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FUNDERS MAKE GREAT PARTNERS BRIDGET DOBROWSKI program manager, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders BARBARA ANDERSEN director of strategic partnerships,

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1 FUNDERS MAKE GREAT PARTNERS BRIDGET DOBROWSKI program manager, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders BARBARA ANDERSEN director of strategic partnerships, Orfalea Foundation KATE DANAHER senior lending associate, RSF Social Finance

2 SAFSF Networking for a vibrant and healthy food system. (i)promote sustainable and just food production; (ii) link to concerns about sustainability and justice of our food system; and/or (iii) connect food production with issues of environmental stewardship, diet and health, and viability of communities.

3 How We Operate Membership organization 84 members, lots of growth in last 4 years Provide educational and networking opportunities Funders work at all scales around the country and some internationally Each funder comes to food system issues from a different perspective, with different boards, and history

4 Many Faces of the Food System

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7 Resources on the Website vimeo.com/safsf

8 Will SAFSF Hook You Up with Funders?

9 Transforming the way the world works with money RSF Social Finance…

10 What do we mean? COMPLEX OPAQUE ANONYMOUS SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

11 Direct Transparent Personal Long-term relationships

12 Type: Senior-secured, asset based loans Size: $60,000 - $3 million Purpose: Equipment loans, mortgage loans, and working capital lines of credit. RSF Social Enterprise Lending

13 1.Food System Infrastructure 2.Food Access 3.Alt. Markets for Food Waste 4.High Integrity Ag Practices Food & Agriculture Portfolio

14 How money can transform our food systems

15 We envision a resilient community where families and society nurture all children to become responsible, compassionate, healthy and engaged citizens. The Orfalea Foundation

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17 Six Pillars of Strategic Partnerships (1)Strengthens our community and builds resiliency by addressing critical needs and systemic issues (2)Aligns with and advances the mission of all partners (3)Fosters an entrepreneurial approach to problem- solving (4)Leverages the strengths specific to engaged parties (5)Focuses on building stakeholder empowerment (6)Commits to the attainment of visible, measurable results

18 Distributes more than 8.5 million meals from two warehouse locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria 102,000 unduplicated individuals served by member agencies Distributes food to over 300 social service programs and agencies Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

19 Funders as Partners Established relationship through on-going funding commitments Nurtured relationship & built trust by working together on strategic initiatives Supported Foodbank in its transition to more proactively addressing food insecurity Created even more alignment as partners Now open for new ideas, out-of-the-box thinking, and working together to sustain programs


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