Benefits of Being a Minnesota FFA Alumni
There are many benefits of belonging to an Alumni Affiliate Chapter, here are a few.
Membership in the Minnesota and National FFA Alumni organizations makes is possible for students from your local FFA chapter to qualify for Washington Leadership Conference, State Greenhand Leadership Conference, and State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders scholarships.
Member affiliates are eligible to apply for National FFA Alumni grants and new Minnesota affiliate grants. In addition, you are supporting the effort to expand the number of alumni affiliates in the state and continue valuable activities such as the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame, the FFA Alumni Association Annual Meeting, state awards programs and the Stop-n-Shop at the State FFA Convention.
Alumni and Supporters fill many roles that support and strengthen agricultural education and the FFA Chapter by coaching CDE (Career Development event) and LDE (Leadership Development Event) teams, serving as ‘experts’ in the classroom, mentoring students in their Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE), and fundraising.
Minnesota FFA Alumni Affiliates work with their local FFA Advisor and Chapter members to help with fundraising so that students can attend local, region, state and national camps, conferences, conventions, and other member opportunities throughout the year. Scholarships and financial support awarded through Alumni and Supporters help remove barriers to student participation. Recent changes in education funding have directly impacted how local FFA Chapters disperse monies which adversely affects a local chapters’ ability to fund individual students seeking greater opportunities. Tightened school district budgets along with these new regulations make an Affiliated Alumni and Supporters group, as a recognized non-profit, more valuable than ever. Working with the local Agriculture educator and FFA Advisors, Alumni and Supporters can become the financial steward for the FFA Chapter. For more information and to read the full document from the MN Department of Education and the MN Department of Revenue. MN Department of Education fundraising regulations and MN Department of Revenue fundraising sales
All FFA Alumni Affiliates are certified Non-profits (501 c 3 status). This status is important for taxes and for any fundraising that your chapter does. Again refer to Minnesota Department of Revenue Fundraising sales
Only officially chartered Alumni Affiliates, who have paid their National and State dues are allowed to use the official FFA Emblem. Any group using that is not an official FFA Chapter or FFA Alumni is prohibited from using the FFA Emblem.
National FFA Alumni has many other resources for Alumni Affiliates to take advantage of as an added benefit of membership, such as grants, scholarships, and promotional ideas. All of this can be found at National FFA Alumni
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