If you make a donation to FFA – it could now have double the impact. The National FFA Foundation’s Individual Giving Council is challenging FFA and ag education supporters to give to FFA with a new matching-gift program called the Leadership Challenge. Each new gift of any amount – or any increase in prior giving that brings the contributor’s total gift to at least a thousand dollars will be matched dollar for dollar up to 100-thousand dollars.
Nine individuals have contributed the matching funds. In fact – through individual giving – they have collectively contributed more than 312-thousand dollars to FFA for three years of the Leadership Challenge. Their goal is to lead the way in individual giving, create a new culture of philanthropy dedicated to FFA and its members by emphasizing the importance of individual contributors and motivate people to give.
National FFA Foundation Executive Director Rob Cooper says this is a first in the 85-year history of FFA. Never before has a group of individuals come together, create a pool of donations and offer that pool as matching-fund incentives to encourage other individuals to give to FFA. Cooper says those who choose to support FFA are helping smart, talented and determined FFA members become tomorrow’s leaders in the agricultural industry. He notes tomorrow’s leaders will develop new strategies and technologies that will ensure a safe, abundant and affordable food supply for all of us.