Stories From The Field

Why We Give: $50K Supplier Alliance for Microcredit

by: Olivia Hayden

Creating Prosperity Together This year, we aim to raise $3.2 million for poverty alleviation during our Annual Prosperity Campaign. We couldn’t do this without the help of our supplier partners, Whole Foods Market Team Members and shoppers, online donors, and YOU! As part of this year’s Prosperity Campaign, Alaffia, Hain Celestial, Hiball Energy, IZZE, Mamma […]

2017 Prosperity Campaign Aims to Raise $3.2 Million

by: Whole Planet Foundation

Alleviating Poverty around the Globe Today marks the first day of Whole Planet Foundation’s 12th Prosperity Campaign, which funds microfinance organizations and microcredit loans to alleviate poverty where Whole Foods Market® sources products. This year’s campaign goal is $3.2 million, which will give approximately 90,000 opportunities to those living in extreme poverty around the world – in […]

Funding Opportunities with Friendship Bridge in Guatemala

by: Whole Planet Foundation

Whole Planet Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with microfinance partner Friendship Bridge, or Puente de Amistad, in Guatemala. Over the course of the next three years, Friendship Bridge will receive $300,000 from Whole Planet Foundation to support its new branch in Huehuetenango. There is an unmet need in the country, especially in the […]

Whole Planet Foundation® and partners to host pre-GRAMMY® benefit in Hollywood

by: Olivia Hayden

Produced by Clamorhouse and featuring performances by 6 leading acts On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Whole Planet Foundation, Clamorhouse and other valued partners will honor Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Prairie Rose Hyde, co-founders of Alaffia, for alleviating poverty in Togo and around the globe. The biennial celebration will take place at Whole Planet Foundation’s pre-GRAMMY benefit, […]

Three Ways Musicians are Alleviating Poverty in 2017

by: Olivia Hayden

Whole Planet Foundation’s Musicians For Microcredit program is a way for bands and artists alleviate poverty worldwide by partnering with Whole Planet Foundation. From digital downloads to in-store performances and benefit concerts, we work with the music community to empower entrepreneurs around the world to change their own lives. For the month of January, we’re celebrating partners in […]

Monthly Donors Invest in Families Worldwide

by: Olivia Hayden

Join the 15,000 individuals who donate monthly to support poverty alleviation through microcredit. By joining Whole Planet Foundation’s Family Fund, your recurring monthly gift will provide one or more microloans to entrepreneurs around the world in one year. The average first loan is $184 and an average entrepreneur supports 5 of her family members. For […]

Adventurous Eating in Mexico: Escamoles

by: Whole Planet Foundation

Roxana Newton joined the Whole Planet Foundation in February 2016 as Program Manager overseeing the U.S, Latin America and Caribbean portfolio.  Growing up in San Antonio, Texas, I have been in love with Mexico and its food and culture since I was a kid, so needless to say, I was thrilled to have the opportunity […]

10 Gifts that Give Back to Whole Planet Foundation

by: Olivia Hayden

As we search for perfect gifts for our loved ones, we often look for those with special meaning. Each year, with this spirit in mind, Whole Planet Foundation curates a list of gift ideas from brands helping us further our mission to fund microcredit around the world. Here are some of our favorites for the 2016 holiday […]

Why I Give: Stephen Garten, CEO of Charity Charge

by: Whole Planet Foundation

A big piece of the inspiration for why I founded Charity Charge came from Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who founded Grameen Bank and pioneered the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.  I knew there were a nearly infinite number of nonprofits in dire need of donations.  But how could I individually support them all? […]

Agent Banking in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by: Whole Planet Foundation

Zoe So joined Whole Planet Foundation in June 2016 as a Program Manager supporting the Africa and Middle East portfolio. She worked at BRAC USA for three years, where she supported financial inclusion and youth empowerment initiatives in Uganda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. Zoe has also worked in operations, grant management, and monitoring and evaluation […]

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