Each year during National FFA Week, the National FFA Foundation hosts 24-hour giving — an event fondly known as Give FFA Day. For the eighth year, during National FFA Week, individuals can step up and support FFA and agricultural education through Give FFA Day on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Individuals across the country can make a difference in the lives of the more than 945,000 FFA members next month by participating in Give FFA Day during National FFA Week.
Last year, alumni, members, and friends of FFA donated more than $822,000 on Give FFA Day. This year, the goal is to go even bigger and raise $1 million.
The funds raised support various programs on local, state, and national levels, making a difference in the lives of over 945,000 students. During the 24 hours of giving, donors can donate to the National FFA and the state FFA associations of their choice.
In February, the organization will celebrate FFA, advisors, and members as part of National FFA Week, which includes giving back during Give FFA Day. For over 90 years, the National FFA Organization has strived to make a difference in students’ lives. Donations help FFA grow the next generation of leaders. Through FFA, members can find their paths to success.
With almost 1 million members, sustained funding is needed to provide valuable programs, events, skills training, and more; through generous supporters like those on Give FFA Day, FFA members can thrive.
“FFA has been instrumental in growing my leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Donor support makes it possible for students like me to grow and achieve our goals in both a personal and career capacity,” said Lauren Thornhill, an Ohio state FFA officer.
This year, the organization aims to raise $1 million during the 24 hours of Give FFA Day. FFA hopes to achieve this by challenging everyone to contribute throughout the day. Donors can give to support the mission of the National FFA, support their home state, provide the iconic FFA blue jackets, provide travel assistance to FFA members for career and leadership development events, provide teacher support, and resources and opportunities for female FFA members.
RFD-TV has pledged to match the first $100,000 donations on Give FFA Day.
In addition, American Family Insurance and John Deere will also match donations on Give FFA Day. Matching details will be announced throughout the day.
“Donors at every level ensure we continue to grow the future leaders of agriculture and the world,” said Kimberly Coveney, the annual fund manager for the National FFA Foundation. “Give FFA Day is an opportunity for each FFA supporter to magnify their impact on the lives of young people when they join other donors across the country. Every gift makes a difference, and we are grateful for our donors and their continued support and belief in FFA and agricultural education.”
To prepare for Give FFA Day, visit the website and see how you can give back to the organization and encourage others to do the same.