It is the mission of the ND FFA Foundation to support the leadership development opportunities and activities of the ND FFA and agricultural education.
Bridgette Readel was named the 2023 ND FFA Friend of the Foundation. The award was presented by Rueben Weigelt (President of the ND FFA Foundation) and Beth Allen (Executive Director of the ND FFA Foundation).
Warren Schlecht was named the 2022 ND FFA Friend of the Foundation. The award was presented by Rueben Weigelt (President of the ND FFA Foundation) and Beth Allen (Executive Director of the ND FFA Foundation).
Mike Axt was named the 2021 ND FFA Friend of the Foundation. The award was presented by Christina Dockter, President of the ND FFA Foundation.
ND FFA Foundation Board of Directors approves Abovo contract to retain their services.
ND FFA Foundation Board of Directors appoints Tommy Winders as Executive Director.
Andrew Young appointed as Interim Executive Director.
Tommy Winders selected to serve as ND FFA Foundation’s Sponsor and Program Coordinator.
The Butch and Diane Haugland Family named the 2019 ND FFA Friend of the Foundation.
Tam Maddock resigns as Executive Director. Thomas Winders is hired as the Foundation’s first Sponsor and Program Coordinator.
Doug Vannurden named 2018 ND FFA Foundation Friend of the Foundation.
Bruce Bachmeier named 2017 ND FFA Foundation Friend of the Foundation.
Andrew Young named as the replacement as the Foundation’s Assistant Director (previously Tamra Maddock).
Beth Bakke-Stenehjem resigns from position as Executive Director and Tamra Maddock named as the replacement.
Steve Zimmerman named 2016 ND FFA Foundation Friend of the Foundation.
The FFA Student Handbook is given to every chapter across North Dakota. It is used and given to every incoming FFA member. Thank you, Farm Credit Services!
Bryan Strom named 2014 ND FFA Foundation Friend of the Foundation.
More than 250 jackets were given out through the Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program to new members.
Beth Allen hired as the Foundation’s part-time Fiscal Manager.
Joel Janke named the first ND FFA Foundation Friend of the Foundation.
Tam Maddock is named the Foundation’s first Assistant Director.
The ND FFA Foundation office moved to 909 Basin Avenue in Bismarck.
The Blue Jackets Bright Futures program is born, providing jackets to young FFA members. Forty-seven members received jackets at the State FFA Convention.
The inaugural issue of the ND FFA Foundation Newsletter is sent to donors and supporters.
Bev Janke retires from the ND FFA Foundation and Beth Bakke-Stenehjem named as the new Executive Director.
“Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.” This is the FFA motto and no one exemplifies it more than Mr. Fridtjov Bakk. It was the mid-1960’s, and Fridtjov Bakk reflected on his life as an immigrant farmer in eastern North Dakota and those who had made his transition from Norway to this country easier. Bakk had taken agriculture courses at a local high school and forged a relationship with FFA members that would impact North Dakota’s members for generations to come.
Making arrangements with his attorney, Bakk established a land trust that would provide future FFA members support to advance their interests in agricultural careers. In October 2006, this trust was transferred to the North Dakota FFA Foundation, Inc.
The North Dakota FFA Foundation Board of Directors immediately set out to make sure this trust was handled as Mr. Bakk had intended. Programs were developed that provide assistance to FFA members ranging from programs benefiting the youngest members to young farmers just starting their careers in agricultural production.
Land in Sargent and Richland counties is farmed and continues to produce revenue that supports FFA programs across the state. Since 2007, the generosity of this gift has been responsible for Beginning Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) grants, Expansion SAE grants, college scholarships, Young Farmer scholarships enrolled in the ND Farm Business Management program, and special projects: a gift totaling over $300,000.
The continuing legacy of this gift has and will continue to enhance the education and opportunities of the youth and young adults involved in agriculture in North Dakota for years to come. It is important that current and former FFA members and supporters know of the tremendous impact Bakk’s give has made and realize the lasting effect this gift has had and continues to contribute to agriculture’s future leaders.