SAFSF amplifies the impact of philanthropic and investment communities in support of just and sustainable food and agriculture systems, and the SAFSF Forum is the only national gathering for and by funders supporting just and sustainable food systems change. The Forum challenges participants to understand the need for grantmakers and investors to take on risks in order to co-create more resilient, sustainable, and equitable food systems—and at the same time, provides space to cultivate connections with peers so that no one organization is going it alone.
The three-day Forum offers many opportunities for peer learning, networking, and collaboration. Plenary and workshop sessions and themed dinners allow funders to learn from each other as well as leaders in the field. Day-long site visits encourage participants to learn from work happening in the region and identify themes that might inform their own work once they return home. A full funders-only day provides space for deeper-dive peer engagement around topics of interest.
And because the Forum theme and agenda is developed by and for funders who are working on a variety of issues, approaches, and geographies, attendees will leave with inspiration, strategies, and connections for impactful engagement related to their own work within the food system.
As we strive toward a more equitable and sustainable food system, we must recognize and embrace the complexities that such systemic change requires. Challenges abound in the food system, and often communities must contend with many issues at once. If we want to deeply support communities in overcoming the inequities and challenges they face, we must examine points of convergence—such as where race, climate, and economic injustice interact; where hunger, access to land, and policy meet; or where health, extractive economies, and agriculture intersect. As these issues play out across the country—in rural and small towns, urban centers, and everywhere in between—the philanthropic and investment communities must examine their roles and take actions that foster equitable change.
Meet us in Pittsburgh—a western Pennsylvania city located at the point of convergence of three rivers. We’ll reflect and learn how cross-sector and -issue collaborations are driving innovation and reinvention in Pittsburgh, the surrounding tri-state region, and across the country.
Forum theme design image information (clockwise from top): Andy Warhol Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh; Phipps Homegrown program participants and intern gardening in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood (credit: Lauren Delorenze); farms and forest along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania
WORKSHOP / DINNER RFP
Proposals Due January 7, 2019
Session proposals must be submitted by funders. Funder organizers do not need to be members of SAFSF. Sessions may be co-sponsored or jointly organized by more than one funding organization.
Download the instructions document that explains what we are looking for in proposals, expectations and expenses for organizers, and the difference between a workshop and dinner proposal.
The SAFSF Annual Forum is designed by and for funders. Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually. This includes individual donors, executive and program staff, and members of the board of grantmaking organizations (family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc.), as well as representatives of non-profit or for-profit investment enterprises. Development or fundraising staff are not permitted to participate in SAFSF events.
2019 FORUM PLANNING COMMITTEE
Andrea Bretting, Claneil Foundation, PA
Joan Briggs, Threshold Foundation, NY
Alison Cohen, WhyHunger, NY
Lisa Johns, Hillman Family Foundaiton, PA
Tamela Luce, HealthSpark Foundation, PA
Andrew McElwaine, The Heinz Endowments, PA/CO
Jenny Nielsen, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, PA
Steve Saltzman, Self-Help Credit Union & Affiliates, NC
Megan Saynisch, GRACE Communications Foundation, NY
Jennifer Zuckerman (chair), World Food Policy Center, Duke University, NC
Registration for the SAFSF Annual Forum is limited to funders only. Funders are considered those organizations using grantmaking or investments as a core strategy to fulfill their mission and who make grants or invest more than $50,000 annually. This includes individual donors, executive and program staff, and members of the board of grantmaking organizations (family foundations, individual donors, corporate foundations, government, community foundations, etc.), as well as representatives of non-profit or for-profit investment enterprises. Development or fundraising staff are not permitted to participate in SAFSF events.
The only exceptions to this rule are for invited speakers and Food System Partners. Those invited to speak at the Forum and member organizations permitted to invite a Food System Partner received emails with detailed registration instructions. If you did not receive that email or have questions, please contact email@example.com.
Current SAFSF member organizations received emails with detailed registration instructions for their Food System Partner. If you are a current SAFSF member and your organization did not receive this email, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each member organization is allowed to register one (1) person as their Food System Partner. This opportunity is offered only to current SAFSF members. For more information, click here.
Seattle/Tacoma International Airport offers flights to most major international destinations and is only a short 45-minute flight from Spokane. As a result, Spokane is easily accessible worldwide with just one plane change.
Taxi or Rideshare
Taxi fares from Spokane International Airport to the Forum hotel are approximately $25. Uber/Lyft fares are in the $15-20 range.
The Historic Davenport Hotel offers an airport shuttle at the rate of $25 per overnight guest room, per trip. Call the hotel at 509-455-8888 to book.
If you are driving to the Forum, the Historic Davenport Hotel offers both self-park and valet options. Self-park rates are $5 for hours 1-4/$1 each additional hour or $17 overnight; valet rates are $17 per day or $22 overnight. The Davenport Hotel and Tower self-park garage is located on the corner of Post and 1st Street, and the valet garage is located off Post Street at the main entrance. Note: participants will not need a car during the Forum.
All Funder Attendees(including those who are moderating or speaking): You are responsible for making your own reservations directly with the hotel. Book early as we expect to sell out our room block. Reserve your room here.
Invited speakers from non-funding organizations: SAFSF staff, or your funder sponsor, will book your hotel room and provide you with a confirmation number. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Food System Partners: We expect that funders will cover the costs associated with their Food System Partner’s participation at the Forum, including lodging. It is the responsibility of the funder and their Food System Partner to work together to determine the logistics of handling these costs.
Yes, site visits happen regardless of what the weather brings. The 2018 Forum has six choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 20th.
Average June temperatures in Spokane are around 75°/51° F, but it is possible that it may be warmer than that; rain is also a possibility. It is recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, and layers with you on the site visits. Be sure to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. Check the weather before you depart.
IMPORTANT: Anyone attending a site visit must wear closed-toed shoes!
Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions; we are happy to assist you.
2018 FORUM SPONSORS AND PLANNING COMMITTEE
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
GRACE Communications Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
New Priorities Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
First Nations Development Institute
The Conservation Fund
PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Alison Babb, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, MN
Cathy Calfo, California Certified Organic Farmers Foundation, CA
Tim Crosby, Thread Fund, WA
Ila Duncan, The Lumpkin Family Foundation, NY
Crystal Echo Hawk, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, CO
Jonathan Halperin, The Marcus Foundation, MD/CO
Leslie Hatfield, GRACE Communications Foundation, NY
Ninya Loeppky, The John Merck Fund, MA
Michael Roberts, First Nations Development Institute, CO