The Concern Leadership Network (CLN) is a community of motivated leaders, advocates, and influencers who are bringing about positive and lasting change to families living in extreme poverty around the world. Our members are creative, caring, and inspiring individuals who help Concern increase awareness and raise funds. Today, meet CLN steering committee member Elizabeth Stoltz.
1. What is your current profession?
I’m an Account Supervisor at FoodMinds, where I provide guidance and support to clients on food and nutrition public policy, communications, and dietary guidance. We work right at the intersection of food and nutrition policy, media and scientific research. I spend a lot of my day thinking about ways to advance public health via nutrition, so being involved with Concern Worldwide is a natural fit.
2. How’d you get involved with Concern?
My relationship with Concern Worldwide dates back a decade! I first became involved as a high school student when I wanted to host a fundraiser to provide aid for childhood malnutrition relief efforts. I sent out e-mails to numerous non-profit organizations asking if I could create a fundraiser in their name and Concern wrote back immediately. Ever since that day, Concern has been nothing short of an incredible organization to work alongside. Over the past 10 years, that initial idea for a fundraiser grew into an annual charity event called “The Walk for Plumpy’nut.” To date, we have raised over $25,000 for Concern’s childhood malnutrition relief efforts in Ethiopia.
In addition to the Walk for Plumpy’nut, I’ve had the honor of being involved in several other Concern Worldwide initiatives as well. I’ve participated in the Spring Run and Winter Ball, was an annual participant in the Global Concerns Workshops (including hosting several at my alma mater, Ithaca College!) and was an intern for Global Concern Classrooms in the summer of 2011.
My goals are two-fold: to raise money in support of Concern’s interventions, and to learn from other CLN members who are pioneering other efforts to advance human rights.
3. Why did you join the Concern Leadership Network?
I joined CLN because Concern has been a nonprofit close to my heart for so many years. After working closely in support of Concern as a high school and college student, I was excited to have the opportunity to join other young professionals in advancing Concern’s mission in my hometown of Washington, DC.
4. What are your goals within CLN?
I love that CLN provides members with the opportunity to collaborate with people in different cities who have the same passion for supporting Concern’s lifesaving efforts. My goals are two-fold: to raise money in support of Concern’s critical and impactful interventions, specifically as it relates to childhood malnutrition and the Syrian refugee crisis, and to learn from other CLN members who are pioneering other efforts to advance human rights.
5. Are you working on any CLN projects right now?
I’m currently in the process of organizing a Syrian Supper Club fundraiser in Washington, DC. Over an evening of sharing traditional Middle Eastern foods served mezze style and personal stories, the Syrian Supper Club of DC seeks to raise both funds and awareness for the crisis displacing millions of Syrians. The money raised will support Concern Worldwide’s refugee relief efforts, and the stories told will raise awareness and inspire ongoing action among those in our nation’s capital. If other CLN members are interested in helping plan this event, I welcome any and all ideas and volunteers!
Learn more about the Concern Leadership Network and its founding members.