OV: Cooperative Giving

Guidelines

At Organic Valley, every year we support hundreds of organizations across the U.S. that are working to create a better food system for all. The organizations we support focus on the following priority areas:

  • Supporting organic family farmers
    Efforts that increase professional development opportunities in organic agriculture for family farmers; empower youth in agriculture; preserve family farm culture; and protect farmers' livelihood.

  • Growing organic food systems
    Efforts dedicated to the advancement of organic agriculture and food sovereignty in both rural and urban areas, including initiatives focused on organic research, education and advocacy.

  • Promoting environmental sustainability
    Efforts that promote and advocate for the stewardship and protection of natural resources.

  • Fostering organic health and wellness
    Efforts that promote healthy living by educating about the benefits of organic and increasing access to organic food. Priority is given to initiatives that benefit children's health and education.

  • Doing good in our local communities
    Efforts that empower our farmers' and employees' communities to strengthen their local economies, create and enrich local, organic food systems, and/or increase community well-being.

Please read about our two charitable programs in the descriptions below to determine which process suits your needs. 

Monetary and Food Donations; Silent Auction Kits

1. We require eight weeks processing time on all donation requests. (Please remember: We may get dozens of donation requests in a single day, so be sure to send in a donation request form at least eight weeks before the date that you need the donation!)

2. Fill out the online Donation Request Form completely and send by clicking on SUBMIT. Be sure to indicate your agreement to acknowledge Organic Valley's gift (see required check boxes on the request form).

3. Organic Valley will reply to your request within four weeks of receipt and notify you whether your request has been approved.

4. After your event, your organization must fill out our Donation Follow Up Form and mail/email it back to Organic Valley for review. It is very important to do so to qualify your organization for future donations from Organic Valley. Evaluation of results guides us in future grant-making decisions.

What is a Silent Auction Kit?

A year of free milk! The perfectly pure and healthy gift for your organization's next fundraiser. Our easel back display stands colorfully on your silent auction table, offering 52 coupons for free, certified organic milk—a cash value of more than $500. Please review our guidelines and use our donation request form to apply.

Sorry, our milk coupons are not redeemable in the state of Colorado and are not valid for Class 1 Dairy in the state of California. For California residents, a different display sign, offering a year of Free Organic Valley dairy products other than Class 1 Dairy, will be provided.

Farmers Advocating for Organics (FAFO)

FAFO reviews Full Grant proposals ($5,000-$50,000) once a year with grant deadline of September 1. Small Grant requests (under $5,000) may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed two times per year, March 1 and September 1.

Questions?

Please contact us by e-mail at: donations(at)organicvalley.coop

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