strength of their commitment to their families, communities and ideals -- by their sheer will and hard work in unimaginable conditions -- by their support of one another so no one is successful unless they all are successful -- and their open sharing of emotion: the pain, joy and challenges of life. *The structure is exponentially successful. By creating a single, focused, approach, the founders have created a winning formula... to draw on the collective power of coming together in unified giving, so that there is a quality of investment in the women of a community, not just a quantity of dollars raised. Across the country, women in hundreds of communities are doing the same activities, and donating to the same organization, so the impact is significant and life-changing for the individuals and the community being served. So much more powerful and effective than taking collections and sending smaller amounts to a large number of organizations. This way, they work over time with valued and trusted organizations and liaisons to really create a powerful and lasting impact...not just a donation. *The central role that education plays in the organization is admirable. The website has lessons, resources, discussion questions, bibliographies about the country and organization chosen each month. The chapters are given videos and other media with first hand documentation of the organization that Dining for Women is supporting so that we each have a direct experience with the women of the organization. *Each of us is given a variety of ways to contribute: to the food we all share (based on the native country's cuisine); to the financial $$ donation we make (in the amount that we would have spent going out to eat with a girlfriend); to the role of leader in the educational section of the monthly program, etc. Its fun and keeps us all interested and invested. *I have met really inspirational, interesting, caring, smart women who want to make a difference. *Run completely by volunteers: incredible!! *I can't think of anything that would have me not give this organization a top rating. The sincerity, leadership, and commitment of the chapter founders is awesome. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my positive, glowing, and appreciative comments about this worthwhile and inspirational and effective organization. Every community or city in the world should have a Chapter of Dining for Women!! Karen Shimada *

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

the quality video productions it shares with each chapter each month.

Ways to make it better...

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

provide more personal experiential opportunities for us to interact with the women we serve.

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

our shared commitment to women worldwide and our belief that women hold up half the sky.

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

incredible; inspiring; dedicated. visionary....

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

change the world

Ways to make it better...

all of them were live video instead of powerpoints.

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

how to run on all volunteers forever

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

I am thankful to our Portland Chapter and the good work they have inspired us to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

I am a member of Dining for Women local chapter. I enjoy the special time spent with other local women, learning about other area of the world, and how we can help. I always leave feeling uplifted, and very blessed! We are so grateful for our blessings, and truly each of us are grateful for the opportunity Dining for Women allows to help others.

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

Superb! Women of all kinds of backgrounds coming together to help less fortunate women around the World. I wish every woman could experience Dining for Women even just once!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

I work in Advertising by day, and spend my evenings and weekends pursuing my true passion, philanthropy, helping others and trying to make a difference in this world! I am the co-leader of the Atlanta Chapter, a group of diverse women(constantly growing) who get together on a monthly basis to learn about different cultures/women/organizations, dine on delicious ethnic food, sip wine and in the process make true life long friendships with like minded giving women while finding themselves in the process. It is a beautiful way to grow connections with women right where you live while helping women whom are less fortunate-realizing what a connection WE as humans all have to each other!! While gaining our own empowerment through acts of compassion....whewww every time I really think about it, it chokes me up!!! THANK YOU Dining For Women for facilitating this amazing experience!!!!!!!

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

myself and in my friends, realizing how much joy it is to give and help others. I know for me if helps me find gratitude and try meaning in my life.

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

I would love the help of DFW in selling the dinners as instead of EATING out, we are eating in and that amount of $$ we would spend on dinner and drinks out with friends, that has been a hard concept for me to relay to my chapter...

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

how collective giving can really make a HUGE impact in the lives of others!! We together can make a difference.

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

inspiring, truly selfless people.

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

Help expand this organization through marketing, let the organization touch even more lives globally.

Ways to make it better...

Maybe we had a training video from the beginning on how to be a leader....I know that Marsha does do youtube videos and there is an upcoming LEadership Summit in September which will be a great teaching conference!!

