Freedom From Hunger

Breakthroughs to end poverty and hunger

Washington, DC   |  http://www.freedomfromhunger.org

Mission

Grameen Foundation and Freedom from Hunger have joined forces to form one organization. Under the banner of Grameen Foundation, our mission is to enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger. Visit our up-to-date Guidestar profile: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/73-1502797.

Ruling year info

2017

President & CEO

Mr Steve Hollingworth

Main address

1400 K Street NW Suite 550

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Formerly known as

Meals for Millions

EIN

95-1647835

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Our programs

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Agriculture

Our agriculture program provides solutions to the daily problems that confront smallholder farmers—whether that is access to finance, farm inputs, weather information, technical assistance, or markets.


Our agriculture program provides solutions to the daily problems that confront smallholder farmers—whether that is access to finance, farm inputs, weather information, technical assistance, or markets.


To reach farmers at the "last mile” – especially women farmers who often shoulder the majority of farm labor with the least access to resources – we combine the use of digital technology, networks of skilled individuals in local communities, and a rich array of partners.

To get technology to work for smallholder farmers, we focus first on people and partnerships. Local networks of farmer group leaders, women’s savings groups, loan officers, farm input dealers and others are central to the development and implementation of exciting solutions that take on a life of their own. These are the resources needed by some 2.2 billion people around the world who make their livelihoods through farming small plots of land. Today, such smallholder farmers comprise the majority of the world’s poorest people, and half of all food-insecure households globally.

Population(s) Served

A health crisis is the most frequent economic shock faced by poor people, and the most likely to plunge them into extreme poverty. Grameen Foundation designs health solutions that address the complex interplay of poverty and health. We identify the best technologies and approaches to solving a given problem, whether it concerns issues of maternal and infant mortality, disease treatment and prevention, health and nutrition, or sexual and reproductive health.


Health knowledge is central to our programs, whether via face-to-face dialog-based education or digital information delivered via mobile phone. Our digital health programs provide millions of poor people with health information and improved healthcare delivery, train and manage frontline health workers, and facilitate vaccine clinical trials in outbreak situations.

Population(s) Served

People living on less than US$2.50 a day urgently need reliable financial services. They need to be able to safely save, borrow, make payments and use insurance. But two billion people have no access to such services.


We develop solutions to meet the needs of very poor people, with special attention to including women. Our solutions help people build assets, weather crisis and manage risk. Integrated solutions link financial services to informational, health and agricultural services.


We use mobile phones to connect people to formal financial services and work with women’s savings groups to provide informal, but powerful, financial services. Our solutions provide affordable loans for smallholder farmers and equip local agent networks to better serve the rural poor.


Every innovation is designed to be sustainable for our partners--banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, and agribusinesses--which continue to make them widely available.

Population(s) Served

Ending poverty and hunger will take a global movement of organizations working together. In this spirit, Grameen Foundation has developed an array of products and services—originally designed for our own use—to help other organizations with similar missions be more effective.


We believe these tools will help organizations strengthen their programs, deepen their impact on poverty, and create lasting change. Whether you need a contingent of highly skilled private sector volunteers or an efficient way to run your field operations or measure your impact, Grameen Foundation has solutions that work.


Bankers without Borders
Our Bankers without Borders® program mobilizes the talent and skills of private sector volunteers to support the missions of poverty-focused social enterprises. Starting with just 100 volunteers in 2008, today nearly 20,000 business professionals, academics, and students from 170 countries are ready to contribute their time, skills and expertise to strengthen organizations fighting global poverty.


e-Learning and Field Training
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) play a crucial role in reaching the poor and unbanked with financial services, and frontline field staff bear the greatest responsibility for engaging, educating and motivating microfinance clients. Our services and products accelerate quality training for frontline agents and staff.


Impact Investing
We invest in companies and funds and participate in joint ventures to generate social impacts along with financial returns. These investments provide capital for social enterprises whose products and services benefit the poor.


