Oklahoma FFA Foundation
1500 W 7TH Ave
Stillwater OK 74074
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma FFA Foundation
Mission Statement
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation seeks to strengthen Agricultural Education and the FFA so students can develop their potential for personal growth, career success, and leadership.
 
The Foundation strives to provide businesses, associations, private foundations, and individuals the opportunity to contribute to the leadership development programs of the Oklahoma FFA Association through the Oklahoma FFA Foundation.  The Foundation further commits to support a culture of excellence in the instruction of science, technology, production, processing, and agribusiness as they relate to the field of agriculture.
 
The Foundation also strives to assist the general public of Oklahoma in understanding the vital and necessary role played by the agriculture, food, and forestry industries in the state.
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation supports activities for more than 24,000 members in 356 chapters across the state.
Contact Information
Contact Name Kendall Brashears
Contact email brashearskp@sbcglobal.net
Address 1500 W 7TH Ave
Stillwater, OK 74074
Phone (405) 222-1078
Fax 405-743-5541
County Payne County
Alternate Address 3909 Hickory Stick
Chickasha OK 73018
Alternate Phone 405 743-5461
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/offaf/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Checks should be made payable to the Oklahoma FFA Foundation and mailed to:
 
Oklahoma FFA Foundation
P.O. Box 33090
Tulsa, OK  74153
 
Monthly electronic funds transfer are available to donors.  For EFT informtion, please call Kendall Brashears at 405-222-1078.
 
To discuss potential volunteer opportunities, please call Kendall Brashears at 405-222-1078. 
 
 
                                       
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $840,500.00
Projected Expenses $674,600.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Oklahoma Future Farmers of America Foundation, Inc.1986
Supported Organization Oklahoma FFA Association
Year Founded 1986
IRS Ruling Year 1986
State Registration Expiration Aug 2017
Statements
Mission
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation seeks to strengthen Agricultural Education and the FFA so students can develop their potential for personal growth, career success, and leadership.
 
The Foundation strives to provide businesses, associations, private foundations, and individuals the opportunity to contribute to the leadership development programs of the Oklahoma FFA Association through the Oklahoma FFA Foundation.  The Foundation further commits to support a culture of excellence in the instruction of science, technology, production, processing, and agribusiness as they relate to the field of agriculture.
 
The Foundation also strives to assist the general public of Oklahoma in understanding the vital and necessary role played by the agriculture, food, and forestry industries in the state.
Background
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation, formerly known as the Oklahoma Future Farmers of America Foundation, Inc., was incorporated in 1986 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation.  Its basic mission, from its inception, has been to raise financial support for the Oklahoma FFA Association and to encourage the development of leadership programs for active high school FFA members across the state.
 
In 1985, a group of former FFA members, business and corporate leaders, and staff members from the Agricultural Education Division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education met in Stillwater and laid the plans for an organization that would financially support the youth development activities associated with the statewide Oklahoma FFA Association.
 
The FFA Foundation is governed by a thirty member board of directors.  Members reside in areas across the state from Guymon to Idabel and Sequoyah to Cordell.  The board meets twice annually.  The spring meeting coincides with the annual State FFA Convention held in Oklahoma City in May.  Board members actively participate in awards presentations and accompany sponsors to various events.  The board also has a budget and event planning meeting in October.  In addition, the Board of Directors governs a $2.5 million permanent endowment.  Only the interest from the endowment can be used to support projects and administrative costs.
Impact
For more than 80 years the Oklahoma FFA has been a source of pride in the pioneering spirit of Oklahoma.  The FFA organization and its related agricultural education programs have been recognized as one of the top leadership development groups for high school level students in the state.  The Oklahoma FFA Foundation was recognized as one of the leading nonprofit foundations in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium and received the 2016 Community Impact Award.
 
Boasting one of the largest state memberships in the country, the Oklahoma FFA provides hands-on experience to nearly 27,000 FFA members in 355 FFA Chapters across the state.  The organization helps FFA members achieve real-world success through scholarship programs, proficiency awards, and career development events.
 
“The FFA has truly helped me stretch myself as a leader and the qualities it has instilled in me have forever changed my life,” says Amy Peel, former state FFA president and former Oklahoma State University student. “If it weren’t for this organization, I would not be the driven and confident woman I am today.”
 
Goals:
 
1.  Raise an additional $50,000 in new sponsorships
2.  Increase the permanent trust or endowment by $100,000
3.  Increase FFA Chapter Trust participation by 20%
 
Needs
1.  Annual Sponsorship giving - Goal = $30,000
2.  College Scholarship Needs - Goal = $50,000
3.  Permanent Trust Donations - Goal = $100,000
4.  WLC Scholarhsips (High School) - Goal = $20,000 
5.  Volunteers for State FFA Convention 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation is unique in that it is one of the few foundations in the state whose sole purpose is to support a broad spectrum leadership development program for high school level students.  It is also unique in the way it recognizes its sponsors.
 
