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Nourish International

60 Nourish Chapters!  

May 28, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Office Updates | By

We are thrilled to welcome 19 new Chapters to the student movement. Nourish will start the 2014-2015 school year with a total of 60 Chapters ready to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.


14 Colleges/Universities Joining the Nourish Network:

Barry University

Boston College

Brandeis University

Butler University

George Washington University

Georgia Tech University

Hillsborough Community College

McGill University

North Carolina State University

Texas Christian University

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

University of Oregon

University of South Carolina

University of Tampa

Whittier College

And for the first time ever 5 High Schools joining the Nourish Network:

Apex High School

Cherry Creek High School

Durham Academy

Grimsley High School

Providence Day School

Want to meet representatives from each of our 60 Chapters? Join us for our Summer Institute Banquet, August 3rd at 6:30pm in Chapel Hill, NC. You won’t want to miss this celebratory event. Learn more here

Nourish International is expanding to high schools.

January 17, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Nourish Office, Office Updates, Uncategorized | By

Calling all US high schools!

Nourish is your chance to engage in social enterprise NOW

We have an exciting announcement to make: Nourish International is expanding to high schools.

After being flooded with emails and phone calls from exceptional high school students and teachers over the last year, we get it now! And we agree: the passion and drive to make a lasting impact on poverty through social entrepreneurship doesn’t start once you step onto a college campus.

And so… Nourish has decided that the time is now. Starting today, high school students can apply to found a Nourish Chapter.

Interested in becoming part of the Nourish Movement? Check out this video!

We are calling all high school Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors who want to make a difference in the world – and who want to learn more about how Nourish uses social entrepreneurship to do just that.

High school Chapters will engage in Nourish’s model of social enterprise by running fundraisers and small businesses (that we call Ventures) on their campuses. Nourish Ventures are socially conscious and environmentally friendly, following what is referred to as the “triple bottom line.”

With their earnings, high school students will then invest their profits in their choice of Nourish’s many long-term, community-based projects impacting poverty around the world.

Imagine running your school’s first Thrift Shop, Hunger Awareness Lunch, or culturally focused dance benefitting poverty alleviation. What socially conscious fundraisers and businesses do you want to see at your high school

So if you’re ready to stop waiting for college and start making a big impact right now on your campus and on poverty around the world, apply today to found a Chapter at!

We can’t wait for you to join the Nourish Movement.

Do you know a hardworking, high achieving high school student who is passionate about making a difference now? Nominate any US high school Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior to become a 2014-2015 Nourish Chapter Founder here.

It’s the Season of Thankfulness!

November 15, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Alumni Spotlight, Chapter, Chapter Founders, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight, Ventures | By

Last month, we learned how scary poverty can be. We learned how a terrible natural disaster can have devastating effects on impoverished areas across the world. However, we are proud of the entire Nourish community and all that we’ve done, and continue to do, to uplift  communities living in poverty. It is the season of thankfulness and we would like to dedicate these next few posts to those in the Nourish community whom we are truly thankful for.

To our students— You go above and beyond everyday and dedicate your time to the Nourish mission and for that, we thank you.

To our International partners— Your connection to the community gives us the insight into all that we can do to help. We are thankful for your constant dedication and encouragement with our projects.

To our Board of Directors— Your wisdom, experience, and commitment gives us the support we need in order to fulfill our goals. For that, we thank you.

To our Dedicated Friends and Supporters— You give advice, donations, volunteer, and find any way to get involved to help nourish thrive, and for that we thank you.

In our world today 1.29 billion people live on less than $1.25, 884 million people lack access to clean water, 925 million people are malnourished, and 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. We are thankful for your help as we work to improve these statistics and create the possibility of a better world.

“You have the Power to Change your Campus and Change Your World.”

November 1, 2013 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Nourish Office | By

In the world today…

  • 1 in 6 people live in extreme poverty
  • 1.1 billion lack access to water
  • 1 billion people are illiterate
  • Developing countries have 1 doctor per 6,000 people

At Nourish International we are changing this.

Our mission is to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty. We are currently on 45 college campuses. Students run small businesses and have fundraising events to earn money. During the summer, students travel abroad and invest their funds to work alongside communities and implement sustainable development projects.

