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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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two years ago I started attending Dining for Women meetings. For a brief time I was unable to attend, but the giving mentality of the organization and the women involved brought me back. I just attended my first CARE conference through Dining for Women and I consider it an experience of a life time. It taught me how I can be of service with my local chapter to do even more for the world. I hope to continue to be a big part of DFW as we lobby for women's rights around the world. This organization is a strong starting point for all to learn – no matter your age – of how you can help the world one dinner at a time.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to two great lady friends at my church, I was introduced to DFW and to Marsha about the second year of their existence. Marsha's dedication, as well as the charter members', has led DFW to grow unbelievably. This is the most meaningful free time activity that I participate in. I so love the concept of empowering women in desperate situations to become self sufficient and spread this marvelous example to their children and their neighbors in the villages. I am so proud of the many villages and women we have helped. I am not able to donate huge amounts but it is so reassuring to know that my donation's value increases greatly in these third world countries and has a powerful impact. My son who lives in NY was also very impressed and he donates quarterly to them. A proud member and mother, Anne Marie Currier