Established in 1979, Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry and engage the country in the fight to end hunger. Since then, Feeding America has become the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, working through a network of 200 food banks across the country. They currently feed 46 million people at risk of hunger each year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
“Most foundations – family and community-based – use some form of endowment or have a regular pool of funds with cycles of strategic programming,” says Anne. “Feeding America is different. We raise funds from various streams; foundations, corporate and individual donations.”
“Each grant opportunity is its own unique process,” adds Renie. “It makes management of the overall granting program challenging due to the range of initiatives, timelines and requirements. We also operate with a closed pool of applicants – our member food banks – and their eligibility for specific grants is defined in advance. This means, essentially, that our grants are invitation only. All member food banks have access to our Intranet, where we post all upcoming and active grants as part of our commitment to transparency, but particular funding options will only be visible and open to applicants in the new system if they meet the eligibility requirements outlined by a particular funding opportunity.”