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 SAFSF Forum is moving online to bring you the opportunities for real-life learning and peer connection that funders look forward to all year. Spanning two weeks, from July 13-24, the 2020 SAFSF Forum is a curated assortment of thought-provoking, timely, and diverse programming developed by your SAFSF funder peers. With a range of workshop and networking sessions offered over two weeks, put together the schedule that works for your learning:
• Tune in live and participate in dynamic discussions with expert speakers
• Listen to session recordings at a time that works for you
• Connect and network with funder and investor peers working across the country
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.
The 2020 Forum theme, Fields of Vision: Building on Our Assets for Resilient Food Systems, encourages participants to explore our fields of view by:
• Focusing on immediate critical needs and assets
• Looking beyond our own organizations and localities to build relationships with strategic allies and partners
• Zooming out to map the complex systems and leverage points that will support health, equity, solidarity, and resilience widely and for the long term
Forum offerings will reflect on this theme and be informed by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on our food and agricultural systems.
$250 SAFSF Member | $325 Non-Member Funder | $250 Food System Partner* | $250 Affinity Group Staff
* Food System Partner registration is a member benefit. Email [email protected] if you have questions about this member benefit.
REQUEST FOR WORKSHOP AND DINNER PROPOSALS
Proposals Due January 6, 2020 at 5 pm PT
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is seeking proposals for concurrent workshops and concurrent dinners at the 2020 SAFSF Forum. Session proposals must be submitted by funders or affinity group staff. Sessions may be co-sponsored or jointly organized by more than one funding organization. Organizers do not need to be members of SAFSF.
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.
Funder sponsorship is a unique and critical aspect of the annual SAFSF Forum that maintains the integrity of our content, the focus on our issues, and the accessibility of our registration fees. Your Forum sponsorship also funds:
• Participation, travel, and lodging costs for non-funder and practitioner thought leaders, grassroots advocates, researchers, and policy makers to address the Forum as exciting speakers at our plenaries, workshops and themed dinners
• Development of deep-dive, day-long site visits to explore intersectional issues on the ground in the region of our host city and associated costs such as transportation, food, and honoraria for host organizations
• Expansion of knowledge resources, including our conference mobile app, member cohort meetings, resource materials, translations and dissemination of news and learnings from the Forum
• Participation of Food System Partners for the main portion of the Forum, bringing the perspectives of those who represent communities of color, rural communities, and/or others that have historically been underfunded, marginalized, or disenfranchised
If you are interested in supporting the annual SAFSF Forum or have questions about sponsorship options, please contact Member and Strategic Partnerships Director Renee Catacalos – [email protected].
WHO IS A “FUNDER”?
The annual SAFSF 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.
2020 FORUM PLANNING COMMITTEE
J. Olu Baiyewu, Food Well Alliance, GA
Alyssa Banks, Greater Twin Cities United Way, MN
Ila Duncan, The Lumpkin Family Foundation, NY
Devin Foote, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MI
Leslie Hatfield (chair), GRACE Communications Foundation, NY
Christine James, The John Merck Fund, MA
Bob Scowcroft, The Nell Newman Foundation, CA
Elizabeth Stewart Burger, The Sunflower Foundation, KS
Jeff Usher, Kansas Health Foundation, KS
Gwen Wurst, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, MO