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Creative Team Members Raise Funds for Prosperity Campaign

By Lauren Evans, March 27, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lauren Evans

Our annual Whole Planet Foundation 2012 Prosperity Campaign runs for just two more weeks, and we hope you’ll join us in the home stretch to reach our goal of $4.1 million!

Thanks to your generosity along with major support from our vendor partners and team members, $4 million has been donated so far!  That’s enough for 26,845 microloans! These microloans will support 158,389 people with a chance to lift themselves out of poverty.

Like microcredit, where small loans empower women to start or expand home-based businesses, our annual Prosperity Campaign empowers Whole Foods Market® team members to harness their creative energy to help reach their store’s fundraising goals.

Whether it’s through creating larger-than-life in-store displays, hosting community fundraising events or creating email campaigns, our stores and facilities truly go above and beyond to raise awareness and funds for Whole Planet Foundation.

Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing fundraising happening in our stores!

  • The Roseville store in Northern California has a display that depicts the life of one of our recipients before she received support from Whole Planet Foundation, through the lending process, to what her life is like now that she is a microloan recipient.  Store Team Leader Marty Jenkins said, “We wanted to create something that was going to be a conversation starter. I couldn’t be more proud of my team and their efforts to support this amazing program.”
  • In Dallas, the Lakewood store Team Members raised money through pint glass sales at their in-store bar.
  • The stores in the Denver metro area came together to host their first annual Bowl for a Cause fundraiser. The teams competed on the lanes and raised $870.
  • Our Los Angeles area stores hosted the first ever Beer Festival to Benefit Whole Planet Foundation at Golden Road Brewing. The 250 people in attendance sampled beer, took a tour of the facilities and learned about home brewing. The event was a smashing success and raised $4,337. Golden Road owner Meg Gill is the youngest female craft brewer owner in the world, and her support through this event will give thousands of women across the world the opportunity to realize their own dreams of starting a business.
  • In Scotland, Team Giffnock is riding a bicycle to Ghana, virtually. That’s 4,600 virtual miles and they’re raising money all along the way. Check out this video they made to explain the challenge.
  • Our store’s support facilities are also really engaged in fundraising.  In fact, the highest grossing Whole Planet Foundation event to date happened at our Rocky Mountain regional office, where they raised $7,428 through a silent auction of goods donated by local and national supplier partners.

As you can tell, we’re so proud of the work of all of our supporters. A huge thanks to the Whole Foods Market team members, customers and supplier partners that help us help a million more people to change their own lives!

It’s really easy to donate at the registers in our stores or you can donate online.

You can even start your own campaign on our website or through our partnership with Rally. Now, let’s keep going and make it to $4.1 million!

 

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Mark Zastrow says ...
Hello i am inspired by this campaign. It is something near to my heart. Dr Muhammad Yunus invented micro lending with his Grameen Bank. We are giving him a Transformational Leadership Award at the end of April. Many fortune 100 CEOs will be there and you can too. visit www.transformleadership.org to learn more. The symposium is about change in our world through corporate consciousness. Also please invite John Mackey to attend.
04/09/2012 10:03:18 AM CDT