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History

Wisconsin FFA was started in 1929. As its list of programs grew, so did its expenses.The Wisconsin FFA Foundation was founded in 1983 with the primary goal of seeking funds to run state-level FFA programs.

The Foundation was started by Arnold and Katherine Cordes, who previously served in other leadership roles for Wisconsin FFA for many years. They started the Foundation from their own home. Through their one-on-one contacts and hand-kept records, they raised about $85,700 over the first two years. Over 30 years later, we correspond through email, phone and direct mail, all records are kept electronically and donors contribute over $500,000 annually.