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

getting women to be committed to coming to dinners monthly and helping them to realize how important dinners are to themselves also and helping gain true friendships!

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

DINING for women ROCKS!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

This organization has comforted, fed, educated, and inspired women and children all over the world whose outlook was very bleak before their coming together with Dining for Women. Their lives are safer, richer, fuller, healthier, more joyful than otherwise possible, and now they pass along to their own families and communities, who, in turn, will do the same. I've learned that governments can NOT be counted upon to provide basic resources to their citizens or even to protect those citizens and, certainly, not to educate or feed them, but Dining for Women tackles these jobs with its meager fiscal budget yet limitless spiritual force and will.

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

daily life

Ways to make it better...

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

hire staff

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

seeing its expansion

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

exceptionally capable in their own lives

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

do more good

Ways to make it better...

I'd been able to travel with the groups

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

operating expenses

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

it's blessed

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 4, 2010

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May 4, 2010

I was drawn to this mission of Dining for Women two years ago when a girlfriend and I found Dining for Women while looking for a way to do something more to give back. In June of 2008, we started the Seattle Chapter of Dining for Women with our first meeting of 5 ladies. Our chapter has grown to a mailing list of approximately 60 ladies. Little did I understand at the time we began our chapter the educational journey we were embarking on and how that journey would forever change me in a positive way. Thanks to the resources provided by Dining for Women each month our chapter looks forward to learning about our sisters around the world, what struggles they face, the obstacles that they overcome, the similarities and differences in the lives we each lead. We learn what it means to be a woman in the global community and how the empowerment of women changes the world!

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

Over the past two years, I've witnessed Dining for Women tremendously grow. I'm excited each month to share that the amount we are collective contributing as an organization continues to grow.

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

I've learned so much more than I ever anticipated. It has opened my eyes and forever changed me.

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

I've had such positive experiences with everyone involved with Dining for Women. It's truly a lovely group of women.

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

Change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

DFW empowers women and children 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. I joined DFW to bond with other like-minded women, to learn about extreme poverty in the world, and to make a difference. Each month, a chosen charity benefits when the DFW chapters throughout the country meet and donate money, purchase craft items, and learn about impoverished women who struggle to survive. DFW is growing rapidly, and has helped charities from Uganda, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Guatemala and Kenya, among others. It has struck a cord with many people who want to help, but don't know how their contributions can make a difference. It provides money to enable women and children to become independent earners, or to educate children, or to feed starving people.

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

-many countries, where impoverished women & their families benefit from education, vocational training, micro credit, health clinics, clean water, eliminating child sex trafficking, and many other causes, through NGO in the local countries.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to speak about the organization, and encourage the formation of even more chapters. Continue to thoroughly research the NGO's that benefit each month, and make sure the money is well spent. (Already happening!)

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

My contribution makes a difference for so many, and I am bonding with others who also want to help. The ongoing nature of the giving circle educates the women who attend about problem areas in the world, and show we can make a difference.

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

The founder, a member of the board of directors, many, many volunteer chapter leaders. Also, many other members of Dining for Women, all who share a common goal to make a difference in the lives of those who need a hand up, not a hand out.

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

Make a difference for 10 million women & children in impoverished areas of the world, where $1 a day is a huge increase in the daily earnings of women. As women are helped, so are their families. Most women reinvest in their families, multiplying the $$.

Ways to make it better...

As DFW grows, it is improving operations and its website to adjust to more people, but it does a pretty good job right now! I'm impressed at the amount of information and dedication DFW provides for each meeting.

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

Learning to grow with the new chapters being added each month. It is getting much bigger, and scaling for the organization requires effort and work, all of which are happening now.

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

Its a great organization, a great cause, and I'm excited to be a part of it. Recognizing this organization would make a difference in so many people's lives - in such a basic way - it would improve the lives of thousands, if not millions.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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