Founding Partners

The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an initiative of The Kirchner Impact Foundation (501 (c) (3)) one of the “returning arms” of Kirchner Group, that focuses on harnessing the positive power of enterprise to make a difference in addressing some of the most important issues of today. The program has been made possible through the combination of resources, and expertise from these partners.

Kirchner Group

Kirchner Group was founded in 1985 as a boutique firm and today operates various subsidiaries, providing advisory services (M&A, assessments, diligence) and operational support (interim management, workouts, turnarounds) as well as asset management (dedicated, portfolio optimization) – all leveraging a proprietary approach that dovetails domain and process expertise. Throughout the decades Kirchner Group has been internationally recognized for its unique business model centered around creating value while promoting values: “earning while returning”. The firm has also established a reputation for building and rebuilding important business and social paradigms based on its deep entrepreneurial orientation. Kirchner Group’s clients and partners include early stage to mid-market companies, venture capital and private equity firms as well as family offices and some of the world’s largest insurance companies, commercial banks and institutional investors.

Kirchner Impact Foundation

Kirchner Impact Foundation (KIF), is a non-profit organization that serves as one of the “returning” arms of Kirchner Group. KIF harnesses the positive power of enterprise to make a difference in addressing some of the most important issues of today and reflects our belief that every business should contribute to a positive human future.

Bonaventure Capital

Bonaventure Capital, invests in entrepreneurial teams on a mission to build a better world. For over two decades, the firm has partnered with high-quality management teams building a more resource-efficient future. These visionary leaders and their disruptive businesses are proving they can drive returns to all stakeholders – investors, employees, customers and suppliers – by solving historically intractable problems.

Issue Partners

The Kirchner Food Fellowship Program has formed partnerships with leading organizations that are helping to address this global issue.

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) builds public-private partnerships to fund bold research addressing big food and agriculture challenges. FFAR was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase public agriculture research investments, fill knowledge gaps and complement USDA’s research agenda. FFAR’s model matches federal funding from Congress with private funding, delivering a powerful return on taxpayer investment. Through collaboration and partnerships, FFAR advances actionable science benefiting farmers, consumers and the environment.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation advances new frontiers of science, data, and innovation to solve global challenges related to health, food, power, and economic mobility. As a science-driven philanthropy focused on building collaborative relationships with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world by identifying and accelerating breakthrough solutions, ideas, and conversations.

Directorate of Innovation of the Municipality of León

The General Directorate of Innovation of the Municipality of León explores and adopts successful approaches for competitive and innovative societies in the world, visualizing high-performance services and technology, in order to turn León into a Smart Humane City, seeking that innovation starts in public administration so that more and more people, businesses and institutions join the project, turning León into a smart humane city, improving the participation and quality of life of all citizens, placing them as the central axis of action.

Directorate of Ruarl Development of the Municipality of León

The Directorate of Ruarl Development of the Municipality of León seeks to improve the standard of living of the inhabitants of the rural area through the partnership between the government and the population in social, productive, and rural infrastructure programs, thus transforming the Leonese countryside into the Development Axis of the Municipality of León.

Watson Institute

The Watson Institute is a model of education for next-generation innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs with locations in Boulder, Colorado, Boca Raton, Florida and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Built on the belief that to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, Watson Institute seeks to equip the next generation with the necessary tools, network, mindset, and courage to unleash a lifetime of impact.

Solidaridad Southern Africa

Solidaridad manages programs in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 218 million people live in extreme poverty, with the majority of the region’s populations living in rural areas and dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Centro Fox

The Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) was established by the College of Human Sciences and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University in February 2012 in an effort to further Auburn’s nationally recognized efforts in food security domestically and globally.

A foundational principle of the HSI is that hunger is a solvable problem, but only when the relevant knowledge from all academic disciplines is combined with the abilities and strengths of all sectors. By creating multi-sector partnerships at the community, state and global levels, HSI shares knowledge and best practices and creates multi-sector coalitions to leverage the power of collective action.

Thought for Food

Thought For Food unlocks the potential of 30K+ Millennials and GenZs from 175+ countries to lead a sustainable food and agricultural revolution.

Hunger Solutions Institute

The Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) was established by the College of Human Sciences and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University in February 2012 in an effort to further Auburn’s nationally recognized efforts in food security domestically and globally. A foundational principle of the HSI is that hunger is a solvable problem, but only when the relevant knowledge from all academic disciplines is combined with the abilities and strengths of all sectors. By creating multi-sector partnerships at the community, state and global levels, HSI shares knowledge and best practices and creates multi-sector coalitions to leverage the power of collective action.

Universities Fighting World Hunger

UFWH is a growing, global network of universities working in partnership to amplify the voice of the rising generation – a voice calling for a world free from hunger and malnutrition.

Presidents United to Solve Hunger

PUSH (Presidents United to Solve Hunger) is a consortium of universities from around the world that have the collective mission to end hunger and poverty, both locally and globally. By having your university president sign the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security they’re joining with over 100 other university presidents from five continents who have agreed to make food and nutrition security a priority on their campus—making ending hunger a core value of higher education institutions worldwide. PUSH is an opportunity for presidents and students to make progress towards a hunger-free world.