Why Should You Start an FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter?

Your FFA alumni and Supporters chapter can be a wonderful resource and support for FFA advisors, mentors for FFA members, advocate for agricultural education, identify funding opportunities, help to prepare teams for competition and much more. To learn more about starting your own alumni and Supporters chapter, visit www.ffa.org/alumni. 

How to Start an Alumni and Supporters Chapter

To get started contact Joy Schmitt, Membership Coordinator at mnffaalumni@gmail.com 

An overview of how to start your Alumni and Supporters Chapter is outlined below:

  1. Have at least 10 members
  2. Have current bylaws in harmony with the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Bylaws. (Contact us for suggested bylaws)
  3. Have a council of elected officers.
  4. Complete the Application for Chartering/Reactivating. (Contact us for application)
  5. Submit the completed application for Chartering/Reactivating to the Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters (can be sent to Joy). We will complete the new Alumni and Supporters Chapter set up process on FFA.org. After the charter process is completed, you can then go to your Chapter Profile and add/link the Alumni and Supporters Chapter to your local FFA chapter. Once linked, you will receive an Alumni and Supporters Leader Role for the chapter. You will have 30 days to submit your initial roster in FFA.org. After your roster has been submitted, you will have 30 days to pay your membership invoice. Once the state receives your payment and submits your roster for national approval, you will then be issued a charter certificate and a scroll and allowed to apply to be a part of National FFA’s 501c3 status.
  6. Local chapters pay a flat fee of $300 submitted to the Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters ($100 to National and $200 to State). Our mailing address is 2355 Fairview Ave. #119; Roseville MN 55113

VIDEO: How to Start an Alumni and Supporters Chapter with Joy Schmitt

2021 FFA Alumni Business 101 slide show deck from 2021 annual conference

Please contact Joy at mnffaalumni@gmail.com and we can walk you through the whole process. Or fill out this questionnaire I Need Help Starting an Alumni and Supporters Chapter

Benefits of FFA Alumni and Supporters Membership

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 and Supporters Chapters 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 Alumni and Supporters Chapter, 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 read the full document from the Department of Education and the MN Dept of Revenue. MN Dept of Education fundraising regulations and MN revenue fundraising sales

Membership in the Minnesota and National FFA Alumni and Supporters 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.

Members are eligible to apply for National FFA Alumni and Supporters grants and new Minnesota Alumni and Supporters Chapter grants. In addition, you are supporting the effort to expand the number of Alumni and Supporters Chapters in the state and continue valuable activities such as the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame, the FFA Alumni and Supporters Annual Conference, state awards programs, and the Stop-n-Shop at the State FFA Convention.

Our Vision of the Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters is for there to be an Alumni and Supporter Chapter for every FFA chapter in Minnesota.

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Benefits of Being a Member of the Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters

There are many benefits of belonging to an Alumni and Supporters Chapter, here are a few.

Membership in the Alumni and Supporters 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.

Alumni and Supporters members are eligible to apply for National and Minnesota FFA Alumni and Supporters grants. In addition, you are supporting the effort to expand the number of Alumni and Supporters Chapters in the state and continue valuable activities such as the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame, the FFA Alumni and Supporters Annual Conference, 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 and Supporters Chapters 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 Alumni and Supporters Chapter, 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

Joel Larsen’s Presentation on FFA Fundraising 

Student Activity Accounting Manual

All FFA Alumni and Supporters 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 and Supporters, 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 and Supporter is prohibited from using the FFA Emblem.

National FFA Alumni and Supporters has many other resources for Alumni and Supporters Chapters to take advantage of as an added Benefits of Membership, such as Scholarships & Grants, and promotional ideas. All of this can be found on the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Website

What is Lifetime Membership?

Life membership is an investment in the future of the FFA Organization. Lifetime members contribute to the future of FFA for future generations of agriculture advocates and their communities. Lifetime members do not have to belong to an active FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter and do not have to been an FFA member themselves.

Life Members receive:

  • A Membership Card
  • A Membership Certificate
  • A Lifetime subscription to FFA New Horizons
  • Opportunity to Attend Professional Development Conferences
  • Opportunity to Attend National Convention
  • Discounts from National FFA and at other Retailers (Forever Blue Benefits)
  • Access to the Forever Blue Network
  • And More!

The cost of Life Membership is $350. Of that $350, $200 goes to National FFA and $150 goes to Minnesota FFA.

To purchase your own Life Membership go to this link.

Pay Annual Chapter Fee