Funder Affinity Groups

As a network of funders ourselves, Community Food Funders appreciates the value that affinity groups bring to philanthropy.  On this page we highlight some of the most common groups and networks that our members belong to.  Please contact us to add more groups to this list.


Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
SAFSF is an international network of grantmakers that works to foster communication, shared learning, and information exchange about issues connected to sustainable agriculture and food systems. SAFSF seeks to carry out its mission by providing opportunities for collaboration, increasing awareness of the issues as well as funding needs, and expanding beyond the current membership to increase support and funding for organizations that (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 heath, and viability of communities.

Health & Environmental Funders Network
The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) is a network of grantmakers investing at the intersections of health and the environment. Members of HEFN are expected to share a commitment to its mission and values.

Environmental Grantmakers Association
Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) works with members and partners to promote effective environmental philanthropy by sharing knowledge, fostering debate, cultivating leadership, facilitating collaboration, and catalyzing action.

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
The Funders’ Network is a membership organization that helps grantmakers across NorthAmerica advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life. We believe that the suite of tools available to funders―investing, grantmaking, collaborating, convening, facilitating, and more―uniquely position them to lead the movement for smarter growth policies and practices that benefit both places and people.

The Sustainability Funders
The Sustainability Funders work toward the ambitious and achievable goal of a transformed materials economy which promotes social and economic equity, public health and long-term environmental sustainability. Examining current production and consumption practices and their environmental and social impacts, the workgroup organizes and educates within the funding community to more effectively leverage resources in pursuit of sustainability.

Neighborhood Funders Group
The Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) is a membership association of grantmaking institutions. Our mission is to build the capacity of philanthropy to advance social justice and community change. NFG organizes the field, develops leaders, and cultivates thought leadership among its national base of members and encourages the support of policies and practices that advance economic, racial, and social justice.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples
International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) is a recognized Affinity Group of the Council on Foundations with a mission to convene and educate donors to build capacity and enhance funding partnerships that improve the lives of Indigenous Peoples around the world. Over the past 15 years, IFIP has been a leader in the field of Indigenous Philanthropy by bringing greater awareness, education, and cooperation in this underserved area. We are one of the few organizations dedicated to promoting broad understanding of the crucial nexus between strengthening Indigenous Peoples, restoring planetary health including the importance of food sovereignty, and fostering the pivotal role of philanthropy in that process.

Philanthropy New York
Philanthropy New York promotes effective, strategic philanthropy and supports meaningful collaboration and knowledge-sharing for funders and their grantees. We also communicate the value of philanthropy and the philanthropic sector and develop philanthropic leaders to ensure a diverse and capable future. Through Philanthropy New York, our members can build their institutional skills and knowledge by taking advantage of our 150 programs a year and our knowledge base of resources.

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is a statewide association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. The Council is dedicated to providing its members with the highest quality programs, resources and services, networking opportunities, and insight and news about grantmaking and philanthropy.

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers is the center for philanthropy in New Jersey, serving the leading independent, corporate, family and community foundations as well as public grantmakers of our state. We support our members by strengthening their capacity to address New Jersey and society’s most difficult problems. We also access the resources of the philanthropic community – funding, expertise, leverage – to provide leadership on statewide issues.



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