Give with Confidence
Give with Confidence
Founded in 1946, Freedom from Hunger meets the standards of the charity division of the Better Business Bureau and of the American Institute of Philanthropy. We are in good standing with Charity Navigator and full compliance with the standards of InterAction, the premiere association of international development and relief organizations based here in the United States. We were named by Worth magazine as one of America's 100 Best Charities. In addition, 131 international microfinance experts with Philanthropedia recommended 12 outstanding microfinance-related nonprofits working at the international level—and Freedom from Hunger is on the list.
To the staff and Trustees of Freedom from Hunger, no standard is more important than mission achievement. Throughout this website you can read studies that confirm our effectiveness in working with groups of women to support their efforts to end their families' hunger and achieve self-sufficiency.
We measure success on three levels: Impact, Sustainability and Scale.
- We continually monitor program progress using a technique called Social Performance Management and support or conduct rigorous impact studies on the outcomes of our efforts. Our standards of success: healthier families; improved household income; and groups of women who are empowered with knowledge, motivation and support to make positive and lasting change in their communities. All these impacts have been documented in scientific studies.
- Freedom from Hunger believes sustainability is best achieved when local people have been trained to implement the programs we create and local organizations have the capacity to deliver services in poor, rural communities on an ongoing basis. Freedom from Hunger is committed to transferring its skills and knowledge to people who are committed to working in their communities for the long term. On average, an in-country organization requires our assistance and occasional subsidy for about three years from the initiation of the partnership. Then they are ready to go it alone, enabling us to reach out to other areas in need.
- A billion people—one-sixth of humanity—struggle to get enough to eat. For some or all of the year, they must make heartbreaking choices—food or medicine, school or clothes, shelter or safety. No organization is large enough to reach everyone. That's why we believe in collaboration and leverage. We work in partnership with other large nonprofit development agencies to share resources and complement each other's strengths on large-scale programs. We also partner with in-country organizations, leveraging our technical assistance and training with their contributions of dedicated staff, logistical support and knowledge about local customs and challenges. And finally, we capitalize on the self-help determination of the women we serve. The women and families we seek to help are already working hard to feed their families and lift themselves out of poverty. They are ready to learn and make the most of every opportunity we provide. We don't have to support them endlessly—only equip them for success. They do the rest.