Submitted by: Organic Valley
Posted: Mar 24, 2009 – 08:05 AM EST
Mar. 24 /CSRwire/ - La Farge, Wis. - March 24, 2009 - Fostering positive change in rural communities, family farming and the environment throughout the nation, Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest cooperative of organic family farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands, donated more than $2.2 million in cash and food to charitable organizations last year, the cooperative reported today.
Organic Valley provided almost $1.2 million in cash and food contributions to 586 non-profits, educational institutions and other similar organizations in the local communities and regions of its farmer-owners. The co-op strives to support organizations that are champions in one or more of the following areas: family farming, rural communities, organic research, organic education and promotion, humane animal treatment, environmental education and preservation and child wellness.
"Our giving programs are an extension of our cooperative ideals. We know when we give to great organic causes and to local communities, we get back tenfold. We consider every dollar given an effective way of supporting change for good," said Theresa Marquez, Chief Marketing Executive at Organic Valley.
Nearly half of the total dollars contributed originated from Organic Valley's FAFO (Farmers Advocating for Organics) Fund, a program completely funded and managed by the farmer-owners of the cooperative.
Organic Valley and Organic Prairie farmer-owners voluntarily contribute to FAFO, which seeks to advance and promote organic research, education and advocacy. A committee of farmer-owners reviews grant applications from regional and national organizations, then awards grants to those projects that have the greatest potential to positively impact organic agriculture, the industry and the marketplace. (www.organicvalley.coop/farmerfund)
Among FAFO's largest grants in 2008:
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