The world’s cultivated soils have lost more than half of their original carbon stocks due to deforestation, desertification, erosion, chemical pollution, and ploughing. Without changing our course and protecting and regenerating soils, many will suffer from degraded food supplies, the loss of vital nutrients, and worse – total food loss. Fortunately, we can feed the planet’s growing population, and we must by using technologies and techniques that regenerate the soil, producing nutrient dense foods, and protect the environment.
“We are losing 30 soccer fields of soil every minute, mostly due to intensive farming.”
– Volkert Engelsman, an activist with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Regeneration Fund will start by raising $3 Million to support nonprofit organizations and academia committed to restoring our soils to health within the one generation. At the end of the day, at the end of our lives, we will ask ourselves whether we could have done more for the health and well-being of Earth, humanity, and all living things. Leverage your charitable giving to create social change with ICV’s Catalytic Philanthropy.
|Funding a Portfolio of Grassroot Organizations|
|Funding Regenerative Businesses|
|Strengthening Rural Farming|
|Education, Alliance Building, and Advocacy|
Kiss the Ground, a 501(c)3 environmental nonprofit based in Los Angeles, California, has a 2025 goal of transitioning 5,000 farmers and training 25,000. Since the organization’s founding, Kiss the Ground has built a global community dedicated to addressing some of the largest challenges facing our world today through the regeneration of land and soil. Established in 2013 with a purpose of creating societal awareness about the extraordinary potential of soil, Kiss the Ground has educated and inspired millions of people across the planet through our media and advocacy.
Kiss the Ground continues to spread awareness through the creation of inspiring and engaging open-source content and resources about soil and regenerative agriculture. The organization is also heavily focused on making a tangible impact on the land and within its communities through its Farmland and Leadership Programs.
Whether you are a business owner, parent, student, chef, farmer, rancher, policy maker or a concerned citizen, your participation matters, and Kiss the Ground is dedicated to showing you what’s possible and providing the support to get there. Together, we can do this!
Programming, Coursework, Partnerships and Development will address the Sustainable Development Goals, with measurable outcomes of achieving all of the 17 SDGs.
“One individual cannot possible make a difference, alone. It is individual efforts, collectively, that makes a noticeable difference – all the difference in the world!”
– Dr. Jane Goodall
Our experienced team has the character, courage, and commitment to solve the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we create engagement with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Christopher R. Lindstrom is the co-founder of CYCLEffect Regenerative Ventures Ltd Coop Association, which was born out of a vision he had for a new model of cooperative investing and business incubation with a focus on growing the “regenerative” and “circular” economy. CyclEffect is may be the first “venture cooperative” that allows for early stage companies to own a stake in a growing eco-system of other mission aligned businesses. The role of CyclEffect is to not only support the sustainable growth of each member business but develop synergistic opportunities with in its membership that contributes to the regenerative economy regionally and globally.
Christopher Lindstrom is committed to his work to help transition the economy from a paradigm of extraction to one of regeneration. He has had an interest in and passion for the area of alternative monetary systems and local currencies since 2002. In 2003 he became a volunteer staff member at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, where he organized a major international conference, called “Local Currencies in the 21st Century,” that involved roughly 300 participants from 17 countries in the discussion of a movement that was gaining recognition. In 2005 he helped launch a funders circle dedicated to raising awareness around money as an engineered system that can feasibly be re-engineered to introduce sustainability and social values into our economic system. In 2006 he co-founded BerkShares, a local currency for use in the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts, which continues to receive international media attention and has served as a model for other communities interested in creating their own locally circulating currency. Lindstrom has been active in the bioenergy sector as an investor and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Catalyst Bioenergy Group, has served on the Board of Directors of the Slow Money Institute, and currently serves as a director of the David Rockefeller Fund. He is also the co-founder of CyclEffect, a new model of cooperative investing and business incubation that enables companies in their early stages to own a stake in a growing ecosystem of mission-aligned businesses.
Robert Smith, Founder of ICV, is a fifth generation investment executive who has spent most of his career managing capital for some of the largest financial institutions and identifying traditional and alternative investment and philanthropic opportunities for family offices. Mr. Smith serves as Advisor to the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), which makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries; the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates; and, the Mandela family’s Africa Rising Foundation. He serves as International Trustee of Religions for Peace International, the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace, since 1970, by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. Mr. Smith also serves on the President’s Leadership Council of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, the largest academic medical center in Philadelphia. Carrying on the mission of his family to provide “inspirational and tangible help for young people,” Mr. Smith serves as a member of the board of directors of the Chaeli Foundation USA, Childhood Cancer Kids, The Children’s Village, St. Clair Butterfly Foundation, and Tuesday’s Children. He also serves as president and a member of the board of directors of The Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather, William E. Harmon. In 2018, Mr. Smith was recognized as one of The 100 Visionary Leaders by Real Leaders Magazine, alongside Bill Gates, Muhammad Yunus, President Juan Santos, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leonardo DiCaprio and many others who are leading us towards a better world. He was also inducted as a member of Evolutionary Leaders, alongside Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Gary Zukav, Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden and other leaders who feel a sense of urgency about the state of our world and are forging a movement for the conscious evolution of humanity.
