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VFC Co-op Community Fund

Posted by VFC Marketing Team on Tue, Oct 01, 2019 @ 01:31 PM

 

Round Up for the VFC Co-op Community Fund throughout October!

October is Co-op Month! In celebration, our October 2019 Give Where You Live recipient is the VFC Co-op Community Fund (CCF)! Each time you round up your purchases for the CCF, your donation is matched (up to $1,000) thanks to the generous support of Equal Exchange, Frontier Co-op and VFC.

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So, what is the VFC CCF? It provides grants to local nonprofit organizations that match our mission. In 2018, we awarded two grants: one to a local high school to purchase classroom kitchen equipment; one to a local farmers market to help mentor youth garden growers. CCF Grant applications are now available until October 31, 2019 (more info below)!

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The VFC Co-op Community Fund is an endowment fund (somewhat similar to a scholarship fund) that's administered through Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF) (501c3), which makes donations to the VFC CCF tax deductible. As we put more money in this fund, we accrue more interest. We use the interest gained each year to give grants to organizations that match our mission of local and organic food and agriculture.

VFC is not alone in having a Cooperative Community Fund. In fact, 45 other U.S. food co-op also have CCF’s administered by Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF). TPCF in turn invests the principle of the funds in co-op business development. To learn more about CCF, go to: www.community.coop/ccf

Local nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for a CCF Grant for any amount up to $500. Applications must be filled out by October 31, 2019. Priority is given to: grant requests for educational projects, development projects and local events that match VFC’s mission, and focus on but are not necessarily limited to: food and food systems, nutrition, health and well-being, cooking education, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education, and social change.

Learn more about this opportunity and download an application here: www.viroquafood.coop/ccf

Tags: donations, Give where you live, Coop Community Fund