AgrIInstitute and Com Foundations

Beth Archer AgrIInstituteAgrIInstitute is currently in the process of recruiting the 17th class for its Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program or ALP, a program that has helped develop over 400 graduates who are now ag leaders all around Indiana and across the country. Since 2008 Hoosiers have had the opportunity to support AgrIInstitute through various local community foundations.

“many of our donors really like supporting the local efforts that the community foundations provide for community development,” explains Beth Archer, AgrIInstitute’s Executive Director. “So it enables them to keep their money local and at the same time support an organization they believe in that’s building the leadership capacity for agriculture. If for some reason AgrIInstitute would no longer exist those dollars are still going to stay local, and those funds are set up to support agriculture in leadership in the respective communities where the funds are established.”

She said they have been able to slowly and methodically build funds through the community foundation approach.

“The concept really is to use the system that’s already in place set up by Lilly Endowment. The proceeds of those AgrIInstitute funds and the community foundation then support the operational activity of AgrIInstitute for our Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program. It helps us build a long term sustainability sort of fund that will allow us to provide leadership development programming well into the future. Right now we have 14 of those funds and our aggregate total is about $350,000, so we’ve got a long way to go. Our goal would be probably to build somewhere in the neighborhood of about a million dollars.”

Meanwhile applications for the next ALP class are available at the AgrIInstitute website.

“That program will begin in July of 2016. The applications will be due early in January and the selection process will take place early in February.”

Listen to an overview of the 400 graduates of ALP since its inception:Beth Archer on ALP grads

The various foundations are listed below and a number of the AgrIInstitute Funds are eligible for matching dollars made possible to the Community Foundations through a gift from Lilly Endowment or other special donors.

Benton Community Foundation, PO Box 351, Fowler  IN  47944,

*  match is available at a 50% match,  $1000 over 3 year min. by March, 2016

Community Foundation of Boone County, 102 N. Lebanon St., Ste. 200, Lebanon  IN 46052,  * match is available at 50% match through March, 2016

Central Indiana Community Foundation, 615 N. Alabama Street, Ste. 119, Indianapolis  IN 46204,

Daviess County Community Foundation, 320 E Main St., Washington  IN   47501, *match is available at 50% match through March, 2016

Community Foundation of DeKalb County, 650 W North St., Auburn  IN  46706, *  special matching opportunity in place offered by the Community Foundation of DeKalb County, contact the Foundation for additional details *  This fund is a new fund, in the important building phase.  Help us grow this fund.  You will make a difference.

Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, 505 W Third St., Marion  IN  46951,

The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, 11114 E. State St. Lafayette  IN   47905,

Hancock County Community Foundation, 312 E Main St., Greenfield  IN   46140,

Hendricks County Community Foundation, 6319 E US Hwy. 36, Ste. 211, Avon  IN   46123, *match is available at 50% match through March, 2016

Heritage Fund, The community Foundation of Bartholomew County, 538 Franklin St., Columbus  IN   47202, *match is available at 50% match through March, 2016

Knox County Community Foundation, 20 N Third St., Ste. 301, Vincennes  IN   47591, * fund name is:  Jerry Nelson Knox County Ag Leadership Fund to Benefit AgrIInstitute, Inc.

Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 E Market St., Warsaw  In  46580, * a special match offered by Bishop Farms and Maple Leaf Farms available

Warren County Community Foundation,  31 N. Monroe St., Williamsport  IN  47993, * match is available at 50% match through March, 2016 * This fund is a new fund, in the important building phase. Help us grow this fund. You will make a difference.

Wayne County Foundation, 333 S. 7th St., Richmond  IN   47374, * fund name is Wayne County Farm Bureau AgrIInstitute Fund *match is available at 50% match until March, 2016