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April In the Kitchen Call: Redefining Risk

April 3, 2024 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am PDT

These SAFSF member-only calls are designed to evoke the warmth, nourishment, and welcomeness you feel when you are “in the kitchen”. Join fellow SAFSF members for bi-monthly calls to learn about each others’ work, discuss various topics, and build community.

How do we define risk? What does risk really mean when it comes to grantmaking and investing? What does it mean to de-risk? How much risk is good risk? How can we reframe risk when it comes to changing our food, fiber, and agricultural system for the better?

Join us as we explore these questions and others in April’s In the Kitchen call. We’ll hear from a few of your funder peers on their insights about risk from their perspective before opening the conversation up to the group to reflect on what risk means for you in your work. Come ready to hear from fellow members and to share your thoughts on the topic of risk.


Charity May, Principal, Sacred Futures

Charity May is the Founder and Principal of Sacred Futures, an advisory practice that guides partners in the reimagining, designing and implementing of governance, leadership and ownership models, sustainable growth strategies, and financing vehicles to cultivate renewal and reciprocity between human and more-than-human worlds.

Before launching Sacred Futures, Charity was directly involved in the management of real estate private equity investments and debt capital markets. She has directed, led and supported the investment, structure and development of over $575 million of project value for education facilities across the country, serving over 40,000 students. In her time in investment banking, she conducted the underwriting, analysis, origination and structuring for over $3.8 billion of leveraged finance transactions across multiple sectors including technology, consumer goods, industrial, and energy. Charity also managed a portfolio of middle-market companies totaling $134 million in debt commitments and served on the sell side and project finance functions for companies administering renewable energy resources. She has worked with various non-profits and NGOs on local and global economic development initiatives.

Skya Ducheneaux, Executive Director, Akiptan

Skya Ducheneaux is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and spent her first 18 years of life on a cattle ranch on the CRST Reservation in South Dakota. She has an MBA in Business Administration. She previously spent her summers interning for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, where she was introduced to the Native CDFI world (Community Development Financial Institution). Skya worked diligently to create the first national Native CDFI dedicated to Indian agriculture, which launched in 2019. Skya remains connected to agriculture, just from the other side of the table.

Tim Crosby, Principal, Thread Fund

Tim Crosby is Principal of the Thread Fund, which focuses on investing multiple forms of capital to generate social and environmental returns alongside financial returns. Additionally Tim is a Steering Committee Member of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Member Agroecology Fund, Chair Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS) Initiative, Member Seattle Impact Investing Group, and Board Member of the Carolyn Foundation and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Tim’s previous work includes Co-Chair Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders, Director Slow Money Northwest, Manager Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project, and fifteen years as a professional photographer and graphic designer. Tim holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio University and a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College.


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