Events


Check out a list of our upcoming events and events from our partners. We also post about our events on Facebook. Interested in volunteering for an event? Contact us.

Upcoming Events







Party with a Purpose Benefit and Celebration

What: Celebrate 15 years of our mission funding microcredit to the world’s poorest people. Our signature annual event features internationally-inspired food and beverage, over 100 local and global auction items, entertainment, and more!
When: Friday, October 25th 6:30-9:30 PM
Where: Fair Market
Address: 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: $50 per person. Get Tickets Now!

Wine Traveler Happy Hours

Journey Along With Us!

Join Whole Planet Foundation for Wine Traveler Happy Hours in Austin! If your love is tasting regional wines during your travels, then the Wine Traveler Happy Hour is for you!

Be carried away to exotic locations through food, wine, music, and dancing. Tour some of the best wine regions in the world at the Sterling Event Center in Austin.
We will also enjoy chef selected regional food pairings that perfectly complement the evenings’ wine options. We will listen to music while discussing our favorite wine together with new like-minded friends who love travel. Share your adventures and create plans to visit new locations! And, we will enjoy a raffle with 100% of proceeds benefitting Whole Planet Foundation.

Tickets: This event is free to attend! See the events on Facebook and MeetUp, or get all the details at www.winetravelerhappyhour.com No RSVP required!

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2019|BAJA MEXICO
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019|SOUTH AMERICA
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019|FRANCE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2019|AFRICA
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019|NEW ZEALAND OR PORTUGAL
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2019|CALIFORNIA

Past Events



Poverty, Inc. Screening & Discussion with Magatte Wade

What: Poverty, Inc. film screening & discussion
When: Thursday, April 18th 6:00-8:30 PM
Where: Whole Planet Foundation. Physical address: 605 Henderson Street, Suite 200, Austin, TX 78703
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Join Whole Planet Foundation and The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 18th for a film screening & discussion with Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade. The conversation will be moderated by GABCC President & CEO Tam Hawkins. Tickets to the event include two drink tickets to the bar.

The event will begin at 6:00 PM with check in and brief networking before the film. The bar opens at 6:00 PM.

At 6:30 PM we will move to the Whole Planet Foundation theater for a special screening of Poverty, Inc. About the film:

“The West has made itself the protagonist of development, giving rise to a multi-billion dollar poverty industry. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. food aid, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?”

After the film screening, we will host a discussion with Magatte Wade beginning at 8:00 PM. Magatte is featured in the film Poverty, Inc. and is a serial entrepreneur and advocate for free markets as a way to overcome poverty and the role of enterprise to tackle social issues. She has graced the TED talk stage and been featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique, among countless other accolades. You can learn more about her on her website. You can also watch her 2018 TED talk, “Why it’s so hard to start a business in Africa, and how to change it”, on the TED website here.

The event will conclude at 8:30 PM. Space is limited to 60 seats for this intimate and exciting event, so get your tickets! It will sell out!


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Magatte Wade
Magatte is featured in the film Poverty, Inc. and is a serial entrepreneur and advocate for free markets as a way to overcome poverty and the role of enterprise to tackle social issues. She has graced the TED talk stage and been featured on the cover of Forbes Afrique, among countless other accolades. You can learn more about her on her website. You can also watch her 2018 TED talk, “Why it’s so hard to start a business in Africa, and how to change it”, on the TED website here.

Tam Hawkins
Tam Hawkins is currently the President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this role, she served as the Vice President of Corporate Engagement & Membership. Her background includes a primary concentration in Corporate Sales & Marketing management roles for some of the nation’s most admired companies. Although well versed in large corporate space, the local commercial real estate entrepreneur is also able to relate to small to medium business owners as well. The Dallas native’s volunteer commitments have been directly in line with her passion for the following local, national, and international organizations: Sickle Cell Disease Association Dallas Chapter, Special Events Chair; Literacy Instructions for Texans – Volunteer Teacher; Airline Ambassadors – United Nations Liaison; Susan G. Komen: Dallas Affiliates Chapter – Fundraising committee and a Mocha Moms Austin former board President. Tam is a board member of Leadership Austin, East Austin Conservancy; a group committed to strengthening the fabric of East Austin by promoting affordable housing and economic diversity. She also serves on Austin Partners in Education and Ronald McDonald House Central Texas boards.





Whole Lotta Yoga March 23rd

Come Enjoy A Whole Lotta Yoga and Support Whole Planet Foundation!

When: Saturday, March 23rd, beginning at 8:30 AM
Where: Whole Foods Market Rooftop, 525 Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78703
What: A day of yoga led by Austin studios

Whole Lotta Yoga is a Yoga Festival offering unique, sampler yoga classes taught by local studios and teachers to encourage everybody to experience yoga, stay active, build new friendships, support our local business community, and raise money for nonprofits, including Whole Planet Foundation.

