COLUMBUS — The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation kicked off a five-year fundraising campaign with the goal of raising $15 million for a variety of initiatives that make up the organization’s three pillars – the environment, education and economic development.
The campaign launch took place during Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) annual meeting as delegates, state trustees and board members met in Columbus Dec. 2-4.
“As an organization we must challenge ourselves to chart an ambitious course forward,” said John C. “Jack” Fisher, OFBF executive vice president. “In the future, we can play an even larger role in solving the challenges facing Ohio by preparing the next generation of leaders, funding innovation in our communities and ensuring a healthy environment.”
The foundation’s new slogan, “Strong Foundation: Building for Tomorrow,” was on prominent display at the meeting, and the group’s silent and live auction was held throughout the event. The Rural-Urban Community Silent and Live Auction featured locally produced items, sports memorabilia and tickets, handmade items and agritourism experience opportunities put up for bid by county Farm Bureaus and partners throughout the state.
Meeting attendees were asked to pledge to the campaign during a kickoff breakfast highlighting past foundation scholarship and grant award winners from across Ohio.
By the end of the annual meeting, an initial $40,000 had been raised from pledges and the auction to support scholarships and programs, according to Foundation Executive Director Shawn Cleveland.
“We are appreciative of contributions made during this annual meeting,” Cleveland said, “and we look forward to working with counties, individuals and partners who have a passion for Farm Bureau and agriculture in our state.”
Any level of contribution is appreciated, whether it’s a one-time gift or an ongoing commitment, Cleveland said.
For information about the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and the Strong Foundation campaign, visit ofbf.org/foundation or call 614-246-8904.