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You can join the Deaton Institute in supporting higher education’s commitment to using its research and education capacities to address hunger and extreme poverty.

We welcome and urge you to join us today in our commitment to ensure higher education’s role in realizing the greatest achievement for humanity in the 21st century. Yes, it is within reach.
– Drs. Brady and Anne Deaton

The Deaton Institute goals envision higher education’s engagement in the challenges, the research, and the international development efforts to address hunger, and to build leadership at universities to implement policies and practices to improve food security, economic development and environmental sustainability in all countries.

You can donate to the Deaton Scholars Program on the crowdfunding page; your contributions will help the program to create life-changing opportunities for scholars. Beyond the experience of working in a small interdisciplinary group to affect change, the Deaton Institute supports their participation in national and global conferences such as Universities Fighting World Hunger and the World Food Prize, where they build networks with those who share their passion for food security.

The institute is currently funded primarily by the University of Missouri: the MU colleges support the Deaton Scholars Program at MU as it leads 55+ students each semester in interdisciplinary peer mentorship and project development. The scholars’ top projects receive seed funds thanks to generous donors, allowing teams to further develop and implement their projects to address hunger.

Deaton Scholars working in teams

“When the Deaton Scholars Program started, people thought we were crazy and they didn’t think the program was suitable for undergraduate students. Now, to see it have name recognition on campus, to see projects funded and people move on to graduate school with a focus on food insecurity or using some aspect of what they learned in Deaton Scholars beyond the program, has been the most rewarding part.”  – Holly Enowski, Deaton Scholar and program leader

The Brady and Anne Deaton Institute is also actively pursuing potential sources of diverse financial support from foundations, private corporations and other donors to build an endowment that will allow for the institute’s work to have financial stability. If you would like to talk to the Deatons about being a part of their legacy of fighting hunger, please contact the institute.