Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

A legacy of excellence, A future for manufacturing's brightest minds

aka Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of FMA, Intl   |   Elgin, IL   |  http://www.nutsandboltsfoundation.org/

Mission

The mission of the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs foundation is to engage, nurture and excite individuals of all ages to pursue careers in manufacturing.

Ruling year info

1998

President & CEO

Mr. Edward Youdell

Main address

2135 Point Blvd.

Elgin, IL 60123 USA

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Formerly known as

FMA Foundation (FMAF)

EIN

36-4201897

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Professional Societies, Associations (O03)

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Our programs

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Scholarship Program

The NBT Foundation distributes at least 25 university, community college, and trade school scholarships each year, awarded in two application seasons for the fall and spring semesters. The Foundation's scholarship program encourages youth to consider manufacturing, specifically metal fabricating, as a potential career choice and supports their pursuit of the education and technical skills training needed for a professional career in today's advanced manufacturing industry.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults
Students

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT) awards grants annually to technical high schools and community or trade colleges to host summer manufacturing camp programs for youth ages 12-16. NBT camps introduce students to manufacturing careers through hands-on experiences, tours of local manufacturing companies, and engagement with community businesses. In addition to camp grant funding, NBT provides host schools with an entrepreneurship cirriculum, customized and sponsor-branded t-shirts, free CAD software licenses, and marketing support.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers
Children
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The ultimate goal of NBT is to increase the number of people who pursue careers related to manufacturing and work in manufacturing environments.

The three primary strategies employed by NBT to accomplish our goals include:

1. Awarding grants to community colleges capable of hosting a summer manufacturing camp for students ages 12 to 16. NBT believes that the earlier we can inspire and encourage students to make things with their hands, the sooner they will discover their interest and passion for manufacturing, which improves the chance they make manufacturing their career of choice.

2. Awarding scholarships to students pursuing degrees in majors or fields of study which provide a foundation for manufacturing careers. Scholarships are given to students enrolled in two and four-year colleges and universities.

3. Working with educational and training providers such as community colleges and technical schools to develop programs focused on manufacturing and related careers. In collaboration with FMA's Certified Education Center (CEC) network, NBT awards grants for educational tools and resources, provides assistance for equipment acquisitions, and supports credential programs that help students obtain jobs in manufacturing.

NBT is positioned to achieve our goals with solid financial backing and successful fundraising events designed to engage manufacturers in being a part of the solution to the impending talent crisis. Funding sources include:

Endowments:
• The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, NBT's parent organization, has established an operating endowment with a goal of fully funding it to $7 million by 2030.
• Gupta Family Endowed Scholarship Fund – established in 2010 with $50,000 principle.
• Outside Processors Council Endowment Fund (John Grossheim Memorial Scholarship) – established in 2011; principle balance is $122,000.

Events: (2) annual Silent Auctions, held in conjunction with industry conferences/events; GOLF4MFG; RUN4MFG; and other focused and/or regional fundraising events.

General donations: ongoing campaigns and annual appeals; corporate and individual donors.

Furthermore NBT supports marketing efforts and national campaigns, such as MFG Day, aimed at increasing awareness of the skills gap issue and improving public perception of manufacturing as a rewarding career choice.

Some of NBT's accomplishments to date include:
• Awarded over $738,000 in scholarships to 330 manufacturing students since inception in 1990.
• Summer manufacturing camp program has grown from supporting 1 camp in 2005 to 41 camps in 2016; number of camp participants since program inception is nearly 3,500.
• Awarded $560,000 in grants to schools running a summer manufacturing camp since 2005. Provide ongoing support to camps with curriculum, class materials, and marketing support.
• Created summer camp curriculum for students and instructors

Furthermore, NBT is focused on accomplishing these additional goals:
• Establishing a summer manufacturing camp in every U.S. state
• Expanding funding sources, i.e. applying for grant(s) from major foundation(s)
• Developing a mechanism to track scholarship winners to monitor their progress and compile statistics on manufacturing career retention.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Many NBT-supported summer manufacturing camps were forced to cancel in summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on feedback from camp hosts and manufacturing sponsors, NBT relaxed requirements for holding camps. In addition, NBT held an informational webinar to demonstrate to camp hosts how to transition to a virtual camp format. Almost one-third of the 186 camps originally planned successfully held virtual camps and served approximately 1,000 students.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
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Board chair

Mike Cattelino

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Term: 2018 - 2019

Warren Long

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Mike Cattelino

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Rick Hargrove

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Dave Pettigrew

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Bruce Albrecht

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Jason Hillenbrand

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Jay Phillips

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James Rogowski

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Roger Wilson

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Rosemary Swierk

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Lori Tapani

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Bruce Benedict

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