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Our Team Members Give $1.5 Million!

By Genie Bolduc, July 8, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Genie Bolduc
I’ve always known that I work with some of the nicest, most giving, mission driven people I have ever met. And now I have concrete proof! As of June 25th, over 15,000 Whole Foods Market team members have donated over $1.5 million directly from their paychecks to Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe! Check out this video of team members talking about why they contribute.
How’s that for inspiring? And now for some numbers:
  • 15,553 Team Members currently contribute.
  • $1,512,512 has been donated thus far.
  • 8642 small loans funded (average of $175 each).
  • 1 microcredit loan recipient affects the welfare of about 4 other people.
  • 43,200 individuals empowered through these loans to lift themselves out of poverty.
  • 97% of the loans are repaid — so the money circulates to new recipients.
Every year more Team Members sign up to donate. In fact, at our New Center Point store in the Rocky Mountain region, 100% of Team Members donate! Want to get involved too? It’s easy to do. Learn more about Whole Planet Foundation and how you can help. A huge shout out to the awesome 15,553!

 

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FairTrade says ...
Well done to the team at Whole Foods for this fantastic achievement.
07/08/2010 5:09:33 AM CDT
Nedayaz says ...
As a Whole Foods Market Team Member donating money from my check is super easy and SO rewarding. This blog topic reminds me why I work here. Such beautiful people that support the Whole Planet Foundation. Thank you all for your support to such and amazing organization!
07/10/2010 9:50:55 AM CDT
Connie@BhimiBlog says ...
Wow! Great work! One more reason to justify my feel-good sense of "community" every time I leave the checkout line at my local WF!
07/18/2010 12:03:24 PM CDT
Ron Blitzer says ...
Another reason to shop at Whole Foods...commitment being made by so may well intentioned employees. We all need to spread the word and deeds of micro finance and how such a small amount of money can help build the lives of so many people.
07/18/2010 2:27:58 PM CDT
Ron Blitzer says ...
Another reason to shop at Whole Foods...commitment being made by so many (15 thousand !) well intentioned employees. We all need to spread the word and deeds about micro finance and how such a small amount of money can help change the lives of so many people.
07/18/2010 2:30:13 PM CDT
Rah says ...
Kudos to all the employees of Whole Foods Market, there should be many more companies out there with the commitment and awareness that you all have.
09/09/2010 9:11:44 PM CDT
Brent says ...
This is great, I can't believe how much Whole Planet Foundation is helping out and how easy it is to donate. Great job.
11/03/2010 8:11:44 PM CDT