The Foundation developed a "Sponsorship Program" which recognizes sponsors at varying levels.  For example, a "Silver Level" sponsor ($10,000) would receive an advertising page in the FFA Foundation calendar and other publications.  This is only one of many ways we provide a positive branding experience for our sponsors and supporters.  In addition, we feel we do an outstanding job in cultivating and nurturing relationships.  We strive to communicate with donors, teachers, and students the important role each plays in the success of the program.
 
The FFA Foundation is also unique in the fact that when a donor or sponsor makes a contribution, over 90% of their donation goes toward the area they specify.  The FFA Foundation is privileged to have a permanent trust that generates enough interest to provide the salary for the only full time employee, the executive director.  There are no additional part time employees.  This keeps our administrative costs low and donor's dollars more effectively utilized. 
Board Chair Statement
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation continually strives to provide an adequate number of quality opportunities for FFA members to succeed.  We have consistently increased the total number of donors and sponsors for the past 20 years.  Our success was recognized by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits by being named the 2012 Charles Schusterman Award of Excellence winner.  The award was based on financial stability, governance, meeting needs, and overall programs.
 
Keith Kisling, Board Chairman had this to say, "A lot of experiences have made a difference in my lifetime, but few like the FFA.  I grew up in a very conservative family.  We worked hard and didn't travel much.  My first experience being away from home without my parents was with my Agriculture teacher.  He was constantly teaching us something on those trips.  I remember giving oral livestock reasons and working on parliamentary procedure in the agriculture truck with older members that were along.  I thought it was a waste of time then, but later I saw the positive results." 
 
As a Foundation, we take very seriously our commitment to provide opportunties for future FFA members.  The up and down economy over the past few years has made our job more difficult, but we believe that with hard work and vision, we can continue to be successful.   
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation is a statewide organization that encompasses all seventy-seven counties.  The Oklahoma FFA Association, whose members are the recipients of the majority of the contributions, has a membership of over 27,000 students.  The students are members of 359 FFA Chapters located in 355 high schools across the state.  In addition, there are 439 Agricultural Education Instructors/FFA Advisors teaching and overseeing the progress of students.
Programs
Description
Upon completion of the 2015 State FFA Convention, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation and Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA Association develop a "Needs List" for the upcoming year.  This 2016 "Needs List"  encompasses sponsorship needs in various categories including scholarships, proficiency awards, career development event awards, motivational workshops, leadership workshops, banquets, and other various needs. 
Strategy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
The sponsorship dollars that are being raised provide leadership development events, workshops, seminars, and training events that are immediately impacting the educational environment of Oklahoma FFA members.  They are making a difference on a daily basis. 
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
The Agricultural Education and Oklahoma FFA programs the FFA Foundation supports have a long history of providing skills and training for varying levels of students.  Our FFA members are the future doctors, lawyers, CPA's, and teachers, but they are also the technicians, welders, contractors, and agribusiness leaders.  Several of our students have said that had it not been for the FFA and a caring and dedicated Ag-Ed teacher, they would have never finished high school.  The FFA is truly making a difference in student's lives. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
One measure of success is the continued support of our sponsors.  We currently have over 220 individual sponsors who donate over $500,000 annually.  Their belief in the program is overwhelming and most appreciated.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
The Oklahoma FFA program is adding new students each year to its already high of 24,000 members.  Some of this increase can be attributed to leadership development opportunities available to high school members afforded by our sponsors and their generosity.
Description
The Washington D.C. Leadership Conference (WLC) is sponsored by the National FFA Association and is considered one of the premier leadership development training events for high schools students in the country.  Approximately 100 FFA members from Oklahoma attend the conference each year.  WLC is held in the month of June and it is considered an honor to be chosen for one of the scholarships.  Approximately 10 full scholarships and 20 partial scholarships are currently given each year.  The cost of a full scholarship is $1,200.
 
