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

aka Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of FMA, Intl

Elgin, IL


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

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President & CEO

Mr. Edward Youdell

Main Address

2135 Point Blvd.

Elgin, IL 60123 USA


Metal Forming, Fabricating, Manufacturing, Education, Scholarships, Research, Engineering, Technical, Grants





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Professional Societies, Associations (O03)

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Summer Manufacturing Camp Grant

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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:

• 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.

Ultimately, if the skilled labor shortage is shrinking and there is broader awareness of the problem throughout North America, NBT is making progress. We will know our programs are making a positive impact when we see more students pursing manufacturing careers, an increase in the number of summer manufacturing camps and camp participants, and a rise in donation revenue, especially from the manufacturing sector.

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.

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

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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