Members of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders have, over the years, looked for ways SAFSF might facilitate stronger relationships with leaders in the food system space outside of philanthropy—specifically with the goal of finding, amplifying the reach of, and developing leadership opportunities for new voices in philanthropy.
SAFSF has offered our member organizations the opportunity to invite a Food System Partner to attend two days of the Forum since 2017. This program has been well-received both by member organizations and the Food System Partners who attended.
We request that the Food System Partner your organization invites will:
– Be a representative of a group that your organization is financially supporting
– Represent communities of color, rural communities, and/or others that have historically been most underfunded, marginalized, or disenfranchised.
By inviting Food Systems Partners to the Forum, our goals are to expand the diversity of participants in the SAFSF Forum, give food system partners greater exposure to the world of philanthropy, and create more opportunities for collaboration between non-funders and funders in the food system space.
Logistics—What does this mean for you as a member?
– This opportunity is limited to current SAFSF members. Each member organization is allowed to register ONE (1) person as their Food System Partner for the 2020 SAFSF Forum. Your Food System Partner will be identified as connected with your organization.
– SAFSF’s iron-clad no-pitch rules will be in place at the Forum as always.
– We expect that funders will cover the costs associated with their Food System Partner’s Forum registration. It is your responsibility to work with your partner to determine the logistics of handling these costs.
– Food System Partners do not need to participate in the same sessions as their funder partner.
Values drive our organization on an everyday basis, and we are committed to seeing these values embedded in all we do. The intentional inclusion of Food System Partners at the Forum aligns with our values in the following ways:
– Collaboration by creating space for more creative partnerships between funders and those outside the funding community to emerge
– Equity in including voices and experiences of those who have been most marginalized
– Respect for new, emerging, and different types of leadership, knowledge, perspectives, strategies, and approaches
– Stewardship of our movement by deepening and broadening relationships inside and outside of the philanthropic community
– Integrity in actions and values within our movement, network, and collective work
We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to bring new voices into our community. We encourage you to carefully consider those you work with in the hope of identifying a food system partner who will both benefit personally as a leader, and collectively benefit SAFSF as a network, through their participation in the Forum. Should you have any questions, please contact [email protected].