Roots of Change Fund Awards $600,000 in its First Funding Round
Jamaica Maxwell, 415-421-4213 x24
Michael Dimock (Ag Innovations) 707-528-2222
Eileen Brady (Ecotrust) 503-227-6225
Jonathan Kaplan (NRDC) 415-777-0220
SAN FRANCISCO, California - Three projects that will work to improve public
and environmental health and the safety of food in California launched
today after receiving funding from the Roots of Change Fund (ROC Fund).
Each project works toward accelerating the transition to sustainable food
systems in California. The ROC Fund has committed over $600,000 to the
These three grants represent the first round of funding of the ROC Fund,
a collaboration among nine philanthropic foundations that have created
a new pool of funds to transform California's food systems. The ROC Fund
is the largest pool of private funding in California expressly for supporting
the transition to a healthier food system.
The first project, Building a Vivid Picture of Sustainable Food Systems
is a major research project to describe in detail how all sectors of the
food system will operate when California transitions to a more sustainable
way of growing and distributing food. This project will also identify
the key action steps to take in the near term to improve California's
food systems. This project will be carried out by the non-profit organization
The second project, the Building Momentum for Change Leadership Network,
will create roundtables of diverse leaders in two California counties
(to be determined) that will work together to identify common local policy
priorities for sustaining a healthy food system. This project will be
carried out by Ag Innovations, a non-profit organization that operates
a similar program in Ventura County.
The third project, the Sustainable Food System Partnership, will work
to build sustainable food systems leadership by educating policymakers
and engaging community leaders from various sectors around key policy
issues. The project will build the infrastructure and leadership for sustainable
food systems policy making in the state. This project will be carried
out by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
The ROC Fund is advised by the Roots of Change (ROC) Council, an advisory
board of leading experts on food systems and agriculture: David Brubaker,
Leonard Diggs, Paul Dolan, Ann Evans, Stephen Gliessman, Joan Gussow,
Desmond Jolly, Jose Montenegro, Richard Rominger, Alice Waters, and Lawrence
The contributing foundations to the ROC Fund are: the Arkay Foundation,
Columbia Foundation, Gaia Fund, Fred Gellert Family Foundation, Richard
and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, Homeland
Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the William Zimmerman Foundation.
The ROC Fund is a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation (TCI)
in San Francisco (www.trustforconservationinnovation.org).
For more information visit www.ROCFund.org.