For more information on each recipient, click on the name of the organization, and you will be redirected to their website.  

2017

·       The Ron Finley Project  $10,000

·       The Nation Institute $3,000

·       University of Florida $2,500

                   ·       Ralph Loglisci Fund

·       Seedlings Project $3,000

·       Community Initiatives $2,500

                        ·       Memory Care Cafe

·       Standing Rock Sioux Tribe   $2,500

·       National Family Farm Coalition   $1,000

·       National Young Farmer's Coalition  $2,500

·       Cook Inletkeeper  $1,000

·       YWCA Watsonville Teens Program $500

·       Pesticide Action Network   $1,000

·       Alaska Marine Conservation Council   $5,000

·       Farm Commons   $5,000

·       Center for Rural Affairs   $5,000

                 ·       Kansas Organizer Education Project

2016

·       Planned Parenthood  $2,500

·       NARAL $2,500

·       Organic Seed Alliance $5,000

·       Community Initiative $2,000

·       Western Environmental Law Center $5,000

·       Monterey County Rape Crisis Center $5,000

    ·         Human Trafficking Project

·       Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) $1,500

  ·   participation of under-resourced educators for the 7th SAEA conference

·       Ecotrust  $5,000

·   Fisheries

·       Ecotrust  $5,000

· Food and Farms

·       FERN $5,000

·       Civil Eats $5,000

·       Friends of the Earth $5,000

·    Synthetic Biology

·       Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) $5,000

·       Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) $2,000

·       Mother Jones $2,000

· Tom Philpott

·       18 Reasons $2,500

·       NASDA (Center for Rural Affairs) $1,000

·   Diamond Level Sponsorship at NASDA

2015

·      California Foodshed Funders $5,000

·      Ecotrust – $10,000

·      The Kohala Center $1,000

     ·       Sponsorship for 2015 NASDA 

2014

·       California Foodshed Funders $5,000  [Project Report]

·       Ecotrust – Food Hub $25,000

·       Ecotrust – AG of the Middle $25,000

·       Organizing to Rebuild the Ag in the Middle

·       First Nations Development Institute $10,000 [Project Report]

·       Increasing Native Control of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

·       Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) $10,000    [Project Report]

·       Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project (MBSTP) $10,000  [Project Report]

·       2015 Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP)

·       Organic Seed Alliance $10,000  [Project Report]

·       Real Food Challenge $15,000  [Project Report]

·       The Sierra Fund $5,000 [Project Report]

·       Mining mercury cleanup project

·       Sustainable Surf $25,000   [Project Report]

·       The Action Group on Erosion Technology & Concentration (ETC Group) $20,000

      ·         Synthetic Biology Programme of Work

·       Trout Unlimited $10,000   [Project Report]

·       $5,000 for Central Coast Wild Steelhead Campaign

·       $5,000 for photo and video project

·       Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) $25,000  [Project Report]

·       Protecting Western Landscapes & Communities from Fossil Fuel Exploitation and Industrialization

·       88 Bikes $15,000  [Project Report]

·       Seamless Possibilities project in Cambodia

2013

·       88 Bikes $10,000        [Project Report]

·       As You Sow $8,185          [Project Report]

·       Product testing for nano-materials in food

·       Californians for Pesticide Reform  $20,000    [Project Report]

·       Civil Eats $10,000          [Project Report]

·       EcoTrust $50,000

·       $25,000 to The Ecotrust Fisheries Program

·       $25,000 to The Natural Capital Fund: Scaling Impact

·       Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) $20,000

·       The Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (fiscal sponsor) $5,000

·       Jane Sooby Organic Science and Consulting 

·       JHSPH, Center for a Livable Future (IATP) $5,000

·       Connecting Food Systems and Public Health

·       The Mariposa DR Foundation $25,000

·       Monterey Bay Salmon & Trout Project (MBSTP) $10,000     [Project Report]

·       Full-Body Sediment Trap - Design, Acquisition, Installation & Commissioning

·       Mother Jones - Foundation for National Progress $20,000

·       NARAL $25,000

·       Choice Out Loud: Every Decision Has a Story

·       Organic Seed Alliance –Organic Plant Breeding $18,127

·       Farmer Led Wheat Breeding and Selection Program for New England

·       Painted Turtle $10,000

·       Planned Parenthood Federation of America $50,000

·       Real Food Media Project $20,000

·       Food Mythbusters

·       Red Feather Development Group $14,000

·       Sustainable Operations

·       Safe Water Network $20,000

·       Establishing Small-Scale Water Delivery Businesses through Local Entrepreneurs in Rural India

