SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. — The Angus Foundation recently launched the Fund the Future program, designed to provide Angus breeders with a new avenue to ensure a bright future for the breed. The initiative gives the breeder a unique and flexible opportunity to give back from their own annual production sale, consignment sale, bull sale or online genetic sale. Even animals offered through private treaty are eligible. Proceeds will benefit the Angus Fund, which provides unrestricted dollars for the Foundation’s mission of supporting Angus education, youth and research.
“It’s inspiring to consider the potential impact of our new Fund the Future program,” said Jaclyn Upperman, Angus Foundation executive director. “Whether a breeder donates 25% or 100% of their Fund the Future lot, they’re helping continue the Angus legacy.”
The program asks breeders to donate a percentage of their choice on both live or genetic sale lots. The Angus Foundation will provide the program logo and footnote to distinguish a Fund the Future lot in the breeder’s sale book. Participants in the Fund the Future campaign will be recognized in the Angus Foundation Impact Report, the Angus Journal and on the Angus Foundation website. When Angus breeders see an offering marked with the Fund the Future logo, they know a portion of its sale will be used to strengthen the breed by investing in its future.
“We hope you’ll consider investing in the future of the Angus breed throughout fall sale season, and as we look ahead to the spring,” Upperman says.
Each dollar generated through the program will allow the Foundation to continue to invest in the breed and its members. From potential scientific breakthroughs to the next generation of beef industry leaders, contributors will play a role in Angus prosperity for years to come.
“This is a phenomenal way for breeders to show their commitment to the future of our breed and membership, from juniors to regular members,” said Richard Dyar, Angus Foundation board chair. “What an opportunity for the Angus family to pay it forward and create a huge, lasting impact — plus, it’s simple and easy to participate in.”
Since 1998, the Angus Foundation has awarded over $4 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships and invested over $1.4 million in research. The Angus Fund provides the unrestricted dollars needed to underwrite programs like youth leadership conferences, educational programming and research to advance the beef industry.
— Peyton Schmitt, Angus Communications