Public, Society Benefit

World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task Force, Inc.

Ending Hunger & Poverty at the Root

aka WHEAT; World Hunger Education, Advocacy & Training

Phoenix, AZ


The mission of WHEAT is to educate, advocate, engage and empower individuals to action in the fight against hunger and poverty.

Ruling Year


Executive Director/CEO

Dr. Tamera Zivic

Main Address

4000 North 7th Street, Suite 118

Phoenix, AZ 85014 USA


anti hunger, poverty, welfare reform, job training, advocacy, education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

WHEAT is working to end hunger and poverty at the root, through job skills training, living wage employment, financial sustainability training and more. VALUES: 1) All peoples, throughout the world, have the right to shelter, sustenance and enterprise; 2) It is the responsibility of each of us to ensure that others have these basic needs; 3) Worldwide Hunger is a problem that can be solved; WHEAT is a part of the solution; 4) Education must be followed by action to be effective; 5) Compassion and justice for all, especially the poor, are central to the teachings of all faiths.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Average number of service recipients per month

Population(s) served



Adolescents (13-19 years)

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Direction of Success


Context notes

Noted are non-duplicated individuals served by WHEAT in SNAP outreach, Management Training, Clothes Silo, Fair Trade and ICan Youth Leadership programs.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

1) To create an awareness of justice issues, primarily those that are related to hunger and poverty. 2) To sensitize individuals to the various needs and inequalities within our community. 3) To promote sustainable development and lifestyle through innovative programs and projects. 4) To network among individuals, faith communities and community leaders for concrete solutions to hunger and poverty. 5) To provide sources and resources for those seeking information and opportunities to take action. 6) To staff programs that support the achievement of a self sustaining lifestyle for the participants.

• Continuing the implementation of informative leadership programs for leaders on hunger, its effects and solutions and implementation strategies for individuals and groups. • Actively providing presentations within the community to educate individuals and groups on causes, effects and solutions to hunger, as well as ways they can become involved. • Maintaining relationships with governmental, religious and social service agencies working with persons impacted by hunger. • Staffing programs that lead to self sustenance, e.g. WHEAT's Fair Trade store providing access to gifts and goods supporting local and global artisans and farmers, Management Training leading to living wage employment, SNAP Outreach Application Assistance, I-Can Teen Leadership giving teens a chance to overcome barriers, the Clothes Silo and its free, clothing assistance. • Advocating on issues before the legislature and congress, taking action as an organization and motivating others to action, when necessary, to make positive changes in systems and supports that help alleviate hunger and poverty. • Promoting volunteer opportunities at all levels of WHEAT and within its programming to provide experiences, in person, with the real people behind the hunger and poverty statistics, supporting the volunteer's passion to help make a difference in this sometimes overwhelming issue.

WHEAT has a well defined and focused board of directors, staff and volunteer team that work hand in hand with the corporate, faith and grassroots community. Each Strategy has its own team dedicated to achieving its goals and objectives.

WHEAT has well defined evaluation tools to track data, but sometimes it is just the personal story of achievement by someone we have supported along the way that solidifies our progress towards an end to hunger and poverty.

In 2019, WHEAT: • Sponsored 175 at risk high school teens in the ICan Youth Leadership Program to support educational and financial awareness • Trained and Graduated 512 individuals in the Management Training and Mentoring Program – 455 of those are currently making $19 per hour or more at their jobs • Staffed SNAP Outreach partnerships at 58 locations providing enrollment in nutrition programs to eligible individuals, over 78,000 were served • Continue to encouraged self-sustenance for artisans and their families living in poverty around the globe, including Arizona, through WHEAT’s Fair Trade initiative providing necessary income for families to feed, clothe and educate themselves through the sale of their handicrafts • Provided professional business wear, free of charge, through The Clothes Silo to 8,122 women reentering the workforce - • Presented 97 lectures, trainings and workshops through WHEAT's Speakers’ Bureau …and much more.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/26/2020


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 03/26/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more


We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Policies and processes

We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.