INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, June 14, 2011/National FFA Foundation) – The National FFA Foundation has named Ryan Gallagher as director of individual and major gifts.
Originally from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Gallagher joins FFA from Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he was a member of the adjunct faculty. Previously, he was director of major gifts and planned giving at United Way of Allen County in Fort Wayne and major gift officer and individual, corporate and foundation relations officer at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in organizational development. He is CFRE certified.
Gallagher is a board member and treasurer of Association of Fundraising Professionals, a class member of Leadership Fort Wayne, a development committee member of the Parkview YMCA and a member of Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana, all based in Fort Wayne.
He and wife Kim, a senior financial analyst at Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne, have a daughter, Grace, 2.
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that fund FFA activities, recognize member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Nearly 82 percent of all funds received by the foundation support FFA and agricultural education opportunities.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the National FFA Organization provides agricultural education to more than 523,000 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,487 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st U.S. Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. For more, visit http://www.ffa.org.
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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that fund FFA activities, recognize member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-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 http://www.ffa.org/donate.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members as part of 7,487 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 (http://www.ffa.org), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nationalffa), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/nationalffa) and FFA Nation (http://ffanation.ffa.org).