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Mission: Share Our Strength is one of the nation's leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organizations founded in 1984. In the beginning, we organized a handful of chefs to cook for fundraisers. Today we mobilize thousands of individuals in the culinary industry to organize events, host dinners, teach cooking and nutrition classes to low-income families and serve as anti-hunger advocates. We mobilize hundreds of literary professionals to conduct benefit readings and contribute works to Share Our Strength books. To bring even more resources to the fight against hunger and poverty, we build creative partnerships with a range of industries, including retail, financial services and music -- and we create community wealth, resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: The Great American Bakesale, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry, Taste of the Nation

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that fills the need for children to eat all year round! When children are hungry, that can't concentrate I'm school which leads to more problems. Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Once you get past the shiny marketing and really look at this organization you will see that all they are really just giant fundraising machine that spends over 40% on fundraising costs. Your donation will have a greater impact on ending hunger if given to the local charities that they claim to support.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

While they may or may not do good work, there are a few points in their form 990: 1) William Shore and his sister are paid a combined base salary of $373,000 per year. Pretty rich for a NPO of that size. 2) Their top 6 executives received $1,230,000 in base salary. 3) They've spent $1,000,000 on non-grassroots lobbying activities in 2008 and 2010, and another $627,715 in 2009. That's a lot of lobbying. 4) They have a closely-held equity interest of over $1,000,000. What did they invest in where they own over 5% of the publicly traded shares or their investment is over 5% of the total assets? Is it... 5) Community Wealth Ventures - "CWV is a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength", which managed to lose almost $100,000 in 2010. And William Shore is the Chairman and Executive Director of CWV. How much is he making from that venture? 6) They spent 21 cents of every dollar on admin. Pretty high. ---> Maybe donate directly to your local food bank instead?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

Concerned about claims of no child havingfoor, since public schools receive federal food surpluses for Free and/orReduced Breakfasts and Lunches for all studts.whose parental income is below the poverty line.As a pub. school administrator, I know that happens at all pub.schools in the country...Perhaps they should focus on preK and non school age children. Salaries of the husband and wife in charge seem rather high...Dr.DeWilliams

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

William Shore and his wife collectively suck over$372,000.00 per year from this charity. Unbelievable!!!!!!

Review from CharityNavigator

10 James28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

NoKidHungry is such an important campaign. I wish more of the money collected went to the programs and not fundraising or admin costs.

Review from CharityNavigator

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a good Charity that helps lots of families and kids. I've done lots of research on Share Our Strength and I believe everything they're doing is great.

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