Inspiring People to Get Active For Good
We’re inspiring people to get active and healthy while making an impact for severely malnourished kids.
Our mission is to provide companies and groups with activity challenges that utilize purpose as a motivator. We are connecting physical activity with a great cause, and we hope to double the global budget for Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), the main line of defense against Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM).
We’re creating programs that monetize physical activity of people all over the world. Activity tracked during challenges, by people being active, is converted into life-saving therapeutic food packets for children suffering from SAM.
About The Cause
Over 17 million children under the age of 5 suffer from SAM – Severe Acute Malnutrition, the most dangerous form of malnutrition. It causes 3.5 million deaths annually.
But there is hope! A 6-8 week feeding program (three 500-calorie packets of RUTF per day) permanently eliminates SAM for 95% of those treated.
With your help we can unlock more packets for kids who need them most.
Active For Good was started by the founders of MANA Nutrition, a non-profit organization that manufactures life-saving packets of RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food) to prevent childhood deaths caused by severe acute malnutrition.
In 2009, MANA raised funds to open a factory in Georgia. Today, MANA ships over 500,000 packets of RUTF per day through partners like UNICEF, USAID, Save the Children, World Vision, and Doctors Without Borders.
The idea for Active For Good came from a few sources, including a 2012 CNN report that Saddleback Church had collectively lost over 200,000 lbs. MANA CEO Mark Moore ribbed a friend saying that it was unethical for them to have “lost” that weight; rather, they should have donated it to help undernourished kids. The response: “Can we do it?”
In the summer of 2013, we attended the Unreasonable Institute, an accelerator program for social impact startups. There we developed relationships with a team of mentors and coaches who continue to be a part of the team and contribute in meaningful ways:
Rick Sterling added his wealth of expertise and encouraged us along the way.
Pascal Finette’s generous network connected us to amazing people at companies like Strava, Nike, and Jawbone.
Kevin Starr, of the Mulago Foundation, provided the first grant funding to help us pursue the idea.
Vamsi Sistla connected us to JP Morgan Chase, who invited us to their Code for Good and Force for Good programs. They provided key insights for building a wellness challenge platform for large enterprise companies.
Rajesh Anandan’s question – Why don’t we do that for kids? – began our relationship with the UNICEF USA.
Our team was instrumental in the launch of UNICEF Kid Power. Our team helped with ideation and building the platform.
Today, we are focused on two areas where we believe we can have the biggest impact: corporate wellness challenges delivered in the workplace and challenges for groups.
Partners and Advisors
We were welcomed by the Unreasonable Institute in 2013 for a 6-week accelerator program. The relationships with mentors, focused support and access to seed capital was essential for launch.
UNICEF became a partner in the Kid Power program. Calorie Cloud focused on the online platform experience and development while UNICEF focuses on the program rollout.
We are proud to be an SU Labs portfolio company. Singularity companies include startups using exponential technologies to address the world’s most intractable problems.
Active For Good was started by the founders of MANA Nutrition, a non-profit organization that manufactures life-saving packets of RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food).
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. They serve as one of our key partners in delivering impact for kids.
World Vision partners with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential. They serve as one of our key partners in delivering impact for kids.
Active For Good is a registered non-profit organization with 501c3 status and with EIN 47-1407209.
We are committed to running a business with aggressive growth and a sustainable operating model. Being a 501(c)3 gives us access to grant funding so we can deliver our solution at a lower price and demonstrate our clear priority of making an impact for health and wellness rather than shareholder return.
Want to talk more about this? Please email us at Info@ActiveForGood.com