National FFA Foundation's Individual Giving Council to match contributions

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Duane Brodt

Marketing and Communications

National FFA Foundation


INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, April 12, 2012/National FFA Foundation) – Eight people from throughout the country that comprise a special advisory council for the National FFA Foundation are issuing a challenge to FFA and agricultural education supporters everywhere: Give to FFA and we’ll match your gift.


The National FFA Foundation’s 2012 Individual Giving Council is comprised of volunteers Elin Miller of Oregon, Paul Mulhollem of Kentucky, Mark Timm of Indiana, Jack Pitzer and Corey Rosenbush, both of Virginia, Rick Malir of Ohio, Lynette Marshall and Glenn Stith, both of Iowa, and founding member Charlie Fischer. Through individual giving, the group will collectively contribute more than $312,000 to FFA over the next three years to create a new matching-gift program called the Leadership Challenge.


Effective today, each new gift, regardless of the amount, or any increase in prior giving that allows an FFA contributor’s total gift to meet or exceed $1,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Leadership Challenge funds up to $100,000.


The council’s goal is to lead the way in individual giving to support FFA and agricultural education, create a new culture of philanthropy dedicated to FFA and its members by emphasizing the importance of individual contributors and motivating them to give.”


“This is the first time in the 85-year history of FFA that we have had a group of individuals come together, create a pool of donations and offer that pool as matching-fund incentives to encourage others as individuals to give to FFA,” said Rob Cooper, executive director of the National FFA Foundation. “By giving as an individual donor, those who choose to support FFA are helping smart, talented and determined FFA members become tomorrow’s leaders in the agricultural industry. Tomorrow’s leaders will develop new strategies and technologies that will ensure a safe, abundant and affordable food supply for us all.”


The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 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 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


About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 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 (, on Facebook (, on Twitter ( and FFA Nation (