The 2019 Forum in Pittsburgh, PA will challenge 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.
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
We are offering discounted room blocks at two hotels for the 2019 SAFSF Forum.
Book early; our room blocks will sell out!
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown Overflow hotel – 1 block away
250 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Rate $179/night plus taxes and fees Rate applies 6/17-6/20
Reserve by May 27, 2019
Both single king and double queen rooms available Call for reservations
(412) 281-5557 –Call if booking outside of 6/17-6/20
The Fairmont Pittsburgh Main Forum hotel, room block SOLD OUT
510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Rate $229/night plus taxes and fees
Rate applies 6/13-6/24
Reserve by May 16, 2019 Call for reservations
Affinity Group Staff
Food System Partner**
Early April 2 – May 3, 2019
Late May 4 – June 3, 2019
Single Day April 2 – June 3, 2019
* SAFSF members receive a 20% discount. Rates above reflect discounted cost.
** Food System Partner registration is a member benefit and requires an access code. Email email@example.com if you have questions about this member benefit or see additional details here.
*** Guest and child registration options are available; visit the registration site for details.
WHO IS A “FUNDER”?
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.
SPONSOR THE FORUM
We encourage you to consider joining us as a sponsor of the 2019 SAFSF Forum. Sponsorships play an important role in sustaining the SAFSF Annual Forum. Sponsorship support allows organizations to join in community with peers across the country, and allows SAFSF to maintain affordable registration fees; support the participation of non-funder speakers and Food System Partners; develop site visits; and more.
Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 SAFSF Forum.
GRACE Communications Foundation
Hillman Family Foundations
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
USDA – Agricultural Marketing Service
Soil Health Institute
The Conservation Fund
2019 FORUM PLANNING COMMITTEE
Andrea Bretting, Claneil Foundation, PA
Joan Briggs, Threshold Foundation, NY
Alison Cohen, WhyHunger, NY
Lisa Johns, Hillman Family Foundations, 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than a 90-minute flight from 50% of North America’s population.
Taxi or Rideshare
Taxi fares from Pittsburgh International Airport to the Forum hotel are approximately $40. Uber/Lyft fares are in the $30-35 range. SuperShuttle fare is approximately $27 to downtown.
If you are driving the forum, please see parking details below based on your hotel accommodations. Note: participants will not need a car during the Forum.
Fairmont Pittsburgh offers both valet and self-parking. Valet parking services are offered for the following rates, $38 overnight, a daytime rate of $24 for 0-3 hours, daytime rate of $32 for 2-24 hours. Self-parking is available in the Three PNC Plaza Garage (located underneath the hotel). Rates are $30 overnight, hourly rates of $12 for 1-2 hours, $16 for 2-4 hours, and $22 for 4-12 hours. The garage address is 600 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown offers onsite indoor self-parking at the Market Square Garage next door to the hotel for $30 overnight. Valet service is not available. Hourly rates are $10 for 1-2 hours, $15 for 2-3 hours, and $20 for 3-12 hours. The parking tower address is 260 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
All Funder Attendees(including those who are moderating or speaking): You are responsible for making your own reservations directly with the hotel of choice. As a reminder, we have room blocks in both the Fairmont Pittsburgh and the Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown. Book early as we expect to sell out our room block.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2019 Forum has seven choices of full-day site visits on Wednesday, June 19th.
Average June temperatures in Pittsburgh are around 81°/56° 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!