Farm Foundation

Accelerating practical solutions for agriculture.

OAK BROOK, IL   |  http://www.farmfoundation.org

Mission

Farm Foundation is an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture. Our mission is to build trust and understanding at the intersections of agriculture and society. We accomplish this by leveraging non-partisan objective dialogue, information and training, catalyzing solutions and creating multi-stakeholder collaboration. Our vision is to build a future for farmers, our communities and our world.

Ruling year info

2009

President & CEO

Shari Rogge-Fidler

Main address

1301 W 22ND ST STE 906

OAK BROOK, IL 60523 USA

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EIN

26-4499028

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center

About the Center
Farm Foundation has established the Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center to bring clarity to trade discussions and enable productive debate and dialogue on trade policy issues.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the food and agriculture value chain/system.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Most of our feedback loop is about programs - and suggestions for programs. We use this information to plan future events.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have gotten much larger and diverse audiences during Covid, so we are getting a wider variety fo feedback/suggestions to consider as we plan future events.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Farm Foundation

Board of directors
as of 09/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jerome Lyman

McDonalds (retired)

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dan Basse

Ag Resource Co.

Term: 2021 -

Jerome Lyman

McDonalds Corp. (Retired)

Elizabeth Hund

US Bank (retired)

Joe Swedberg

Hormel Foods (retired)

Chuck Ahlem

Chuck Ahlem Ranch

Philip Ashcraft

Dan Basse

AgResource Company

Jonathan Bryant

BASF

Cheri DeJong

AgriVision Farm Management

John Foltz

Ohio State University

David Gilmore

Deere & Company

Gregg Hillyer

Progressive Farmer

George Hoffman

Restaurant Services Inc. (retired)

Robert Jones

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

A.G. Kawamura

Orange County Produce

Thayne Larson

Bestifor Farms

Andrew LaVigne

American Seed Trade Association

Brad Luben

University of Nebraska

Klaas Martens

, Martens Farm and Lake View Organic Grain

John Miller

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

William Nelson

William J. Nelson, LLC

Nathan Rudgers

Farm Credit East

Ryan Schohr

Schohr Ranch

Mary Snapp

Microsoft Philanthropies

Mike Torrey

Mike Torrey Associates

Darci Vetter

Edelman

Craig Yunker

CY Farms,

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.