WhyHunger

Rating: 4.95 stars   40 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 505 Eighth Ave Suite 2100 New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.
Results: Since it was founded in 1975 by the late Harry Chapin and current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger has: *Referred hundreds of thousands of people in need to emergency food assistance, government programs and local community-based organizations through the National Hunger Hotline. *Recognized over 150 outstanding community-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty across the United States through the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards. *Organized numerous lectures, workshops and tours for farmers, activists and educators from across the world to share their experiences, techniques and successes with their US-based colleagues through the Global Movements program. *Educated 1/2 million people per year on community food security issues, including community food assessment, community gardens, community supported agriculture, farm to cafeteria programs, food policy councils, land use planning, local & regional food systems, domestic hunger & federal food programs, migrant & seasonal farmworkers, nutrition and rural poverty. *Raised over $10 million for grassroots organizations throughout the United States through Artists Against Hunger & Poverty.
Geographic areas served: USA & Beyond
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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(212) 629-8850
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Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has grown up with the organization and served on the Board for over 20 years, it would seem possible that I would no longer find the work so inspiring. On the contrary, WhyHunger continues to evolve and engage in ever expanding ways, while staying true to its core original mission. I am proud to be a regular spokesperson and advocate who has regular opportunities to spread the word about WhyHunger in my public life as a performer and activist. The real strength of WhyHunger is in our partnerships with regular people around the world creating a sustainable and just food system from the grassroots up.

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I am so proud to be associated with WhyHunger. It has been part of my life for as long as I can remember and I have seen it grow (but not too fast) and evolve (quite organically) into a dynamic, innovative, collaborative leader in the hunger-fighting/food justice community.

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

the family feeling combined with the great intellectual stimulation.

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

grounded and dedicated.

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

offer greater support to the most innovative and effective community-based organizations working on self-reliance

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first got involved with WhyHunger as a member in 1997 after I performed on a few fundraising concerts and was immediately taken with the mission and the people involved. Over these past 17 years I have felt proud on so many occasions when I see the work WhyHunger has done and the partners we have been involved with on so many food and poverty related issues. I cannot not say enough good things about WhyHunger.

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

like to see more donations so we could help fund more projects and try to close the gap between food equality here in the States.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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4 people found this review helpful

This organization is truly rooted in to many communities around the world. The dedicated staff truly cares about it's mission. WHY is a credible organization that I have been involved with since 1980. Very innovative and dedicated to serving those in need. Raising money through Hungerthon or promoting good work with the WHY Harry Chapin Media Awards - Great work by WHY! I trust that WHY will always do the right thing and that is why I dedicate my time to them.

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

Seeing first hand communities and people who have benefited from WHY.

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

The people. The staff is long term dedicated individuals that work well together - working towards one common goal.

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

Dedicated, caring and concerned about hunger.

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

Grow and reach more communities. Educate more people to become self reliant. Get the help to the people who need it most. End Hunger & Poverty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I first got involved with WHY as a member of the review committee for the Harry Chapin Hunger and Media Awards. I was honored when this unique organization asked me to join its board of directors, and since becoming a member 4 years ago, I have grown ever more impressed with its commitment and performance.

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

The up to date information and resources provided by its Food Security Learning Center. It is great to have such a well maintained resource to which I can refer students who develop an interest in creative solutions to hunger and poverty

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

watching it develop and improve it performance. WHY has always had its heart in the right place, but under the leadership of its current staff, I've watched its head catch up with its heart. It could serve as a case study in "continuous improvement."

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

Extraordinarily dedicated, generous, talented and creative!

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

Dramatically expand its capacity to empower local grassroots organizations to address the fundamental causes of hunger and poverty, and increase its impact on public policy through outreach and education (and rent office space adequate to these tasks).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Volunteer since 1984 + Board Member since 1987 WHY is the leading organization creating & utilizin vital links to grassroot organizations and various governmental and private programs, in an effort to eliminate hunger and poverty using substantive networking and programatic work.

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

my observations of success of the Nationwide Food and Hunger Hotline, admistered by WHY and programs like the Harry Chapin Media Awards, rewarding journalists that highligt hunger and poverty, and provide media attention to the challenges worldwide

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

double the size of the budget, increase the size of the staffing and deliver more technology to assist the constintuant grassroot organizations.

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

WHY helps humanity.

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

dedicated, honest, and willing to do whatever it takes to assist in reaching the goals of the organizations.

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

Expand it's reach 5 fold in all of the programs

Ways to make it better...

the organization had additional funding to expand the reach of many successful programs, and replicate their work to organizations currently outside their reach, stictly for lack of adequate financial and human resources.

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

Obtaining adequate financial resourses to fuel the expansion of the programs and increase the level of support that WHY provides to the grassroot organizations, and to expand the Food and Hunger Hotline, with resources including technology & office space.

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

The organization utilizes austere management expenses, and low overhead to deliver a premium product that utilizes 35 years of very useful experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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