Co-hosted with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation
This webinar is the second in a two-part series.
Civic Engagement Strategies to Advance Food Systems Change: Primer with PACE | February 16
During part one of this webinar series in February, we showcased a broad range of activities foundations can embrace to advance civic engagement. In this webinar, we’ll dive deeper with some specific examples of civic engagement campaigns and how funders have supported them. Join us to learn more about how you can leverage civic engagement work to advance your primary goal of food systems policy change.
This is a free, funder-only event. Registration is required.
FCCP’s Paul Ryan kicked off the March 16 conversation by noting that civic engagement is the “motor that drives change regardless of the policy area” you support.
David Martinez III, of Arizona’s Vitalyst Health Foundation, shared their approach to supporting “civic health,” based on the idea that civic engagement improves measurable health outcomes and is also the means to building healthier policy outcomes. “When healthy people are involved in our democracy, our democracy is healthier.”
Connecting directly to food funders, Josh Ewing of Rural Climate Partnership, said “There is no path to fixing our food system that doesn’t involve civic engagement.” He noted that organizing in rural communities around direct-impact issues like the effect of CAFO pollution on local water quality or pipelines running through farmland is often the entry point to continued engagement in democratic processes.