Dear Friends and FFA Supporters:
This past March, I attended North Carolina’s “An Evening to Support North Carolina Agricultural Education and FFA” hosted at the University of Mount Olive. During this event, I was saddened to learn that our female ag students are being turned away from attending camp at White Lake due to a lack of housing. As President of North Carolina’s Agri-Women, a female North Carolina agribusiness owner, and an FFA mom…this was not okay with me!
At that moment I was reminded of a life-changing breakfast that I attended during our recent National FFA Convention. It was there I was introduced to IMPACT FFA, a women’s giving circle that invites women from across the country to partner together through an annual donation of $1,000…all to benefit the female students and ag teachers of our organization (https://www.ffa.org/documents/fdn_impact_womens_giving_circle.pdf) . Needless to say, I eagerly committed to this national fundraising effort. However, as I sat in the audience at the University of Mount Olive that March evening, I was overwhelmed with a passion to bring this same concept of women’s giving to North Carolina. After much prayer and numerous emails exchanges with our North Carolina FFA Foundation staff, IMPACT NC was formed.
Like its national counterpart, IMPACT NC is a women’s giving circle that empowers women to support other women. By pledging to GIVE $100 annually and to TELL other women about this opportunity, IMPACT NC hopes to reach of a fundraising goal of 100 women – and $10,000 – by next year’s NC FFA Convention. All funds will be managed by the NC FFA Foundation and will be used to support the female ag students and teachers of our state.
Industry leaders from across our state have already pledged their support of IMPACT NC. These founding members include:
- Julie Groce, Communications Manager, Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. (FFA mom and president-elect, NC Agribusiness Council)
- Erica Peterson, Executive Vice President, North Carolina Agribusiness Council
- Callie Birdsell, District Field Representative, NC Farm Bureau Federation (former NC FFA State Officer)
- Lynn Williams, Public Relations Director, Mount Olive Pickle Company (FFA mom)
- Ann Camden, Sr. Vice President, Gibbs and Soell Public Relations
- Beth Farrell, Agricultural Programs Specialist, North Carolina Department of Agriculture
- Mary DeMers, Senior Communications Manager, Syngenta Crop Protection
- Deborah Johnson, CEO, North Carolina Pork Council
- Lana Calloway, CEO, Exhibit Resources
- Dr. Sandy Maddox, Agribusiness Center Director, University of Mount Olive
- Angela Jamison, Communicopia PR president (FFA mom and vice president of Rolesville FFA Alumni)
- Ashley Collins, Education/Marketing Manager, AgCareers.com
However, we humbly ask that you – the business professionals, the alumni, the high school students, the mothers, the grandmothers, the friends, the supporters of North Carolina FFA – also consider partnering with us in this endeavor.
Donations can be sent directly to the NC FFA Foundation, but please note IMPACT NC on your payment. You may also contact Josh Starling or myself to learn more about the goals of IMPACT NC or to schedule a time for us to share this opportunity with your organization. By simply pledging to GIVE $100 to IMPACT NC and to TELL the other women in your circle about this opportunity, together we can empower the next generation of female agricultural leaders.
Amy H. Robinette, Proud FFA Mom