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Replenish HEAL's Rapid Response Fund - 2024

Amidst the chaos of 2020, HEAL Food Alliance piloted a Rapid Response Fund,to support members addressing urgent needs in their communities.  Since we established the fund three years ago, we’ve seen a huge impact: to date, HEAL has distributed $122,000 to 15 of our member organizations through the fund.


HEAL’s Rapid Response Fund aligns with our commitment to organizing resources for a BIPOC-led movement for change. In 2020 HEAL co-wrote an Open Letter to Philanthropy addressing the patronizing and problematic practice of funding white-led organizations while under-compensating BIPOC-led nonprofits. Along with the Rapid Response Fund, the letter’s authors began to organize as LIFE (Liberating Investment for the Food and Farm Ecosystem) to move more funding to values-aligned BIPOC-led organizations. Through LIFE, we’ve moved over $1.5 million to BIPOC-led food and farm systems organizing efforts and recently secured another $3.5 million for redistribution. 


At the beginning of each year, we invite all HEAL member organizations – and their members – to apply to the Rapid Response Fund. We encourage organizations focused on base-building and/or from less resourced regions to apply, with priority given to organizations with a budget under $1 million. Recipients could use the funding for any urgent need related to civil response to COVID-19, climate chaos, and/or political conditions.


Requests from member organizations exceed the funds we have raised. To support our members’ work on the frontlines, you can contribute to the Rapid Response Fund through a donation today. We are grateful to our past and future individual donors.



Our Impact

Dig into what the Fund has meant to our members and their communities in our Impact Reports: 2023 I 2022 I 2021


*If you prefer to mail a check -- please send to Movement Strategy Center located at 1625 Clay Street, 6th Floor Oakland, CA 94612. Please make check payable to Movement Strategy Center & note HEAL Food Alliance in the memo line.

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