Welcome to the FFA Foundation Website
Amplify was the theme of the 2016 Kansas FFA Convention, a theme that reflected the great momentum we are seeing in the agriculture industry and in agricultural education today. The National FFA Organization recently announced its membership is at a new record high of 629,367. Kansas followed the trend as our state organization grew to more than 9,000 members in 186 chapters. Kansas was also well represented at the 2015 National FFA Convention where our students excelled in their respective National Chapter, Career Development Event (CDE) and Proficiency areas.
As a state we are experiencing high student involvement and the benefits of educators who selflessly devote their talents and energy to their students. There is a lot to be excited about in the Kansas FFA and the Kansas FFA Foundation; we are proud to share with you some of the successes of the past 12 months.
In November 2015 the Board of Trustees met at the Kansas Department of Agriculture to begin laying the foundation for a robust strategic plan that would frame our work through 2020. With opportunities for growth and an aggressive strategic plan came the need to create a new giving tier system, as shown on the following page. This system will also allow us to offer more exposure to our corporate partners and more fully recognize our individual donors for their generosity.
In January we welcomed two new partners to our 5-Star circle of friends: Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC, and the Kansas Corn Commission. We are honored that they recognize the impact of supporting our FFA members and future leaders. Many of you celebrated National FFA Week with us by revisiting your own memories of the blue jacket and by giving to the Foundation. One-hundered percent of that support went into student programming such as the Leader Lab held in March.
We recognize that our students see success because of the dedication of the agricultural educators in our state. We proudly supported our teachers with scholarships as they student taught and attended professional development events. With your help we were also able to fund the Teacher Success Program, a mentorship program for teachers in their first through third year of teaching.
We are so grateful for your support. And we are honored to serve as a way for you to leave your legacy. In the following pages of this report you will see how your support has impacted students, assisted educators and helped us do the important work of developing our country’s future leaders and agricultural innovators. Thank you for your belief in agricultural education and the Kansas FFA and for the vital role you have played in building our Foundation and the opportunities available to our FFA members. You are making an impact!