Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT DOES THE ACF SUPPORT?
The ACF grants monies for a wide array of projects related to food, agriculture, education and children.
HOW DO WE MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS?
Contributions to the fund shall be made to the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture – Agent Charitable Fund. Contributions may be made by check or credit card (utilize the donate button). Farm Bureau Insurance agents or Farm Bureau Insurance employees can also use payroll deduct use the contact tab to submit questions or enroll in payroll deduct.
HOW WILL THE ACF BE ADMINISTERED?
The ACF will be administered through an advisory group made up of two agents from each of the five regions, three at-large agents and two managing partners. Ex-officio members to include Farm Bureau Insurance and Michigan Foundation for Agriculture leadership. This group determines how funds will be raised and distributed in accordance with tax law and within the purpose of the Michigan Foundation of Agriculture.
HOW DID THE FUND COME ABOUT?
The fund has been developed by a group of Farm Bureau Insurance agents who want to give back to the community. These agents have enrolled their clients and partners in the fight to end hunger in Michigan.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE ACF?
The main goal of the fund is its mission – end hunger in Michigan. To that end, ACF grants monies for a wide array of projects related to food, agriculture, education and children. With 15 percent of Michigan residents, and 18 percent of all children, considered food insecure ACF seeks to aid approximately 3,000 hunger-relief agencies across MI through a variety of means.
Another goal focuses on, first, getting children their first meal of the day. Studies show breakfast foods rich in whole grains, fiber and protein and low in added sugar may boost kids' attention span, concentration and memory. We can begin educating children about where their food comes from, utilizing resources such as the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s FARM Science Lab (Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion). The 40-foot mobile classroom is equipped with the latest teaching technologies. Staffed with a certified teacher, the FARM Science Lab will help reinforce grade-level standards with hands-on science experiments while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives.
The premise is simple. By first making sure a child is fed, he or she has the ability to learn. Through education, students give themselves a head start toward a prosperous future.
ARE CONTRIBUTIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation with tax exempt status. Therefore, donations to the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture can be deducted as charitable contributions. The foundation will provide a written acknowledgement to fund donors when a contribution is received.