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Dining for Women

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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 390 chapters and 9,000 people have joined DFW, making a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and girls living in the most extreme poverty in more than 30 countries. To date, DFW has raised over $2.1 million, one potluck at a time!

Target demographics: Dining for Women empowers women 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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each month, a different program is selected, and many hundreds of women and children benefit from the donations DFW is able to raise.

Geographic areas served: Developing countries world wide

Programs: Each month, a new non-profit NGO is selected to receive that month's donation. To see the list of all programs go to: http://www.diningforwomen.org/ProgramsPanelPage

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Dining for Women (DFW) almost 2 years ago when I helped facilitate their first annual conference for their chapters. Their idea is compelling! have good friends "break bread together" through potluck dinners and donate the money they saved from local restaurants prices to a charity that DFW profiles each month. What appeals to me as a person with a lot of expertise in the field of women's international organizations is how down to earth and scalable the idea is. I think that the organization has been doing a great job both in terms of growing its chapters as well as bringing more money to worthwhile women's efforts around the globe.