Emerging Advocacy Fund

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Grantmaking Overview

MAZON’s Emerging Advocacy Fund

MAZON’s grants program is built on a simple theory of change: To eliminate food insecurity in the United States and Israel there must be a robust, well-funded, trained, and organized community of anti-hunger advocates working to end hunger. Vital as food banks will continue to be, we will never food bank our way out of hunger.

Through in-depth environmental scans, MAZON’s staff and Board of Directors identified the largest impediment to advancing anti-hunger advocacy in the United States is a lack of resources and technical expertise to establish and guide anti-hunger advocacy work. The will and commitment to ending hunger is well-established, but institutions in the economic and social justice community need predictable, consistent support to advance their priorities. Through our grants program, we invest in organizations as partners and empower them to leverage their local expertise and the trust they have in their communities to maximize their chances of success. 

Now more than ever, we need strong, resilient institutions that can take on food insecurity and its causes and advance social and economic justice. Our goal is to strengthen anti-hunger advocacy institutions around the United States, making them more effective at achieving their core missions and reducing food insecurity in all forms.

What we will and will not fund:

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is dedicated to increasing staff capacity to do anti-hunger advocacy in the toughest political and social climates. Potential partners represent a mix of new and well-established organizations, covering an array of essential advocacy tactics – including public education, grassroots organizing, policy analysis, and litigation. 

Work we do not fund
  • Direct service work
  • Direct donations or grants to individuals
  • International groups (with the exception of Israel-based organizations)
  • Building or capital campaigns
  • Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes

What does a MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Partnership Grant Entail?

MAZON’s grants program accomplishes its work in partnership with our grantee partners, who join with us in pushing for innovative solutions to food insecurity and harnessing the transformative power of advocacy. Our goal is to nurture a community of advocates in underdeveloped anti-hunger advocacy ecosystems who are interconnected and motivated to share best practices, successes, challenges, campaigns, resources, and technical assistance. MAZON’s grants program contains the following elements:

Regional meetings:

  • MAZON will host at least one regional gathering in 2018 in the Deep South or Appalachian region to provide a forum for MAZON and its grantee partners to foster institutional relationships, share best practices, provide policy briefings and organizational updates and generate new ideas, issues, and programs. Attendance is required for grantees; partners will be involved in the planning and executing the event.

Buddy System:

  • Though grantee partners work in different advocacy ecosystems and possess different levels of sophistication and technical knowledge, many dynamics are similar across America’s 15 most food insecure states. A formal or informal buddy system aims to increase staff and institutional connections and provide a safe space to share successes, challenges and best practices in the field.

Cohort Conference Calls:

  • Conference calls will give our grantee partners an opportunity to connect on a regular basis to share updates on their work and for MAZON to provide technical assistance, issue education, and more.

MAZON Programing:

  • Join MAZON national briefing calls
  • Commitment to promote MAZON in social and traditional media.
  • Participate in select MAZON campaigns and initiatives on a state and national level.
  • Produce testimonials, select collateral and fundraising material for MAZON publication. Examples may include, interviews with MAZON staff, guest blog posts, multi-media, DC lobbying, and more.

Technical Assistance:

  • MAZON is committed to assisting grantees with best practices concerning government affairs, communications, development, grant writing, Jewish community relations, DC contacts and more. 

How is the Grant Structured?

MAZON partnership grants are specifically designed to enable institutions to increase staff capacity to work on anti-hunger advocacy. We structure our grants to allow for sustainable capacity development over a period of three consecutive years. Aspiring grantee partners must provide a complete and accurate representation of the total cost to increase staff capacity in the most effective way possible.

MAZON requires an annual renewal grant application from all grantee partners. While institutions are invited to apply for a period of three years, MAZON reserves the right to review and make changes to funding levels for subsequent years.

How we evaluate success?

MAZON collaborates with grantee partners that align with our strategic priorities and our effort to promote long-term solutions to food insecurity. An important part of this process is determining and evaluating success, which may be defined differently in each state. From the beginning of the grantmaking application process, we will have an honest and transparent discussion about success, challenges, and what tools are needed to grow the organizations capabilities.  

Quick Reaction Fund

Now more than ever, MAZON recognizes the need for anti-hunger movement leaders to respond quickly to pressing issues that will disproportionally impact the lives of food insecure people. MAZON’s Quick Reaction Fund (QRF) addresses this need by providing assistance for special initiatives and actions around the country that may emerge at a moment’s notice and for which a targeted and strategic action will result in a meaningful response.

Click here to learn more about the QRF.

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Hunger Free Vermont

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"In 1993, only 17% of Vermont schools offered a breakfast or lunch program for low-income students. Today, 97% of schools offer meal programs – largely due to Hunger Free Vermont’s advocacy efforts." Read story

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