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July 21
GROWMARK Starts with "G"iving

I recently sat in on a discussion about the GROWMARK Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the GROWMARK System. The Foundation is one of the lesser-known parts of the System, probably because in true GROWMARK fashion, we don’t like tooting our own horn about the contributions that we make. Nevertheless, it’s a crucial part of our culture here at GROWMARK and as such, I asked Ann Kafer, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing Services (and Director of the Foundation) to write a post about why we give and who it affects.

GROWMARK is committed to being a good corporate citizen by committing to doing business the right way -- adhering to sound business practices and investing in our industry, community, and future leaders.

We support programs and projects which enhance the objectives of GROWMARK and its shareholders through contributions from The GROWMARK Foundation. Our investments support: 

  • The vitality of the industry of agriculture and responsible environmentalism through clean water initiatives, Farm Bureau programs and conferences, and industry-specific associations such as the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Truth About Trade and Technology group;
  • Agriculture education and consumer understanding of agriculture’s contributions to society and the economy through scholarships to colleges and universities and Agriculture in the Classroom efforts of Farm Bureau in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin; 
  • Agricultural leadership development through FFA, 4H, Illinois Ag Leadership Foundation, and Farm Bureau Young Leader programs in our core geography of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and where applicable in Ontario, Canada; 
  • Organizations and efforts to educate the public about the benefits of the cooperative way of doing business through support of cooperative councils and associations that engage in educational efforts on behalf of cooperatives;
  • Organizations that help build a strong home office community in McLean County, Ill., including United Way, educational institutions, hospitals, and organizations which work to prevent/treat diseases or respond to natural disasters.

As a fairly new employee, I’m proud to work for an organization that strives to be such a good corporate citizen. I feel fortunate that GROWMARK encourages me to volunteer and shares the same values of community, leadership, and agriculture that I do.​ 

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