Positive Change Program

Spare change really adds up! The Positive Change program raises money for local non-profit organizations working to better our community. We believe in the power of change and the power of community – Positive Change combines these two beliefs into one powerful program. The Positive Change program is one of the many ways MFC fulfills the seventh cooperative principle: Concern for Community.

Next time you check out, say “I’d like to round-up for Positive Change,” and we’ll round-up the total of your purchase to the nearest dollar, or you can donate any desired amount. Each month, a selected non-profit organization will receive 100% of the donated funds. As of January 2020, each monthly recipient will receive an additional mini grant from the Co-op, in addition to all funds donated at checkout through the round-up program. As the Co-op grows, we’ll grow the amount we contribute each month. Annually, the Board of Directors will select one Positive Change recipient to receive an additional grant from our Cooperative Community Fund.

Thank you for helping to create positive change in our community and making a difference!

Positive Change Recipients

2021 Recipients

  • December: Family Nurturing Center Farm & Food Program
  • November: Rogue Valley Food System Network
  • October: Cooperative Community Fund
  • September: Center for NonProfit Legal Services
  • August: Southern Oregon Humane Society
  • July: ACCESS Food Share Garden Program
  • June: CASA of Jackson County
  • May: Maslow Project
  • April: Pollinator Project Rogue Valley
  • March: Medford Food Project     $2,518.36 raised + $300.00 grant = $2,818.36 total
  • February: Rogue Valley SMART Reading     $2,178.66 raised + $300.00 grant = $2,478.66 total
  • January: Phoenix Counseling Center     $2,374.06 raised + $300.00 grant = $2,674.06 total

2020 Recipients - $35,208.99 Total Funds Donated

  • December: Food & Friends     $2,967.81 raised + $200.00 grant = $3,167.81 total
  • November: Rogue Valley Farm to School     $2,875.31 raised + $200.00 grant = $3,075.31 total
  • October: Rogue Food Unites     $3,047.19 raised + $200.00 grant = $3,247.19 total
  • September 10-30: Fire Relief Fund     $3,882.01 raised + $1,500.02 grant = $5,382.03 total
    • ​Phoenix-Talent Families Fire Relief Fund     $1,794.01 total
    • Rogue Valley Relief Fund     $1,794.01 total
    • Unete Farm Worker and Immigrant Fire Relief Fund     $1,794.01 total
  • September 1-9: Our Family Farms      $585.10 raised + $200.00 grant = $785.10 total
  • August: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy     $1,976.82 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,176.82 total
  • July: CASA of Jackson County     $2,077.31 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,277.31 total
  • June: Sanctuary One     $2,522.23 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,722.23 total
  • May: Maslow Project     $2,337.57 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,537.57 total
  • April: Rogue Farm Corps     $1,831.97 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,031.97 total
  • March: Bee Girl Organization     $2,595.89 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,795.89 total
  • February: Southern Oregon Climate Action Now     $2,336.10 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,536.10 total
  • January: Children's Advocacy Center     $2,273.66 raised + $200.00 grant = $2,473.66 total

2019 Recipients - $23,280.18 Total Funds Donated

  • December: Family Nurturing Center's Farm & Food Program     $2,330.61 raised
  • November: ACCESS Nutrition Programs     $2,299.37 raised
  • October: Rogue Farm Corps     $1,569.76 raised
  • September: Rogue Valley Farm to School     $1,849.38 raised
  • August: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy     $1,512.72 raised
  • July: CASA of Jackson County      $1,775.29 raised
  • June: Sanctuary One      $1,889.43 raised
  • May: Maslow Project      $2,048.09 raised
  • April: Children’s Miracle Network     $1,611.63 raised
  • March: Pollinator Project Rogue Valley     $2,188.62 raised
  • February: Medford Food Project     $1,740.17 raised
  • January: Community Works     $2,465.11 raised

Positive Change Application

Interested organizations can apply to be considered for the Positive Change program. At MFC’s discretion, the recipient calendar may be preempted to raise emergency or disaster relief funds.

We give priority to organizations that:

  • Are registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations
  • Use funding for work related to food, food related issues, or community health concerns
  • Are based in the communities served by Medford Food Co-op
  • Reflect the cultural and racial diversity of our communities
  • Are nonpartisan and do not advocate a particular religion
  • Use funding for a specific project (instead of general operation costs)

All Positive Change applications are vetted by MFC’s Outreach Committee to make sure each applicant meets our basic criteria. Approved applications are then voted on internally by our fundraising cashier and counter staff, and the top 18 organizations democratically selected by staff are passed on to MFC’s owners for a final vote in the annual election. In the annual election, owners select 11 organizations to be recipients of the Positive Change program the following calendar year. The Co-op reserves one month each year for alternate fundraising needs. Should no needs arise, the 12th runner-up selected by the ownership in the annual election will fill the open slot.

If your organization is selected as a Positive Change community partner we require:

  • 2-5 high resolution photos representing your work
  • A jpg of your organization’s logo
  • Promotion of the fundraiser via your website, newsletter and/or social media pages
  • At least one scheduled day of tabling in the store where a member of your organization engages shoppers

Positive Change applications for 2023 will be available in late 2021. 2022 recipients will be announced with the results of the annual election in May 2021.

The Positive Change program is for organizations seeking direct financial support. If you are seeking a food or gift card donation please complete our Donation Request Form. Email us at outreach@medfordfood.coop if you have any questions about this program.