Josephine Watson is Head of Research of The Regeneration Fund. is a Freelance Researcher at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Tufts Environmental Studies Nancy W. Anderson Award Recipient. Josephine is pursuing her passion for bioregional governance strategies to usher in the era of climate change reversal, she is working as a regenerative food system reform researcher towards building a foundation for the environmentally integrated, socially inclusive agricultural system our future societies will need. She has conducted research, data analysis, and developed policy briefs for the Stockholm Environment Institute, the FAO, the New School and Tufts GDAE. The core theme of her work is fostering communication & collaboration between communities, farmers, universities & think-tanks, non-profits, state governments and international forums to foster development towards a regenerative U.S. food system – she is now focusing on state policy movements to regenerate healthy soils, and realize their multifaceted benefits to ecosystems, humans and the climate.
Susanna Choe is the Executive Director of The Regeneration Fund and The Unification Fund. She is a humanitarian and futurist with an educational background in international affairs and her professional experience ranges across media, education, emerging technology, business and non-profits. Her mission is to evolve the planetary governance system to share resources effectively, empower humanity to collaborate for collective action to reach the SDGs, and support the transition towards a regenerative economy for life on earth to thrive in harmony with nature. She is dedicated to spreading a culture of peace through her organization and modern day peace movement, Peace Accelerators. She is an advisor to Huxley, an augmented operating system for vertical farming using camera vision and machine learning, and is dedicated to spreading a culture of peace and happiness through her organization Peace Accelerators and Mo Gawdat’s #OneBillionHappy initiative. Previously, she worked with Y2X, an impact investing firm based in NYC, focusing on working towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, weaving together a diverse community of leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives and investors to effectively solve global challenges.
Our advisors provide even more expertise in the fields of regenerative agriculture and understanding the intelligence of nature as a way to transform our health and our world. We are honored to be working with a team of some of the foremost experts dedicated to regeneration.
Zach Bush MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology and hospice care. He is an internationally recognized educator on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease and our food production systems. Dr Zach founded Seraphic Group to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health and extend his passion for educating the global community about topics such as the state of our soil – including the need to eradicate toxins such as glyphosate from our farming chain – and the importance of gut/brain communication as a vital part of our overall health/wellbeing. Dr. Zach Bush also founded ION*Biome, an all-natural, non-toxic mineral supplement that goes beyond the scope of probiotics to support gut strength, mental clarity and immune function, to create the optimum gut-brain connectivity and protection from the toxins we face every day in our air, water, and food, higher immunity, easier digestion, and reduced gluten sensitivity. He founded Farmer’s Footprint, a coalition of farmers, educators, doctors, scientists, and business leaders aiming to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.
Ronnie Cummins is co-founder and International Director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and its international affiliates Via Organica (Mexico) and Regeneration International.
OCA is a non-profit, U.S. based network of two million consumers, dedicated to safeguarding organic standards and promoting a healthy, just, and regenerative system of food, farming, and land use. The OCA’s primary strategy is to work on national and global campaigns promoting health, justice, and climate stability that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media work, litigation, and grassroots lobbying. Cummins has been active as a writer and activist since the 1960s, with extensive experience in public education, grassroots mobilization, and marketplace pressure campaigns. Over the past three decades he has served as director of US and international campaigns dealing with agriculture issues including organic standards, food safety, genetic engineering, factory farming, and global warming. In 2009 Cummins co-founded Via Organica, a network of organic consumers and farmers based in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. In 2015 Cummins co-founded Regeneration International, a global network dedicated to mitigating and reversing climate change through regenerative food, farming and land use. Cummins is a frequent lecturer, both in the US and abroad as well as a regular contributor to online publications such as Organic Bytes, Common Dreams, Mercola, Truthout, Alternet, Counterpunch, and Eco-Watch. Cummins is the author of a series of children’s books called Children of the World, as well as the book Genetically Engineered Food: A Self-Defense Guide for Consumers (Marlowe & Company 2004).
Cummins latest book, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal was published by Chelsea Green in February 2020. Cummins lives with his wife and 22-year-old son in Finland, Minnesota and in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt