Clif Bar Family Foundation is the corporate philanthropy of Clif Bar and Company, a manufacturer of snack foods. It funds a number of left-of-center advocacy groups, especially those with an environmentalist outlook.
In 1992, Clif Bar and Company was founded as a food business targeting cyclists: Gary Erikson, himself a cyclist, sought a more nutritious handheld road snack than energy bars. So, he and his family created their own bar made mostly from organic ingredients. He called it a Clif Bar, naming it after his father Clifford. 
The company is a major supporter of organic farming initiatives: It made a $10 million investment in organic farming research endowments.  The company further created the Clif Ag Fund to strengthen economic resilience of organic farmers in the Clif Bar supply chain. The program’s first investment was $10 million to a low cost wind-power leases for about 80 farmers. 
Clif Bar and Company established the Clif Bar Family Foundation in 2006 to make grants to small and mid-sized nonprofit groups that focus on environmentalism, public health, and organic farming. 
The family serves as the directors and officers. 
The foundation says it funds nonprofit groups that might otherwise go unfunded and focuses on helping the groups in areas such as the law, marketing and accounting. 
The foundation’s first initiative was “Seed Matters.” This initiative was launched in 2009 and aimed to improve organic seed. Since that time, Seed Matters awarded more than $1 million in funding to organizations and researchers. This includes funding the first Ph.D. fellowships in organic plant breeding. 
The foundation says it has supported hundreds of organizations focused on preserving open spaces, pedestrian and bike-friendly areas and expanding urban forests. It also focused public health grants for organic farming and “tackling the root causes of climate change.” 
The foundation asserts its priorities are interconnected. Examples are that it claims healthier food systems improves water quality, makes communities safer and fights climate change. It also asserts identifying sources of chronic illnesses in the environment can create movement toward organic farming. Further, it asserts bike trails create more green jobs and lower emissions. 
Notable recipients of Clif Bar Family Foundation grants include the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Green America, the Sustainable Markets Foundation, Pesticide Action Network North America, and Friends of the Earth.