·       Surfing for Change $5,000

·       Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) $16,000          [Project Report]

·       Sustainable Surf $20,000

·       Waste to Waves

·       Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) $20,000

·       Protecting Organic Farm and Ranch Communities from Oil and Gas Development

·       Wholesome Wave $25,000

·       St. Helena Catholic Church & Family Center $10,000

·       Work Connection

2012

·       As You Sow $7,500      [Project Report]

·       Brower Youth Awards $25,000

·       California Climate & Action Network $15,000

·       CalCan      [Project Report]

·       Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive $20,000

·       EcoTrust $50,000           [Project Report]

·       $25,000 to Magic Canoe project

·       $25,000 to Community Based Fisheries Management

·       Farm Aid: Farmer Resource Network $15,000        [Project Report]

·       National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) $30,000

·       The Mariposa DR Foundation $20,000

·       The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk $10,000

·       Service of 100% organic fare at event

·       Planned Parenthood Federation of America $50,000         [Project Report]

·       $25,000 Hidalgo County

·       $25,000 Kansas City Legal Defense Fund

·       Sustainable Harvest International $15,000

·       Waste to Waves $10,000

·       Wholesome Wave $25,000

2011

·       88 Bikes $5,000

·       Center For Food Safety $50,000          [Project Report]

·       Chez Panisse Foundation $20,000

·       Give Something Back $10,000

·       Environment in the Public Interest (Fiscal sponsor) $20,000

·       Legal support for water rights at UCSC

·       Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN) $20,000

·       Lightfoot Industries $20,000

·       Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) $2,500

·       Kevin Brussels Scholarship Fund

·       NARAL $25,000

·       Organic Seed Alliance $20,000

·       The Sierra Fund $20,000

·       Mining and mercury clean up

·       Trout Unlimited $25,000           [Project Report]

·       Bristol Bay Pebble Mine Project

·       Wholesome Wave $25,000

·       Young Heroes $20,000


Real Food Media Project/Food Myth Busters – is a collaborative project that uses online videos,  web-based action and resource center and grassroots events to inspire, educate and expand the movement for sustainable food and farming. They aim to debunk myths about sustainability, spread stories of solutions and motivate millions to get involved in food system change. www.foodmyths.org

 


Mother Jones – Foundation for National Progress is a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political and social justice reporting. Their mission is to produce revelatory journalism to inform and inspire a more just and democratic world. www.motherjones.com

 


Vermont Seed Breeding Project – The mission of the University of Vermont Extension is to improve the quality of life of Vermonters by providing research-based educational programs and practical information concerning Vermont communities, families and homes, farms, businesses, and the natural environment. The objective of this particular project is to develop spring and winter wheat varieties that are suited for organic management in northern New England soils and climatic conditions.


Organizing Grassroots To Build the Food Movement

A research paper for The Nell Newman Foundation by Ted Quaday.

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We hope Ted's work will generate local, regional and even a national debate on our collective intentionality to "organize" and "train" food systems activists. Freely available to the public at large, the paper can be read and downloaded by following this link to a PDF. Please share with others. If information from the report is used in any way, please cite The Nell Newman Foundation as having the copyright and Ted Quaday as the author.


Young Heroes

Young Heroes has been charged with providing food and clothing to children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland.  Swaziland has a life expectancy of 32 years; the lowest in the world. The orphans of Swaziland number in the tens of thousands as an entire generation of parents have been taken by AIDS. Rather than group all the orphans into orphanages, Young Heroes maintains a roster of kids and pays a stipend to the foster parents, allowing the kids to grow up on homesteads.  This helps the kids maintain a direct connection to land and culture. This model is working extremely well and is giving the young generation of Swaziland the needed boost and staying power to survive through a generational tragedy. It is hoped that with the help of Young Heroes, evolving policies in Swaziland, and hard work, that an entire generation of Swaziland kids will survive to carry on their families' cultural traditions and remain connected to the land where they were raised.

Young Heroes of Swaziland, photo Gary Irving

Young Heroes of Swaziland, photo Gary Irving

For more information please visit the Young Heroes website and consider sponsoring an orphan. A $240 sponsorship will provide food and clothing for one child for an entire year.

Visit the Young Hero's website http://youngheroes.org.sz.

