ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
“FBLA was my first experience working with and leading individuals from across the state. FBLA gave me the opportunity to learn how to work in a complex team setting, speak in front of thousands of individuals and travel and interact with students from all over the country. The skills that I learned in FBLA became the foundation for my success later in life. FBLA also reinforced my desire to become a business professional and pushed me to pursue my current career.” - John Werner - Grant Thornton, LLP - Tax Manager - Wisconsin FBLA State VP 2003-2004
The Wisconsin FBLA-PBL Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports Wisconsin FBLA-PBL. The Foundation was formed in 1997 by former members and the state adviser. This group saw a need for additional non-governmental funds to enhance the activities of FBLA-PBL members and provide for a self-sustaining solution.
Today, the Foundation has an endowment of over $250,000 and provides over $30,000 of support annually for Wisconsin FBLA-PBL members through the following programs:
Needs based grants for students to attend leadership conferences
Grants for new and reactivated chapters to assist with initial start-up costs
Results based grants for chapters completing the National FBLA Outstanding Chapter Program, which outlines 31 items that FBLA deems as characteristics of a successful chapter
Provide financial support to the state chapter to offset overhead costs of operating the annual State Leadership Conference including costs associated with the conference Keynote Speaker, mobile application and Legacy Academy
The Foundation is led by a group of dedicated unpaid volunteers with ties to FBLA-PBL as former members, advisers and parents. The board represents a diverse background of private industry and educators.
The Foundation raises funds through contributions from:
Current Wisconsin FBLA-PBL members
Individuals influenced by their experience in Wisconsin FBLA-PBL
Businesses committed to student leadership development
The Foundation is committed to programs that Support, Sustain and Grow Wisconsin FBLA-PBL. Initiatives are determined viable if they can answer the following three questions:
SUPPORT — how can we maximize the impact of our resources each year?
SUSTAIN — how do we continue to support Wisconsin FBLA into the future?
GROW – how do we grow the opportunities available to our members?
Dr. Linda A. Kurth
Don & Judi Olson