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Friends of the Ralph K. Morris Foundation:
Welcome to a new era for the Ralph K. Morris Foundation! While 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone due to the global pandemic, the Foundation is happy to report that we were successful in temporarily shifting our cooperative education support from providing leadership development event scholarships to sponsoring virtual conferences. We have a new office address, a new Secretary/Business Manager, and a new website too!
20 years ago, colleagues, family, and friends of Ralph Morris established the Ralph K. Morris Foundation. Since that time, the Foundation has developed the mission of “providing development and leadership opportunities for emerging leaders expressing an interest in applying and advancing the principles of cooperation, and in promoting farmland preservation, land stewardship and sustainability.” Thanks to you, the Foundation has made great strides in developing cooperators and sponsoring programs that focus on issues affecting cooperatives, farmland preservation and land/water stewardship. With an expanded mission that is looking to increase the number of emerging leaders we can support in these areas; we are asking for your support.
The following areas are key to our growth in 2021:
Development of Cooperative Leaders Central to the Foundation’s mission is our vital work in the development of future cooperative leaders through training and development scholarships through the Cooperative Leadership Fund. While we are proud of our accomplishments, our work in developing future leaders is never done. The Foundation also supports the Elroy Webster Cooperative Studies Fund, which provides financial support to graduate students or law school students enrolled in an agricultural cooperative program or who can demonstrate how their field of study would relate to or benefit the agricultural cooperative industry.
Land and Water Stewardship Ralph K. Morris and his fellow Cooperative Hall of Fame member, Rod Nilsestuen, were both stellar cooperative leaders. They were also staunch advocates for stewardship of our land and water resources. Upon Nilsestuen’s death in 2010, family and friends joined to create the Rod Nilsestuen Fund within the Morris Foundation. That helped establish the annual Rod Nilsestuen Legacy Event, a leadership symposium for students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
We Need Your Help! As you can see, we’ve been busy this year. Our all-volunteer board has established exciting and challenging goals for 2021. In order to make a difference in our key mission areas, we need your help more than ever! Here’s how you can join us in this work.
We hope you will use #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to support us, but our campaign will continue until December 31st, 2020. DONATE ONLINE.
We also want to invite you to participate in our 17th annual Leadership Symposium which will be held virtually on December 9th at 10:00 AM. Register online HERE.
The Leadership Symposium was our first event after the Foundation was formed in 2000. Historically held as part of Cooperative Network’s annual meeting, it will look a little different this year due to COVID-19 adjustments. As in the past, the Symposium will start with an update on the RKM Foundation, followed by a speaker. This year’s program will feature current and past recipients of the Elroy Webster Cooperative Scholarship (EWCS) program, which provides support to graduate and law students interested in the cooperative business model.
We are finalizing the “Update on The RKM Foundation” part of the Symposium, and will be adding content to the website this week and following the event.
Donate by check or credit card Make checks payable to the Ralph K. Morris Foundation and mail to our new address:
Ralph K. Morris Foundation
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Contributions to the Ralph K. Morris Foundation are eligible to be deducted as a charitable contribution under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code, subject to the limitations of that section.
We are all committed to developing a new generation of leaders in the cooperative and land and water stewardship fields. The Board of Directors is excited about the future and your contributions will directly impact emerging leaders and hopefully have an impact in the communities in which we all live and work.
Thank you for your past support and please consider a gift at this time.
William Nelson, Chair