This study would not have been possible without the women and entrepreneurs who are, and always have been, the reason Hot Bread Kitchen exists. Huge thanks to the 60 graduates of our culinary training program and 20 alumni of HBK Incubates who provided invaluable insights and feedback about the qualitative impact of our programs. Without them, there would be no impact to measure. We are grateful for their continued dedication to our work and for being members of the Hot Bread Kitchen community.
Enormous thanks to Dana Archer-Rosenthal, a social impact expert and independant consultant who has spent her career supporting, strengthening, and deepening mission-driven nonprofit work. Dana led this impact study and was responsible for developing our interview protocol, methodology, and analysis. We would also like to thank all of the researchers who helped shape this study and conducted primary and secondary research, specifically: Grayson Caldwell, lead field researcher; Floee Skrzypek and Noah Best, primary research assistants; and the team of The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University graduate students and Hot Bread volunteers who conducted primary interviews.
In addition to conducting interviews with our program graduates and incubator alumni, several Hot Bread Kitchen staff members provided critical context and background on the history of our organization. Special thanks to Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez, Shaolee Sen, Jill Kaplan, Karen Bornarth, Kobla Asamoah, Kelsey Minten, and Kelli Kerkman for their support in this process, and to Margo Sivin and Jenny Kutner for designing and writing this final product.
We are also grateful to the supporters who made this impact study possible, in particular Fondation Chanel for funding our research and publication of this report. Thank you to each of the advisors and organizations that were willing to share their expertise and feedback as this report coalesced, providing vital critiques along the way. This study is better for your insight.
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Evidence for Action
Guggenheim Partners, LLC
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Robin Hood Foundation
Workforce Development Institute
Finally, to the funders who have worked with us to grow our mission over the years, we could not have completed this undertaking—or done any of the life-changing work we have done over the past decade—without your generosity. We thank you for your enduring support of Hot Bread Kitchen and your contributions to the women and entrepreneurs we serve.