While we are deep in preparations for the 2020 SAFSF Forum, we are actively monitoring and assessing the COVID-19 pandemic as new information becomes available. We are mindful of the health and safety of potential attendees, host organizations’ staff, service personnel, and others we will all come in contact with. We are also mindful of the economic impact our Forum decision will have on the Kansas City and broader community.
SAFSF plans to make a decision about how to move forward with the 2020 Forum on Wednesday, April 15 and will share with the network how we are moving forward within a few days of that decision. Should it not be safe or advisable to host the Forum as we typically do, we are exploring a range of creative options to ensure that we are able to provide the support, networking, and learning spaces that are so vital to this community and that happen at the Forum each year. If you have thoughts or suggestions to share, please contact the Forum team at [email protected]
The 2020 SAFSF Forum in Kansas City, MO 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.
18TH Annual SAFSF Forum
June 22-24, 2020 | Kansas City, Missouri
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.
FORUM THEME: FIELDS OF VISION
Many of us share a vision of food and agricultural systems that cultivate health, equity, vitality, and resilience for all communities. To get there, we must draw on our full field of view––looking closely to understand and address challenges right in front of us; scanning the horizon for what’s ahead; and striving to overcome our blind spots.
The 18th Annual SAFSF Forum brings us to Kansas City, Missouri, a dynamic city located in the geographic center of the country, and an important economic hub for rural and urban areas throughout the Midwest and beyond. We will ground our learning in this region, examining issues that play out here and in many other parts of the country––including the increasing challenges facing rural and frontier communities and farming and ranching families; the climate crisis and its many linkages to food, agriculture, and health; agribusiness concentration and consolidation; historical and structural barriers to justice and equity; and building unity at a time when divisions tend to get much of the spotlight.
Join us in Kansas City to learn from farmers, advocates, tribal representatives, funder colleagues, and more whose vantage points reveal the complex landscapes in which our work is situated––and to build relationships and strategies that are informed by the longer view.
We are offering a discounted room block the 2020 SAFSF Forum hotel.
Book early; our room blocks will sell out!
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
Rate $174/night plus taxes and fees Rate applies 6/20 – 6/26
Reserve by June 1, 2020 Both single king and double queen rooms available Reserve your room online Reservations by phone, call (816) 421-6800 Call if booking outside of 6/20-6/26
Affinity Group Staff
Food System Partner**
Early April – May 1, 2020
Late May 2 – June 10, 2020
Single Day April – June 10, 2020
* 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 protected] 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.
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