06-14-16 National FFA Foundation Creates Endowment to Honor Retiring CEO W. Dwight Armstrong…

National FFA Emblem - REfreshed March 2015National FFA Foundation Creates Endowment to Honor Retiring CEO W. Dwight Armstrong

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, June 14, 2016/National FFA Organization) – At the end of June, Dr. W. Dwight Armstrong will retire as chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, but his legacy in agricultural education and FFA will live on in a newly created endowment called “The Dwight Armstrong Legacy Endowment.”

During his seven-year tenure with the National FFA Organization, Armstrong has overseen an era of dramatic growth and success. The organization has achieved an all-time record high membership of 629,367 and he solidified close collaboration and complementary strategic direction for both the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.

“Dwight brought vision and leadership to our organization that has inspired our members, staff and volunteers across the country,” said Molly Ball, President of the National FFA Foundation. “This fund will honor his legacy at FFA and continue his vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening American agriculture.”

The Dwight Armstrong Legacy Endowment has two platforms. The first is the CEO Innovation Endowment platform. It establishes a fund that will provide future National FFA CEOs with a discretionary platform to pursue unique opportunities that promote leadership development for staff or to provide starter funds to further the FFA mission. The second platform, career success, will help fund the vision of “My Journey” which serves FFA members and partners with a direct pipeline to jobs and talent across the country.

“With his many years of being deeply involved in the agricultural industry, we hope his friends and associates will find this endowment to be a wonderful opportunity to honor Dwight and give back to an organization they care about,” Ball said.

Those interested in supporting the endowment can make a one-time gift or distribute the funding over the course of three to five years. Visit https://www.ffa.org/legacy for more information.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
About National FFA Foundation
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he National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.