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Every year at Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table—our annual event to raise awareness and critical resources for marginalized women and their families worldwide—we take the opportunity to honor those who have taken action to help bring self-reliance and hope to those affected by hunger, climate change and poverty with the Noble Globe award.

So just how can you get your hands on a Noble Globe? Here are a few things outstanding individuals like actress Diane Lane, chef Tom Colicchio, and upcoming honoree Patrick Rothfuss have done to deserve the award:

Patrick Rothfuss holds a lamb
Together with thousands of readers, authors, gamers, and geeks, Rothfuss has raised more than $3.5 million for Heifer International.

Use Your Voice

It may seem like one person or one dollar wouldn’t go far to change the world. The truth is, we’re only going to accomplish missions like ending poverty or empowering marginalized women by working together. People have to know about the issues in order to collectively take action, and single voices like author Patrick Rothfuss or Ian Somerholder have inspired millions to come together and make a real difference.

Use Your Resources

Philanthropy is more than simply giving money away–it’s investing in the future. The well-being of our planet and future generations depend on our determination to imagine a better world and make sure it happens by giving time, money and passion to our goal, and we honor folks like Tai Lopez and Chris Gero for investing in the vision of a world beyond hunger and poverty.

Use Your Brain

Even when the desire and resources needed for making change are there, it’s still a complicated road. Making policies, understanding cultures, gathering data, creating technology and making sure all voices are heard while turning the idea of ending poverty into reality requires the talents of the best and the brightest among us. Noble Globe honoree Annie Griffiths uses photography to bring the stories of those in poverty to the forefront, and this year’s keynote speaker Ambassador Deborah Birx, M.D., is a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Join us at Beyond Hunger this year to show your support for our honorees and to help empower women around the world.   

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Molly Fincher

Molly writes stuff for Heifer International's website, magazine and blog.