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Causes: International, Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations, Promotion of International Understanding

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 450 chapters and 35,000 people have engaged in global citizenship through Dining for Women , making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and girls living in the most extreme poverty in more than 50 countries. To date, DFW has invested over $7 million in women and girls, one dinner at a time!

Target demographics: We envision a world where the lives of women and girls have been transformed and extreme poverty has been reduced because Dining for Women connected people in creative, powerful ways that assure gender equality.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of global citizens and thousands of women and girls living in extreme poverty

Geographic areas served: Engaging global citizens with education and empowering women and girls all over the world.

Programs: Learning, Giving, and Community-building

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dining for Women is unique in that it changes the lives of its members and grantees alike! The giving circle concept helps build strong communities of women locally, develops educated global citizens, AND helps women and girls in developing countries. I especially love the fact that my small donation makes a big difference when combined with the donations of members across the US. Dining for Women has been well worth the investment of my time and money!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a chapter leader for Dining for Women for over 11 years. During that time I’ve also been involved in various other committees at the national level, and served as a Regional Leader for 3 years. Throughout this time I’ve continued to be impressed by the wonderful mission of Dining for Women and their commitment to girls and women across the globe. The educational opportunities provided to our members enable us to understand and get to know the women we support. I’m so proud to be associated with this inspiring organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned of DIning For Women when I sat on the Board of one of their grantees, Shining Hope for Communities. I volunteered to speak to any Dining For Women groups in my metro area (Philadelphia) and was so impressed and envious of the comraderie, purpose, and vibrancy of the three groups I met that I started a chapter in my neighborhood! We now have 4 chapters, have raised over $200K, and I am just about to join the Dining For Women Board. I love this organization. It brings women together, and collectively we help raise up other women. Over a beautiful monthly dinner. Friendship, sharing, learning, and supporting one another, too - I cherish these connections.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dining for Women does great work! They are a unique giving circle in that they serve both their members and the organizations to whom they provide grants. As a chapter leader, there are tremendous resources provided each month for chapter meetings help members understand the organizations, the countries, and the issues (even/especially the food and music). I also had the privilege of serving on the grant research committee for three years, and I was so impressed at the level of information provided by organizations to be considered for a grant. The selection process is rigorous and robust.

I highly recommend DFW to anyone considering joining or starting a chapter, donating money or applying for a grant.

Betty H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Dining for Women for 7 1/2 years helping women and girls living in extreme poverty. I started as a Chapter Leader, became a Mentor and have now been a Regional Leader for 3 1/2 years. We are educating women in our 470 chapters in the U.S. and helping make a difference to women and girls by educating and empowering them.
I love being a member of this organization and encourage others to visit our website (www.diningforwomen.org). Join the organization and start a chapter with friends, and help make a difference in the world

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dining for Women is a wonderful nonprofit that brings people together to help women and children living in poverty stricken countries. I have been a Chapter Leader for five years since founding a chapter in Florida. Through DFW we learn about the needs of people around the world for such basic things as clean water, heath care, safe schools, and freedom from violence. DFW opens our eyes and allows us to help “change the world, one dinner at a time.”

2 Judy Hyatt B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired and moved to Boise, where I knew no one, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Dining for Women. Soon I was having fun with new friends while making modest monthly donations toward amazing projects for women and girls in the developing world. At every potluck meeting I learned more about how grassroots programs can empower women and girls in different ways and in different countries. Then we moved to Spokane Valley, Washington, where I quickly found likeminded women eager to start a new Dining for Women chapter. Three years later we are still enjoying our pot lucks while supporting amazing projects benefiting women and girls. Collective giving has truly been a gift in my life!

1 Kathy Hann Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an enthusiastic, passionate member for over ten years now. I have seen the good they do and have had friends travel to meet the recipients of the grants we provide. DFW DOES change lives and help empower women and girls living in extreme poverty. When I moved to a community where there were no chapters, I started my own. Exceptional leadership, a unique plan for getting the most money possible to the recipients ( via the "13th Month campaign), follow up, transparency with how things are run...I am so proud to be a member.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started a DFW chapter in January, 2012 at a time when I had retired abruptly and at a younger age than anticipated. DFW brought new meaning, new people, and a new focus to my life---I was repurposed! I have met an extraordinary array of dedicated people, made lasting friendships, learned an incredible amount and begun teaching others about women's and human rights, and all while doing good in this world. Not only does DFW change the world for women and girls internationally in extreme poverty, but it definitely changes the world for its participants and volunteers. I have gone from being a chapter leader to many other roles in the organization at large, and am continually learning more.

1 Ellen W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To rub shoulders with talented, caring, like-minded women has been a joy as we collectively lift the plight of women and children throughout the world. Each month I am reminded that there are many striving to make a difference! I am impressed with the vetting process of selection and the quality of recipients. Proud to be a part of a force for good!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dining for Women inspires me! Through our local monthly potlucks, I make new acquaintances who are both interesting themselves and interested in others. Food, fun, companionship, and learning about another culture all wrapped up in one lovely evening. It fills me in many ways. And it is a joy to know that my individual contribution, combined with thousands of others, makes one large impact on the lives of women and girls around the world. Come join us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In addition to the wonderful potluck dinners I share with like-minded women each month, I have had the opportunity to participate in DFW sponsored trips to Nepal and Kenya to visit the women and girls who have benefited from our generosity and desire to create a better world. It is amazing to see the difference our gifts have made!
DFW runs on a shoe string budget; every dollar is well-spent and accounted for, and much of the work of running the organization is done by volunteers. The programs are well-vetted. I trust how they handle money and how they disperse it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A friend and I started a DFW chapter about 7 years ago and it is still THRIVING! Every month we have a group of interesting and engaged women who gather to learn about conditions facing women and girls in the developing world and what we can do to help. It is so simple to host a monthly meeting since it is a potluck. Our members all agree it is the BEST meal we have all month. We share a delicious meal, visit with interesting women from around our city, and learn about an organization that is working to make the world a better place for women and girls in the poorest communities in the world. Then, we donate what we would have spent if we had dined out. Simple, yet profound. I have learned so much and am grateful to DFW for the opportunity to fund organizations that are making a difference for women and girls around the world.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

5 Lisa60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

2 Sharon66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.