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The Alumni Giving Circle is back!

The Challah for Hunger Alumni Giving Circle is a group of alumni who will collectively give 1-3 grants to non-profits fighting hunger in local communities. The Alumni Giving Circle will accept nominations from Challah for Hunger alumni, selecting 3-5 semifinalists to research and finally selecting 1-3 grant recipients.

Click here to learn more and nominate a local non-profit in your community! 

Click here to read Giving Circle co-leader Kate Belza’s reflection on the first year of the giving circle experience. 

Sneak Peak: 2016 Summit!

82 days until the 2016 Challah for Hunger Leadership Summit! We have quite the conference planned for this year. Students from across the country, alumni, friends from MAZON, West Chester University, Montgomery Community County College, OneTable and more are all coming together for three days of knowledge sharing, advocacy, networking, and of course, challah baking!

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our new advocacy campaign at this year’s summit! Challah for Hunger and MAZON have partnered up to create an advocacy campaign focused on addressing hunger on college campuses. Students will have the opportunity to learn from local and national experts and develop strategies and skills to advocate for change.
Every day that passes brings us closer to our favorite part of the year! We are looking forward to seeing all the challah faces we can at the summit this July! Students can click here to register.
To learn more about the summit, email Loren.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Sarah Glickstein

Sarah Glickstein is an alumna of CfH at Lehigh University. She recently joined the Schusterman Foundation in Washington D.C. as the Program Assistant. Sarah shares some of her insight from her experience with CfH, the best advice she ever received, and what she is looking forward to in her new position.

“Find your mentors and your gatekeepers.”’ I began connecting with mentors in my teenage years, keeping in touch with teachers and youth group advisors beyond high school. I truly value those who have been mentors and gatekeepers in my life thus far, and I know that I will continue to foster these relationships within the Schusterman network.”

Click here to read Sarah’s full interview on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Blog. 

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Belza

Kate Belza is an alumna of CFH and one of the co-founders of the UVA chapter. She currently works as as Program Associate at the Schusterman Family Foundation, in the Atlanta office. Kate recently co-led a Challah for Hunger alumni giving circle (her second year in a row!) and shares her experience as well as her thoughts on giving.

“Through leading the circle, I went from a consumer to a creator of the experience. I created a space for enlivening conversation, I led others to explore their own values when it comes to philanthropy and I crafted an experience that left Challah for Hunger alumni excited to do it again next year.”

Click here to read Kate’s full interview on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Blog. 

Alumni Spotlight Feature: Liz Smulian

Congratulations to our new Board Chair, Liz Smulian! Liz is an alumna from CfH at Emory University with a degree in Public Health. She is extremely passionate about challah, health and how the two of them together have helped shape her identity:

“I can say without pause that Challah for Hunger shaped who I am today and helped springboard me into my current career in public health. I gravitated towards public health midway through college to pursue what I loved about being an activist at the challah sales table.”

Click here to read Liz’s full interview on the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Blog.

Have you met Nathan?

Hello Challahverse, my name is Nathan Landay and I am excited to be the guest blogger of the week. I first encountered CfH on a college tour and sought out this “nifty” social justice/baking organization when I entered Occidental College as a first year.

I had the opportunity to start the 41st chapter (we now have over 80!) with fellow dedicated campus leaders. The highlight of my time at CfH as an undergrad was watching a new community form over the course of four years with individuals from all corners of campus who came together to help bake a difference.

I made friends with peers I otherwise would not have known while growing as a leader and developing my understanding of tikkun olam or repair the world. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to pay it forward and help create these amazing experiences for students as the new LA Program Associate.

Alumni Spotlight

Now that the CfH Alumni Campaign is up and running, we’re excited to share a spotlight with you! Bianca Pasternack is an alumna from Vassar College. She designed mouthwatering and creative fliers for her chapter and continues to share her creative talents as our go-to graphic designer!

Check her feature and other alumni spotlights.

If you’re an alum and want to be featured, tell us what you’ve been up to by filling out this form!

ATL Alumni Activity

Liz and Nick, two of our CfH alums hosted their first Alumni Event in Atlanta, GA. The event brought together new and old alumni to express their creative sides with a challah cover crafting activity! The afternoon was fun, messy and allowed alumni to make something beautiful together and take it home.

Do you want to host an event of your own? Contact Loren at [email protected] for more information!

Alumni: Nominate a non-profit to receive a grant

Did you know that 1 in 6 people in America face hunger?

In an effort to decrease the number of hungry Americans, the Challah for Hunger Alumni Giving Circle, a group of CfH alumni, are teaming up to give 2-3 grants of up to $5,000 to local non-profits fighting hunger.

The Alumni Giving Circle will accept nominations from Challah for Hunger alumni, selecting 3-5 semifinalists to research and finally selecting the 2-3 grant recipients. If you’re involved with or know of a local non-profit that is fighting hunger, now is your chance to support their work.

To nominate, you must be a CfH alum. The organization must be a registered 501(c)3 with a focus on hunger. You may nominate up to 3 organizations, each with separate forms. The process will close on July 31st at midnight PST.

Click here to nominate a non-profit today! 

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