Robert Reed

Grants Consultant
with expertise in food, farming, and the environment

Connecting ambitious people with those who want to make a difference

Women will inherit more than 70% of the money passed down over the next two generations. Additionally, Millennials are becoming established changemakers through giving. Both groups have different values to the recent pattern of older men being the main recipients of inheritence.

The role of Philanthropy is to keep up with this shift and serve their core values and aims; a cleaner and kinder planet. Food and farming is very well aligned to their vision of the future. One where the hungry are fed and the Earth is treated kindly.

I support giving strategies and grant management that connects donors and Foundations with the people on the ground striving for this change.

I help donors and Foundations find their 'why?' - Why do you do what you do? And how can Philanthropy in this sector serve it? By building joyful and honest relationships, we can go on a journey and do some good in the world.

areas of interest and expertise



2019 - Present

Farming the Future is a collaborative and systemic philanthropic grant-pool.

It serves a diverse collective of land-workers, educators, researchers, lobbyists, activists, organisations and funders, who are dedicated to transforming the current industrial food system.

Emerging from the agroecological food movement, this alliance seeks to facilitate the power of the collective to build a system of regenerative food production and land use that furthers social and environmental justice.

My role as a founding partner develops what was an initial experiment into a reputable body that gifts ca£1mil annually.

The grant-giving vehicle currently liaises with a network of over 50 grantees and 15 donors.


2016 - present

Through a blended approach of grants and impact investment, the A Team Foundation supports food and land projects that are ecologically, economically, and socially conscious.

The role is to inform the giving strategy, research potential grantees and investees, sector mapping, and maintain partner relationships.

Through 2020, I stepped up to cover the Director's maternity leave. Which also consisted of pivoting grant support as a response to Covid19.


BA(Hons) Illustration

2.2 (with Honours)

My Thoughts

I share ideas and observations about the future of Philanthropy and Socio-Environmental Issues on LinkedIn and other platforms.

On The Ground

Engaging with grassroots organisations through storytelling, video, and photography.

Vandana Shiva
the farming the future launch

Growing Communities
Hackney salad

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