Here are some examples of Ventures on college campuses across the country:

  • Once a week from 8pm-12am the Claremont chapter organizes a café that sells food from local businesses, has live entertainment, and creates a space where students can study or hangout.
  • Emory College is selling mock cocktails at large social events on their campus. They thought a nice Mango Blast or a Sweet Tea Spritzer would be perfect for different on-campus functions.
  • Davidson College decided to create a business selling customized hairbands that double as bracelets to students on their campus. The Venture is called “Banded Together Against Poverty.”

To prepare our colleges for their Ventures we have many different opportunities. There is a leadership conference in August, phone mentorship throughout the year, a business plan competition in the fall, and much more. We do our best at the National Office to support each Chapter along the way.

We would love you to join the movement! To apply, visit

Application deadlines

  • Early Decision: February 1
  • Regular Decision March 31

The Nourish team is here to answer any questions you may have at 919-338-2599 or you can email us at [email protected]. To learn more please watch our Chapter Founders video at and  visit our website at

45 Nourish Chapters!

June 19, 2013 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Chapter Updates, Nourish Office | By

We are really excited to welcome new Chapters to the student movement. Nourish will start the 2013-2014 School Year with a total of 45 Chapters ready to make change on campus and abroad!

Joining the Nourish Network:

  • California State Polytechnic Institute – Pomona
  • Columbia University
  • Davidson College
  • Emory University
  • Hope College
  • Middlebury College
  • New York University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Idaho
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wellesley College

If you plan to attend the Summer Institute this August, you will have the chance to meet representatives from ALL of our new Chapters. Please share your experiences with our new students to welcome them to Nourish!

Cruisin’ for Chapters – Donate to the Expansion Campaign to Enter!

May 1, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Chapter Founders, Nourish Office, Office Updates | By

Cruisin’ for Chapters

Nourish is embarking on an 8 week journey to get to $100,000 and 45 campuses. We need you to join the fleet!

8 Weeks – 8 Cruises – $50,000 more to go and the stakes just got higher!

Donate between May 1st and June 30th to enter to win one of 8 Cruises for two that Nourish will be giving away each week! The grand prize will be drawn on June 30th for a hotel stay plus a cruise.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a donation of $25 or more to our Expansion Campaign to support our growth to new campuses and sustaining new programs. You can donate here.
  2. The first six donations of $1,000 or more made between May 1 – June 30th will automatically receive a cruise.
  3. Each donation enters into a weekly drawing that will continue for eight weeks. Every $25 donated equals one entry into the pool. For example, if you donate $100, you would have four entries into the pool.
  4. Each week Nourish will pick a winner from the pool of donors.
  5. The weekly winner will get a 7 night, 8 day cruise of their choice for two people leaving out of the major port of their choice. Winners can choose from the Mexican Riviera, Baja California, Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean. Please note – Blackout dates include major US holidays. Cruises are valued at $2,000 each; winner is only responsible to cover port fees/taxes (roughly $300).
  6. Winners will be contacted weekly and will have one week to claim their prize of a cruise for two from Nourish International.


  1. Donations must be $25 or more to qualify for the drawing.
  2. All donors must supply their email address and phone number in the event they win so we may contact them. Nourish will keep all lists and contact information confidential to protect all entrants.
  3. The contest is open to all that support our Chapter Expansion Campaign and leveraging higher impact on student innovators and communities in need.
  4. There is no limit on the number of entries/donations between now and June 30th, 2013.
  5. Any amount above $10 for each donation/entry is tax deductible under federal IRS guidelines.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions!

Certificate Terms


1. This Cruise Vacation Getaway offer is valid for a 3, 4, 5 or 7-night cruise for two adults (double occupancy required). Accommodations are an entry-level, inside cabin. Upgrades to higher category inside, ocean view or balcony cabins may be available for an additional charge.

2. To be eligible for this offer, passengers must be 21 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license and a major credit card. Offer is valid for U.S. and Canadian residents only. United States travelers need proof of citizenship in the form of a valid passport. U.S. resident aliens need an Alien Resident Card. Non U.S. aliens need a valid passport and valid U.S. Multiple Re-Entry Visa. U.S. resident aliens and non U.S. aliens must contact the appropriate consulate to inquire about necessary travel documents.

