In 2011, Joiner’ team from the Nourish-UTK Chapter and the University of Georgia Chapter implemented a sustainable agriculture and education project for a Ugandan orphanage with House of Hope, a nonprofit that seeks to nourish and educate children. While on the Project, Joiner and her team also worked with the Volset Foundation to help coordinate HIV testing and education within isolated communities around Lake Victoria.
Joiner says of her time as a Nourish student: “I am really grateful for Nourish International. I learned so much about using entrepreneurship to fund philanthropic work in developing nations.”
Joiner now works for T.R.U.S.T. South LA, an organization that strives to create healthy families and neighborhoods in the South LA region, where she helps implement community development and local revitalization efforts. She has also worked with CD Tech to help plan health and wellness fairs in South LA.
Joiner serves as a true testament to the amazing feats our Nourish students and alumni can and do accomplish every day. Next fall, Joiner plans to pursue her juris doctorate with a concentration in international law. We wish her the best in all of her endeavors as she continues to embody our mission and be a leader in our movement of change-makers.
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, they launched a global movement that has engaged more than 10,000 organizations worldwide.
At Nourish, #GivingTuesday can mean many things. All year long, our national office staff and dedicated team of students give back to communities — both the ones we partner with abroad, and the ones right here at home. Whether it’s hosting a Hunger Lunch and donating the leftover food to a neighborhood food bank, volunteering at the local animal shelter, donating to causes we care about, or coaching a youth sports team, the Nourish team seeks to redefine giving every day of the year. We are thrilled that there is now a dedicated day to giving back, and we hope that you will think about ways you can make an impact, both locally and globally. As December 2 nears, we’ll let you know how you can give back to Nourish specifically. In any way you see fit, join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity!
Leonhardt Pipe and Supply, a family owned and operated business that produces quality fire sprinkler products, fabrication and service, has agreed to donate a portion of their December sales to Nourish International. For each $1000 of sales, Leonhardt Pipe will give Nourish $10, with a goal of providing a $10,000 award. Thanks Leonhardt Pipe for empowering students to become leaders and to impact poverty in the world. The promotion runs December 1 – 31.
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Alexis Tavarez, Student Board Member, University of Florida
“To me, empowerment is what makes Nourish International a movement and inspires me. It focuses on inspiring people to make big changes on their campuses, in their communities, and in the world. However, what makes Nourish truly unique is that it focuses on capacity building and giving people the resources to better themselves as individuals which collectively can change the world. As a student, being a part of the Nourish movement has prepared me to be a passionate, and globally aware leader prepared to take on the world’s big challenges. I am the leader I am today because of the potential the people at Nourish International saw, and fostered within me.
Jared Staley, Student Board Member, Ohio State University
“Nourish International has pushed me to want more out of my life, to do more. Nourish International saw a potential in me that I would have never seen in myself. Nourish has helped me harness my strengths and apply them in a way that creates positive and sustainable global change. Without Nourish I would have never developed into the person I am today.
- Jared Staley, The Ohio State University Chapter of Nourish International
Jared is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architecture at The Ohio State University and will graduate in May. Jared has been a rockstar member of Nourish International since September 2011. His past leadership responsibilities include Marketing Director (2012), Co-Chapter Leader (2013), Outreach Chair (2013), and Student Advisory Board Co-Chair and Student Board Member.
Nathan is an alum from Nourish’s University of Georgia chapter where he served as Co-President and later as the Awareness Chair. At UGA’s chapter he started the Sidewalk Symphonies series, worked to build a foundation for the chapter, and ran several Awareness film screenings and discussions. While an undergrad he also played an active role at Georgia’s student radio station serving as a Music Director and later as the General Manager, and was the head of the Veritas Forum at UGA- a group that facilitates interfaith discussions, forums, and book studies. All this earned him the “Outstanding Student” award in 2012 for his work in general student affairs along with a plaque that says so, which his mom still keeps hung up in a prominent site for guests to admire. She is very proud of him but wishes he would just shave that beard once in a while. Since graduating, he’s lived and worked in Los Angeles with a probation placement home for incarcerated youth, completed a carpentry apprenticeship, hitch-hiked around the country with his best pal, and worked with a Triathalon racing company. He now teaches guitar lessons in Brooklyn, NY and just loves playing music all the time and hopes something good will come out of it one day. He’s also remained active as an Alumni Mentor and always has a great time at the annual Summer Institute each year. Now he’ll be serving as the Community Discourse Coordinator for Nourish and is excited to have some great discussions with anyone who’ll talk to him!
Tomorrow, we will officially kick off our annual Give the Gift of Nourish Campaign! This year, we have been presented with a unique opportunity — Nourish International has been awarded a challenge grant of $40,000 from an anonymous donor to match all gifts 1:1 between November 1, 2014 and December 31st, 2014. This is a lofty goal, but a worthy one with the potential to generate $80,000 of crucial support for our programs. We need your help to meet this matching goal and empower young entrepreneurs across our 60 chapters. This match is the largest our organization has ever received. Let’s rise to the challenge and make a profound impact in the world.
Thanks to supporters like you, Nourish has grown tremendously in the past three years, but our work is far from meeting the demand for our services and far from reaching the level of impact we aspire to.