Oklahoma FFA members spend a week in the nation's capitol and attend a series of seminars and workshops designed to increase a student's leadership ability.  Sessions include goal setting, how to work as a team, community involvement, how to become a good FFA Chapter officer, and qualities of a good leader.  The cost of week-long trip is $1,200.  This includes the cost of the conference, bus trip to Washington D.C. and meals. 
Strategy
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
The benefits of this leadership development experience will hopefully prepare these high school level students to become better leaders in their FFA Chapters and communities and ultimately better and more prepared citizens for life.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We know the program is a success because 100% of the FFA members who attend WLC continue their local high school FFA experience, run for a local FFA Chapter office, and go on to graduate from high school.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
More than 70% of FFA high school graduates go on to enroll in some form of additional post-secondary education.  Much of their desire to achieve can be directly related to their high school FFA experience. 
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Oklahoma FFA Foundation strives to adequately fund the scholarship prgrams, career development events, proficiency awards, and many other areas related to the statewide leadership development programs of the FFA.  The Foundation's Board of Directors raise more than $650,000 annually to support these categories.  These awards are presented at the State FFA Convention in May.  In addition, the FFA Foundation governs a permanent trust of $2 million that grows annually with contributions from individuals, corporations, family trusts, and individual FFA Chapters.  Only the interest earned from the permanent trust can be used to support FFA activities.  These sponsorships are the result of the many generous corporations, private companies, support groups, and individuals who believe strongly in the FFA and its leadership development program. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kendall Brashears
Start Date Dec 2003
Email brashearskp@sbcglobal.net
Experience
Oklahoma Agricultural Education instructor - 7 years
Oklahoma Public Schools Administrator - 21 years
Oklahoma FFA Foundation Volunteer - 11 years
Oklahoma FFA Foundation Executive Director - 13 years 
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 60
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures No
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
2016 Community Impact AwardOklahoma Business Ethics Consortium2016
Charles Schusterman Award of ExcellenceOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments As the need for funds increases for the leadership development programs of the Oklahoma FFA, it becomes critical for the Foundation to seek additional avenues of support to continue the proud legacy of the FFA.  The most recent attempt to address these needs has been through our individual donor program called the Presidents Club.  This program is designed for the person who would like to make a donation, typically $50 to $250, with the donation dedicated to areas of need.  This could be sponsoring a new FFA jacket for a deserving FFA member across the state or to help provide the remainder of an unfunded college scholarship.
Board Chair
Name Randy Gilbert
Company Affiliation Gilbert & Sons Trucking Company
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Dec 24, 2016
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Mary Baldwin
Phil Berkenbile RetiredVoting
Kent Boggs SecretaryVoting
Raymond Cockrum Voting
Lee Coker Voting
Billy Cook Voting
Jayne Craig Voting
Steven Davis Voting
Norman Durham Voting
Lisa Eden
Scott Eisenhauer Voting
Russ Florence Voting
Randy Gilbert Voting
Suzanne Gilbert Voting
Doug Harryman Voting
Larry Harvey Voting
Brent Kisling Voting
Keith Kisling Voting
Ryan McMullen Voting
Edward Mueller Voting
W.A. Ralls Voting
Brett Ramsey Voting
Linda Shackelford Voting
Fred Slater Voting
Jack Staats AdministratorVoting
Dwight Stoddard Voting
Marty Summers
Billy Taylor Voting
Wes Watkins Voting
Monica Wilke Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 30
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 24
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 78 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 1 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Executive
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
In the past few years, the Foundation Board of Directors has moved from a predominantly agriculturally based group to a mixture of agricultural and broad based corporate individuals.  This has not only increased our visibility in the corporate world, but has brought new insight into the vision and future of the Foundation.
 
One of the basic challenges of our board is in the area of ethnicity and gender diversification.  As the FFA Foundation Board of Directors evolves and adjusts to the changing demographics of Oklahoma, we will encourage diversification in these areas.    
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $840,500
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $674,600
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$61,100$34,025$25,525
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$27,836$27,196$17,330
------
$598,053$558,995$504,119
Investment Income, Net of Losses$108,585$99,335$80,662
Unrealized Gain/Loss$304,623$179,105$167,046
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$23,196$20,570$12,725
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$686,250$519,103$579,634
Administration Expense$78,536$87,567$61,700
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.471.521.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%86%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,841,446$2,482,839$2,170,283
Current Assets$586,069$533,452$366,955
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$2,841,446$2,482,839$2,170,283
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $598,053Earned Revenue $558,995Earned Revenue $504,119
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRealized & Unrealized Gains $304,623Realized & Unrealized Gains/Losses $179,105Realized & Unrealized Gains/Losses $167,046
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $108,585Investment Income $99,335Investment Income $80,662
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Foundation continues to solidify its financial stability each year.  For the 2016 year, the Foundation raised an additional  $42,460 in new sponsorship dollars for an all time high of $683,160.
 
The funds raised in 2015 are then used to fund the scholarship and award activities at the 2016 State FFA Convention in May.
 
FFA Chapter donations to the permanent trust were at $61,882 and private donors increased the permanent trust by $228,035. 
 
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
 
NOTE FY2015:  Reclassified prior year Realized and Unrealized Gain/Loss to Investment Income.
 
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Address 1500 W 7TH Ave
Stillwater, OK 74074
Primary Phone 405 222-1078
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/offaf/
CEO/Executive Director Kendall Brashears
Board Chair Randy Gilbert
Board Chair Company Affiliation Gilbert & Sons Trucking Company