The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is a diverse and inclusive organization working for a more equitable society. We consistently challenge structural racism, gender inequality, and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, economic status, physical ability, gender, immigration and immigration status. We seek to open channels of opportunities for those who are systemically denied.
We believe that people, not corporations, have inalienable rights. The Foundation builds the power of people — those most impacted and those who have been marginalized — to be actively involved in advancing solutions to the problems they face.
We believe in an environmentally just earth in which all species have the right to co-exist. We fund in the areas of sustainable agriculture and food systems, reproductive rights and health, environmental justice, and have a small amount of funds dedicated for New York City, where Charles Noyes amassed his fortune
Our food system funding priorities include grants to:
- Advocate for public policies that advance sustainable farm and food systems and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to sustainable farming and food systems.
- Increase community control over food systems to advance local food production, regional processing and distribution, just jobs, fair trade, and resource-efficient processes along the food value chain.
- Counter the further corporate concentration of food production and the industrialization of agriculture.
- Develop and implement a market place framework that includes the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental indicators.