EFOD Organizational Self-Assessment
Use this form to assess your organization's alignment with the criteria for Equitable Food Oriented Development. This is meant to be a tool for learning and reflection, and not to discredit the work of any organization or group. To find out more about EFOD, or the criteria, visit
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Is the work of your organization 𝗘𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗧𝗬- 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗖𝗘-𝗙𝗜𝗥𝗦𝗧?
How much does your work aim to dismantle historic inequities? Is there a connection to local organizing? Does your organization or business coordinate with other systemic actors? How transformative is the vision of your work?
🟧 Our work’s focus is food: accessibility and heath/the nutritional value of food.
🟨 Our work’s focus is on “food systems, without any mention of disparities in impact. Our work has developed trusting relationships with local governmental institutions. Our work has yet to engage with connected systemic actors.
🟩 We advocate for community involvement in development and understand and apply knowledge of historic marginalization. Our work involves organizers on staff, or staff whose responsibilities include organizing.
Is the work of your organization 𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗘- 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗣𝗘𝗢𝗣𝗟𝗘-𝗕𝗔𝗦𝗘𝗗?
How connected is your organization to a specific community? How long has it been active in that community? Does the organization respect and build on all aspects of that community’s cultural expression?
🟧 We are a national or large-regional organization. New organization or program.
🟨 We have had only one cohort so far. Our accomplishments are aspirational (i.e. no documented successes yet).
🟩 We represent a specific community and reference the culture and pride connected to that community; we organize and/or participate in events that celebrate that culture. Our organization has a history of community involvement leading up to the organization's founding.
Does the work of your organization 𝗨𝗦𝗘 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗞𝗘𝗧-𝗕𝗔𝗦𝗘𝗗 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗕𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗘𝗦𝗦 𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗘𝗦?
Is your organization actively creating economic opportunity? How much does your work or programming reflect the challenges community businesses face? How aware is the organization of the inherent inequities in capitalism, and how much are you doing to mitigate those?
🟧 We are a business or commercial kitchen incubator, or workforce development/training program. We do not provide or partner with wraparound services or other community connections, and our work does not include youth development.
🟨 We are an organization-owned enterprise(s). We provide a pipeline to small business development agencies.
🟩 We offer enterprise development programming with a goal of supporting community-owned businesses, offering Intermediary lending or capital support. Savvy about program funding and/or self-funded. In-house & long-term culturally-relevant technical assistance. We use non conventional business models.
Is the work of your organization 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬-𝗟𝗘𝗗?
How engaged are community members in the organization's work? How much organizational decision-making power do community members have?
🟧 We have limited or no opportunities for community participation in programming or decision-making.
🟨 We plan to transition leadership over time to be more reflective of our community. There may be additional opportunities for community participation, and we have a documented history of community engagement.
🟩 Our Board of Directors and top leadership are representative of the community that our organization has served since founding. Programming includes leadership development, and is effectively co-designed.
Is the work of your organization 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗠𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬-𝗢𝗪𝗡𝗘𝗗?
What type of capital is created, and who benefits from that capital? Is there a liberatory or consciousness-changing aspect to business development programming? How much emphasis is placed on broadly-defined community resilience?
🟧 We rely heavily on volunteer labor and our focus is on attracting outside capital, investors, patrons, etc.
🟨 Our work is based on an externally-created market study or needs assessment, and includes community meetings, forums, or charrettes as community-facing opportunities.
🟩 We are committed to building community assets and/or equity and/or ownership. We utilize or promote a cooperative ownership model. The community is motivated to participate because there is a sense of ownership. Business development is tied to larger ideas of community ownership (i.e. mindset). Professionals only serve in consultative and supportive roles.
We hope this has been a useful and informative exercise for you and your organization.
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