Visit the Young Hero's YouTube Channel
http://www.youtube.com/YoungHeroesSZ

Join the Young Heroes Facebook Cause Page
http://bit.ly/bgATWz


Trout Unlimited: Alaska Bristol Bay Pebble Mine Project - TU's vision is to ensure that robust populations of native and wild cold water fish once again thrive within their North American range. The Bristol Bay Pebble Mine Project is poised to stop the proposed Pebble Mine from moving forward, and to keep the rich trout and salmon waters of Bristol Bay intact. www.savebristolbay.org

 


Lightfoot Industries - is a hybrid social enterprise that provides entrepreneurial training for teenagers.  They use a for-profit restaurant, retail line, and innovative curriculum to model social, environmental and fiscal responsibility.  High school accredited course work, project based learning and seminars incorporating service learning & sustainability. Lightfoot Industries methodology is intended to bring sustainable vocational training and excellent, affordable food - to strategic communities throughout the United States. www.lightfootind.com


EcoTrust- Committed to inspiring fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being. Ecotrust co-founded the world's first environmental ban and, started the world's first ecosystem investment fund. Ecotrust creates a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and children's health as well as developing new scientific and  information tools to improve social, economic and  environmental decision making. Over nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $80 million in grants into more than $500 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. www.ecotrust.org

 


Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive: CoFed - A national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses. Their mission is to cultivate a more sustainable, community-oriented culture through college campuses.www.cofed.org


Farm Aid: Farmer Resource Network - A part of Farm Aid, this organization was started 26 years ago by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp to raise awareness about the loss of family farms.  The program raises funds to help keep families on their land. Farmer Resource Network connects farmers to more than 500 organizations developing innovative approaches to producing, processing and marketing food from family farms.www.farmaid.org


As You Sow - Founded in 1992, this program has grown into two divisions that strive to increase corporate accountability. The Environmental Enforcement Program seeks to reduce and remove carcinogenic exposures by pursuing compliance with California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.  The Corporate Social Responsibility Program (CSRP) uses shareholder advocacy and the financial markets to catalyze positive change within publicly held companies. www.asyousow.org

 


FERN -Food and Environment Reporting Network - FERN is an independent, non-profit news organization that produces investigative reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health. Their stories fall under the classic mandate of investigative reporting–to reveal corruption, abuse of power, and exploitation wherever it happens; to expose activities and subjects that the powerful work to keep hidden or which are simply overlooked by major media; and to give a voice to the voiceless. www.thefern.org


Organic Seed Alliance - This group advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed; accomplishing their goals through collaborative education, advisory services, and research programs with organic farmers and other seed professionals. www.seedalliance.org


Center for Food Safety - The Center for Food Safety uses multifaceted strategies, including legal actions, submission of policy comments and public education to accomplish its goals of curtailing industrial agricultural production methods that harm human health and the environment, and to promote sustainable alternatives. www.centerforfoodsafety.org


The Sierra Fund/Mining Mercury Clean-up Project - The Sierra Fund was established in 2001 as the only community foundation dedicated exclusively to saving the Sierra Nevada. They protect and preserve the Sierra through partnering with private donors and public agencies to increase conservation investments in the land, air, water and human resources in the area. The continued presence of mining toxins left behind from the Gold Rush in mid-1800s continues to be a significant issue, especially affecting the water, which provides 60% of California's drinking water. www.sierrafund.org


88 Bikes - This organization provides a sustainable, joyful and empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, and in situations where they have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease or other regional hardships. www.88bikes.org


Brower Youth Awards - Earth Island Institute established the Brower Youth Awards to honor founder and legendary activist David R. Brower.  The Brower Youth Awards annually recognizes six young people in North America for their outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental advocacy.  The winners receive a $3000 award, ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at EII and a trip to California for the award ceremony.www.broweryouthawards.org


California Climate & Action Network: CalCan - a coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture. They bring a sustainable agricultural perspective with their efforts aimed at increasing funding for research, technical assistance and financial incentives for farmers to reduce GHG emissions, sequester carbon and other environmental benefits. www.calclimateag.org

Californians for Pesticide Reform – CPR is a dynamic statewide coalition founded in 1996 to protect public health, improve environmental quality and advance a sustainable and just agricultural system by building a diverse statewide movement to change local and statewide pesticide policies and practices. www.pesticidereform.org