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