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Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation

Fairfield, IL   |  http://www.waynecfb.com/foundation

Mission

"Growing the future of agriculture by supporting the youth of today."

Ruling year info

2004

President

Mr. David W White

Main address

301 E Court St PO Box 526

Fairfield, IL 62837 USA

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EIN

56-2455749

NTEE code info

Farm Bureau (K28)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In today’s fast-paced world of social media and 24-hour news, it seems that everyone is an “expert” about agriculture! The lack of agricultural knowledge extends from adults to their children. The average student is three generations removed from the farm. As a result, students lack the basic knowledge about the origins of their food and believe the myths they hear about farmers, which quickly become their truths. The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation seeks to set the record straight and provide truthful agricultural knowledge in our schools throughout Wayne County, Illinois. The Foundation supports programs such as Agriculture in the Classroom, collegiate scholarships, and teacher training.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Collegiate Scholarship

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation provides multiple scholarships every year to students residing in Wayne County who choose to enter an agriculture-related field of study in either a two-year or four-year collegiate program.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation raises funds to teach agricultural education to elementary students in Wayne County. We employ a part-time coordinator who brings agricultural lessons into classrooms on a monthly basis. Topics include conservation, pork, corn, soybeans, Earth Day, water, soils, embryology, aquaponics, pumpkins, apples, nutrition, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation's goals are to...
1. Reach every student in grades 3, 4, & 5 in Wayne County, Illinois schools each month with an in-class agricultural lesson.
2. Provide agricultural themed learning resources to teachers in all grade levels in Wayne County, Illinois.
3. Provide learning and training opportunities for Wayne County teachers so they are better informed about modern agricultural practices.
4. Provide scholarships to Wayne County, Illinois students so they may further their education in an agricultural-related field of study.

We have employed a part-time Agricultural Literacy Coordinator who oversees our Ag in the Classroom program. She works directly with school administrators and teachers to provide regular in-class lessons to students on topics including aquaponics, apples, pumpkins, soils, corn, pork, embryology, soybeans, conservation, and more. In 2018-2019 we reached 4,209 duplicated students, 392 unduplicated students, and 35 teachers each month in 7 schools. We provided 226 unique programs related to agriculture.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation provided six, $750 collegiate scholarships in 2020. Funding for the scholarships was raised through Farm Bureau member, corporate, and public support.

The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation is overseen by ten directors who guide staff on the development and executive of Foundation programming. The Foundation shares office space with the Wayne County Farm Bureau, which provides office facilities, equipment, and resources at no cost to the Foundation. The Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation seeks local financial support by requesting donations on Wayne County Farm Bureau membership dues renewals, through direct corporate donations, as well as through fundraisers and direct mail campaigns.

As the students change each year, we are continually reaching new students with new topics related to agriculture. We are leaving a lasting impactful message with each student that we reach. Those students will grow up with greater knowledge and appreciation for where their food and fiber comes from.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Wayne County Farm Bureau Foundation

Board of directors
as of 04/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David White

Mark Bunnage

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.