The Angus Foundation, an affiliate of the American Angus Association®, was established in 1980 under the laws of the State of Illinois as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization to fund and support programs involving education, youth and research in the Angus breed and the agricultural industry.
Since its inception, a primary funding focus of the Angus Foundation has been to provide Angus youth opportunities to become strong leaders for the future of the Angus breed and the agricultural industry. This is being accomplished by awarding scholarships, supporting programs and activities of the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) and emphasizing the development of personal growth and leadership skills through varied contests, service on the NJAA Board of Directors, and involvement in the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS).
A closely related and equally important focus of the Angus Foundation has been education, and today the Angus Foundation is diligently striving to increase its portfolio of funding to better address the educational needs of Angus breeders of all ages. Increased opportunities for education will help to build a solid base of Angus knowledge within the entire membership and will aid in securing a more profitable future for the agricultural industry. The Angus Foundation will educate Angus breeders through "think tanks" and seminars that promote and foster the understanding of both the Angus breed and the beef cattle industry on numerous pertinent topics such as genetics, reproduction, management, marketing, processing and food safety.
The third role of the Angus Foundation is to help fund research activities for the purpose of advancing the agricultural industry benefiting Angus breeders and other beef producers today, and in the future. Research to identify possible solutions to the unique challenges incurred by agricultural interests, specifically the beef cattle industry and its various segments from the producer to the consumer, will be at the forefront of the Angus Foundation's research activities.
Resources are required to address these aforementioned endeavors. Hence, the Angus Foundation encourages the commitment of personal and financial resources from Angus breeders, allied industry interests and friends toward these priority objectives. Balancing the interest of the donor with the needs of the Angus Foundation, and helping donors understand how their charitable generosity can have an indelible impact on the education, youth and research programs of the Angus Foundation, is the goal of the Angus Foundation.