You may remember me from TEDxGreenville 2011. It was an honor to speak about my passion, The Power of Collective Action, as realized through my story of starting a non-profit, Dining For Women. You may even have wondered, so what is she up to? Where is she now?
In 2011, Dining for Women (DFW) had about 200 chapters, and had recently achieved the milestone of having raised one million dollars for our featured programs. Since then, DFW has continued to grow at a rapid pace, primarily by word of mouth, but also from unsolicited media attention, which we’ve been fortunate enough to receive since DFW was included in the first national scan on giving circles, in 2005.
In February 2012, DFW was featured on NBC Nightly News, in Brian Williams’ segment, Making a Difference. That one television exposure brought explosive growth in the number of chapters and in the amount of money we were raising for our featured programs! At that time, we had 238 chapters, and by the end of 2012, we had over 350 chapters. In September 2012, as a result of the growth in membership and program revenue, generated from the NBC segment, we were able to begin funding more than one program per month! We now fund 21 programs per year.
In September 2013, I was featured in People Magazine’s Heroes Among Us article, inspiring hundreds more inquiries about DFW membership and chapter launches.
To date, we have raised over 2.8 million dollars. There are currently 409 chapters and over 8,000 members. In the last twelve months, DFW has directly impacted the lives of 47,000 women and girls. We are thrilled that DFW’s mission of promoting gender equality and reducing global poverty resonates so deeply with so many. Our innovative model of social, educational and philanthropic activities centered around potluck dinners is a very simple yet powerful concept.
My vision is to see DFW continue to grow; increasing awareness of the power of women and girls in ensuring social and economic development and security when given the resources to uplift themselves, their families and communities.
With this post, one in a series of past TEDxGreenville presenter updates, we hope to answer questions that we’ve asked a lot and have heard from many of you, So, they shared their idea/performance, what then? What have they been up to? Where are they now?