FeelGood is a movement of passionate, committed youth turning our college experience into a time of effective global action. We’re developing our business, leadership and teamwork skills to run a successful social enterprise—a grilled cheese deli— to raise money and build public support for the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a plan to eliminate extreme hunger and poverty by achieving an economically prosperous, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable human presence on the planet by 2030.
The Sustainable Development Goals—endorsed by the World Bank, the United Nations and hundreds of other private and public institutions— are a set of 17 goals that merge the social, environmental and economic agendas to end extreme poverty by creating the conditions under which all life can thrive. The SDGs also make clear that it’s imperative we act now: Significant progress on all of the goals needs to be made by 2030 if we are to pass on a sustainable and prosperous world to future generations.
Every penny we raise through our social enterprises is invested in the Commitment 2030 Fund: A select group of organizations working to fulfill the spirit and intent of the SDGs—from eradicating hunger and poverty, to transitioning away from fossil fuels, to protecting our environment, to much, much more.
So if you’re in college and want to make every moment count, we’d love to talk. Start by filling out the application request form.
Every organization in the Commitment 2030 Fund operates out of an ethos of “partnership, not charity,” has a proven track record of sustainable hunger eradication, and is guided by four essential principles:
For more information on these four principles, download our whitepaper.
"I've witnessed the power of the FeelGood program. It fosters the very knowledge and skills we need to meet today's complex global challenges, and to finally realize the dream of a world free of hunger and poverty."
DR. JAMES MAYFIELD. CO-FOUNDER, CHOICE HUMANITARIAN.
"I am continually impressed by the complete and thoughtful understanding FeelGood students have of the complex issue of chronic hunger. This type of critical thinking from students around the country, combined with the passion and ability to creatively mobilize much need resources, is one of many elements fueling my belief that the end of hunger is within reach."
MARY ELLEN MCNISH. PRESIDENT & CEO, THE HUNGER PROJECT.
If you’re ready to add your voice to this powerful movement and become a social entrepreneur for the end of hunger, the FeelGood community will be there every step of the way to help ensure your success. Individual and team-based coaching, rich online and offline educational resources and experiences, investment capital, as well as access to a growing global network of experts in international development, business development and leadership training, are all available to get your social enterprise for the end of hunger up, running and profitable.
Earn up to $300 of investment capital, a deli enterprise start-up kit (value $450), and two full scholarships for the 5-day Big Cheese Summer Institute in August 2014.
Leadership training, conferences, webinars, international travel opportunities, on-demand consulting and support.
Marketing materials, operations and recruitment tools, online resources, curricular modules and training.
Access to our global network of committed social entrepreneurs. Membership in our alumni organization (FeelGood4Life) after graduation.
FeelGood accepts teams on a rolling basis. Accepted teams enter FeelGood's Launchpad, where they complete the initial steps for creating a thriving FeelGood chapter and social enterprise on their college campus. During this time, teams earn valuable "Cheese Points" that translate into investment capital; up to $250 of what they earn is available for Launchpad teams to spend on start-up expenses during the Launchpad itself.
Once the Launchpad milestones are successfully met, teams are recognized as official FeelGood chapters and are expected to send a minimum of two chapter leaders to the Big Cheese Summer Institute - FeelGood's annual 5-day intensive training. The next Big Cheese will be held in August 2015, location TBD.*
STEP 1: Request an application using the form below. We will then send you a link to the online form.
STEP 2: Complete and submit the online application.
STEP 3: Within one week of submitting your application, you'll be contacted to set up an interview between FeelGood staff and at least three members of your founding team.
The interview will be conducted by phone, Skype or Google Hangout, and will take approximately 45 minutes. Given the considerable investment FeelGood makes in each individual chapter, the interview is considered an essential component of the selection process. It is crucial that at least three members of the leadership team be present.
STEP 4: Within one week of the interview, you will be notified of your team's acceptance status.
STEP 5: Admitted teams will immediately embark on the Launchpad, be oriented to their leadership responsibilities and be introduced to our myriad support mechanisms.
*Participating in the Big Cheese Summer Institute is contingent on successful completion of the Launchpad. Cost is typically $325/person registration fee + travel. Upon becoming a chapter, your team is eligible for two full registration scholarships to help you meet the minimum attendance requirement. Cost of travel will still need to be covered; additional assistance is available. More teammates can attend at full cost.
BE FAMILIAR WITH OFFICIAL CHAPTER REQUIREMENTS. Before filling out the application, read the Official Chapter Requirements on our website.
APPLY AS A TEAM: A minimum of three confirmed leadership team members are required at time of application, and five leadership team members must be confirmed by date of application acceptance. No more than one leadership team member can be a senior, and all five leaders must be committed to being on campus the first full school year of operation.
FULFILL KEY TEAM POSITIONS: Your team must have at least five confirmed leaders at the time of your acceptance in order to fill these five essential roles: President, Deli Operations Manager, Treasurer, Education & Recruitment Chair, and Marketing and PR Chair. If your team is more than 5, we recommend two people share the role(s) of President and/or Deli Operations Manager. For more on the primary responsibilities for each position, click here.
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