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About Us


The mission of The Giving Table is to empower everyone
to make a difference in the food system.

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About Us


The mission of The Giving Table is to empower everyone
to make a difference in the food system.

We support our mission by mobilizing food bloggers and other individuals to participate in social action campaigns that achieve collective impact. 


Nicole Gulotta

Founder

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Nicole is a grantmaker by day and gourmet home cook by night. She studied literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In addition to being a good food advocate, writer, and avid tea drinker, Nicole pens the literary food blog Eat This Poem. She works at family foundation in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and French bulldog.


Q&A 

Name five pantry staples in your kitchen right now: Extra-virgin olive oil, Parmesan, quinoa, dried white beans, raw honey

Favorite fruits and vegetables: dark leafy greens, cauliflower, avocado, summer tomatoes, strawberries, sardines, pumpkin

Food philosophy: Make as much as you can from scratch. Eat better-quality animal products less often. Let the seasons be your guide. Leave room for chocolate. 

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Manifesto


"When people are more conscious about their food choices, they can change the food chain."  
-Michael Pollan

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Manifesto


"When people are more conscious about their food choices, they can change the food chain."  
-Michael Pollan

We believe good things happen when you gather around a table.

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The Giving Table is a community of folks who love food.

While we celebrate the pleasures and possibilities of a good meal, we also acknowledge the challenges facing our food system. 

We know it’s complicated. Food is simultaneously personal, comforting, political, and destructive. Sometimes it’s easier to complain than to find solutions, but The Giving Table wants to change that. 

We are inspired by the potential food bloggers and individuals have to generate change in our communities and around the world, and want to impact the food system at all levels—from encouraging you to cook more at home, to educating you about the issues—and ultimately, supporting food nonprofits by helping fund their projects.


If you're asking yourself why you should get involved, consider these two words:
 

collective impact. 

When activism and philanthropy is done in isolation, it can feel like you're not making a difference. Worse, you feel like your single voice doesn't matter or your gift is too small to make an impact. That's where The Giving Table comes in. We provide the community you crave, an engaging giving model that fits seamlessly with your blog, and exciting partnerships with tangible results.

Through Causes, The Giving Table organizes opportunities for food bloggers to participate in short-term activism and fundraising campaigns that leverage the power of our collective readership and unique voices. Think of it like crowdsourced fundraising for the food sector. 


Blogs have power

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Bloggers are leaders, influencers, and changemakers. Remaining mindful of your time, we offer strategic, curated campaigns that leverage our collective readerships. Together, we have an enormous capacity to use our platforms for good.

Change starts at home

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The journey to a better food system begins as a series of small actions—choices we all make every day—that over time add up to long-term lifestyle shifts that will positively affect our food system for years to come.

Vote with your fork

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Activism is more than marching on Capitol Hill. It’s about having conviction and making choices that support your beliefs. In the case of food, once you begin a path to wellness—mind, body, and spirit—you’ll find that the more you learn, the more you’ll want to be part of the solution.


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FAQ


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FAQ


Why food bloggers? 

When it comes to impacting the food system, food bloggers are an untapped resource. The work they've done to build a platform and create community means they have the ear of thousands of readers each month. By joining together with one cause, the number of people we can reach and encourage to give back is endless. If you'd like to know more, read our manifesto.

What does it mean to "donate a post?" 

When you donate a post, you're committing to actively participate in the campaign. This includes writing a post, developing a recipe, and asking your readers to take action, both socially and financially. Learn more here.

Does it cost money to participate in a campaign?

Participating in a campaign costs you time, and money only if you choose to give. When appropriate, The Giving Table requests that bloggers and readers donate money to fund a food project. These are micro-transactions (less than $20), and you are encouraged to give according to your means. Learn more about our giving model here.

How often do you run campaigns? 

We currently run campaigns every few months. "Donor fatigue" is a term commonly used in the nonprofit sector, and we aim to avoid this by running fewer campaigns so as not to strain food bloggers' already busy schedules, and risk losing interest from their readerships.

How are nonprofit partners or causes chosen? 

Founder Nicole Gulotta relies on her grantmaking background to evaluate nonprofits prior to developing a campaign. Nonprofits are evaluated on program scope, financial stability, and potential impact, among other things. Ultimately, we look for projects with tangible funding needs that will appeal to our reader base.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. When you donate to our campaigns on Causes, your gift is delivered through its nonprofit partner, Network for Good, an industry leader in processing online donations. They are a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity and have processed more than $250 million in donations for 45,000 charities through their giving system. 

When did The Giving Table start? 

October 2011.

Where can I find information on past campaigns?

Prior to relaunching the site in January 2014, The Giving Table coordinated two campaigns which are archived here

My organization isn't listed in your giving database. How can I be added?

If you are a nonprofit organization working within the food sector, please fill out this form to be added to our online database.

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In which areas of the food system does your organization work? (Check all that apply)
If you a U.S. based organization, list the state in which you work.



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