3. The Cruise Vacation Getaway expires 12 months from your registration date and travel must be completed by that date.

4. All reservation requirements in this cruise certificate must be met. A minimum of 120 days advance notice is required to begin the process.

5. Cruises departing from Galveston, Tampa, New Orleans, Jacksonville and New York have limited availability and surcharges may apply. These fees must be paid immediately once your request has been made and cruise has been reserved. Fuel surcharge additional, if applicable.

6. This program is for promotional use only and cannot be redeemed for cash. Terms and Conditions are subject to change.

7. Airline tickets, airport transfers, gratuities, parking and miscellaneous expenses are not included. Sailings are available on selected dates with an additional charge per person for high and peak season, if and when available. Not applicable for holiday sailings. Offer is capacity controlled and is subject to availability.

8. Only one travel cruise certificate per household may be used in a 12 month period. This offer is not valid for groups and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional travel package.

9. This offer is void where prohibited by law. No other representations, oral or otherwise, are valid in conjunction with this offer. The certificate number and expiration date on the form must be completely filled out by the participating sponsor to validate your Cruise Vacation Getaway.

10. Business Incentive Group is not to be held responsible for any act of God and/or any other circumstances beyond its control which cause the cruise to become unavailable. Business Incentive Group reserves the right to substitute the components of the vacation and vary the itinerary should circumstances so require.

11. Cancellation and change fees may apply once your reservation has been booked and confirmed. Cruise recipients and those passengers booked in the same cabin are required to abide by specific cruise line cancellation and refund policies, name change fees, etc., as outlined in the cruise line brochure.

12. Costs associated with this Cruise Vacation Getaway are as follows: (1.) The registration fee stated above. (2.) A one time $79.95 per person administration charge payable within 60 days of the registration date to Business Incentive Group. (3.) NCF’s* and government taxes plus applicable cruise/agency fees that range between $39 – $129 per person (double occupancy) from Miami, Port Canaveral, Los Angeles or San Diego due when submitting final documentation to the cruise agency. (4.) A cruise deposit of $75 is required by the cruise booking agency and is applied toward the cost of your Cruise Vacation Getaway. Deposit is non-refundable.

This certificate MUST be registered before the expiration date to be valid.

You are required to register your name and certificate number with us and pay the registration fee below. No booking is required at this time.


More 12-13 Chapter Founders

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Student Spotlight | By

Nourish is thrilled to announce another 5 of our 2012 Chapter Founders who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to found Nourish Chapters on their campus. We are so excited to welcome the Claremont Colleges, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh to the Nourish family!

Manya Janowitz is entering her sophomore year at Pomona College in Claremont, California, studying International Relations and French. Manya has always been interested in equality and social justice. Recently, she has expanded her interests globally and has begun to focus on sustainable development in college. She came across Nourish International and immediately fell in love with its mission, work, and model. She could not be more excited to bring it to the five Claremont Colleges and is confident the chapter will blossom and thrive. An avid actress, her passions include theater, tea, and yoga. Manya will continue to fight for a more equitable allocation of the world’s resources throughout her life, and she thinks the power we have to create change is astounding.


Jacob Fiksel will be a sophomore at Pomona College next year. He is majoring in economics with a minor in mathematics. Combating global poverty through sustainable community projects became his true passion after volunteering for six weeks in a Paraguayan community in the summer of 2010. In his free time he enjoys exercising, enjoying the company of his friends, and listening to music. Some of his favorite artists include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Nas, and the Notorious BIG. He cannot wait to bring Nourish to the Claremont Colleges to work with fellow students on building a successful venture and fighting global poverty.

Carli Coughanowr is a junior at Indiana University studying Psychology and Pre-Medicine and completing a minor in Chemistry. While visiting UGA on her spring break 2012, Carli was introduced to Nourish International. She immediately knew Nourish would be a great fit at Indiana University. Carli decided to found the chapter with Mallory Harnish, a very good friend. She is very excited to see the variety of students that will become involved in the nourish chapter. Over the summer of 2012 Carli will make her second short-term mission trip to Poland. The first trip gave her the passion she has for international work on eradicating poverty. With the free time Carli has, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, taking runs on the beautiful IU campus, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Carli wishes to practice medicine internationally one day and is excited to see where the new Nourish chapter will go at IU!


