2020 Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation year end giving

Foundation sees record-breaking $75,000 in year-end giving

Ohio Farm Bureau members and friends came through in a big way to support the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s year-end giving campaign.

Nearly 700 donors contributed more than $75,000 to support the future of Ohio agriculture. A major highlight from the 2020 fundraising campaign was that over 85% of the gifts received were made by first-time supporters of the foundation.

“In the year 2020 when we all have experienced so many ‘firsts,’ the foundation is grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support,” said Kelly Burns, foundation executive director. “All gifts to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation support the future of Ohio agriculture through scholarships, grants and innovative programming that benefits the next generation of agriculture leaders.”

A special part of this year’s campaign was the success of #GivingTuesday. People around the world, all over the country and throughout Ohio came together to maximize the power of philanthropy and strengthen communities on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation was able to see this power firsthand with over 125 gifts received totaling nearly $20,000 in support of the foundation, its mission and goals.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation understands the need to inspire innovation and cultivate investment in Ohio’s farm and food community. The foundation works diligently to bring agriculture into the spotlight by attracting young leaders to the agriculture industry.

Deadlines approach for foundation scholarships

Now is the time to apply for Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and county Farm Bureau scholarships. Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are seeking careers within agriculture are invited to apply for scholarships. The foundation scholarship application deadline is Feb. 28; check county websites for those deadlines.