OUR WORK

What makes us different?

We are an organization of people brought together by food and food related businesses. We share a belief that we can use our knowledge and skills to improve the lives of impoverished children, those who care for them and the communities where they live.

At the core of our work is a belief that people – even kids – have the power to transform their own lives. We know that the best way to help kids in need is by supporting them as they change their own situations, and by building healthy, economically empowered community structures within which they can thrive.

We make existing organizations stronger, more efficient and measurably more effective. We leverage our entrepreneurial, culinary, mentoring and humanitarian skills — along with the funds we raise — to support the ongoing efforts of partner organizations.

We are currently collaborating with selected program partners in Haiti to advance projects that align with our core initiatives. Our areas of focus are:

  • Abolishing child slavery (restaveks)
  • Increasing the role of women in leadership and business
  • Reaching and empowering youth through sports

OUR APPROACH

We work on what matters, in ways that work.

We work at the root of the problem.
Impoverished communities have historically been challenged by cultural norms that block progress. Too often, organizations attempt to relieve the symptoms of poverty by giving more and more money — or shoes, or food or even houses — but they fail to change the mindsets that lead to and perpetuate poverty. C4K provides training, mentoring and practical assistance in developing critical leadership, business and strategic thinking methodologies, in order to build belief systems that empower people to change their own lives.

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“I had to leave school after the third grade and never had the chance to finish school or to learn a vocation. Today, thanks to this training program, I now have gained marketable skills. I am confident that now I can support myself and my child, whose father died in a car accident in 2012.”

C4K team members are proven leaders in effective methods of cultural transformation
Our Managing Partner Atema Eclai has deep academic qualifications as well as decades of practical experience in some of the most challenging areas of the world. C4K team members are not just managers and advisors. They are on-the-ground “do-ers,” who can ensure that change happens. Through effective project/program selection, we are able to:

  • Measurably increase the productivity of our partner organizations
  • Reduce the overall costs to run individual programs

Our approach to budgeting/funding is lean and targeted.
C4K has no office, no politics, no red tape — we work when our help is needed, where it is needed.

  • We have invested our resources in an experienced Managing Partner who can be deployed to any location without hiring additional consultants
  • Our Chefs, Board Members and other associates volunteer world-class expertise — entrepreneurial, logistical and culinary — as well as help us raise money for on-the-ground program resources.
  • Our Cookies4kids fundraisers go toward our administrative and operational costs. Private donations go directly to fund specific programs.


As Atema Eclai, our Managing Partner, said “Just get me to Haiti and I’ll find a place to stay — we don’t need all that hoopla.”


OUR PEOPLE

Dr. Atema R. Eclai
Managing Partner

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Shawn Davidson
Managing Partner

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Wendy Flick
Advisor

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Eric Justice
Co-Founder

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Restaurant creator/owner, including newest concept, SPORK; Industry Consultant

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Chef Tim Byres
Culinary Advisor

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James Beard Cookbook Award winner; renowned live fire and wood cooking expert, chef/owner of SMOKE restaurant

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Chef Tiffany Derry
Culinary Advisor

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Season 7 “Top Chef” fan favorite and “Top Chef: All-Stars” finalist; Entrepreneur and TV personality

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Chef Rick Koplau
Culinary Advisor

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Executive Sous Chef, Hyatt Regency; Head chef of Dukes Grocery in Washington DC

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Chef John Taylor
Culinary Advisor

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Director of Research and Development, Panera Bread; national food policy authority

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Nikki Logan Curran
Development

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Events & Community Outreach Director for Chef Paul Mattison’s catering/restaurant group

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COOKIES4KIDS

Creating a connection between kids in need and companies who want to help.

Make it as easy as buying a cookie — a seriously awesome cookie created by the C4K team of chefs and their celebrity chef friends.

C4K streamlines the process for chain restaurants to get involved, by partnering with custom manufacturers to create unique food products at cost.

The items — and they don’t have to be cookies! — are sold at regular retail prices and the participating chain donates the profits to Chefs4Kids.

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How it works – download our PDF

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JOIN US

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Altruistic support is essential to furthering Chefs4Kids. We rely on donations from you to help carry out our programs. Your generosity will directly change the course of an individual’s life.

In supporting Chefs4kids, you share in our commitment to changing culture through food and food related businesses. Together we will improve the lives of impoverished children, those who care for them and the communities where they live.

We are a transparent organization. By donating, you can feel confident your money will be used to directly support one of our programs.

Thank you for your support.


Chefs4Kids is a 501c3 non-profit

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

If you have questions about other ways to get involved, we’d love to hear from you, and will respond as quickly as possible. We also love comments and feedback on our Facebook page.

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