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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for

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Formerly known as:
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505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2100
Suite 2100
New York, NY 10018
Year, State Incorporated:
1975, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Promotes effective and innovative community based solutions that create self-reliance, economic justice, and food security. "

Evaluation Conclusions

WhyHunger meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


WhyHunger builds the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment. Founded in 1975 by the late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and current Executive Director Bill Ayres, WhyHunger works to put an end to hunger suffered by nearly 50 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide through the following programs: The National Hunger Clearinghouse collects, develops and distributes information and resources to help build the capacity of emergency food providers to address the immediate needs of struggling families and individuals while promoting self-reliance and access to healthy food. The Clearinghouse includes the National Hunger Hotline, (1-866-3 HUNGRY or 1-866-348-6479), which refers people in need anywhere in the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, government programs, and model grassroots organizations. The Grassroots Action Network provides capacity building services, mentoring, training opportunities, and technical assistance to organizations that are actively forging new ideas to transform communities and end hunger and poverty. Together with a network of more than 8,000 grassroots organizations, we share their innovations, mobilize resources, and connect them to each other in order to support their work to build healthier, sustainable communities that develop local food systems and strengthen local economies. The Global Movements program works through international and U.S. civil society networks to link WhyHunger’s domestic work on hunger and poverty to global movements for food sovereignty and the basic rights to food, land, water, and sustainable livelihoods for all people. Artists Against Hunger & Poverty enlists performing artists to raise funds and awareness for the most innovative and effective community-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty on the frontlines in cities, towns, and villages all across the world. WhyHunger offers artists, the artist community, and the music industry an opportunity to take a stand by using their voices and resources effectively –doing what they already do so well. Through music we can all make a difference in the world. A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, WhyHunger receives funding from individuals, corporations, private foundations,performing artists and the federal government.


Chief Executive Officer:
Mr. Bill Ayres, Chief Executive Officer
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Brian McMorrow
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Professional Engineer, Bohler Engineering
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, internet
Fund raising costs were 5.6% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,442,150, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on WhyHunger's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  

Foundation Grants and Corporate Donations


Artists Againts Hunger & Poverty/Hungerthon


Royalty Income


United States Agriculture Grant


Individual Contributions


National Clearinghouse contract


Special Events


Fiscal Sponsorship Fees


Interest and Other Income


Net Realized and Unrealized Gains on Investments


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Artists against Hunger and Poverty/Hungerthon


Grassroots Action Network


Global Movements


National Hunger Clearinghouse


Thono O' Odham Community Action


Harry Chapin Self Reliance Awards


General Media for Program Services

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Income in Excess of Expenses




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 90%  Fund Raising: 6%  Administrative 4% 
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Beginning net assets $1,071,890
Ending net assets 2,367,167
Total liabilities 456,287

Total assets



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