CoFED Annual Report - 2022

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DECEMBER 2022 COFED ANNUAL REPORT

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FY22 ANNUAL REPORT 1 WE ARE THE COOPERATIVE FOOD EMPOWERMENT DIRECTIVE: VISION WHATS INSIDE At CoFED, we are building a cooperative food economy, powered by the visionary leadership of young people of color. We partner with food and land co-ops across the US and Canada to embody cooperative values and economics. CoFED is a cooperative movement builder where we believe in the power of young queer, trans, Black, Indigenous people, and people of color to be able to transform our current food system from an extractive system to one that is rooted and guided by values of healing our relationship with one another, our planet, and all life in it. We support young people to build and scale up their food and land justice based cooperatives to be able to transform our food ecosystem. CoFED partners with young QTBIPOC cooperators to practice cooperative values and economics through food and land. MISSION A world where mother earth and all beings are living in just, joyful, and cooperative relationships and we are guided by our values of Joy, Cooperation, Love, Impact, and Accountability. Our Team............................................................................. 2 Letter: Be a Time Traveler With Us..................................... 3 Impact & Assessment ......................................................... 7 Our Journey: Creating the Time Capsule.......................... 5 The Cooperative Fund........................................................ 9 CoFUND in Action.............................................................. 11 Path Ahead......................................................................... 15
FY22 ANNUAL REPORT 2 OUR TEAM TEIA EVANS CO-DIRECTOR SUPARNA KUDESIA CO-DIRECTOR PAULINA RODRIGUEZ COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR AYANO K. JEFFERS-FABRO EDUCATION COORDINATOR AB BANKS AXÚL SÓL SANKOFA GABRIELA SILVA AMETHYST CAREY JUST LEADER FELLOWS ADVISORY COMMITTEE STAFF CARLOS HERNANDEZ TIM LAMPKIN GREGORY JACKSON

While our world aches to of belonging and connectedness, of productivity and output our shared humanity), at intentionally moving at community, clarity, and 2021 and through 2022, our mission, team, and and build our capacity – and we are so delighted

Last year, we celebrated we took stock of our seeds before us harvested, saved, planted. We reconnected founders of CoFED, named have passed the baton to create the next iteration evolution – the next time-capsule

Thanks to your support, 10,000 food and land system cooperative technical assistance programs; and we have across 12 states and plan ically and numerically in lessons we harvested from

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to rebuild a renewed sense connectedness, often at the speed output (and at the expense of at CoFED we have been the pace of care, and capacity. At the start of 2022, we made a commitment to network to deepen our roots as a team and organization delighted to share that we have celebrated a decade of CoFED – and seeds that those who came saved, preserved, and reconnected with some of the named the legacies of those we and onwards, and we began iteration of our organization’s time-capsule of our harvest, support, our work has reached over system workers through our assistance and educational have redistributed over $110,000 plan to expand that geograph in 2023. We are taking the from 2021 and 2022 and

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THE COOPERATIVE

In early 2021, we launched our inaugural regranting fund called the Cooperative Fund or CoFUND, through which we redistributed $75,000 among 13 food and farm-based organizations around the United States from Washington and Hawaii to New York and North Carolina. We created a democratic selection process involving our community to help us select this cohort of CoFUND grantees.

We successfully completed our pilot round of redistributing funds to the 13 QTBIPOC led and -serving cooperatives in CoFUND’s first round! We are in the midst of a capital campaign to build out our second grant pool and plan to launch our cycle in early 2023 using the lessons we harvested during this first cycle. We are aiming to increase our grant total from $5,000 to $10,000 to each cooperative. The feedback we received from this grant cycle was helpful. Our grantee partners shared how this grant afforded them opportunities to not just stay afloat during the barriers that emerged during the pandemic, but also how it supported them to build a sustainability plan. We also want to celebrate that we have increased our offerings to become more linguistically accessible with Spanish.

Please read on to for a glimpse of the feedback we received from some of our grantees.

SCAN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CoFUND’S RECIPIENTS

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BLACK STAR FARMERS Seattle, WA CRECE COOP Santa Ana, CA FUBU FARM Gresham, OR CATATUMBO Chicago, PUEBLO Isleta,
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THE PATH AHEAD

This will be our first time growing our Just Leader Fellowship to a 9-month offering – we are excited to see the changes in outcomes of the Fellows’ learning. We are also planning our strategic evaluation process with our program alumni over a longitudinal duration. We will be offering our Build, Unlearn, Decolonize (BUD) cooperative education program virtually this coming year; and we are planning to redistribute further

funding through our regranting program - CoFUND in early 2023.

We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and partnership and are excited to collaborate on transformational relationships in the food system and within philanthropy. We are closing 2022 with a more strengthened approach to build power, which is split into three main strategies:

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WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION EDUCATION

We are building economic power through moving stolen wealth back into the hands of Black and Indigenous people across the country through non-extractive capital redistribution and grant-making.

We are also building the political muscle of youth in our networks through educational and technical assistance through our flagship cooperative education programs - BUD and our Just Leader Fellowship.

CULTURAL POWER

We are building our cultural power through the work of story archiving and story-telling because for our communities, cooperatives don’t just serve an economic function, but also meet our cultural needs.

Our communities have a long history of cooperation that is rooted in a regenerative relationship to people, land, and our planet. We intend to preserve this history as well as nurture it through equipping the next generation of food system leaders to be able to steward this mission onwards. Thank you for joining us in this work!

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