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National FFA Foundation Selects New President

National FFA Foundation Selects New President

Former FFA member will take reins of more than $20 million fundraising campaigns

The National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees Monday announced that it has selected a Molly A. Ball to serve as its next president.

Ball will now lead the foundation, which last year raised a record $20.8 million through corporate and private contributions.

Previously, Ball served as vice president for development and college relations at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., directing all facets of fundraising for the college, including annual strategic planning, corporate and individual giving, board member cultivation and training, alumni relations and more since 2010.

Former FFA member will take reins of more than $20 million fundraising campaigns

Before joining Monmouth College, Ball held titles of executive director of development and senior major gift officer at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.; executive director of the Michigan FFA Foundation; and regional representative with Farm Bureau serving both Lansing and Howell, Mich.

Originally from Vicksburg, Mich., Ball earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture and natural resources communications with emphasis on agribusiness management and marketing from Michigan State University. She received her Certified Fund-Raising Manager accreditation from the Indiana University Center of Philanthropy. A former FFA member, Ball served an internship at the National FFA Organization after college, joined the organization as a communications specialist and later was named individual giving manager with the foundation.

Ball is also a past board member of the Michigan chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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