The November Birthday Fundraising Challenge
Double Your Tax-Deductible Donation with a Coleman Foundation Matching Grant… And Help Us Meet Our Vision of Good Food on Every Table
Support our efforts to build a better food system … and double your tax-deductible donations of $500 or more with a matching grant from the Coleman Foundation through December 3.
Our November birthday boys, Jim Slama and Bob Benenson, are competing to see who can raise the most money. The winner? Our programming — Good Food Accelerator, Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference, Naturally Chicago, Market Development and Farmer Training, and Good Food is Good Medicine — that helps Good Food businesses succeed, grow the availability of healthy and sustainable products… and promotes our vision of Good Food on Every Table.
All contributions, however large or small, help us advance our mission — delicious, healthy food, accessible to all, and produced as sustainably and locally as possible — and support the businesses and farmers who produce the Good Food we all love! And you do not need to do anything to activate the match on donations of $500+… we will take care of that for you!
Use the Paypal links below to “vote” for Jim and/or Bob, support our work to build a better-for-you, better-for-the-planet food and natural products system, and scroll below to learn more about our impactful programs.
CLICK HERE TO “VOTE” FOR JIM
CLICK HERE TO “VOTE” FOR BOB
FamilyFarmed is a Chicago-based non-profit that is committed to expanding production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food to enhance social, economic and environmental health in our communities.
The Good Food Accelerator was one of the first entrepreneurial training programs for food entrepreneurs. Whole Foods Market was our founding partner, and the GFA has completed six cohorts with 50 graduates. Most of these businesses are women– or minority–owned, 41 of them continue to operate, and most are thriving. We are now in the process of greatly expanding GFA’s reach and services to Chicago entrepreneurs, with a strong emphasis on developing women and minority entrepreneurs in under-served communities on the city’s South and West sides.
The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference (F&IC) launched in partnership with the University of Chicago Business School in 2009 as the first dedicated food financing conference in America. Since then, the F&IC has had a world class array of speakers, judges, and participating entrepreneurs. F&IC 2019 showcased world-class speakers — such as Seth Goldman of Beyond Meat and restaurateur/serial entrepreneur Kimbal Musk — along with a lineup of Chicago business titans. Businesses that have participated in our annual conference have raised nearly $100 million in financing. F&IC 2021, to be held February 17-18, will our first virtual conference, and includes the Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam with a prize package of business services valued at more than $100,000.
Naturally Chicago, launched in May 2019, is the Good Food and Natural Products industry’s year-round platform for networking, entrepreneur development and community building in the Chicago region. After holding more than two dozen live events, Naturally Chicago pivoted during the COVID-19 crisis to provide bold online programs, including the Navigating the New Normal series.
Good Food is Good Medicine aims to help stem the destructive rise of diet-related diseases by providing people with the information they need to live healthier lives. This developing program includes a Network, a communications program, and community-based activities targeted to under-resourced areas with high rates of diet-related disease.
MARKET DEVELOPMENT and FARMER TRAINING
FamilyFarmed’s original mission was to connect local organic farmers with trade buyers. This evolved into the Farmer Training program, built around the Wholesale Success, Direct Market Success and On-Farm Food Safety manuals, which has provided workshops for 15,000 farmers in 43 states. Market Development keeps alive that original mission of connecting farmers to buyers.
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