Project Bento was founded by Marcus Samuelsson, Derek Evans and
concerned chefs, owners and celebrities with Sage Plus to help create a coordinated resource to bring together the nationwide efforts of the charities, organizations and fundraisers which are supporting impacted businesses to help feed people urgently in need of food, and provide relief to the families and employees thrown in crisis now and through recovery.
Now, more than ever, we need to come together, build together.
Sponsors and Donors
Project Bento Campaigns Matching Fund Sponsors and Donors
Donations Benefit 501(c)(3) Charities + Support Our Staff Funds
Project Bento Campaigns have raised $4.8M in the last 3 weeks with a goal of raising $10M for urgent help needed now.
Project Bento supports 501(c)(3) Charities providing urgent COVID-19 help today
Employee Funds Directory
Project Bento Support our Staff is a matching fund benefiting employees impacted by COVID-19 that are urgently in need of help. and also showcases external campaigns that are helpingthose in need.
Interested in providing urgently needed help to employees today, contact us if you would like to sponsor the Project Bento Matching fund:
Are you running a Support our Staff fund? Apply to be featured on the Project Bento site and considered for the Project Bento Support our Staff Matching fund:
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Project Bento Fund
The Project Bento Fund is a matching fund created to help charities and employee relief funds in which Sponsors can choose exactly how to apply their funds—to all participating campaigns or to a specific region or charity or employees fund campaign.
Through their generous support, companies and people are making a meaningful impact on the lives of people in need of food and to the owners and employees devastated by COVID-19 with Project Bento.
Sponsors of the Project Bento Fund can select specific chefs, restaurants, businesses, regions and causes to benefit 501(c)(3) Charities and Support Our Staff campaigns.
100% of your donations on projectbento.org go to your chosen beneficiary 501(c)(3) charities and support employee funds. Project Bento is built on Sage Plus Platform that is charging a 0% application platform fee for participating nonprofit fundraisers for COVID-19. The beneficiary receives 100% of your donation less the payment processing and transfer fees paid by the charity directly to the payment processing service for your donation.
$250,000 to $1,000,000
Your donations to 501(c)(3) charities are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
What is Project Bento?
Project Bento’s mission is to help restaurants, local businesses and their employees most impacted by COVID-19 in need now and through recovery.
Project Bento helps bring urgent relief to those experiencing extraordinary hardship, by providing the first nationwide matching fund for campaigns supporting charities helping provide meals for people most in need and supporting employee support funds.
Project Bento was founded by Marcus Samuelsson, Derek Evans with concerned chefs, owners and celebrities with help from Samir Arora with the Sage Digital team and concerned technology leaders to bring together, all in one place, a way for sponsors and donors to provide funds to the COVID-19 related relief efforts by leading chefs and local business owners.
What is the Project Bento Fund?
The Project Bento Fund is a matching fund created to help 501(c)(3) charities and employee relief funds in which Sponsors and Donors can choose exactly how to apply their funds—to all participating campaigns or to a specific region, charity, restaurant, organization or employees fund campaign.
Who are the beneficiaries of the Project Bento Fund?
The Project Bento Fund, operated by Project Bento, will provide matching funds to participating restaurants and local businesses that benefit the following nonprofit charities: World Central Kitchen, CityMeals on Wheels, and Support Our Staff Funds.
100% of all funds raised through donations on projectbento.org will go to your chosen beneficiary 501(c)(3) charities and support employee funds that are tackling relief efforts and food insecurities.
Project Bento is built on the Sage Plus Platform that is charging a 0% application platform fee for participating nonprofit fundraisers for COVID-19.
Sponsorships and contributions received by Project Bento will be shared as selected by the sponsor with our charity beneficiaries, selected region, restaurant or business and employee relief funds and/or used to support Project Bento expenses to operate our platform and fundraising efforts. All Donations and sponsorships to the Project Bento and participating fundraisers from all sources may be included in the Amount Raised.
Who supports the Project Bento Platform?
So much of our desire to create a simple, effective way to provide urgent relief is due to the generosity of our founding organizers board and sponsors, as a result of their personal and financial commitment, all Project Bento operating costs are provided by our organizers board members and sponsors so that 100% of your donation is used to help lives.
How can I donate to the charities and employee funds involved?
You can submit your direct donation online at projectbento.org via a variety of payment methods, including online payment and credit cards. Donors can select campaigns on ProjectBento.org website, Sage Plus App, embed a donate button on their own sites, add a donate page to their sites and use their Instagram bio link to point to their campaigns. Donors can select the campaign, restaurant, business, region and choose the charity and/or employee fund you want to help support. Donors can also optionally pay for the payment transactions fees for charities and add a tip to Project Bento that charges a 0% platform fee for nonprofit fundraising and relies on the generosity of sponsors and donors to operate these services.
Where did the idea of Project Bento come from?
On April 23th, 2020 Derek Evans, CEO of Marcus Samuelsson Group spoke to Samir Arora, CEO of Sage Digital about the difficulties restaurants, businesses and their employees were facing along with people in need of food as a result of COVID-19 that led to the creation of Project Bento for the launch of HarlemServesUp with Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Derek and concerned chefs, owners and celebrities for charities, organizations and fundraisers for relief for restaurants, businesses and their employees.
Project Bento was created to be the first online destination that brings together, all in one place, the actions and impact of the COVID related relief efforts by leading chefs, celebrities, organizations and donors.
How can I join the Project Bento Movement?
Project Bento Founding Organizers hold the vision of Project Bento and are helping build the Project Bento Matching Fund to help people in need.
Project Bento Founding Sponsors include companies, organizations, individuals and family-funds that provide contributions to support campaigns, restaurants, businesses, regions, employee funds and charities.
Project Bento Participating Chefs, Owners, Leaders, Artists and Celebrities are helping build Project Bento, help create the Project Bento Fund, and play the vital role of sharing our our vision.
Project Bento Volunteers provide their energy and love to help people in urgent need.
How can a restaurant or business be supported by Project Bento?
Participating Restaurants and Businesses are nominated and verified by Project Bento to receive the Project Bento Matching Fund for campaigns for Supported Charities and Employee Funds.
Project Bento Campaigns Directory is a list of external campaigns for charities and employee funds that are promoted by Project Bento as a service to help highlight the efforts and impact of chefs, owners and organizers that are helping bring relief to people in need.
How does Project Bento report the impact of contributions?
Project Bento is founded on the principle of using smart technology to provide public data and tracking for campaigns, sponsorships, and donations for relief with live posts, videos and stories on the impact of these efforts.
Participating businesses need to provide daily meals created information using Project Bento best practices using the meal practices of charities and government requirements. Employee relief funds are required to pay the lowest earning members of the team first, then to rest of team, with no more than 30% towards business rent and utilities if they are open for business to create meals.
Project Bento provides 100% transparency and reports contributions, donations and charges publicly on projectbento.org