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People Powering Microcredit: Matthew O'Hayer Augments Support of Whole Planet Foundation with $50,000 Donation


Back in 2007, when Matt O’Hayer started pasture-raising hens, his thoughts were never just on the birds in their care, but in using whatever means at their disposal to effect lasting change. Directly, that meant challenging long-held assumptions in the food business – that sustainable could not mean scalable, and vice versa. That challenged Matt to pioneer an entirely new on-shelf category in the egg set – pasture-raised – and disrupt an industry that had become moribund and commoditized.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Interview With D'Shawn Russell of Southern Elegance Candle Company


D’Shawn Russell is the Founder and CEO of Southern Elegance Candle Company. Southern Elegance, with support from Amazon Small Business, is alleviating poverty through Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market non-profit.  D’Shawn Russell started Southern Elegance Candle Company while she was working in education, recently had a baby, and her son had eczema. She learned how to make a lot of products for him.

SAMBAZON Commits $25,000 to Alleviate Poverty through Whole Planet Foundation


Since 2011, SAMBAZON has donated $410,975 to Whole Planet Foundation to fund 9,795 microloans and created 53,392 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs – mostly women. We welcome SAMBAZON this year to the $25,000 Poverty is Unnecessary Fund and look forward to continuing our work together towards our collective mission of empowering people to change their own lives. 

$25,000 Fund Donors Help Entrepreneurs Build Small Businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Abroad in March


Suppliers of Whole Foods Market are empowering microentrepreneurs, primarily women, with economic opportunity. These generous brands fund microloans for entrepreneurs living in poverty so they can start or expand a small business, often home-based. With a small loan of under $200, an entrepreneur can purchase essential needs for their small ventures, such as products for a food stand, equipment for a sewing business, or tools for a small-scale farm. Profits from their microbusinesses provide these entrepreneurs the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Interview with Shennel Fuller of Miles and Milan


Shennel Fuller is the Founder and CEO of Miles and Milan. Miles and Milan is alleviating poverty through Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market non-profit. Shennel Fuller worked for major fashion retail brands for over 15 years with a focus on adult apparel, footwear, and accessories.

Whole Kids Foundation 2022 Garden Grant Application Window Now Open

Schools Across U.S. and Canada Invited to Apply for $3,000 Grants to Support Edible Education Spaces

AUSTIN, Texas, February 14, 2022 /3BL Media/ - Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness, has opened its annual Garden Grant window to offer financial support to schools that wish to start or expand edible education spaces. Today through March 11, K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada are invited to apply for grants of $3,000 each to support their edible learning spaces. Grants will be awarded in the fall of 2022.

Suppliers Are Funding Economic Opportunity Through Whole Planet Foundation


Whole Planet Foundation’s top supplier donors for 2022 are funding essential microbusinesses to alleviate global poverty through the Foundation's microlending programs. These brands, which can be found in select stores and online on Whole Foods Market on Amazon, are committed to donating $50,000-$100,000 this year for microcredit.  The $100,000 Fund top donor is R. W.

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. 

Whole Planet Foundation Launches 2021 Poverty Is Unnecessary Project

Whole Planet Foundation’s Online Auction to Alleviate Global Poverty

Every October, Whole Planet Foundation celebrates its global impact on poverty and the partners who further its mission. In 2005, Whole Foods Market launched Whole Planet Foundation, its non-profit dedicated to global poverty alleviation through microcredit in countries around the world where the company sources products. The Poverty is Unnecessary Project spotlights Poverty is Unnecessary Fund supplier partners who commit to donating $25,000 each and culminates in the foundation’s signature event to alleviate poverty. 

Pact Apparel Recipient of Whole Planet Foundation 2021 Trailblazer Award


Each year, Whole Planet Foundation honors a trailblazer advocate who supports our mission and fosters their own.


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