Poverty Probability Index®
Grameen Foundation developed the Poverty Probability Index® (PPI®). It is a powerful low-cost tool used by hundreds of organizations in 40 countries to measure household poverty, and to track and improve performance. Grameen Foundation managed PPI for its first ten years. In 2016, we partnered with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) to develop the PPI Alliance, a collective governance and funding structure. Grameen Foundation is a founding and core partner of the Alliance, which is housed with IPA.


TaroWorks™
Nonprofits and social enterprises need real-time data to make forward-thinking strategic decisions rather than just react to outdated reports of conditions on the ground. TaroWorks™, a subsidiary of Grameen Foundation, is a social enterprise whose mobile-based data tool enables organizations to use fresh data and timely feedback as the standard for setting and reaching their goals. With Taroworks, organizations serving poor and remote areas can efficiently collect, analyze and act on field data.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To achieve a sustainable end to chronic hunger for millions of women and their families.

Freedom from Hunger helps people help themselves and others. Freedom from Hunger believes chronically hungry families need a holistic set of services in order to help themselves move out of poverty. We work with local organizations to develop and provide people with a portfolio of financial services that help them invest in and grow businesses, that help them save and insure themselves against predictable shocks and an unknown future, and that help them prepare for and meet their families' health needs. In addition to supporting a household's financial needs, Freedom from Hunger provides families with health, business, and financial education and links them to critical health services so that they can go on to thrive.

Since 1946, Freedom from Hunger has had a long-standing commitment and proven record for fighting to end global hunger and has always worked through local and global partnerships as a means to achieve this goal. Freedom from Hunger leverages a relatively small staff of less than 50 people, with almost 20 of them across Burkina Faso, Ecuador, India, Mali, Mexico and Peru and works through 104 partners in 23 countries. Freedom from Hunger's staff share multi-sectoral expertise in financial services, public health, agriculture, business, technology, gender and evaluation.

Utilizing groups of women who come together regularly to meet for savings and credit services as a platform, Freedom from Hunger is able to strategically make use of these financial meeting points to impact the lives of millions of people with health, agricultural and other business services.

Scale. Freedom from Hunger is currently reaching 5.4 million clients of the 10 million-client target.

Customer Service. Every year, Freedom from Hunger conducts a partner satisfaction assessment among its 181 local organizations.

Innovation. Two mobile banking programs are under way in Benin and Burkina Faso, connecting rural households and savings groups to formal savings accounts. An elearning platform for training field agents is in the pilot phase among partners in Latin America. Mobile training tools to assist field agents in quality control of education delivery are being tested in West Africa.

Impact. Freedom from Hunger currently has assessments under way in Burkina Faso, Ecuador, India and the Philippines.

Financials

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Freedom From Hunger

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marianne Udow-Phillips

Sheila Leatherman

University of North Carolina

Ellen Breyer

Former President and CEO, Hazelden Foundation

J. Grover Thomas

Former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of The Trustmark Companies

William Hamm

Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group

William Robinson

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Assurant

Benjamin Cutler

Director, BMO Mutual Fund Group

Dan Hession

Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing, Cisco

Jeanne Schwartz

Vice President, Future Factory

Juan Vallarino

Former Senior Vice President, Employer & Payer Engagement, Hospital Corporation of America

Daniel Wolfson

Executive Vice President and COO, ABIM Foundation

Beverly Armstrong

CFO, Atlantic Council

Michael Carter

Professor of Ag & Resource Economics, University of California–Davis

Peter Cowhey

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. UC San Diego

Carlos Fonseca

Senior Vice President of Marketing Science, MetLife

Vickram Gandhi

Founder and CEO, VSG Capital Advisors

James Greenberg

Founding Partner, Chairman, and CEO, DevCorp International B.S.C.

Pradeep Singh

Founder, Aditi Technologies

Zubyr Soomro

Former CEO, Citibank, Pakistan

Eleanor Wagner

Chief Risk Officer Asia Pacific, Citigroup

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes