Stith to chair National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council in 2014

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Duane Brodt
Marketing and Communications
National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org
888-332-2589
 
INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – A former agribusiness executive who earlier this year established an endowment to create leadership training scholarships for FFA members has been selected to chair a National FFA Foundation board focused on individual giving.
 
Glenn Stith of Ankeny, Iowa, has been appointed 2014 chairman of the foundation’s Individual Giving Council.
 
Stith held various executive titles at Monsanto for 35 years. After retiring in 2010, he has worked as an independent agribusiness consultant and senior associate of Context Network. A native of Kentucky and former Kentucky state FFA president, he graduated from University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
 
In June, Stith and wife Maggie, a regional director with the foundation, announced the Glenn and Maggie Stith Leadership Development Fund Endowment, designed to provide $1,500 scholarships to more than 100 FFA members each year to attend the National FFA Organization’s annual Washington Leadership Conference. The scholarships will help FFA members pay for conference fees, travel, meals, lodging and other expenses.
 
The National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council promotes the advancement of FFA and agricultural education through identification, cultivation and solicitation of individual major gifts. The council provides advice and support on annual fund, planned giving and other donor-related activities. Members serve three-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.
 
For more about the Individual Giving Council, 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 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 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/Give.
 
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 www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.