One Acre Fund Honors Harry Kraemer with Farmers’ Humanitarian Award

by Matt Hensler
December 10, 2013

On December 11th, 2013, One Acre Fund proudly hosts its 7th annual Chicago Gala and Silent Auction, honoring Harry Kraemer, this year’s Farmers’ Humanitarian Award recipient. The annual gala gathers Chicago’s community of philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, executives, and members of the Kellogg/Northwestern community for an evening of music, dinner and presentations that celebrate both One Acre Fund’s work and the many people that support it.  This year’s event will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center and is expected to be attended by 300 people. 

One Acre Fund is an award-winning non-profit providing a ‘market bundle’ that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access to over 137,000 farmers and their families in East Africa.  One Acre Fund uses investments, not handouts, to generate permanent gains in farm income, helping Africa’s hardest working farm families achieve their full potential.  One Acre Fund’s programs, which impact over 820,000 people across Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, have won accolades and press from the Financial Times, Forbes magazine, and PBS Newshour, as well as funding from USAID.  In January 2013, the organization was listed #18 on the Global Journal’s annual list of the world’s Top 100 NGOs.

Harry Kraemer, the event honoree is a noted executive, author, and committed supporter of One Acre Fund’s mission.  Before joining the private equity firm Madison Dearborn as Executive Partner, Harry was CEO of Baxter Intl., a $9 billion health care company.  Harry is also a management professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and author of From Values to Action, which offers professionals a framework for values-based leadership.  All proceeds from From Values to Action have been donated to One Acre Fund.

Andrew Youn, the keynote speaker, is the Executive Director and Founder of One Acre Fund.  Honored as a 2013 Africa Social Entrepreneur at the World Economic Forum, and listed as one of Forbes’ Impact 30, the magazine’s inaugural list of the world’s best social entrepreneurs, Andrew will be presenting an update on the organization’s progress and sharing insight into One Acre Fund’s plans to reach over 1 million farm families by 2020.

One Acre Fund is a registered 501(c)3 organization.  Learn more at:

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