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Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

25

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This is the information from the Charity Navigator site. It shows that only 68% is distributed to the cause of what the charity is intended to do. There is no way I would donate to this charity whatsoever.

Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers) 68.0%
Administrative Expenses 9.0%
Fundraising Expenses 22.9%
Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.60
Program Expenses Growth 10.6%
Liabilities to Assets 25.3%

Review from Guidestar

51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

It is very difficult to measure a nonprofit purely on percentages of revenue spent on admin/fundraising/programs but what else do we have to go by unless you've been entrenched with the org for years and have seen behind the curtains? But it is concerning to me that several reviews and stats show that the Billy and Debbie Shore founders duo raked in a combined base salary total of approx. $373,000 in 2012....and last year 2018 that combined total was $598,000. That's a pretty generous salary for any nonprofit, and while nonprofits DO need to spend on talented fundraisers and other personnel to be successful, giving yourselves a 60% salary bump over a six year period is excessive by any reasonable standard of measurement.

I am not here to doubt the impact of NO KID HUNGRY and believe the mission to very important. But I do think the organization should take a step back and figure out if there is a better balance of compensation for leadership and money spent on advertising and print for fundraising efforts and that of true impact dollars that could be utilized to pump into grassroots level orgs already well equipped to achieve some of the things that No Kid Hungry campaigns may be spending to reinvent the wheel.

Review from Guidestar

42

Donor

Rating: 1

I felt better of this charity when I donated 6 years ago. I chose it because I thought it necessary to address hunger in the US more than overseas (get your own house in order first). The level of compensation of the founders (related family members) seemed excessive for the size of the charity.

After donating I was deluged by glossy printed mailings asking for more. Searching for No Kid Hungry often yields no results. It is now under Share Our Strength. They won’t get another dime of my money. I’m looking more at Direct Relief which has more choice of where my contribution goes and the CEO for that billion dollar charity makes less than the two founders of this wasteful charity

Review from Guidestar

54 Lela A.

Donor

Rating: 1

I chose this charity so as to help in any small way I can, to help eliminate hunger amongst children. I set my goal to £500 but managed to raise just over half at £271. I have had NO COMMUNICATION WHATSOEVER from the "No Kids Go Hungry" organization to say thanks or that they have received the monies. I am a total loss therefore, as to where the monies have gone to. Can a member of the Organization please get in touch with me via facebook and let me know that the funds have reached its destination safely? Or I may never participate in this type of fundraising ever again! It is common courtesy to say thank you to those who have reached deep down in their pockets to make a donation and we all know how difficult it is to get people to do this!

Thank you.

Lela Abbas-Sukul

Review from Guidestar

21 Melanie B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I chose this organization as a fund raiser for my birthday. My goal was exceeded beyond what I had set. I know there are administrative costs as with any organization, but my heart breaks knowing there are children who are hungry. If at least half of what I raised goes to the feeding of the children, then I have achieved my goal.
Thank you and let's keep feeding the children...

Review from Guidestar

52 Darise M.

Donor

Rating: 3

I was glade to donate , what I was very disappointed in was that I did not see a place to put how much I would like to donate & they took out 50.00 dollars They should have took out 20 or let me put the amount I would like. I am not happy please watch out for this & I hope I can find how to get intouch with this organization.

Review from Guidestar

10

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!

90

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

110

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?

58

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

60

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

35 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

6

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.

Review from CharityNavigator