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Foodie Philanthropy makes RFP available for 2024 Charity of Choice

Written by Mindia Whittier

The organization’s 2022 event raised nearly $70,000 for Methodist Justice Ministries.

Proposals are now being accepted for the Foodie Philanthropy 2024 Charity of Choice/2023 Charity in Waiting.

The deadline to submit applications is July 29.

The mission of Foodie Philanthropy is bringing together foodies for philanthropic causes. In lieu of the traditional gala dinner concept, the organization hosts a one-night event each year where patrons are invited to join a table of 10 at one of the many participating restaurants.

Each restaurant involved donates a chef-curated, three-course meal with wine or drink pairings. Patrons host a full table or purchase individual seats if available at their restaurant of choice. Proceeds benefit that year’s chosen charity.

The selected 2023 Charity in Waiting will be expected to participate in Foodie Philanthropy planning committee meetings between September 2022 and the February 2023 event to think about how to best maximize their network, board and contacts for the 2024 fundraising event. This planning period helps the benefiting organization to ‘hit the ground running’ when it becomes the designated Charity of Choice, raising more funds in the process. 

Charities in greater Fort Worth implementing programs that deliver a sustainable and positive impact for individuals in need will be considered. Foodie Philanthropy supports existing or newly-designed programs that are results-based, and that meet the overall objectives and criteria outlined in its charity selection guidelines. Proposals are only accepted from organizations that have been in existence for at least two years. Grantees should plan for their projects to cover the 2024 program year.

The selected organization will be expected to provide staff and volunteer support leading up to the event day, which includes hosting table packet pick-up and delivery, and restaurant packet deliveries. Additionally, the organization must provide a minimum of 15 volunteers to help on the day and night of the event.

Applications can be submitted online. Applicants meeting all requirements will be announced for a public vote Aug. 9-19. The results of the public vote are a portion of the selection process and do not entirely determine the 2024 Charity of Choice. Applicants are also reviewed by a Charity Selection Committee comprised of key community leaders and local chefs. 

The recipient institution for 2024 will be announced in September. The 2023 Foodie Philanthropy event, benefiting A Wish with Wings, is scheduled for Feb. 25, 2023. The 2024 Foodie Philanthropy event date has not been set. 

“We are excited to partner with a Wish with Wings as our 2023 Charity of Choice to help raise awareness and much needed funds that will allow them to continue the important work they are doing to help families have precious time together where they can focus on fun and family instead of medical treatments and illness,” said Joanna Crain, Co-Founder of Foodie Philanthropy.

A Wish With Wings was the first wish-granting agency in Texas. Since it’s founding 40 years ago, the agency has granted more than 1,700 wishes to young Texans with life-threatening medical conditions.

“A Wish with Wings is beyond excited to be selected as the 2023 Foodie Philanthropy Charity of Choice and is looking forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of deserving children who are facing uncertain futures,” said Judy Youngs, President & CEO of a Wish with Wings.

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Mindia Whittier