Program Associate Ellen Moore, a former Nourish student from the Syracuse University Chapter, recently told a story that both saddened and motivated us at the National Office. Ellen participated in her Chapter’s Project with Global Health Response (GHNU) in Uganda this past summer. While the Chapter was building latrines for three villages, Ellen met a little girl who was blind due to an eye infection she caught as a newborn. These types of eye infections happen quite often in developing countries. In the United States, they are treatable and, if necessary, operable. But in rural Uganda, these infections often result in immense complications and cause blindness in infants. The baby girl was one of 20 infants that had to undergo surgery — an invasive and complicated procedure for a newborn in rural Uganda — because the infection was left untreated. She had both of her eyes removed and sadly, of the 20 babies that received the procedure, she was the sole survivor.
It’s hard to imagine the grief the 19 young mothers that lost their children will carry the rest of their lives. Ellen met many of these women, who have since turned their experiences into a commitment to improve the community. She said partnering with them was one of the most rewarding things she has experienced in her entire life.
The little girl, baby Leah — now blind — and her family were living in an unsafe home, sleeping on mud floors in a flood plain when GHNU found them. Ellen’s Chapter invested their Venture profits to work alongside the family and others in similar situations, in partnership with GHNU. The funds were used to help relocate the family to a safer homestead that could accommodate them; one equipped with a latrine that would be suitable for young women. Having an accessible latrine is extremely important, given that women often risk being kidnapped or suffering from sexual violence because they have to go out alone in the middle of the night simply to use the bathroom.
Why donate now?
As a result of Ellen’s experience in Uganda, she came to work at our National Office. Now, Ellen is on the front lines coaching 20 Nourish Chapter leaders across our network to implement sustainable development Projects effectively, lead their Chapter to success, and raise funds through small business Ventures. This summer, more than 50 students from her Chapters will have experiences just like hers. Ellen is on a journey to become a leader, change-maker, and an innovator in the fight to end extreme poverty within our lifetime. Nourish set her on that path.
At Nourish, we believe in a world where a child doesn’t have to die from a completely treatable illness. We belive in a world where a family doesn’t have to live in unsafe conditions, with the risk of violence, natural disaster, and communicable diseases. We believe that everyone deserves access to the basic resources needed to survive: water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education. We believe in opportunity, dignity, and always see the glass as half full. Labels of race, sexual orientation, and class do not oppress people in the world our Nourish students envision. In our world, love is a universal language, opportunities are rich, and violence is an exception. This vision may be idealistic, but it’s not idealism we fear, it’s apathy for idealism. There is a more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible, and we hope you will join us in creating it.
How you can help
1. Donate to Nourish by visiting Nourish.org/give between now and December 31. Your gift will be matched 1:1 up to $40,000.
2.Kick off your holiday shopping at shopnourish.org. The price of each item purchased will be matched 1:1 between now and December 31.
3. Share our holiday campaign with your friends on social media. We need your help to spread the mission of Nourish!
All funds will be invested in our mission to empower social entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. Leaders like Ellen and partners like GHNU will be able to continue to build the world we envision because of your gift. Thank you for your consideration of supporting us this holiday season and for the profound impact you make by partnering with us in this work.
Every year, the National Office holds a business plan and pitch competition among Nourish Chapters for seed capital investments in their innovative Venture ideas. This year, we were extremely impressed by all of the pitches we reviewed. Ultimately, we decided to award Ohio State University and Syracuse University $500 and $350, respectively, to implement their Ventures.
Ohio State’s business pitch detailed a plan to host their second annual ugly Christmas sweater sale. Last year’s sale was the Chapter’s most profitable Venture, earning them $800 to invest in their sustainable development Project in Ecuador. The Venture Fund seed capital will allow OSU to purchase additional sweaters at no further cost to the Chapter, meaning all revenue generated will be 100 percent profit. Akram Jabeer, the Chapter’s Co-Ventures Director, said he expects the profit to near $3,000 — a whopping 275 percent increase from last year’s sweater sale. “Receiving the Venture Fund gives our Chapter a boost in motivation as well as the confidence to approach every single Venture in the same demeanor as the Ugly Christmas Sweater Venture,” he said.
The Syracuse Chapter will hold its second annual Halloween costume thrift sale in the hopes of making it a tradition that students look forward to every year. The additional $350 will allow the Chapter to increase its supply of costumes and accessories, which will increase profitability of the Venture and help build the Nourish brand on campus and in the community. “If we didn’t receive this capital, we would have continued to launch the Venture, though with a smaller budget of $200,” said Ventures Director Eliza Kinnealey. “The Syracuse Chapter is so excited to be given this opportunity to scale our Halloween Thrift Sale.”
Boston College and Hope College received honorable mentions, earning them each $50 for marketing purposes. Boston College will launch BC Cupcakes, an online cupcake delivery service that will allow parents, students and friends to purchase cupcakes for events or loved ones on campus. Hope College will invest in an on-campus coffee cart, where they will sell local coffee and baked goods in dorm lobbies. Stay tuned for updates on their progress!
Dear Nourish Supporters, Students, Staff, Alumni, Partners, and Friends:
What a year we have had! I wanted to personally ensure you received a copy of our 13-14 Annual Report sharing highlights of our best year yet! With you, we saw the following success last year:
- Nourish Chapter on 60 campuses across North America
- Pilot Program launched at 5 high schools
- 800 Active Nourish Students
- 900 Nourish Alumni
- $106,000 invested in sustainable development projects abroad
- $167,000 earned through ventures with a 5:1 ROI
- 28 Projects completed in 11 countries
It is my hope that you see the magnitude of Nourish’s work and the integral part you and your support plays in furthering this work. As you read through this Annual Report, I hope you are filled with pride in knowing that you made this success possible. We are filled with gratitude for your belief in our mission and your commitment to ensuring the success of our students as they become global change makers and develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
My Sincere Thanks,
Kelly Leonhardt Phoenix