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Tenth Annual Campaign to alleviate global poverty gets underway at Whole Foods Market®

Whole Planet Foundation® provides opportunity for individuals to give back through microlending programs worldwide

AUSTIN, Texas (March 1, 2016) – Whole Planet Foundation is kicking off its 2016 Prosperity Campaign at Whole Foods Market with the goal of raising $3.5 million for microlending programs worldwide—enough to support 100,000 people with the chance to lift themselves out of poverty and start a new life. With a microcredit loan as small as $200, a woman can start or expand her business and improve living conditions for her family.

“We witness progress in global poverty reduction every year,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “Today 15 percent of the world’s population is living on less than $2 a day, and we want to change that. With thousands of shoppers joining our mission to alleviate global poverty through microcredit, we will see even more change as many small donations multiply over time, as the loans are repaid and re-loaned again and again.”

Through March 31, shoppers across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. can join the campaign online and in Whole Foods Market stores and communities:

Through $69 million in grants to microfinance institutions, Whole Planet Foundation has funded $­­­52 million in microfinance programs in 70 countries, positively impacting more than 7 million people worldwide. For more information about Whole Planet Foundation and the 2016 Prosperity Campaign, visit

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Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Philip is the President and Executive Director of Whole Planet Foundation, overseeing operations, programmatic direction and financial management.

Joy Stoddard

Executive Partnership Development and Internal Programs Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation.