Welcome! We are so pleased you are interested in helping The FruitGuys Community Fund! We are a small nonprofit organization working to make a big impact by supporting sustainable agriculture and small independent American farms through grant making.
Volunteering Is An Amazing Gift
Good for the Soil & Your Soul!
The FruitGuys Community Fund supports projects that are good for the soil. Our grants are used to preserve and enhance innovative, ecologically sustainable farming practices. It also turns out that our volunteers benefit too. According to a study conducted by the Corporation for National & Community Service, volunteering is good for our health. When we join others in a sense of purpose, it has a positive effect on our mental and physical health.
Employers who inspire and encourage their workforce to volunteer also benefit. According to Dale Carnegie research, one of the key drivers to employee satisfaction and engagement relate to a company’s contribution to society. 54% of employees remain engaged due to this alignment with their employer.
Our Annual Grant Review Committee
Each year we need volunteers to donate 15-20 hours as part of the farm grant application review process. Most, if not all, participation is virtual via conference calls. Volunteers help by:
- Reviewing project proposals
- Scoring them according to our criteria
- Meeting with other review committee members via conference calls
- Finalizing the award recommendations sent to our Advisory Board for approval
To apply for our grant review committee, please fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire. Or, if you have additional questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: during the grant application cycle, it may take time to respond to all requests so we ask for your patience.
Share The Community Fund Message
We need help in getting our message out about our Good Works and our efforts to save small, independent farmers. We encourage you to:
- Join our mailing list to receive news and updates
- Read our bi-weekly articles and share with like-minded folks
- Follow us on Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter
- Share and retweet our social media posts
Encourage others to support a project even by donating small amounts
Tell an Independent Farmer About Us
You can make a big impact to a small farm. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 97% of the U.S. farms are family-owned operations. 58% of all direct farm sales to consumers come from small family farms. If you know of an independent farmer, let them know about The FruitGuys Community Fund grant program. We respect farmers’ autonomy and fund projects to help their operations conserve resources and use sustainable farming practices. Grant applications typically start in December and are awarded in May. If you know a farmer, encourage them to read our eligibility requirements and submit a letter of intent.
You Can Make a Big Difference
However you support The FruitGuys Community Fund, we welcome you. Together we can all make a big impact for small farms all across America.