Why we need diverse food security actors 🚜
This month, our
in-house writer Julia takes on the complex issue of food security, clarifying everything from what the term actually means to who is helping solve the problem and how.
She covers topics like the pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and even interviews a Canadian agronomist.
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Did you miss our Spring Givenar for Climate Action last month?
No worries, watch the
Thank you to all those who attended! We were thrilled to be able to talk "face-to-face" with some of our finalists and announce the winners.
Don't forget to turn on the subtitles!
Along with our role as a non-profit, Stardust Startups has also positioned itself as a non-traditional Donor-Advised Fund.
Every year, donors like you choose to contribute towards one or more value-aligned SDGs with certainty that the process is fully transparent and the relationships are human-scale.
With our proven track record of finding, funding, and supporting scalable solutions to global challenges, we provide impact-driven philanthropists with the power to make real change happen.
What sets us apart? Our human-scale and future-focused sourcing
“You want to make a difference in the
world, but you can’t find the right socially- and environmentally-conscious businesses to support.
We find impact-driven entrepreneurs ready to fulfill their potential and connect your financial power to them, giving you the opportunity to make real change happen
and see actionable results.”
What's going on @ Stardust...
➫ Our two microgrants for the Spring 2022 funding cycle have officially been awarded. Congratulations to PRA and BioAni! 🎉
Be sure to check out their project pages in our Impact Portfolio.
Meet Michelle Faerstein and Ramou Taal, our two newest Funding & Outreach interns! 👋
Camille: Which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are you the most passionate about and why?
Michelle: That’s a tough question, especially as all of the SDGs are necessary and are all inexorably interconnected. I’m passionate about the environment and nature, food security, gender equality, education and peace.
Ramou: Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-Being, and Climate Action. I
feel like I can make the most tangible impact with my mindful sustainable consumption patterns. And my career goals are definitely aligned with all three.
C: What are the attributes of your generation that will help find solutions to the pressing issue your chosen SDGs are aiming to achieve?
M: I think there have been many extraordinary discoveries, developments in knowledge building, movements for positive change, and people in history, and I’d like to believe that every generation has had and has many great things to offer our world, from the discovery and studying of global warming to
movements in social justice and equal rights to life changing medical inventions and more.
I think the 2 attributes my generation can bring to the table are building upon that knowledge, and the profound urgency we feel to address these issues. I don’t believe that any one person or group of people can “save the world” but rather that we must all work together and do our best by each other and the
We all must do what we can, when we can, however we can, to improve the world for every living creature on the planet and for the planet itself.
R: Determination and the will to act fearlessly. These attributes will generate tremendous impact and progress. We're not afraid to show others the truth about what kinds inequities are faced around the world and among marginalized groups, and the need for change/progression. We've seen this
determination and fearlessness yield actual results (policy or institutional change) during social movements like Black Lives Matter, climate strikes, women’s right to education, and many others.
C: What is your favorite part about interning at Stardust Startups?
M: I think my favourite parts are that we aim to improve the world, and the sense of warmth and community that the organization exudes, made possible by our wonderful team. It’s so important to me for the work that I do to be something I’m passionate about and that will make a positive difference in
Stardust’s focus on funding startups that specifically develop innovations in environmental sustainability, physical and mental health, and education infuse meaning into my working here.
It’s great to be part of a team of people who value the same things, and there is a sense of inclusivity and kindness and positivity in our small workplace community that makes working together a pleasure.
R: I feel like I have an actual hands-on part in the progression of the SDGs that I'm passionate about. And I love working with people who share the same values and goals as I do.
This goes beyond what I have learned about social entrepreneurship in school and I can actually put what I've learned to actual use!
➫ It's so wonderful to see Suppli's growth since having received our
microgrant back in 2020! 🥡
Read more about Suppli here and visit their website here.
Until next month!
Senior Director of Operations, Communication
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