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2016-2020 Strategic Plan Overview

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. Out of this process, five new funding priority areas arose in response to increased need and successful fulfillment of the past areas of priority. Months of visioning and dedicated effort have led to a strategic plan that we are proud of and believe will be our roadmap to a future where we can more fully support our students and educators.

Youth Leadership Development

Strategic Objectives

  1. Expand the current program offerings for KS FFA members
  2. Forecast costs for programming through 2020 to better develop accurate yearly budgets
  3. Increase scholarships to offset the expense of WLC
  4. Align donors to FFA programs where they find passion and excitement

Key Initiatives

  1. Discern what FFA leadership programming should be added or enhanced (1/17)
  2. Collaborate with State Staff and the KAAE to obtain accurate, to-date data and forecasted costs for the FY17-18 budget
  3. Perform targeted fundraisers with a focus on PSO, NSO and past WLC attendees for WLC scholarships (10/16)
  4. Prior to donor conversations assess the company, founder’s, and individual’s commitment and passion around youth and agriculture; align these passions with current and future funding opportunities

Scholarship & Career Development

Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase CDE funding to $3,000 per state CDE
  2. Increase Proficiency Award funding to $600 per state award area
  3. Double the number of SAE grants awarded each year through 2020
  4. Enhance the opportunities for students to enter trade careers through focused scholarships

Key Initiatives

  1. Develop a Business Case for the CDE funding increase for partner visits, beginning new sponsorship in 2018 (1/17)
  2. Develop a Business Case for the Proficiency Award funding increase, beginning new sponsorship in 2017 (8/16)
  3. Create an Impact Packet highlighting the importance of SAEs to serve as a marketing aid for SAE grant sponsorships
  4. Align new and potential partners who have a higher need for tradesmen/women to the scholarship program

Individual Giving Development

Strategic Objectives

  1. Define and develop a brand image that better communicates our presence viable foundation
  2. Enhance outreach to current and potential individual donors
  3. Offer a strong portfolio of giving options for individuals and families
  4. Gather, manage, analyze and report funding data to donors

Key Initiatives

  1. Upgrade print and web materials (9/16)
  2. Develop a list of potential donors at multiple levels (10/16)
  3. Develop an Individual Giving Committee (5/16)
  4. Implementation of a high-end donor event (Fall 2017)
  5. Implement funding request forms and data collection post event (6/16)

State Convention Development

Strategic Objectives

  1. Develop an annual Donor Experience during the Kansas FFA Convention
  2. Expand available funding for State Convention speakers
  3. Increase the overall funding available to the Kansas FFA Assoc
  4. Explore ways to enhance the Convention experience for all attendees through Foundation partnerships

Key Initiatives

  1. Define, design, and fund the Donor Experience to showcase the success of Kansas FFA members and chapters (5/17)
  2. Target three-four new donors to support State Convention speakers/entertainers at a $5,000 level (4/19)
  3. Conduct a Needs Assessment on State Convention funding and determine the Foundation’s ability to assist (8/16)
  4. Asses the current Foundation responsibilities at State Convention and determine which can be enhanced in terms of planning, overall experience and cost-savings measures (5/16)

Ag Education Development

Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase scholarship opportunities for educator professional development
  2. Explore options to financially assist Teaching Interns during their internship semester
  3. Build a partnership with corporate donors and schools-in-need, utilizing a gran process
  4. Provide support and collaboration for the Teacher Success Program

Key Initiatives

  1. Annual increase to CASE scholarships by three/year; overall increase in professional development dollars (1/20)
  2. Offer grants for beginning teachers to attend the CASE Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (9/17)
  3. Increase KSU/FHSU Teaching Intern scholarships by partnering with the STAR program and CHS Foundation (2/17)
  4. Partner with the KAAE to enhance the Novice Teacher Program and fund grants for beginning teachers’ KAAE dues

New Giving Tiers Announced

Corporate PartnersIndividual Donors

Premier: $50,000 and above

5 Star: $20,000 to $49,999

4 Star: $10,000 to $19,999

3 Star: $5,000 to $9,999

2 Star: $2,000 to $4,999

1 Star: $0 to $1,999

Premier: $50,000 and above

5 Star: $20,000 to $49,999

4 Star: $10,000 to $19,999

3 Star: $5,000 to $9,999

2 Star: $2,000 to $4,999

1 Star: $0 to $1,999