As Americans’ desire for healthier, more sustainable food options increases, the good food marketplace is rapidly maturing, creating opportunities for interested investors to drive social, environmental, and financial returns by helping to build a stronger good food supply chain. In this report, we identify current opportunities across five areas of the good food supply chain—places where we believe capital investments can yield both compelling investment returns and meaningful impact in expanding the supply of good food.
Funders, advocates, and other stakeholders invested in creating a better food system have an opportunity to capitalize on a growing and converging movement to build and scale an equitable, sustainable, and thriving regional food economy in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Seizing this opportunity will require forging a common vision and set of action priorities among a wide range of actors across the region. This report summarizes findings from a landscape analysis that Arabella Advisors conducted on current strategies and initiatives to strengthen the regional food system in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Mandatory paid sick leave became Oregon law in July 2015—the outcome of advocates and allies’ three-year effort to extend the benefit to hundreds of thousands of mostly low-wage workers. The victory in Oregon has generated momentum for similar efforts around the country, and elevated workplace policies and economic security for families as topics in the national conversation. This profile examines how smart philanthropic investments in advocacy generated precedent-setting policy victories. In particular, it highlights lessons for funders on how multiyear investments in a range of organizations—501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and PACs—are critical to transformational policy change.
A policy environment that better supports Good Food is both possible and essential. With that in mind, we have developed a list of 12 Good Food Policy Priorities that we hope will help drive a discussion about building a shared, ambitious, yet realistic Good Food policy strategy—one that enables funders, investors, advocates, and other stakeholders to effectively coordinate efforts, leverage one another’s resources, and extend the impact of the Good Food movement.
We recognize that many more policy changes than we could list are needed, and that much more will need to be done to realize the Good Food future we want. At the same time, we know that a cohesive movement strategy is about making difficult choices. A realistic strategy won’t make everyone happy on every point, but it will ultimately enable us to drive needed policy improvements at multiple levels. With that said, we offer these priorities as a conversation starter.
In just a few years, the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy has gone from a series of coordinated campaigns on college campuses to a worldwide effort backed by a wide range of institutions and individuals that collectively represent $2.6 trillion in assets.
Last year, Arabella Advisors published the first objective, third-party analysis of the scope and scale of commitments made as part of the divest-invest movement (see last year’s report). This year, we provide a complete update, documenting the movement’s exponential growth, reviewing its history, and exploring the causes of its expansion.