Fiscal 2018 was a year of growth, expansion, and impact; and indeed new leadership.
At the conclusion of 2017, the Foundation bid farewell to Susan Ungaro, who served as president for more than a decade. We are so grateful for her dedication, passion, and leadership over her impressive tenure. In early 2018, near the close of the fiscal year addressed in this report, the board of trustees concluded an extensive search and appointed the chief executive officer [Clare Reichenbach] of the James Beard Foundation.
The 2018 fiscal year saw increasing prominence of the Foundation’s Impact initiatives. A notable example includes a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a food waste reduction curriculum Creating a Full-Use Kitchen, for culinary school instructors. We also launched Smart Catch, a program dedicated to promoting sustainable seafood across the country. Recognizing the potential of the culinary community to be powerful advocates, we further invested in our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, with nearly 200 chefs having received the training at the close of fiscal year 2018.
Against the backdrop of the #metoo movement, the Foundation took a leadership position in convening stakeholders across the culinary landscape to reflect on the issues at hand, and help shape the path forward for our industry. Building on the strength of our Women’s Leadership Programs, last fall saw the launch of our Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program at Babson College, which is designed to support more women at the business helm of the industry, and to help build a culture where all can thrive.
Increasingly, we are ensuring that all our events—both at the Beard House and across the country—embrace our values of sustainability and inclusion; with new protocols around composting, sourcing, and waste minimization, as well as initiatives to support increased diversity of all those participating.
In celebration of our 30th anniversary, we aired a James Beard Foundation documentary on ABC network, which garnered combined audiences of over 30 million people, broadening our reach and profile.
The Foundation’s activities towards a better food world for all are underpinned by your generous support. Over 80 percent of revenues went into programming last year, and as we embark on the new fiscal year we thank you for helping us further deliver our mission to make America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board