National FFA Organization, National FFA Foundation board members unite through matching-gift campaign

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Organization
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014/National FFA Foundation) – Board members guiding the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation are pooling their private funds and investing into the organization with a goal of matching new financial contributions to FFA a minimum of $400,000 by year’s end.

In the Leadership Matching Challenge, new financial gifts, including gifts from first-time donors and increased gifts from existing donors, will be matched by funds donated by members of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors and the National FFA Foundation’s board of trustees, Sponsors’ Board and Individual Giving Council.

The campaign is designed to lead the way in individual giving to support FFA and agricultural education, create a new culture of individual philanthropy dedicated to FFA and its members by emphasizing the importance of individual contributors and motivating people to give.

"Each individual who serves on our leadership boards has come together and decided to encourage and challenge other stakeholders to make their first gift or increase their giving to support FFA,” said Ryan Gallagher, director of individual giving and major gifts at the National FFA Foundation. “In doing so, these volunteer leaders are helping today’s FFA members become tomorrow’s agricultural industry leaders."

The first Leadership Matching Challenge campaign began in 2012. A pool of more than $300,000 was raised through matching new or increased gifts from 1,186 total donors over a 20-month period – 1,134 people were first-time donors to FFA and 52 people raised their gift to $1,000 or more.

The mission of the National FFA Alumni Association is to support and advocate for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources at the local, state and national levels. Agriculture teachers rely on FFA Alumni members to help them get more support from the community for their programs and give them more time and freedom to teach.

All contributions to the National FFA Foundation can be designated for programs, activities, scholarships or where resources are most needed. To financially support FFA, visit FFA.org/Give.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 24-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at FFA.org/Give.