Springfield, Illinois (31 January 2019) – The BRANDT Foundation awarded four grants to charitable organizations at its regularly-scheduled December meeting.
The December 2018 grantees, all 501(c)3 organizations in good standing for the past three years, boast close ties to the Ag community:
- Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County. The BRANDT Foundation grant will help The Club teach healthy eating habits through its Triple Play program. The long-term program goal is to fight obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.
- Illinois 4-H Foundation. With this grant from The BRANDT Foundation, the Illinois 4-H Foundation will continue its Ag technology program. Building on the drone program that the 4-H started in 2018, this program will help 4-H build FarmBots. A growing STEM initiative, FarmBots spark the minds of tomorrow’s innovators.
- Illinois FFA Alumni Association. The BRANDT Foundation grant to the Illinois FFA Alumni Association will be used to fund scholarships at the FFA’s annual meeting. The FFA hopes to be able to give out $25,000 in scholarships.
- Progressive Ag Foundation. The BRANDT Foundation grant to the Progressive Ag Foundation is earmarked for its Progressive Agriculture Safety Day program. Through this program, thousands of kids are given the tools to be safe, happy and healthy in farm, ranch and rural environments. The Progressive Ag Foundation is a longstanding recipient of BRANDT Foundation funding.
In addition to these four grants, The BRANDT Foundation helped raise more than $33,000 for local food banks through the BRANDT company’s first Feeding Frenzy fundraiser. The highly successful food campaign raised money for Illinois, California and Florida’s food banks through a competitive fundraiser.
“We continue to do good work through The BRANDT Foundation,” said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. “The Feeding Frenzy was the perfect example of TEAM BRANDT coming together to raise much needed funds for the less fortunate in our own communities. It’s just staggering that there are food insecure where we are blessed with the most productive food system in the world.”
All the grants are connected to the local communities where BRANDT does business. The mission of The BRANDT Foundation is “to provide meaningful assistance and support to the communities, farms and families where BRANDT has facilities.”
The BRANDT Foundation is a private foundation, funded through donations from BRANDT Consolidated, Inc. and BRANDT employees.