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In November 2021, Hans Schoepflin, my father and founder of the Panta Rhea Foundation, transitioned off the Foundation’s board. While it is a bittersweet moment in Panta Rhea’s evolution, it is also a moment to celebrate and honor his incredible legacy and to mark a years-long, intentional intergenerational leadership transition process. In honoring this transition, we wanted to share with our peers and colleagues some of our lessons learned in the hopes that it helps others in the field through the inevitable changes and evolutions in the work we do.  https://player.vimeo.com/video/691516768?h=78798dc375&badge=0&autopause=0&player_id=0&app_id=58479 Under Hans’ leadership, Panta Rhea has supported work in environmental justice,...

Dear Community, At Panta Rhea, we continue to be guided by “all things change, all things flow,” the Greek meaning of our organization’s name. In December, Ann Dowley, who served as the director for the foundation’s Resilience & Renewal  program for more than ten years, sunsetted her staff role with us to focus on a counseling degree and expand her coaching practice. We are forever grateful to the groundwork she laid to ensure our grantee partners received transformative capacity-building support – and that we at the foundation benefitted from the same. Looking ahead, we’re searching for a creative, strategic, and adaptive social...

With climate chaos growing by the day, science and common sense dictate that the last thing our world can afford is more fossil fuel infrastructure. Yet U.S. oil and gas companies are still trying to break ground on new projects, whether pipelines or plants, frequently over the objections of the regions’ Indigenous communities and other neighbors. We're honored to join the Swift and Kataly Foundations in supporting grassroots efforts that are working towards a greener and more equitable planet. Learn more in this Inside Philanthropy article. ...

Panta Rhea’s Anna Lappé joins colleagues at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food for the launch of The Politics of Knowledge: Understanding the Evidence for Agroecology, Regenerative Approaches, and Indigenous Foodways. The new compendium tackles the dominant questions about evidence that are holding back food systems transformation. Authors unpack the narratives and legacies behind these questions and explore the many ways funders, researchers, and policymakers can take transformative action. Working with 17 contributing teams representing geographic, institutional, sectoral, gender, and racial diversity, the compendium explores the power and politics that shape and infuse understandings of evidence, what counts...

When California voters passed Propositions 11 and 20 to create the statewide independent redistricting commission a decade ago, there were concerns that such a panel would end up diluting the voting power of the state’s Asian, Latino and African American communities. The other commissioners and I felt the weight of that concern daily and took to heart our responsibility to serve all of our state’s diverse population. This must be kept in mind once again as the state prepares to redraw districts. Hear directly from Panta Rhea CEO Connie Malloy about the impact of her work with California’s redistricting commission in...

ClimateOne features Analena Hope Hassberg, author of Black Food Matters, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food’s Ruth Richardson, Anna Lappé, and Frances Moore Lappé on this special podcast about the links between food, farming, and the climate crisis. ...

Twenty years ago, founder Hans Schoepflin renamed his family foundation Panta Rhea, inspired by the Heraclitus quote that translates to “All things flow; all things change.” As it celebrates its anniversary, Panta Rhea is living up to the name with a reorganization of its funding programs, a new website, two new board members and a change in the board’s leadership. Learn more about Panta Rhea’s evolution in this Inside Philanthropy article.   ...

The World Food Programme’s Nobel prize is timely – but food security depends on radically transforming our food systems.  Food Sovereignty Fund Director Anna Lappé joins Agroecology Fund leaders Daniel Moss and Amrita Gupta in this opinion piece advocating for sweeping transformations of our food systems through agroecology. ...