Mark Crossley 2016-08-24 04:19:54
The ASABE Foundation has been in existence since 1987 and has done great work in raising funds to ensure the success of selected projects, such as the switch to electronic publications, support of Standards work, our 100th anniversary celebration, and of course our vibrant awards program. However, the Foundation Board of Trustees (FBOT) has lacked a clearly defined process for receiving direction from the ASABE Board of Trustees (BOT) concerning the fundraising priorities of the Society. Now that the Foundation has made a concerted effort to reorganize its fundraising activities with the addition of a director of advancement, the FBOT and the BOT want to make sure that the focus for fundraising to support ASABE programs and initiatives remains well aligned with current Society needs and objectives. Over the last year, the BOT has made great strides to address this need. At their April 2016 meeting, they approved the bylaws for the newly created E-06 Foundation Liaison Committee. The overarching purpose of E-06 is to oversee, develop, and review activity related to interactions of the Society with the Foundation. More specifically, the committee will: • Generate ideas for Society initiatives and activities through outreach to ASABE communities and communicate these to the BOT. • Communicate fundraising needs to the Foundation to support Society initiatives and activities. • Provide feedback to the Foundation on fundraising opportunities. • Stimulate member engagement in fundraising activities, in conjunction with the Foundation. • Appoint ad-hoc committees, as needed, to manage funds provided to the Society through Foundation fundraising activities or to conduct other liaison activities. The E-06 committee, which consists of representatives from the FBOT, BOT, both the young professional and preprofessional communities, and ASABE staff, is being initially chaired by ASABE Past President Lalit Verma and met for the first time at the Annual International Meeting in Orlando. Among other items, two immediate needs that had been raised at the April BOT meeting were discussed at the AIM in Orlando: increasing prize money for specific student competitions to bring them in line with others, and waiving AIM registration for on-site competitions. As a result of this collaboration through E-06, the FBOT now has these two needs as a specific fundraising focus. These are good examples of the sort of BOT-identified initiatives that E-06 can identify in the future. With the establishment of the Foundation KEYS Fund (K-12 education, Encouraging humanitarian outreach, Youth career development, and Student branch support) a few years ago, it was a natural that the KEYS Fund Management Committee (E-06/1) be created and reside under E-06. The BOT approved bylaws for this new committee in April as well. Although fundraising activity will remain within the Foundation, the objectives of the E- 06/1 committee are to annually solicit and select the best submissions to receive any discretionary monies from the KEYS Fund and to give feedback to the ASABE Foundation regarding fundraising opportunities and needs within the KEYS objectives. The two needs described above seem to be a perfect fit for a KEYS fundraising effort. With these formal committees in place, we welcome your input on activities and initiatives you feel should be considered for possible funding or as a fundraising focus of the Foundation. Submissions can be presented by any unit of ASABE. Please send your thoughts to E-06 chair Lalit Verma (email@example.com). Mark Crossley, ASABE Director of Advancement, St. Joseph, Mich., USA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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