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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


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.


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 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.


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

Shorey Myers, Jennifer Altman Foundation

Dave Nezzie, Thornburg Foundation

Emily Parker, Butterfly Equity Foundation

Maggie Tauranac, GRACE Communications Foundation

Gwen Wurst, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation


The window to submit proposals closed Monday, January 10, 2022, at 12 pm PT. Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal! We are reviewing them now and will be in touch in the next few weeks with decisions and next steps.

Each year SAFSF is pleased to accept concurrent workshop and learning dinner proposals for the Annual SAFSF Forum from all funders, even those who are not members of SAFSF.

The three-day Forum offers many opportunities for peer learning, networking, and collaboration. Plenary and workshop sessions and learning dinners allow funders to learn from each other as well as leaders in the field. Day-long and half-day 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.

The Forum theme and agenda are 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.

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