Community Food Projects Webinars

Past webinars

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CFP Grantee ​Evaluation and Reporting

December 6, 2016

Community Food Projects Application Process

October 20, 2016


Introduction to Community Food Projects Grant Program

August 4, 2016


Leadership Development

July 21, 2016

This webinar is on leadership development focused on incubator farms and community food projects. Our presenters will talk about the theoretical underpinnings of developing strong leaders within your organization and community, as well as share an example of a successful program.

Robbie Hertneky, PhD Chair and Associate Professor, Antioch University New England. Robbie brings her interests in mindfulness, leadership development, and personal and professional leadership identity to her role as Chair of the Department of Management and Associate Professor in the MBA in Sustainability Program. Her doctoral studies, teaching, and scholarship are in the field of leadership and change; in her teaching she focuses on the application of theory to practice.

Kelly Owensby, Director, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm. Transplanting Tradition's mission is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.

Enterprising Nonprofits

February 23, 2016

Webinar Overview

Join this webinar to hear from Altruist Partners for an introduction to the major concepts of how nonprofits are functioning like social enterprises. Attendees will learn how nonprofits of all sizes are using three major management tools to optimize their programs, people, plans, and revenue.

  • A Business Plan that describes goals, strategies, and key metrics and a 5-year financial projection;
  • A Revenue Pipeline that maximizes revenue from all possible funding domains (individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies and earned income); and
  • A Dashboard that provides a 1-page snapshot of the business plan progress, along with key financial and revenue indicators.

Altruist Partners helps nonprofits transform into powerful social enterprises. We partner with funders and work side-by-side with clients to create high-performing, high-growth organizations delivering effective solutions at the necessary scale. Our clients range from startups and small community organizations to leading regional, national and global nonprofits. All have one thing in common: they seek not just to survive, but to solve the problems they address.

Presenters:  Donald Summers, Managing Director at Altruist Partners; Chris Longston, Partner at Altruist Partners


Evaluation for Community Food Projects

October 28, 2015

Whole Measures for Community Food Projects

July 23, 2015

Webinar Overview
This webinar will introduce Whole Measure for Community Food Systems (WM CFS), a values-based, community-oriented tool for planning and evaluation of Community Food Projects. We will talk about how CFP grantees can utilize the Whole Measures CFS frame for their annual Indicators of Success reporting, a collective impact report for all CFPs, as well as a tool for community organizing. We will also look at examples of how previous CFP grantees have implemented a Whole Measures CFS process. This will be an introductory webinar geared towards existing CFP grantees, and prospective grantees. Our presenter will be Jeanette Abi-Nader of the City Schoolyard Garden and formerly of the Community Food Security Coalition. Jeanette was a member of the working group that created the Whole Measures for Community Food Systems tool.

Jeanette Abi-Nader, Executive Director, City Schoolyard Garden

Sustaining your Program after Community Food Projects Funding

July 14, 2015

Webinar Overview
This webinar will discuss challenges and strategies for sustaining a program after your initial funding has finished. The presenters, Chris Brown of Agriculture and Land Based Training and Jennifer Hashley of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, will each speak about experiences from their own organizations. They will address challenges they have faced with sustaining a program, and lessons they have learned from the process.

Jennifer Hashley, Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Chris Brown, Executive Director of Agriculture and Land Based Training (ALBA)

Logic Models as a Comprehensive Tool for Attaining Programmatic Success

June 24, 2015

Webinar Overview
A logic model is a picture of how your organization does its work, and it expresses a hypothesis about how you will achieve desired programmatic outcomes.

In this webinar, we will cover the basics of creating logic models. We will also discuss how these visual tools can be used to help you achieve not only fundraising success, but also consensus among your community of stakeholders, a design and an implementation plan for your program, and an evaluation model that can support your organization’s future success.

Lesley Heiser, Communications and Development Leader of Cultivating Community
Craig Lapine, Executive Director of Cultivating Community

Planning & Community Engagement Strategies

June 2, 2015

Webinar Overview
Strong project planning and community engagement are key elements of success for the Community Food Projects grant program. This workshop will focus on the process and strategies to engage with community partners and collaboratively plan collective work. We will look at language and theory of change to cover why these elements help ground collaborative efforts and also share various community meeting tools for asset-based community assessments as well as tools for collective visioning.

Aley Kent, Technical Advisor, Food & Agriculture of International Rescue Committee
Tes Thraves, Youth and Community-based Food Systems Coordinator of Center for Environmental Farming Systems.


Understanding the Community Food Projects Grant Program

May 28, 2015