Angus Foundation launches five-year education campaign
Unveiled at the Angus Foundation Supporter Recognition event Nov.11 in Louisville, KY, the “Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus” aims to significantly expand the ability of the Angus Foundation to support education, youth and research activities by raising $11 million by Dec. 31, 2011.
This is the first capital campaign undertaken by the Angus Foundation, the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Angus Association that was established in 1980 to support education, youth and research programs in the Angus breed. To date, more than $2,460,000 has been committed to the campaign during the quiet phase, which began Oct. 1, 2004.
“The Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus” will benefit everyone in the Angus industry, including breeders and commercial producers, friends of the breed and allied industry partners,” says Howard Hillman of Bon View Farms in South Dakota, who serves as chairman of the Angus Foundation’s campaign leadership cabinet.
“Through this fund raising effort, the Angus breed will be empowered to continue its prominence in the beef cattle industry,” Hillman says. “Educational programs will grow, youth opportunities will expand, and research will advance.”
The “Campaign for Angus” will raise $3.5 million to fund education programs, $6 million to further support Angus youth, and $1.5 million to bolster research activities.
Opportunities for continuing education empower Angus breeders of all ages to develop technical expertise and refine leadership skills. The Campaign for Angus aims to raise $3.5 million for educational activities that add value to the Angus breed’s future.
Existing programs such as Cattlemen’s Boot Camp will grow with increased support, and new programs will be created. Educational conferences, short courses, seminars and other instructional opportunities will be established to help breeders stay abreast of Angus and beef industry issues.
More than 10,000 members of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) are developing character, communication skills and leadership abilities that will prepare them to be the future leaders of the Angus industry.
The “Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus” will boost the Angus Foundation’s financial support of NJAA activities for these youth, enabling them to receive increased access to these valuable opportunities. With the fund raising goal of $6 million, additional leadership training will be offered, and scholarship programs will be enhanced to help more Angus youth realize their dreams of higher education.
By continuing to fund innovative research, Angus producers will gain the competitive edge that increases their productivity and profitability. The “Campaign for Angus” will raise $1.5 million for research, allowing all members of the Angus industry to invest in their own future by funding studies that address important issues affecting them.
Future research funded by the Angus Foundation could include areas such as nutrition, forage production, reproduction, food safety, carcass evaluation, marketing and economics, herd health, genetics and consumer awareness.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for members of the Angus industry to invest in their future, because the “Vision of Value: Campaign for Angus” will support programs benefitting all of us,” says Angus Foundation President Milford Jenkins. “The campaign’s successful completion is an investment responsibility that we all share. Support is needed from all stakeholders in the Angus industry to achieve the $11 million campaign goal by December 31, 2011.”
Gifts to the Angus Foundation’s annual fund drive, which is mailed mid-November to all members of the Association, will count toward the campaign goal. For other giving options, contact the Angus Foundation staff at 816/383-5100, or donate online by Visa or MasterCard at www.angusfoundation.org.
In addition to Hillman and Jenkins, the “Campaign for Angus” is led by Jim Coleman, Vintage Angus Ranch in California, and David McMahon, Belle Point Ranch in Arkansas, who serve as honorary co-chairs of the Angus Foundation’s campaign leadership cabinet.
Other members of the campaign leadership cabinet include: Dick Beck, Three Trees Ranch in Georgia; Klaus Birkel, Camp Cooley Ranch in Texas; Mark Gardiner, Gardiner Angus Ranch in Kansas; Pat Goggins, Vermilion Angus Ranch in Montana; John Morgan, Morgan Angus in Georgia; Abbie Nelson, Five Star Land & Livestock in California; Bob Norton, BioZyme Inc. in Missouri; Blanford Pierce, Woodlawn Farms in Illinois; Anne Patton Schubert, Kentucky, representing the American Angus Auxiliary; Ron Simek, Canyon Creek Angus in Wyoming; Eddie Sydenstricker, Sydenstricker Genetics in Missouri; Jake Tiedeman, Nebraska, former chairman of the NJAA Board of Directors; Bob Weaver, Weaver Angus Farm in Illinois; and Laurie Widdowson, Sand Point Cattle Co. in Nebraska.