Help The Motley Fool Raise Money to Support Growing Power

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$61,875 towards $60,000

The Motley Fool is planting seeds for wholesome food production and healthy communities with our 2016 Foolanthropy holiday campaign partner, Growing Power. Join us to invest in our communities!

WHAT IS GROWING POWER?

Growing Power is a Wisconsin-based nonprofit farm operation and land trust. It works to provide sustainable, affordable, healthy food, as well as jobs and training, to at-risk communities.

After a career as a professional basketball player and corporate executive, Will Allen started Growing Power in 1993 in Milwaukee, linking up local teens to his farm endeavor located a half mile away from the city's largest housing project. He hired the teens to work in his store and renovate greenhouses to grow food for their community, which was a food desert -- and Growing Power has flourished since.

Today, Growing Power has incubated farms in both urban and rural settings as well as greenhouses and community gardens in Wisconsin and Illinois, providing not only fresh, affordable food produced in a sustainable manner, but also jobs, training, and community outreach.

Every year, Growing Power provides more than a million pounds of greens, fruits, and vegetables. It also has aquaponics systems that produce perch and tilapia. In addition, Growing Power produces its own high-quality soil using vermicomposting, yielding nutrient-rich compost that blocks an estimated 1,500 pounds of food and organic waste from ending up in landfills.

OUR GOALS

We here at The Motley Fool have set up three fundraising goal thresholds: our $60,000 basic goal, our $80,000 stretch goal, and the $100,000 super stretch goal. With your generosity, together we can grow a better tomorrow!

Learn more about Growing Power by exploring their website (growingpower.org) or read Will Allen's book, The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.

UPDATE, 12/6/16: We've hit our first major milestone -- $10,000 in donations from awesome Foolish people like you! We're not there yet, but we're making progress. Let's keep up the good work!

UPDATE, 12/7/16: We've raced past the $15,000 mark! Thanks to each of you who have donated so far -- we could not be doing this without you. 1/4 of the way to our first goal!

UPDATE, 12/12: We keep marching forward -- and how exciting is this progress! Thanks so much to each of you who have helped us get past $25,000 today.

UPDATE, 12/13: Whoa, we're halfway there! $30,000, donated. We can't thank you enough.

UPDATE, 12/18 Way to go, we're two-thirds there! Over $40,000, donated to help this great organization. With your help, we are almost at the $60,000 goal and inching closer to the $100,000 super stretch goal. We appreciate your generosity. Please share the link to http://give.fool.com on social media and help us raise awareness for Growing Power.

UPDATE, 1/13/17: WE DID IT! We've hit our goal of $60,000 -- and on our final day of the 2016 Foolanthropy Holiday Drive, no less! Growing Power has received this money and will be putting it to work to help strengthen its programmatic offerings over the course of 2017 and beyond. Keep an eye out on their website for more updates -- we're looking forward to BIG things from them, and have been proud to partner with them for this campaign. We are so grateful to each of you who donated and shared campaign details to your networks. From all of us at The Motley Fool and at Growing Power, thank you so, so much.