Values of the efod fund
EQUITY IN OWNERSHIP AND DESIGN
Authentic practitioner leadership and authority in decision-making, co-creating design, and governance. Ally funders and partners support, but those who have built and led organizations doing deep community food and justice work and are accountable to their communities lead and own EFOD as a field and fund.
Existing capital models are extractive and perpetuate wealth inequity. Our financing process will move away from a 'vetting' model, to one that uplifts impact and prioritizes getting EFOD projects ready and resourced. A cohesive body of experienced EFOD leaders will package lending and grantmaking in a valuable and effective way. The Fund will urgently fund EFOD initiatives, with attention to community needs.
LEARNING THROUGH ACTION
The Fund will demonstrate and test key equity principles and food systems change practices through finance and grants. We aim to influence further changes in philanthropic and lending institutions. EFOD leaders bring rigor in iterative testing, entrepreneurial passion, and experiential knowledge to fund management and support.
UPLIFTING UNIQUE NETWORKS
The Fund will identify and support emergent and established community-led food-based community and economic development organizations. Aligned organizations can then be considered for further funding from foundation and CDFI partners using EFOD criteria.
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