Get your tickets here!



Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8th

Let’s Toast to Women Everywhere!

You’re invited to join Whole Planet Foundation for our 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Celebration and raise your glass to women around the world!

So much of Whole Planet Foundation’s global impact starts locally–right here in Austin! This International Women’s Day we celebrate YOU: the people in our own backyard who empower women through microcredit.

Location: Whole Planet Foundation Courtyard: behind office located at 650 Henderson Street, Austin, Texas 78703
Date: March 8th, 2019
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Tickets: Please RSVP for this free event and find all the details here.

Event bars sponsored by:

Stellar Organics
Stellar Organics is South Africa’s only fair-trade, vegan, organic wine.


Kimo Sabe Mezcal
Kimo Sabe is an triple award winning mezcal for its smooth complex flavors and family crafted in Zacatecas, Mexico by the father-daughter team, Jim Walsh and Ashley Walsh Kvamme.





Sweden: Lessons for America Film Screening

Join Whole Planet Foundation and The Great Listening, with partners The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Austin in Austin for a special screening of Johan Norberg’s “Sweden: Lessons for America?”.

The documentary film, presented in partnership with Free to Choose Media, examines Sweden’s historical and economic evolution from one of the poorest to one of the most prosperous countries in the world. The film questions Americans’ assumptions about Sweden’s “socialist” economy and draws the connection between Sweden’s enhanced quality of life and its attitude towards free-markets. Join us!

Starting at 6:30, we will begin networking and serving delicious Stellar Organics wine. The film screening will begin at 7:00pm. After the film, a round table discussion and Q&A focusing on respectful, democratic dialogue will consider the film’s topic and how economic systems of countries impact poverty around the world.

Bar sponsored by Stellar Organics. Stellar Organics is South Africa’s largest producer of fine, organic, fair trade wines. All wines are organic and vegan friendly. Learn more and get tickets!

Location: Whole Planet Foundation Offices; 828 W. 6th Street, Second Floor
Date: February 7th, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Tickets: $10 per person; buy tickets and get more information here.





Turkey Trek Virtual 10K Run/Walk

Location: Online, wherever you are!
Date: November 19-26, 2018

Every year, we get our bodies moving for a cause. This year, over 100 trekkers joined our Turkey Trek 10K Virtual Challenge. To view leaderboards and learn more about the event, visit our partner Health Code, click here.




Explore South Africa: Wine and Education Mixer

Location: Whole Planet Foundation Offices; 828 W. 6th Street, Second Floor
Date: October 1, 2018
Time: 6-8PM
Tickets: $15 per person; buy tickets and get more information here.

Join us for a happy hour mixer to enjoy South African wines and learn more about photographic travel to Africa – including wildlife photographic safaris, Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and cultural & culinary trips. All proceeds from this event benefit Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization empowering women entrepreneurs living in poverty in Africa and around the globe.





Annual Benefit and Auction

Location: Fair Market
Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 6-9PM
Tickets: $50 per person; buy tickets and get more information here.

Every October 25, we celebrate the founding of the foundation with our annual Benefit and Auction in Austin, Texas. Bid on 100+ one–of-a-kind silent auction items from around the globe (and local favorites, too!). This event is sold out! Thank you for joining us.




Power Her Potential Expo

Location: Whole Foods Market
525 Bowie St.,
Upstairs Plaza Level
Austin, TX
Date: June 2, 2018
Tickets and More Info: Click Here

Thank you for attending our 2018 event! We raised $10,000 for poverty alleviation and had so much fun doing it. Celebrating women and those who love them, our Annual Women’s Expo is a full-day experience, featuring workshops, panels, keynote speakers, product demos, food, drinks, and more. Contact us if you’re interested in sponsorships or in-kind contributions for our 2019 event.



Texas International Wine Competition People’s Choice Awards

Location: Thirsty Mule Winery
101 Co. Road 257, Liberty Hill, TX 78642
Date: Saturday, May 4 from 7PM-10PM
Tickets: Via Texas International Wine Competition. Proceeds benefit Whole Planet Foundation.

Attendees had an opportunity to sample a variety of wines from many different wineries. After a brief education about the wines, guests became the judge and scored their favorite wines alongside a number of Texas International Wine Competition judges. As part of the evening, a spanish-style paella was be paired with excellent wines, door prizes, and wine education.



Dance for Global Goals

Location: Asian American Resource Center; 8401 Cameron Rd, Austin TX
Date: Saturday, April 7

Established Austin-based dancer/choreographer Anuradha Naimpally presents an intergenerational dance performance featuring the compelling stories and movements of Asian teen refugees and seniors. Naimpally leads these first-time performers in a powerful dance performance designed to help bring awareness and raise the voices of those who need to be seen, heard, and brought of a darkness into light. Accompanied by singer/songwriter/composer Nagavalli, and guitarist/percussionist Oliver Rajamani.