Food & Wine Prize Manager

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ORGANIZATION: Reach the World


Position Description: Food & Wine Prize Manager

Do you have a passion for global education and international exchange? Do you believe in grassroots programs that leverage volunteer energies for a social good? Are you excited by events and production?

Reach the World is seeking a young-professional volunteer looking to advance their networking, fundraising and event management skills for a 'team lead’ position of Reach the World’s 2023 Benefit Committee.

This volunteer position reports to RTW's Development Manager. Working approximately 5 hours a week, you have a flexible start date in early January and run until the gala in the spring. The position is unpaid. The volunteer who secures the most donations will receive two tickets to the event and is entered into the raffle!

  • Event Planning: Participate in bi-weekly evening meetings; lead the strategy for securing food & wine prize donations for the silent auction; manage other volunteers
  • Food & Wine Industry Outreach and Donor Management: Reach out to donors in person, through email and over the phone to secure a minimum of 25 food & wine prizes for the silent auction (restaurants, food/wine/candy/chocolate baskets, take-home dessert); leverage network to increase donations; manage relationships with donors in the food/beverage industry
  • Gala Volunteering: Volunteer at the event (unless you plan to purchase a ticket and attend)
  • Organized self-starter
  • Fearless communicator
  • Works well under pressure
  • Team player
  • Experience planning events and/or volunteering with a nonprofit is a bonus
About Reach the World and the 2023 Annual Benefit Dinner

Reach the World makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident global citizens. Enabled by our virtual exchange platform, classrooms and volunteer travelers explore the world together.

Every year since 2001, Reach the World has held an annual benefit to fundraise for the organization. The event includes cocktails, a silent auction, a sit-down dinner, and an award presentation at the end of the evening. This year's Cronkite Award will be given to a prominent honoree - stay tuned!

The success of Reach the World's event is entirely dependent on the volunteer Benefit Committee members whose work and creativity make the event possible. Volunteering for RTW is a substantive way to gain event experience, network with other NYC professionals, and give back to a good cause.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to . No phone, email, mail, or fax inquiries will receive a response. Thank you for your interest in joining Reach the World on its exciting journey!

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About Reach the World


222 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10007, US

Mission Statement

Reach the World's vision is to build a pipeline of globally-competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community. RTW’s mission is to build, deploy and evaluate a set of global mentoring programs that reach and engage disadvantaged students throughout the K-16 academic cycle. Since 1998, RTW has been a leader in the effort to ensure that all students are prepared to participate, interact and thrive in today’s global community and economy. To date, RTW’s global competence programs have served more than 15,000 students and 600 teachers. The program is headquartered in New York City. The National Geographic Society Education Foundation named RTW a Model Program in Geography Education.


Reach the World transforms the energy of volunteer world travelers into a mentoring and teaching resource for disadvantaged youth. RTW selects and trains a corps of volunteer travel correspondents each semester. RTW then makes one-on-one matches between these travel correspondents and classrooms in disadvantaged public school, afterschool and summer school sites. Through a highly structured, Standards-based program of web-based journalism, videoconferencing and collaborative project-making, RTW students go on virtual journeys with their global mentors and expand their worldview in the process. RTW also delivers technology and curricular support via classroom assistants drawn from partners such as Teachers College, Columbia University.

Most of Reach the World’s travel correspondents are college students on study abroad programs around the world. In 2009, RTW began partnering with the Institute of International Education’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to engage a select group of its study-abroad scholars as volunteer correspondents for the RTW website. The Gilman Program offers awards for study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. RTW also partners with the Fulbright Program. In the future, RTW envisions working with other college and university partners that share RTW’s commitment to community service and international exchange.

Reach the World also aims to redesign geography education for the 21st Century through its GeoGames curriculum. GeoGames is a family of geography learning games originally funded by the National Geographic Society Education Foundation and based on research by Dr. Susan Lowes at Teachers College, Columbia University. GeoGames won the Travelocity GENIP Award for Excellence in Geography Education, a national honor.

Have you traveled? Has anyone shared their travel stories with you? Has this affected your worldview? If you can answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then you understand the mission of Reach the World. RTW is capitalizing upon an existing energy in our society - travelers - and turning it into an educational resource for all children and teachers. Through Reach the World, the age-old tradition of traveling and sharing stories makes the leap into the digital age - and for once, disadvantaged students are along for the ride.


Board Development
Education & Literacy
Board Development, Education & Literacy, International


Mon Jan 09, 2023 - Mon Mar 20, 2023


Multiple locations New York, NY 10038



  • Customer Acquisition
  • Business Development
  • Professional Development
  • Event Planning / Management
  • Donor Management
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • 5 hours per week

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