Scholarship Program With the National Black Farmers Association Supports African American Farmers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The FCA Foundation today announced a $100,000 grant to support scholarships for current and future African American farmers. The National Black Farmers Association Scholarship program will provide scholarships up to $5,000 to fund agriculture-related study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
We are on track to a 90% high school graduation rate by 2020! What great news to report at the GradNation Campaign’s Align & Act conference last week in Washington, DC! When you set a bold goal and maintain focus, progress will happen.
But like the last mile of a race, we can’t slow down now. While we’ve officially hit an 81.4 percent grad rate, we know the last 8.6 percent will likely be the hardest to achieve. This is the time to dig deep and push ourselves to the finish line.
Most people have participated in a cause marketing campaign. It’s a simple concept that makes us feel good when we are buying something we need anyway. You know how it works, right? You buy a product with the promise that a portion of the purchase price will be donated to a worthy cause. For me, I always buy the soap that helps wash off the baby animals after an oil spill – those commercials have be teary every time. I also ALWAYS buy the limited-edition* Mary Kay® Beauty That Counts® products. One for me, 5 for friends!
This article was originally published in the Spring 2015 RSF Quarterly. This dialogue is with John Bloom, Vice President, Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance and RSF clients Rose Feerick and Barbara Sargent.
Food and agriculture is one of the primary focus areas of RSF Social Finance's work. We believe that by investing and giving within food systems, we can also support economic resilience, community health, and thriving ecosystems. Although the Local Initiatives Fund is our primary vehicle for supporting the linkages between sustainable local economies and food systems, many of our other partners focus on this intersection as well.