The Summit started a long-overdue conversation to acknowledge and value the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the agricultural industry. Ten months later, that conversation continued at the second Cultivating Change Summit in Sacramento, CA. These conversations must continue, and we’re asking for your support to make sure they do!
Earlier this year, we formed the Cultivating Change Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to value and elevate LGBTQ agriculturists through advocacy, education, and community. The annual Summit will be a primary mechanism to carry this mission forward, and over the coming years, the Foundation will develop new programs and educational materials to ensure our conversations reach a broad audience and promote positive change for LGBTQ individuals in agriculture.
Beyond the Foundation’s formation, 2016 has been marked by other milestones for the Foundation. In August, the IRS recognized the Foundation as a 501(c)(3) entity, which allows the Foundation to accept tax deductible donations. Then, in November, The White House Rural Council invited representatives of the Foundation to participate in a discussion about advancing LGBT progress in rural America. We’re thrilled that the Cultivating Change Foundation will help shape conversations about LGBT progress going forward!
We’re excited to share this news with you and to ask for your support. As a growing foundation, we need your financial support. In recognition of our founding year, we’re inviting the Foundation’s early supporters to join us as Founder’s Circle Sponsors. This group of sponsors will make a three-year pledge to donate $1,000 per year, with the first year’s donation due by March 31, 2017. We would appreciate a founding year contribution from you—at any level.
To join the Founder’s Circle, or to discuss other sponsorship opportunities (including corporate sponsorship opportunities), contact Jesse Eller at 415-902- 2239. You can also visit our website or mail a check to Cultivating Change Foundation, 965 Geary St. #2, San Francisco, CA 94109.
We also need your help to spread the word about our mission. Follow the Foundation online at www.cultivatingchangefoundation.org and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @C_C_Foundation, then like and share our posts! Invite your friends to do the same.
It’s been an incredible year for the Foundation, and we look forward to celebrating many more milestones in 2017. We hope you’ll join us in cultivating change!