The New York State FBLA Foundation was incorporated and established as a separate entity in 2002. Its purpose being to hold fundraisers and raise money through donations and grants in order to facilitate the awarding of travel grants to New York State members of the Future Business Leaders of America in order for such members to participate in national competitions. The travel grants will assist in defraying the cost to members who represent New York State FBLA at the National Leadership Conference. In addition, the Foundation may attempt to establish an orientation procedure to familiarize members with the activities and events at national conferences and competitions.
The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees. The present members are Ms. Gloria LaSota, Professional Division Representative and Chairperson; Mrs. Nancy Latour, Advisory Council Representative; Mrs. Lisa Perry, NYS FBLA Board of Trustee Representative.
The Foundation has granted thousands of dollars to SLC award winners as travel grants to the NLC. Fundraising efforts have included an annual advisors’ February raffle, district meeting surcharges and contributions, corporate contributions, local chapter contributions, SLC theme basket sales, and various state projects. The Foundation also sponsors the Humanitarian Award which initially was funded with a gift from North Dakota FBLA after the tragedy of 9/11.
The Board of Trustees is thankful and appreciative of the efforts advisors and members have exerted in raising funds for the Foundation. We have established a joint working relationship which benefits, YOU, the individual members of New York State FBLA.