Change for Good
2020 was the first year of the Change for Good partnership, a register round-up program to benefit a monthly slate of organizations, voted on by Co-op owners, through the cumulative donations of shoppers choosing to round-up their shopping total to the nearest dollar.
This is a recording of an informational webinar that is sharing information on our Change for Good program, the application process, and timeline.
Our Change for Good Application deadline is 𝟵:𝟬𝟬𝗽𝗺, 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝟭𝟳𝘁𝗵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭.
The application can be found in the Change for Good section of our AFC Gives webpage
To learn more about AFC Gives and its funding programs, please visit ashlandfood.coop/afcgives
Here are some highlights from the webinar:
• Have documented tax-exempt status to be eligible
• Have a Co-op member listed in the Organization or on the Board of Directors
• Meet at least one of the AFC Gives priorities (detailed below)
• Operate in Jackson or Josephine Counties
Featured Change for Good organizations will be required to:
• Offer an info table at the Coop for two hours, twice per month (on hold until Covid distancing is lifted)
• Provide marketing images and info for the Co-op's:
- Weekly Sales Flyer (pending available real estate on flyer/insert)
- Social Media posts (2)
- E-Mail Blasts (2)
- Printed Posters in Store (TBD)
- Customer Displays (at each register and a larger display on the Community Monitor above the soup bar)
• Provide a brief explanation of the organization's mission and work (for cashiers' interactions with customers)
- Logo (AI or high-quality PNG)
- 4-8 photos/videos/other content to share in marketing channels.
- Any projects, stories or other information you'd like the Co-op to highlight.
- An email (and optional social media postings) to your list encouraging your supporters to round-up for Change for Good during your featured month.
For 2021, we are looking for nonprofit organizations to partner monthly with the Co-op and its owners in support of five priorities:
- 𝗘quity, 𝗗iversity, 𝗜nclusion - Support for organizations that specifically focus on increasing diversity, supporting equity and inclusion and educate the public on anti-racism.
- 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 - Support for housing and homelessness; providing for food, shelter, and clothing; and addressing the needs of children in or on the edge of poverty.
- 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 - Support for developing climate resiliency and sustainability.
- 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 - Increasing the awareness and viability of local food producers and support for sustainable agriculture.
- 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 - Highlighting the arts and cultural programs that bring awareness to the coop principles of community, equity, and sustainability.
Applications will require an explanation of how the work of your organization addresses one or more of these priorities.
More Co-op News
September's Change for Good Partner is
The Center for NonProfit Legal Services has provided free/low-cost civil legal assistance to low-income persons and seniors residing in Jackson County since 1972.
August's Change for Good Partner is
Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center
KS Wild's mission is to protect and restore wild nature in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southwest Oregon and northwest California.
July's Change for Good Partner is
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
Protecting and enhancing precious land in the Rogue River region
to benefit our human and natural communities since 1978
Welcome to the newly redesigned and reimagined newsletter from the Ashland Food Co-op: 1st Street Beet.
Think of this publication as a resource to know what’s going on in every level of the community: at the co-op, around town, in the region, and on Earth!
June's Change for Good Recipient is
Our Family Farms, an Oregon 501(c)3 non profit organization, is hard at work educating and inspiring farmers, policy makers and the community at large to support regenerative agricultural practices.
Photography by Chelsea Whitney Art
On May 1st, several Southern Oregon businesses came together for a block party to provide a space to gather as a community after a rough spell due to the pandemic and fires. The May Day Block Party was hosted on Main St in Phoenix, where the scent of food trucks mingled with artisan goods such as local cheeses, locally farmed flowers, and even fresh-baked pastries.
May's Change for Good Recipient is
Rogue Valley Farm to School educates children about our food system through hands-on farm and garden programs, and by increasing local foods in school meals.
"We inspire an appreciation of local agriculture that improves the economy and environment of our community and the health of its members."
April's Change for Good Recipient is
Visit Rolling Hills Farm and learn more about owner Dave Belzberg, who the Ashland Food Co-op is so honored to partner with for more than thirty five years.
Visit Magnolia Farms and learn more about owner Elissa Thau, who the Ashland Food Co-op is so honored to partner with for more than twenty years.
Visit the Emerald Hills Ranch and learn more about this fourth generation ranching family that the Ashland Food Co-op is so proud to partner with for more than twenty years.
Katie Falkenberg's photography and filmmaking has taken her all over the world, and lucky for us - she's been calling the Rogue Valley home for a couple years now. Exquisitely and harmoniously capturing the world around her, she is documenting not only through the lens but also through her peaceful and loving spirit. Katie reached out to us in hopes of collaborating after falling in love with the co-op soon after moving here.
March's Change for Good Recipient is
a division of Ashland Parks and Recreation, that encompasses demonstration gardens, a nature playground, and approximately 14 acres of Natural Area that is managed for wildlife preservation and public education.