Mallory Harnish is entering her junior year at Indiana University majoring in Accounting and Finance. Coming into college as a freshman Mallory got involved in many organizations but wanted to find an organization fully focused on giving back and addressing global poverty. When she found Nourish International, Mallory knew this organization would be great for her campus. In her free time Mallory enjoys working out, listening to music, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, camping, and being outdoors.


Alex Deuley is starting her sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is undecided on her major but is considering Business, Economics, and Spanish.  She has never left the country but has big travel plans in her future.  Alex is very excited to propel into the fight against poverty and to bring such an engaging organization to Pitt’s campus.  She has great faith that the message and principles of Nourish will be well-received and supported by the student body.  In her free time, Alex enjoys playing any sport, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

New Chapter Founders for 12-13

May 14, 2012 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Student Spotlight | By

Nourish is thrilled to announce 5 of our 2012 Chapter Founders who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to found Nourish Chapters on their campus. We are so excited to welcome the University of Minnesota, Randolph-Macon College, Juniata College, and Boston University to the Nourish family!

Read on to learn more about these Chapter Founders:

Hanna Mihalko is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Genetics with a minor in Spanish Studies. While studying in Ecuador this past year, she was confronted with the devastating lack of basic needs in many communities. As she left Ecuador, Hanna was motivated to join the global fight to eradicate poverty and found Nourish as a practical way to pursue this dream. In her free time, Hanna loves to go biking in Minneapolis, hike along the Mississippi river, and cook with her friends.


Valeria Vargas Brenes is a United World College graduate that is currently a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College, VA. She’s from Costa Rica but lived in Norway for two years while studying at RCNUWC. Her majors are Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Film. She was part of the founding group of the Peñas Culturales in Costa Rica and preformed her own poetry in these events for about three years. Valeria is excited to serve as Chapter Leader for the Nourish International Chapter at R-MC.



Shuyan Zhan is a rising sophomore in Randolph-Macon College. She is double-majoring in French and Econ/Business and minoring in English. As a Chinese student currently studying in the US, she is always fascinated by cultural encounters and is thrilled by the possibilities that Nourish International offers to foster outreach between different communities. She has a deep understanding of poverty and passion for a possible solution for the problems in impoverished areas. She is eagerly looking forward to the successful launch of Nourish on her campus.



Andrea Morillo is entering her sophomore year at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA studying Integrated Media Arts with an emphasis in Business. As a Honduran, she’s always been aware of poverty and has always known she would dedicate her life to improving the living conditions of those in need. She is extremely grateful for her education and she withes to provide other Hondurans with opportunities for education. She strongly believes in Nourish’s capacity to make a difference and she’s extremely excited to be a part of it. In her free time she enjoys drawing, traveling and spending time with her family.



My name is Pooja Shah, and I will be a junior at Boston University in the 2012-2013 academic year, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  My dream is to become a Doctor and ultimately join Doctors Without Borders.  In my free time, I enjoy dancing, reading, and going home to CT to spend time with my family.

My passion for international healthcare stemmed from traveling to India and understanding that underprivileged communities in Third-World Countries need and deserve our help the most.  I love to teach, and I believe that education and the appropriate resources are critical tools in building a successful and sustainable community. I believe that Nourish is the key to providing these tools and making a lasting global impact.  I am excited about bringing Nourish to BU, and I believe that it will flourish here because BU is an integrative university with students passionate about facilitating change.

Featured Alumni: Carolyn Brown

June 23, 2011 | Posted in Alumni Spotlight, Chapter Founders | By

Carolyn Brown first found out about Nourish through a friend at the University of Michigan. “Nourish was in its first year at Michigan, so it was a great opportunity to get heavily involved as a freshman,” says Carolyn. “Since the group was small, I felt that my voice was heard and appreciated. I had equal say in the daily activities of ventures as well as project planning.”

When Carolyn transferred to Brown University the following year, she knew she wanted to continue working with Nourish. Specifically, she liked that Nourish’s development model is community-based and revolves around local people knowing what works best for them. Carolyn decided to apply to found a Nourish Chapter at Brown.

