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Freedom From Hunger Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2012: Freedom From Hunger

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: FREEDOM FROM HUNGER

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Davis, CA

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Freedom From Hunger Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2012: Freedom From Hunger

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: FREEDOM FROM HUNGER

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Physical Address: Davis, CA 95617 
EIN: 95-1647835
Web URL: www.freedomfromhunger.org 
NTEE Category: Q nternational, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q32 (International Economic Development)
Ruling Year: 1947 


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Mission Statement

Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, we equip families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope and dignity.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, July 2013)

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2014

Total Revenue $5,290,401
Total Expenses $6,071,415

Revenue & Expenses

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Leadership

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Board Orientation & Education ?
Why does this matter? Without clarity around their responsibilities and expectations, board members are not positioned to succeed. They may find themselves challenged to fulfill their governance responsibilities or frustrated by the expectations that the organization has set for them. BoardSource recommends that every new board member participate in a formal orientation process, and that all board members sign a pledge or agreement committing to their board service and to all of the responsibilities and expectations that come with service. Ideally, board members also should participate in a formal governance training program prior to serving on a board.

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?
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CEO Oversight ?
Why does this matter? Oversight and management of the chief executive is one of the board’s most important legal responsibilities. The CEO or executive director is the board's single employee, and - just like any other employer/employee relationship - regular and written assessment is critical to ensuring that the chief executive and board are communicating openly about goals and performance. BoardSource recommends that boards conduct formal, written reviews of their chief executives on an annual basis, which should include an in-person discussion with the chief executive and distribution of the written evaluation to the full board.

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Ethics & Transparency ?
Why does this matter? A commitment to handling conflicts of interests is essential to creating an organizational culture of transparency. Boards should create and follow a policy for identifying and handling conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived. BoardSource recommends that organizations review the conflict-of-interest statement and require signed disclosures from all board members and senior staff on an annual basis.

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Board Composition ?
Why does this matter? The best boards are composed of individuals who bring a variety of skills, perspectives, backgrounds, and resources to tackle the complex and strategic challenges confronting their organizations. BoardSource recommends that boards commit to diversity and inclusion by establishing written policies and practices, which include strategic and intentional recruitment of diverse board members, continual commitment to inclusivity, and equal access to board leadership opportunities.

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?
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Board Performance ?
Why does this matter? Boards need to regularly assess their own performance. Doing so ensures that they are being intentional about how they govern their organization, which is a critical component of effective board leadership. BoardSource recommends that a board conduct a self-assessment of its performance a minimum of once every three years to ensure that it is staying on track with its roles and responsibilities.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

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Expert Assessment

Freedom From Hunger is making an impact in the sector through direct partnerships and support with other microfinance organizations. They work with organizations to develop training for their clients. Freedom From Hunger’s Credit with Education approach to training helps ensure that clients are supported holistically. The organization has worked to support innovation and transparency throughout the sector. Read More »

Expert Reviews and Comments

2012 Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit

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Evidence of Impact

Freedom From Hunger is making an impact in the sector through direct partnerships and support with other microfinance organizations. They work with organizations to develop training for their clients. Freedom From Hunger’s Credit with Education approach to training helps ensure that clients are supported holistically. The organization has worked to support innovation and transparency throughout the sector.

Educational Programming
Their impact is evident in their work on savings, and their strong commitment to using evidence to guide their decision making and planning. Researcher and Faculty
Freedom From Hunger assists microfinance organizations in developing training for clients. In 2011 my organization acquired a module of this training and field tested it thoroughly over a 7 month period. We are most pleased with the results; in particular, with the very positive response we received from our clients on the Freedom From Hunger training. Many microfinance professionals also have the highest regard for their work. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have an emphasis on providing education with credit. They are highly focused on social impact. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have a history of publishing papers on their research studies. The organization seems committed to being transparent about what it is working on and what it can improve. They recently collaborated with JPAL on a major evaluation of their program, which showed good success from their savings program. I believe that their education and training materials clearly improve lives. For example, their Credit with Education model supports training on health and on running the business. Their savings circles are also improving lives. Other
Facilitating Advances in the Sector
Freedom From Hunger consistently pushes the field forward to enhance their services and impact. For instance, they have promoted health services through an approach called Credit with Education. Researcher and Faculty
They have brought about advances in learning about financial education and literacy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Freedom From Hunger has been a major voice in pro-poor, integrated services over many years. Credit with Education and their other models have made significant contributions to the field. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Freedom from Hunger brings a strong evidence-based approach to innovation. It tends to produce evidence and information that is actionable with direct practical application. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

One of Freedom From Hunger’s many strengths is their clear commitment to strong research and evaluation. They are also great at identifying strategic opportunities that overlap with their other services. Their work in combining health services with their microfinance training is one great example of this, as is their strong partnerships. The organization’s staff and leadership are making excellent contributions within the organization as well as in the sector.

Information Driven Tactics
They have thoughtful, experienced leadership. They also have a strong management and research team. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have a strong leadership. They also have a great depth of knowledge around adult informal education, and how to combine health care or information with credit delivery. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have an exceptionally strong and introspective research and evaluation department. They also conduct academic-quality work. Researcher and Faculty
Excellent Staff
They have steady leadership and a strong research department. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Freedom seems to have weathered the transition from Chris Dunford's long leadership and has brought in a good CEO who seems to be getting off to a good start. They have some good people, such as Kathleen Stack and Lisa Kuhn Fraioli, who seem competent and have made good contributions to global dialogues as well. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The organization has highly committed staff with a strong respect for local institutions. Their training services are strong, and they are highly collaborative. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Innovative Approach
One of their strengths is their excellent use of partnering with in-country microfinance institutions to deliver their program. They backed away from starting their own microfinance institutions after starting one in Uganda and learning how much effort is involved. FFH is also an innovator. Currently they are not only providing health education, but also delivering health services at microfinance meetings, and offering loans for health needs. FFH is also innovating on how to reach out to youth in Mali and Ecuador. Freedom From Hunger has been an innovator in training and education. They understand that training gives borrowers direct benefits and a reason, to come to their weekly repayment meetings. Borrowers know that the content of the training will improve their health, and improve their business operations, through the business training. The Credit with Education health sessions improve the borrowers' health, which indirectly makes their businesses more successful as well. Other

Areas for Improvement

Freedom From Hunger (FFH) should work to secure a stronger funding base and revenue structure, as it has become difficult for many microfinance organizations to get grants. Some experts pointed out that FFH may come against some transitional challenges. For example, it may be difficult to translate pilot programs to various locations, or difficult to reconcile bottom lines. The organization could also benefit from broadening their outreach.

Stabilize Funding
They need to think about how to continue to generate revenue in an environment that is increasingly difficult to raise grants for microfinance. Nonprofit Senior Staff
A stronger funding base is essential for this organization. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improve Outreach
They could expand their outreach to a wider network. Researcher and Faculty
Freedom from Hunger has a presence in a limited number of geographies. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Transition Challenges
They have been strong over the years in clarifying their mission and bold about changing their business model to make sure they are in sync with their mission. However, it is sometimes tough to straddle the different worlds they straddle. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I believe they struggled for a while to find the right succession plan to long-time CEO Chris Dunford, but I look forward to the leadership of Steve Hollingworth (from CARE). They also were impacted by the 2008 downturn in the economy, which resulted in some layoffs. Working in multiple parts of the world it is always a challenge for any organization to translate one new pilot program to other countries. The youth pilot program is one example. Other

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