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20th Annual SAFSF Forum: Commitment & Accountability

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20th Annual SAFSF Forum: Commitment & Accountability

June 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am June 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm Kansas City, MO


Join us in Kansas City, Missouri for the 20th Annual SAFSF Forum: Commitment and Accountability. 

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 at it alone.

The past two years have exposed the injustices that impact our world’s systems in a new way. The pandemic has underlined the need for sustainable investment, creative collaborations, and fearless mobilization. It’s clear that we need bold and steadfast commitment to build equitable and sustainable farm, food, and fiber systems. We must also be accountable to ourselves, our partners, and each other.

We invite funders, investors, and food system partners to gather in community in Kansas City, Missouri on June 20-22 for the 20th Annual SAFSF Forum: Commitment & Accountability. Join peers for three days of dynamic funder-led workshops, strategic plenary sessions, regional site visits, and deep relationship-building. These extraordinary times require extraordinary action, and sessions will mobilize new connections for global, national, and regional issues like climate change, consolidation, land access, racial equity, and more. Through shared learning and strategic alignment, we hope to inspire you to commit to new goals, recommit to visions of a better food system, and cultivate accountability in your work.

The 20th Annual SAFSF Forum is sponsored by GRACE Communications Foundation and USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.



The Forum will take place at the Kansas City Marriott downtown. You can book your hotel room through this booking link. Please be sure to select the correct dates for your duration of stay, formal Forum programming will span 3 days starting Monday, June 20 and concluding on Wednesday, June 22. Most attendees will arrive sometime on Sunday, June 19th. Registration will be open at 4pm, followed by an informal no-host reception at the hotel bar.

Please book your stay on or before Friday, May 20th.


Like you, we take seriously the ongoing and evolving risks of COVID-19 transmission and infection. Current public health guidance indicates that with proper protocols in place we can gather safely in person in June. To read the details about our mask requirement, vaccination or negative PCR test requirement, and more, please click the button below.


Your sponsorship of the 20th Annual SAFSF Forum boosts our power to convene funders across the agriculture and food system spectrum at a critical moment for philanthropy. As we reconnect in person, your Forum sponsorship helps us bring new voices, research and expertise to our convening, and allows us to create a more supportive and interactive space for Forum attendees to connect, commit and collaborate.


Elizabeth Stewart Burger, The Sunflower Foundation

Skya Ducheneaux, Akiptan CDFI

Jonathan Halperin, The Marcus Foundation

Lauren Kohler, Stray Dog Institute

Mark Muller (chair), Regenerative Agriculture Foundation

Dave Nezzie, Thornburg Foundation

Emily Parker, Butterfly Equity Foundation

Maggie Tauranac, GRACE Communications Foundation

Gwen Wurst, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

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