The biggest obstacle Carolyn encountered as she began her chapter was getting Nourish approved as a student group by the university. That year, Brown changed its policies to prohibit student groups who took money from the Brown community and invested it elsewhere. Carolyn met with several deans and the head of the Student Activities Office to counter this policy. Her perseverance paid off, and she convinced university officials to create a new student group category for service organizations that could raise money on campus but would not receive funding from Brown.

Another setback occurred for Carolyn during her chapter’s first year when their summer project partner chapter folded in the midst of trip preparations. The Brown chapter scrambled to find a new partner at the last minute and ended up having a very successful partnership with Cornell University in El Salvador.

Carolyn Brown in Honduras

After her first year as the Brown chapter leader, Carolyn also went on to serve as co-international projects director and treasurer.

“Nourish provided me the opportunity to understand what truly motivates me, which is collaborative service and development,” says Carolyn. “I’m pursuing a career in public health, so the fundamental lessons I’ve learned through both developing and implementing Nourish projects will be directly useful as I go on to conduct studies and interventions in the health sector later on.”

Carolyn highly encourages college students to get involved with Nourish International. “Nourish has honestly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career, and the only way to truly benefit from all it has to offer is to totally immerse yourself in the cause and trust in the experience,” she says. “Not every aspect of Nourish’s work is going to be fun or perfect by any means, but if I hadn’t pushed through the challenges, I would not have had the chance to grow and benefit from this amazing organization and all the people involved both here and abroad.”

Carolyn is currently working for the Harvard School of Public Health on a research study in Tanzania, examining the impact of vitamin A supplementation on decreasing neonatal mortality and other health indicators. She hopes to return to work in Boston in the fall and will continue to support the Brown Nourish chapter from there.

Four New Nourish Chapters for 2011-2012

June 9, 2011 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Chapter Updates | By

Nourish is thrilled to add four new chapters for the 2011-2012 school year! Students at the University of Kansas, the University of California-Santa Barbara, Rice University, and the University of South Florida are excited to begin ventures in the fall. The National Office is grateful for the hard work and dedication shown by the Chapter Founders intern team in their recruitment and selection help!

Read on to learn more about the Chapter Founders:

Adam Nicholson with son Joshua

Adam Nicholson is entering his junior year at the University of Kansas. He is majoring in sociology with a minor in peace and conflict studies. In the fall, Adam will be entering the McNair Scholars Program and hopes to one day obtain a PhD in sociology. Before coming to the University of Kansas, Adam spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and did two tours of duty in Iraq. His experiences overseas are a major part of his passion for developing impoverished areas. Adam is married and has an 8-month-old son, Joshua.

Miya Sommers

Miya Sommers is a first-year student at the University of California-Santa Barbara and is double-majoring in global studies and cultural anthropology. Growing up, she dreamed about joining the Peace Corps. Upon entering college, her desire to combat poverty on a global scale focused her interests into sustainable development, with a special focus on agriculture and the environment. She desires a world where all people have enough to eat while still preserving the beauty of our planet. When not dreaming up ways to save the world, Miya loves to do Polynesian dance, wrestle, or watch Doctor Who. She is excited about bringing Nourish to her campus and can’t wait to watch it grow.

Victoria Delgado

Victoria Delgado is a sophomore at Rice University in Houston, Texas, studying economics and Hispanic studies. Overwhelmed by the number of different clubs and organizations on her campus, she stumbled upon Nourish International and was inspired to start her own chapter.  She is confident that her campus will embrace Nourish’s message and is thrilled to be a stitch in the fabric of the movement to eradicate global poverty. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the gym, sharing movies and music with her friends, and trying desperately to teach her German Shepherd new tricks. She ultimately wants to spend several years abroad working with the Peace Corps after graduation. Victoria is excited that Nourish will help her acquire skills that will facilitate success in future humanitarian work.

Adrienne Mael

Adrienne Mael is a graduate student at the University of South Florida working on a degree in applied anthropology. Her passions include international development and working side-by-side with local communities to create sustainable change. Before she started graduate school, Adrienne worked for an international volunteer organization, which sparked her interested in development from the perspective of the volunteer. Her current research is on volunteer satisfaction and retention. Adrienne has been lucky to travel to West Africa and Central America, where she worked on development projects with schools, orphanages, and women’s empowerment movements. Adrienne is excited to be working with Nourish International and starting on a new international development project.