Advocates Making Change Through The Poverty Is Unnecessary Project 2021
Every year, the Foundation celebrates Poverty Is Unnecessary Day to commemorate the Whole Foods Market Global 5% Day on October 25, 2005, when five percent of shopper purchases raised $525,000 for the seed capital for Whole Planet Foundation. Since then, Whole Planet Foundation has disbursed $93 million through microfinance partners, funding 5.2 million microcredit loans creating 27.6 million opportunities for the world’s poorest entrepreneurs to create or expand a business and lift themselves and their family members out of poverty.
The Whole Planet Foundation Poverty Is Unnecessary Project includes Poverty Is Unnecessary Fund Members donating $25,000 each to alleviate global poverty and the annual online auction.
Whole Planet Foundation’s Party with a Purpose Online Auction during October 18-21 is made possible by event support from Presenting Sponsor KeVita, Gold Sponsors Evolve and Super Coffee, Silver Sponsors Great Range Premium Bison and Pact, Bronze Sponsors Anchor Packaging, Cascades, Luxury Travel Hackers, Ripple and Shoes For Crews. Thanks to these sponsors, auction proceeds benefit microcredit clients working hard to escape poverty. We are delighted to share that the auction raised $50,000 and counting!
Special thanks to auction item contributors: AOK Fund, Allegro Coffee company, Anchor Packaging, Austin FC, Aspiring Artists of the Earth, Cedar's Mediterranean Foods, Cocokind, Daniel Zoltani, Fogo de Chao, Franzetti Jewelers of Austin, Gaiam, Great Range Bison, Health-Ade, Kendra Scott, KeVita, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, Kristin Meekhof, Joy Stoddard, Lifeway Foods, Lundberg Family Farms, Mad Hippie, Masha Nolte, MopTop, Naked Juice, Pacha Soap Company, Pact, Picnik, Preserve, Primal Kitchen, Raven + Lily, Rao’s Homemade, Robin Jackson Photography, San Antonio Spurs, Scott White, Shoes For Crews, Sky Valley, TAZO, Tell it Well Greeting Cards, The Republic of Tea, Todd Wasserman, Traditional Medicinals, Urban Betty Salon and Whole Foods Market.
Participants were also able to join by purchasing a goodie bag for $50, stuffed with $120 in product value. There were two golden tickets to be found amongst the 500 goodie bags! Congratulations to Dena C. who won the free two-night desert getaway in Utah worth $700 from Luxury Travel Hackers and Alice Y. won the free shoes from Shoes for Crews valued up to $250. Whole Planet Foundation appreciates these generous contributors: Alaffia, Ben & Jerry’s, Cedar's Mediterranean Foods, Honey Mama’s, Luxury Travel Hackers, Kite Hill, MopTop, Pacha Soap Company, Pact, Ripple, Seventh Generation, Shoes For Crews, Sir Kensington’s, Soli, The Republic of Tea, and The Seaweed Bath Co. There is still time to purchase a $50 goodie bag here, enjoy outstanding products and alleviate poverty, while supplies last.
Auction participants were able to purchase a $25 drawing ticket for the chance to win a $500 Whole Foods Market gift card (congratulations Tracy C.) or $250 Pact site credit (congratulations Heather S.). Pact is Whole Planet Foundation's 2021 Trailblazer honoree!
Learn more about how these advocates are coming together to alleviate global poverty through microcredit by visiting wholeplanetfoundation