Co-hosted by SAFSF and GRACE Communications Foundation
Increasing numbers of philanthropic organizations fund technical aid, increased capacity building, and in-kind support in addition to traditional forms of funding. This type of work can deepen our relationships with our grantee partners, support short-term capacity gaps in the field, and support lower-capacity organizations. This session aims to bring together SAFSF organizations that conduct capacity building/in-kind support, or that would like to, in order to share lessons learned, resources, and to discuss the power dynamics unique to this type of work. With the aim of improving our philanthropic practice, we’ll discuss the unique nature of capacity building and how to expand on (or launch) our capacity building efforts. Additionally, we’ll dig into evaluation practices and the collective capacity needs we see in the movement. With an open format, we’d like to create space for learning and community, with the aim continuing these conversations over the course of the year.
This is a free, funder-only event. Registration is required.
This conversation will be led by:
Adam Hymans, Managing Director at Resource Media
Adam leads the food justice and environmental health practice at Resource Media, a 501(c)3 nonprofit communications and advertising firm working nationwide to support coalitions, foundations and community-based organizations. He brings nearly two decades of experience in strategic and organizational communications, marketing, brand development, capacity building and philanthropy. In addition to food systems work, Adam has led client projects at the intersection of conservation and multicultural outreach. Most recently, he facilitated the global rollout of internal DEIJ programs, launched multichannel ad campaigns focused on Justice 40 investments, provided communications capacity for members of multi-state watershed protection initiatives, and led successful multicultural COVID-19 and voter engagement campaigns in his native Philadelphia. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Food and Farm Communications Fund.
Megan Saynisch, Senior Advisor at GRACE Communications Foundation
Megan is a Senior Advisor at the New York City-based GRACE Communications Foundation, where she works with multiple partners on communications and philanthropic projects and serves on several boards and steering committees. Prior to this role, she was the Communications Director at GRACE, where she helped launch GRACE’s consumer engagement program, FoodPrint. Megan has worked in philanthropy, government, and non-profits for over 20 years, and founded a philanthropic-centered communications and digital grant management consulting business prior to joining the GRACE team. She is also a 2022-2023 GEO Change Leader in Philanthropy Fellow. Megan lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two kids, is the co-president of a beautiful Brooklyn community garden, and is an avid cook, pickler, and butter-maker.